Star Indian batsman Suresh Raina is training hard and playing a lot of domestic matches to be in the good books of the national selectors in pursuit of eyeing a comeback. It is also learned he is bringing changes to improve his style of play.
Raina who has always set the standards high with his fitness and fielding abilities was left out of the ODI squad for the Sri Lanka series reportedly due to the failure in the yo-yo test at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. Setting goals for a comeback, Raina talked about his plans and preparations to Indian Express.
The 30-year-old cricketer from Uttar Pradesh has hit the social media high with his gym videos as he wants his fans to be updated with the hard work he is putting in.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 1, 2017
He was also recently seen discussing with the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar about his game. The legendary cricketer advised him to be to be patient and also told that he has nothing to prove.
Talking about his comeback Raina cited examples of Yuvraj Singh and admitted that a comeback is always possible. He said, “I just want to tell people that I am working hard and I am not the thanda type. I always believed in hard work. 60% is your hard work and 40% is your luck. Look at Yuvraj, he did the same, he worked very hard and came back. Sachin Tendulkar told me very nice thing another day, sab achha hai, you don’t need to prove anyone. You have done so much; you just need to enjoy your cricket. I always made with high intensity. I know my chance will come.”
The all-rounder also recalled how the little master spent hours of time with him giving him valuable tips regarding his batting technique. Raina further added that the master blaster told him he is looking compact and not to worry about his game.
— Suresh Raina???????? (@ImRaina) September 4, 2017
Raina seemed optimistic about his comeback and admitted that hard work always pays off. He also cherished the memories of 2007 when he made a comeback after a gap 1.5 years that he missed due to injury.
“Selection is part and parcel of the game. 12 saal hogaye, 230 ODI hogaye. If I will have to make a comeback, I will. As I have always said, it’s important to work hard behind the scene. God will give you what you want.” he signed off.