FORA.tv Speaker - Suresh Raina
As a youngster, Suresh Raina had to give up the comforts of his home and family to hone his skills as a cricketer in a sports hostel. He was rewarded for all that hard work as this left-handed batsman carried the flag for many talented players who have come up from smaller cricketing centres, other than major hubs like Delhi, Mumbai or Bangalore, and played for India.
As an India batsman, Raina demonstrated his cool temperament early in his career and quickly became a finisher in the Rahul Dravid-led one-day team. The unassuming player was the batsman the team often looked up to step in and guide the chase whenever India lost wickets early.
Be it his enthusiasm, friendly disposition or his brilliant fielding -- close to the bat or in the deep -- and his useful off-spin, they lift the team every time the players look for that extra effort to bounce back from tough situations.
A vital member of India’s one-day squad since 2005, he was part of the triumphant World Cup side at home last year. And Raina was the natural choice as stand-in captain for the limited-overs part of the West Indies tour that followed. He impressed with his leadership and guided the side to victory in both the one-off T20 international as well as the ODI series. His best in Test cricket is yet to come, but he has always demonstrated his unwavering focus, fighting qualities and a positive approach which should help him seal a regular berth in the longest format in the near future.
11.16.12 | 00:42:54 min
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