Raina attributes his batting order for consistency

Published: Thursday, September 16, 2010, 13:51 [IST]
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'Batting at No 3 has made a difference'

Centurion: Suresh Raina believes his batting position has played a big hand for his consistent performances in the Chennai Super Kings outfit.

The 23-year-old left hander has been a key player for the Super Kings, with consistent performances in the IPL. In Chennai Super King's latest clash against Wayamba, Raina was simply outstanding as he hit 87 runs off just 44 balls and helped set up a win for his team.

However, Raina has struggled to find consistency for the Indian ODI and T20 teams. After his commendable innings against the Wayamba side, he attributed his consistency in CSK to his batting order in the IPL.

"Batting at number six or seven for India makes it very difficult to get the scores every time. It is not easy when you come to bat in the 38th over or so and then expected to get some quick runs.

"When you are batting at number three and know you have more overs at hand, then that makes a lot of difference to you as a batsman," Raina said.

Raina credited the entire team for sticking to the plan and executing it perfectly to blow Wayamba out of the game.

"I went in and told Vijay that we needed to rotate the strike and we had to be positive and hit the bad balls away. By the grace of God, we executed our plans well," Raina said after Chennai virtually sealed a last-four spot with a 97-run win.


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