Improved at playing short-pitched stuff: Raina

Published: Tuesday, June 21, 2011, 10:15 [IST]
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Kingston, June 21: Long considered suspect against short-pitched deliveries, Indian batsman Suresh Raina says he no longer has trouble facing bouncers courtesy the tips he has got from seniors such as Rahul Dravid.

Raina, along with Harbhajan Singh (70), was the hero of India''s innings yesterday with an 82-run knock in which dominated pacers, who tried to unsettle him with bouncers.

The left-hander stood his ground against whizzing deliveries past his torso and was almost disdainful against the West Indian bowlers.

"My plan was to play straight; keep my mind clear and look to be patient. God has been kind to me," remarked Raina

Raina has so far featured in nine Tests but isn''t being seen as a regular because of his perceived weakness against bouncing deliveries.

He revealed the hard work he has put in recently to get the monkey of short stuff off his back.

"It's getting better. I am working hard with Duncan (Fletcher). I have spoken to Rahul (Dravid) bhai and (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni, who've asked me to duck under the short ball.

"I am now keeping my mind clear, not thinking where they are going to pitch up. I am trying to be positive, trying to play straight down the ground," he said.

"It's not easy to make runs in Test matches. You would have to spend time, respect the opponent and watch the bowlers all the time. You need to see the shape in which they are bowling, who is reversing the ball, watch the hands closely, how your feet are moving."


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