Mumbai, Jan 19: MS Dhoni and team failed to adapt to conditions in Australia or lack of preparation led to the failure, some say seniors like VVS Laxman should call it a day but Suresh Raina believes India can win the ODI tri-series.
The left-hander was seen sweating it out at MIG Club in Bandra to play the DY Patil All-India Twenty20 tournament for his employers Air India.
"I am working on my wrist position in order to prepare for the bouncy wickets in Australia. I have been there before as an India 'A" player, so I know the conditions. I have been working hard and hope to get some big runs there," Raina told DNA on Wednesday.
Raina got tips from former India batsman and veteran coach Pravin Amre and said his stint with Amre was quite helpful. "Pravin sir has been very helpful over last seven years that I"ve been playing for Air India. I"ve been hitting the ball well and hope to do well in the ODIs," he added.
Raina feels the ODI Squad won't be affected by the performance in tests. "If you look at the one-day team, we have youngsters who have done well in England as well as India. After all, we are the world champions. We haven't done too well in the Tests, but then one-day cricket is all about faring well in all the departments. We stand a chance to win the tri-series," Raina said.
He said that a wion in the last Test could set the tone for the rest for the rest of the series. "Our batting department did not click, but we have the one-day series coming up. There is another Test to go and if we win it, then it could set the tone for the rest of the tour," he added.
Impressed with David Warner, Raina feels he too can play his natural game if given a chance in Tests. "His Perth was like a Twenty20 innings. I am fortunate I know my game well now. I've played a lot of domestic cricket and whenever I get a chance in Tests, I'll try to do well," he said.
Raina said he won't hesitate to bat up the order if asked to. "Definitely, I would like to bat up the order. When you bat at No 6 or No 7, you hardly get any overs. When I got a chance (to bat higher) in the Asia Cup, I scored a century. In England, I made 80-odd at Lord"s," he added.