New Delhi, Mar 25: After suffering a whitewash and an early exit from the tri-series during the tour Down Under, left-handed batsman Suresh Raina isn't distracted by the criticism and says he knows his worth in the team.
The middle-order batsman has the backing of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and has told critics to have a look at his batting record.
"Critics can say a lot of things but I know that I have tried to perform the role assigned to me with utmost sincerity. People can say whatever they like but the senior members of the Indian team know my worth and that is what is important for me," Raina told PTI in an interview.
The 25-year-old is working hard to retain his place in the Test squad and will visit Australia for personal training and extensive fitness program.
"After the IPL is over, I will take a month's break and then start training again. In fact, I plan to go to Australia accompanied by current Chennai Super Kings physio Tom Simsek for an extensive fitness program. If possible, I might play a few club matches in order to get some good match practice on bouncy pitches," Raina said.
Raina feels that before criticising him, experts should carefully analyse the position where he bats.
"The kind of depth we have in our batting, I normally come out to bat in the 38th or the 40th over. That is the most crucial phase for the batting team where you need to step up the run-rate."