Test cricket: Is Suresh Raina fit to play at No 6?

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Updated: Thursday, September 6, 2012, 10:46 [IST]
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Tests: Raina under pressure at No 6?

Bangalore, Sep 6: Suresh Raina, considered to be the back-bone of India's batting order, seems to have disappointed the selectors as he has not been able to cement his place in the Test squad yet.

With scores of 3, 55 and 0 Raina's efforts would definitely not earn him a Test berth. Though he has been a regular player in the ODIs and T20s, having played 17 Tests, Raina averages 28.44 with 768 runs which includes a hundred and 7 half centuries.

Moreover, with players like Manoj Tiwary, Rohit Sharma also waiting to cement their Test berth, pressure is on Raina to perform.

Though he scored a gritty half century in the first innings of the Bangalore Test, Raina failed miserably to create an impact in the second innings, when it mattered the most as he was dismissed for a duck.

Chasing 261 to win, India were reeling at 158/4 when Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina were at the crease. The situation demanded a good partnership inorder to rebuild the innings, but that did not happen as the No 6 batsman who was not willing to stay on as he faced nine deliveries and wanted to go for a big shot, which ensured that he was bowled by Jeetan Patel for a duck.

It was indeed a poor shot, which could have been avoided, given his experience in ODIs, he should have played a matured innings, which was totally missing in the Test series against New Zealand.

This has also raised doubts over his place in the Test squad. With just a few Tests to his credit, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara have been doing a fabulous job which suggests that they have already cemented their Test berths while Suresh Raina has not been consistent, and is nowhere near to cement his place in the Test team.

Moreover, he has scored three half centuries against West Indies which has added to a better average overseas with 33.29, while he averages around 20.20 at home.

Raina, was dropped for India's tour Down Under following his poor run in England. Since Dhoni is defending the left-hander, he is enjoying a good run, but given his current form, Raina surely needs to work hard to ensure a place in the Test team for the series against England and South Africa.

If he doesn't prove the critics wrong in the next series, Manoj Tiwary, Rohit Sharma and Badrinath might get a nod to the Test squad.


Story first published:  Thursday, September 6, 2012, 10:38 [IST]
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