Raina prefers Pravin Amre over ex-Indian coaches

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Published: Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 10:46 [IST]
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Pravin Amre's batting tips useful: Raina

Mumbai, Oct 30: India's middle-order batsman Suresh Raina who has been getting some valuable tips to improve his batting from former India player Pravin Amre, said the tips he has received ahead of India A team's tour game against England has been worthwhile.

Suresh Raina who has scored 768 runs off 17 Tests, at an average of 28.44 and a strike rate of 53.29 with one hundred and 7 half centuries, feels player needs a person to guide all the time, as the team has to switch over from longer to shorter versions of the game.

"With so many formats to switch between, it sometimes gets difficult and you need somebody to observe you and guide you all the time. Look at sports like tennis and shooting, the coach always travels with the sportsman," he said.

Raina, who made his Test debut in 2010, and his ODI debut in 2005, has seen a couple of coaches during the last 7 years.

The 25-year old feels though Team India had big names as coaches, he preferred somebody to help him when he was not touring with the team.

Since Pravin Amre has been his guide since his childhood, Raina prefers to talk to the former India player and get some valuable tips ahead of important tournaments.

"Since the last seven years, we have had Greg Chappell, Lalchand Rajput, Gary Kirsten and Duncan Fletcher (as India coaches). They all had their own methods. When I was 14 or 15, I played a lot of matches at the U-19 level for Air India and have known Pravin sir since then. He knows my batting well," he said.

"I'm not complaining against all the big names that I just mentioned, they were all fine coaches, but when you're not in the team, you need somebody to work on your game all the time.

He further added that the former India player had pointed out his weakness and also suggested him a few techniques to improve his batting.

"Pravin told me I've been batting well but the time has come to change my game now. The button has to be pressed," Raina stated.


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