Suresh Raina and his England "pain"

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Published: Monday, November 5, 2012, 15:15 [IST]
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Suresh Raina and his England

Bangalore, Nov 5: Indian middle-order batsman Suresh Raina wanted to give back the "pain" to England but the left-hander himself will have to go through the pain of missing out on an India Test berth as he was axed from the squad on Monday.

Raina, who led India A against in a three-day warm-up game last week, had said he was determined to take revenge against the visiting England side after having been humiliated 0-4 last year in their conditions.

"I was there in England and I feel the pain of losing that series 0-4. I want to give some of that pain back," Raina had said before that warm-up game in Mumbai.

Now, the Uttar Pradesh batsman will not play any part at least in the first half of the four-match series. The battle for number six spot was won by another left-hander Yuvraj Singh.

Not only did Raina experience the "pain" of 0-4 thrashing, he endured a horrendous time in the middle in those eight innings. His sequence of scores was 0, 78, 12, 1, 4, 10, 0 and 0. 105 runs in eight visits to the crease put him out of the Test team for more than six months.

But he made a comeback for the home series against New Zealand and in those three innings he had 3, 55 and 0. Now those returns were not enough to keep him in the squad of 15. With Yuvraj coming back and Ajinkya Rahane doing well in domestic circuit, Raina might have to wait for a long time to wear whites again.

In that practice game against England in Mumbai, both Raina and Yuvraj played. While Yuvraj hit a half century, Raina fell cheaply. Before that game he had hoped for Yuvraj's return to Indian team but added he too wanted to be there with his "big role model."

"Yuvraj has just come back from a serious illness. He's a big role model for me and others. I would love to see him back in whites. I want that spot too. I want to play these four Tests against England. But I'd rather not dwell on who the spot will go to. It's upto the selectors who they want to pick," Raina had said.

With a Test spot almost out of his reach, Raina will have to wait for One Day Internationals and Twenty20 Internationals to give back the "pain" to England.


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