England vs India: Suresh Raina makes ODI comeback after nearly 3 years

first_imgSuresh Raina is back in the one-day international squad after a gap of three years as India continue to experiment with their middle-order in the 50-over set up.Raina, who last played an ODI against South Africa in October, was dropped from the limited-overs sides due to inconsistency with the bat and his failure to pass the yo-yo test.But the 31-year-old worked hard during his time away from the Indian team, scored runs in the domestic circuit and in the Indian Premier League and also worked hard on his fitness to make his way back in the national set up.India vs England 1st ODI Live Cricket ScoreThroughout his career Raina has played 18 knocks at No. 4 and scored 675 runs at an average of 45 with one hundred and six half-centuries. He has batted at No.5 on 81 occasions and has three hundreds with an impressive strike-rate and average.The Men in Blue are yet to figure out the permanent combination in the middle-order especially in the one-day team with just MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya being the constants to feature in the playing XI.Ajinkya Rahane and Kedar Jadhav were part of the team during the 6-match series in South Africa while Shreyas Iyer was also given an opportunity but none of them were able to cement their places in the side.India vs England: Rohit Sharma braces for high-scoring ODI series vs EnglandManish Pandey has also been given a longer rope but keeps moving in and out of the final XI.advertisementDinesh Karthik is also a part of the squad but wasn’t included in the XI against England on Thursday.Team India are looking at this series as a precursor for the 50-over World Cup which will be played in England next year and need to finalise their middle-order soon.KL Rahul seems to have sealed his place in the team thanks to his outstanding form off late. He is expected to bat at No. 3 with Kohli coming in at No. 4.”With the World Cup in England exactly a year later, in terms of preparations, it will be good for us to see where we stand as a team. What sort of combinations, targets can be available for us.”What we need to do to move forward as a team. This tour brings another challenge for us,” opener Rohit Sharma had stated at the pre-match press conference in Nottingham on Wednesday.Both Rohit and KL Rahul slammed a century each in the concluded T20I series, when asked about the chance of batting together in ODIs, he said, “I do not know where he will bat in ODIs. But he has been in great form. He is a quality player, wherever he will bat he will contribute. He wants to make a contribution in ODI team and will make an impact,” he said.Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on the other hand, feels Rahul should bat at No. 3 with Kohli with at crucial number four position to provide solidity to the India’s batting line-up.Since the tour of Sri Lanka in July-August 2017, India have tried as many as six different batsmen – Rahul, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik and Ajinkya Rahane – at the number four position but Ganguly feels Kohli is the best bet for the crucial slot.”With Rahul at number three, and Virat Kohli batting at number four, I think the problem has been sorted out. And I firmly believe it is also the right thing to do in the ODI format as well,” Ganguly said. “I think that’s what Kohli is going to do (in the upcoming series) as well,” the former skipper opined,” he added.India will now be banking on Rahul’s form and Raina’s experience to dominate the ODI series in England after clinching the T20I series 2-1.last_img read more