Every game important for me: Raina

 Suresh Raina

Calcutta: Suresh Raina feels making use of whatever opportunity he gets in India colours could help regain his place in ODIs ahead of the World Cup next year.

In his return to the Indian team, the left-hander has looked to bat with aggression in the two T20Is so far. He is aware that scoring consistently in the coming matches will certainly brighten his World Cup prospects.  

“It is important to win a trophy first and important to go out there with the mindset of playing for the team. If you see our top-order, the batsmen are all batting well. When you come to the middle order, MS  is there and Manish is also doing a good job.

“So, we will see where I can fit in. There are a lot of matches coming up now. So, winning games is more important than which format I am playing. Every game is important for me now,” Raina said on the eve of the third and final T20I  in Cape Town.

Raina’s focus will be to play his natural game in the opportunities he gets. And that’s the message he’s got from the support. “I always play for the team and if we are winning trophies, individual performances will look after themselves. 

“Whatever opportunity I get, I’ll look to play my natural game. That’s the message I’ve got from the support staff. I enjoy the team support and I’m looking to improve my game and cement my place in the team,” he said.

Being grateful to captain Virat Kohli for promoting him up to No.3 in the line-up, Raina pointed out that the first six overs will again be key for India in Saturday’s game, as they need to be at their aggressive best.

“It is important to attack. Virat (Kohli) showed that faith in me and I’m grateful to him. In the last two games, we have dominated in the first six overs. It’s very important to do well in that period.

“When you look to target the first six overs in T20s, you have to play your shots. Sometimes you get runs and sometimes you don’t, but I think when there is depth in the middle-order, you need to play really well in the first six overs.

“You need to take chances in the first six overs when you are looking to chase down a total or put up big runs, and that’s what we have done as a batting unit,” Raina said.

Raina stressed that India need to carry their momentum gained from the last week of January and finish off the tour on a perfect note. “We have spoken about it in the team meeting as well. 

“When we have been doing well in every game, we then need to finish well too. That is what Virat is all about. He never takes things easy and on top of that, you have MS and Ravi bhai who also give their inputs to the players.” 

Source: Google Sports

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