The upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will soon begin from March 23. BCCI has already released the schedule for the first 17 matches of the tournament. The tournament would be very crucial for some very big players.
This is because these players are not been considered for the upcoming World Cup. However a good IPL tournament would definitely bring their names in the books of the selectors. These players would love to make good use of IPL and fulfill their dream of appearing in World Cup.
Among these players is an Indian limited overs veteran Suresh Raina. The 32-year-old Uttar Pradesh-born player is the highest run-getter in the history of IPL. After playing 176 games, Raina has scored 4,985 runs.
The left-handed batsman would love to make another fruitful season while playing for Chennai Super Kings. The veteran is also very good at fielding that even Jonty Rhodes named him as his best fielder.
In an interview to Times Now, Suresh said that he would love to play the World Cup for the third time after 2011 and 2015. He regularly played in the first half of 2018 before getting in the three-match ODI series against England.
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The drop from the team was unexpected
When Suresh was asked if he thought that dropping him from the team was unfair, he replied in affirmative. Since 2005, he has played 226 ODIs and has scored 5,600 runs at an average of over 35. In the interview Raina said:
Definitely. I was surely not expecting to be dropped because I got limited matches to play and during those matches, I did fairly well. But you know, you can’t really blame anyone for these things. I work hard, focus on my form & fitness every day. I am continuing to do my job.
Suresh also said that he always gives his best to whichever team he plays irrespective of the level. He also believes that performing well in IPL might revive his World Cup chances as India’s middle order is in a state of flux.
When he was asked if his experience could help India lift the World Cup once again, Raina said with a smile, “Who wouldn’t want to lift the World Cup twice.”