I was dropped despite performance: Suresh Raina

NEW DELHI: Suresh Raina says he was "hurt" after being dropped from the Indian staff regardless of appearing smartly, but now that he's back within the combine, the southpaw is made up our minds to benefit from the upcoming T20 sequence in South Africa.

"I was hurt on getting dropped even after performing well. But now I have cleared the Yo-Yo test and feeling so strong. During all these months of hard training, the desire to play for India again grew only so much stronger," Raina informed Aaj Tak.

"I won't leave it here. I have to play for India as long as possible. I have to play the 2019 World Cup because I know I have done well in England. There is still a lot left in me and I am extremely confident of doing well in these three games in South Africa," he said.

The 31-year-old has played 223 ODIs and 65 T20Is but he seems like a debutant once more.

"Yes, I am 31 but, as they say it, age is just a number. The other day when my match clothing arrived, I had the same feeling like I got before making my India debut. It is so special," he said.

The left-hander ultimate played for India within the T20 sequence against England and scored an outstanding 63 within the ultimate fit at Bengaluru in February ultimate 12 months. However, failure to clear the Yo-Yo check stored him out of the Indian staff.

"My family became my biggest strength during this trying time. I played a lot of domestic cricket and focused on clearing the Yo-Yo test too. I worked really hard on it at the NCA. I have always been fit during my entire career but it is just that at time you get down injuries or niggles and that hampered the preparation to clear the test."

With the likes of Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav and Ajinkya Rahane nonetheless trying to cement their place within the Indian ODI heart order, Raina is aware of a few good knocks within the T20 structure can help him get a look within the 50-over structure forward of the 2019 World Cup.

"If you talk about the No 4 slot in the ODIs, it is not an easy one to bat on. Most of the time the team is in a tricky situation when the No 4 comes to bat, especially while chasing. One needs to attack, change the gears constantly. I personally feel that the No 4 and 5 slot suits more to my style of batting," said Raina.
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