Suresh Raina looks such a tentative player if he is confronted with a little juicy surface and fiery bowling.
On a flat deck, he is a different player altogether and seems to have all the shots in the book. But, as soon as some pace and bounce come along to challenge him, he looks awfully limited.
His game on the tough wickets is just not improving. He has been around in the circuit for 10 years now and still he is that flat deck player which he was when he had made his debut for India.
Seeing him bat gives the feeling at times that his problem has been more in the head than in the technique.
The way he just keeps jumping around his crease to try and develop new methods to counter the moving and bouncing ball, it seems he himself is acknowledging that his technique and defence are not good enough.
There is a good old theory in Cricket that you have to keep your head still while hitting the ball, but, it is just not possible to do that if your position in the crease is constantly changing.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has hailed Ravindra Jadeja for his brilliant knock in the second ODI against England which was played at Nehru Stadium, Kochi.
Jadeja batted superbly in the death overs and scored 61 run of just 37 balls with the help of 8 fours and 2 sixes. After playing a blistering knock, Jadeja did a fine job with the ball as well. He bowled 7 overs and gave away only 12 runs. He took a couple of wickets as well. Jadeja’s effort helped India in securing an easy victory over England. India won the match easily by 127 runs.
When asked about Jadeja’s performance, Dhoni said, “It was a fine knock. His shot selection was superb today and that was nice to see. More often than not, he gets out playing bad shots. But, today, he played with a calm head.”
“He bats at no. 7 which is vital position. It is important for him to score runs consistently. His performance with the ball has been fine, but, he hasn’t managed to perform consistently with the bat. So, it’s good that he played a decent knock today. Hopefully, his form would remain good in the remaining matches of the series as well.”
When asked about the pitch, Dhoni said, “It was a perfect test match wicket. There was something in it for everyone. There was a bit of seam movement and the odd ball was turning as well. But, the batsmen could also score runs on that pitch after getting their eye in.”
“In the first 10 overs, the fast bowlers were swinging the ball and it was not easy for the openers to negotiate them. We could easily have lost 3-4 wickets during that period, but, Kohli and Yuvraj batted well and provided a good platform to the upcoming batsmen.”
The skipper of the Indian cricket team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, has said that he is satisfied with the performance of the Indian team in the first test match against New Zealand at Hyderabad. India won the first test match against New Zealand by an inning and 115 runs. The Indian team completely outplayed the Kiwis in all the three departments of the game. The performance of the Indian team was disastrous in the last test series against Australia. The Indian team had lost that series by 4-0. So, Dhoni would have been quite relieved after returning to the winning ways again.
The Indian captain seemed to be quite impressed by the young classical batsman Cheteshwar Pujara who scored his maiden test century in the Hyderabad test match. Dhoni said that Pujara has got the correct technique to bat at no. 3. He has got a very solid defense and he rarely plays a rash shot. He uses his feet very well against the spinners and he also doesn’t struggle against the short, rising deliveries unlike some of the young Indian batsmen.
The off spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin, also performed brilliantly in the Hyderabad test match. Ashwin took 6 wickets in each inning. On being asked about Ashwin’s performance, Dhoni said that Ashwin is a tall off spinner. So, he gets a lot of bounce. He also turns the ball both ways. So, it is not easy to pick him. On top of that, he is a very intelligent bowler and he mixes up his length very well. As per Dhoni, Ashwin has got the capability to become a great spinner. On being asked whether Raina would be dropped in the second test match after another failure in Hyderabad test, Dhoni said that Raina has been one of the most consistent performers for India in ODI cricket in the last few years. He is still pretty young and he has got the talent to become a good test batsman. He should be given some more chances to prove his worth in the test team.
Indian captain and wicket keeper batsman Mahindra Singh Dhoni has announced that his Indian team would be open to resuming the bi-lateral cricketing ties with neighbouring country and rivals Pakistan. However the concern of the thirty year old was that with an already full cricketing schedule which is often prepared years in advance there seems little room for manoeuvre to fit in a series against the Pakistan team.
Many crickets have been critical of the vast number of series played and crammed into the cricketing calendar. Dhoni is no exception to this as the Chennai Super Kings player outlined his views that he is in need of a well earned break since barely having a rest period after nearly four years of continuous cricket and felt that breaks should not be cut down any further. The Indian is hoping to take around a month and a half out of the game at the end of the summer to be well rested going into the winter internationals.
Since their world cup victory last year India’s form has slumped and many of the big players have had little rest, perhaps showing that fatigue may be a contributing factor to their dip in results. Dhoni was discussing the issue of breaks following the news that Kevin Pieteresen had retired from one day and twenty 20 international cricket to concentrate on his test form due to an overly heavy workload. Although an India Pakistan series would be much sought after by the cricketing world, scheduling may restrict the possibility to sometime in the future, Dhoni’s words encouraging the match up may help go a long way to making it happen as ultimately the players play a huge role in the decision making process when they are the ones at risk when and if the series happens.