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Raina eyeing a revival in Test career
20 June 2011

Suresh Raina was pleased with his valuable 82 that could well revive his Test career. The left-hander made his runs in an adverse situation on the first day of the opening Test here on Monday.

Raina said later, “It’s not easy to make runs in Test matches. You need to respect the opponent. You need to see the shape of the delivery, see who is reversing the ball and watch the hands closely. And your feet need to move well.”

He added, “My plan was to play straight, keep my mind clear and be patient. I was waiting for the loose balls.”

Although not really probed by the short-pitched stuff by the quicks in this innings, there were a couple of occasions when Raina coped better with the rising deliveries than in the past.

“It’s getting better. I am working hard with coach Duncan (Fletcher). I have spoken to Dhoni and Rahul (Dravid) bhai, who have asked me to duck under the short ball,” he added.

Raina said, “I am now not worrying about where they are going to pitch the ball. I am trying to be positive, trying to play straight down the ground.”

He believed leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo was not comfortable bowling at left-handers. “He tossed it up for me to go over covers but I was determined to play him down the ground.”

Raina was appreciative of Harbhajan Singh's batting display. “The runs with Harbhajan were scored almost at five runs per over. He batted very well.”

Raina felt it was not going to be easy for the West Indies batsmen in this Test. “If we get a couple of wickets early on, then we could build pressure. On this wicket, the new ball does a bit. The wicket is also uneven and in our two spinners, we have two very good bowlers. And a couple of their batsmen don’t know how to play spin bowling.”

The comeback man, Edwards

West Indies fast bowler Fidel Edwards who scalped four with some incisive bowling said, “We would like to get at least 400 runs on this track and try to bat only once in the Test. The ball is turning a lot.”

Edwards, making a comeback to the West Indian team, added, “The pitch has some bounce but it’s not as fast as I would have liked. It’s a bit two-paced.”

The paceman revealed, “Our plan was to bowl India out for 250 or less. But after having India down to 85 for six, we thought we could bowl them out for less than 150 runs. But Harbhajan played a good knock, so did Raina.”

The paceman said, “We were a bit surprised that India chose to bat. Our plan was to field first and it worked out for us anyway.”

Calling Devendra Bishoo the new star boy, Edwards said, “I was very impressed in the manner he took those three quick wickets and then grabbed that great catch in the deep.”

Edwards was also happy about how his body had held up so far. The paceman had battled fitness concerns over the last two years.



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