Indian cricket July 16, 2012

'I need proper shot selection' - Raina

Suresh Raina, speaking to Ruchir Mishra in the Times of India , looks back on his career thus far, his role in the middle order, technique and aiming for a place in the Test side.

Suresh Raina, speaking to Ruchir Mishra in the Times of India, looks back on his career thus far, his role in the middle order, technique and aiming for a place in the Test side.

If wickets fall early, you need to build up, while if you get a solid start, you need to push things up. Yuvraj (Singh) had once talked about the importance of a solid middle order and how crucial his role is along with myself and (MS) Dhoni. When I scored those crucial 30s against Australia and Pakistan in the World Cup, I experienced tremendous satisfaction. Sachin Bhai said 'you won the match for us.' Gary (Kirsten) said 'you won the World Cup for us with those two knocks.' Nothing could match those praises. I am ready to bat anywhere the team requires me to.

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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