Australia v India, CB Series, 1st ODI, MCG February 4, 2012

Raina hopes T20 win sparks revival


Suresh Raina believes that India's win in the second Twenty20, especially the fielding, has sent out a message that they are ready to turn the summer around.

"All the boys that have come as one-day specialists are young," Raina said on the eve of the opening match of the triangular series. "When the fielding is good, the intensity picks up, there is a positive vibe around, the whole atmosphere is different.

"That's what we saw yesterday. The fielding was very good, the throws were brilliant, everybody did well. The batting was also good. Gautam Gambhir saw us through. It's a good sign. Hopefully we will continue that."

Raina said different results could be expected of the team in the ODIs. "It is a different ball game," he said. "We have played really well as a unit. We bowled really well. When you take wickets with the new ball, it's always good for the bowling unit. Vinay Kumar and Praveen Kumar bowled really well. If you look at the bench strength, we have Irfan [Pathan], Zak [Zaheer Khan], Umesh [Yadav] ready to go. We have a good team right now."

Raina said it was crucial to get one win on the board. "It was important for us," he said. "The morale is very good. The atmosphere is very positive at the moment. They (youngsters) showed real character and responsibility yesterday. Every youngster is looking forward to the one-day series. We have Sachin [Tendulkar], we have Zak, and a lot of players who have been in the Test series. They have experience in these conditions."

Raina went on to emphasise the importance of good fielding, and how hard he, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja have been working with Trevor Penney, the fielding coach. There is a healthy competition among the four even during the fielding drills. Raina will know, though, that only fielding doesn't win matches. He was dropped from the Test side after 15 games because the runs weren't coming consistently enough.

Raina said he had been working hard on his game to suit the bouncy surfaces. Before coming to Australia, he said he has worked at the NCA in Bangalore, in Mumbai with Praveen Amre, and has had sessions with wet balls and also on a hockey surface in Uttar Pradesh, his home state.

"I have been working on my wrist position so that I can keep the pull down," he said. "I am feeling confident at the moment, hitting the ball well, had six-seven good sessions here. This is an important tour with regards to comeback to the Test side."

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Krishna on February 5, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    @Outside_off_stump: And why should Sachin retire from ODI? Because he couldnt score a 100 in tests? or is it because he couldn't play after worldcup. You categorize in to unreasonable fan. @TopOrder: And the test results shows Australia is better skilled? a better Australian side struggled in 2001, did they lack skill back then? Or Peter Siddle is better than McGrath? @Playsafeus: what do you want ? win in 10 overs. That would fit better for luck or fluke. Not this. You want India to not just win but dominate in every match? Step by step. Thats how it should be done. They won CB series last time but they didn't dominate like Australians did in their best but they won. That is what matters. @Greenteam: Dude, this is not support. Even Australians will clap for a 100 from Kohli. We as Indians and Fan must support them when they are down. Remember 2003 worldcup. Nothing's impossible. Yes, team and management in general lacks professionalism. Once that is instilled we will see better sele

  • Nikhil on February 4, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    @ rahulcricket007... LOL'ED... true comment though. If India has to win the series... they need to bat and bowl CONSISTENTLY. I think the fielding will be a million times better compared to tests when we had 30 year old men moving at the pace of 100 year old men. And I don't care if Vinay Kumar bowled well for few games, but someone of the caliber of Irfan Pathan should not be warming the bench! In Irfan and Jadeja are two decent-good all rounders and I hope the they BOTH will be played!

  • Milind on February 4, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    @Outside_Off_Stump: Agree. But that's what he is being tested for!

  • Ashok on February 4, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    It was heartening to see brilliant fielding by the Indian team in the second ODI.But it is the Indian batting that has let the team down. Can Sachin & Sehwag who are the likely openers, give India a brilliant start? Will the rest of the batting build on it? Actually 5 of the top 6 batsmen are the same as in the Test series. Only new comer is likely to be either Rohit or Raina. The team will go with 5 batsmen+ WK+ an all rounder + 4 specialist bowlers( ZAK, Praveen, Rahul + Ashwin/Yadev). Dhoni must not make the mistake of dropping Rahul Sharma - he is the main wkt. taker whom the Aussies have not faced yet. ZAK & Praveen can both swing the new ball. There is a choice of several combinations in XI including, 5-4, 6-3 combo of bats to bowlers - the other 2 spots being WK + All rounder- 5-4 combo appears more balanced. Sachin & ZAK who are displacing 2 guys from the winning T-20 squad need to rise up & justify their selection by outstanding performances.Believe in yourselves to win.

  • zia on February 4, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    I Personally Don't Agree with Raina because they Won against almost a New Australian Side where India should Win the t20 Series. Well I feel Indian Celebrities including Cricketers just Show Dreams to their People Far from Realities and Indians Start Living in those Dreams!!! Wake up India and Accept the Realities. For Correct Information about any thing always refer Home & International Media. Best Regards!!!

  • mahesh on February 4, 2012, 14:09 GMT order if india wins their 1st match vs australia there is NO WAY stopping them and then australia will not win the series NO WAY

  • Yasir on February 4, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    Were these same bowlers alive couple of weeks ago. Because I did not saw this competitive bench strength in Test series. And all talk of youngsters improving the side chances to win, WOW, try to win some tests as well. It is time to say good bye to some.

    What was the margin that they managed to win with in 2nd T20, 3 balls, very very convincing.

  • Dummy4 on February 4, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Sachin has ALOT to offer to the game still. No one walks to the crease and bats with such confidence. People are discounting him because they EXPECT atleast 50 from him each game which is ridiculous. As a batsman to come out in the Aus tests and hit the first ball for a boundary while under immense pressure is a true gift. I certainly wouldnt write him off just yet. Laxman is definitely aging, it shows through his lack of fitness, slow running between the wickets and general fielding. Same goes for sehwag although when sehwag attacks runs do come, that is if he doesnt swing wildly and give up his wicket.

    Jadeja should definitely be playing as he is a complete all rounder, bat, bowl and fielder. Ashwin is certainly a good batsman to have around but not the best spinner. Ohja would be a better spin replacement but at the sacrifice of good batting so i understand picking ashwin. The bowlers need early wickets and keep applying pressure, keep attacking do NOT relapse!!

  • Mathews on February 4, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    RAHUL SHARMA MUST GET CHANCE AHEAD OF R.ASHWIN AS A MAIN SPINNER IN THE FIRST ONDAY, 2 reasons for that 1.Ashwin is continuously playing from long time without a break against west indies,australia etc 2. Australians are familiar with Ashwin now. I feel Rahul Sharama is the better choice in the Australian condition

  • rahul on February 4, 2012, 12:13 GMT


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