England v India, 2nd ODI, Cardiff August 28, 2014

Raina thrilled to end century drought

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Suresh Raina: "This knock is one of the most special ones for me" © Getty Images

Suresh Raina came into this series with question marks over his place in the one-day outfit, having been left out of the squad when India last picked a full-strength side, during the Asia Cup in March. The counterattacking hundred on Wednesday, his first outside Asia and his first since January 2010, in the second ODI against England should give him a head start in the race for middle-order spots.

Raina was particularly pleased with his effort as it came after a dreadful run for India in the Test series, which ended with three one-sided defeats. "This knock is one of the most special ones for me given the circumstances and the conditions," he told the BCCI website. "We hadn't won the game in a long time and to help the team break that jinx with a century was very satisfying."

Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma had started India's recovery after a nervy start that has been a familiar sight all tour, but it was Raina's century off 74 deliveries propelled India towards a 300-plus total. "After I got my fifty, I got a bit conscious [about the score] because I hadn't scored a century since a long time and I wanted to finish well," he said.

"Rohit also got out after his fifty and I was determined to carry on till the end. So I played khadoos (doggedly) for a while. After a while I started to play my shots, which did disturb the bowlers' rhythm. They struggled with their field placements and bowling areas. That's when I knew that I was dominating them and was thinking one step ahead of them."

After India's disastrous showing in the Tests, the BCCI had installed Ravi Shastri as the team director, prompting speculation over head coach Duncan Fletcher's future. There have been conflicting statements over who remains in charge - Shastri, Fletcher or captain MS Dhoni - but Raina said the team environment was "very good" and that Shastri's appointment was already proving beneficial.

"Ravi Shastri gave us a lot of confidence," Raina said. "He came to the team meeting and said a few words to the team which were very inspiring. He was also sitting with me in the bus when we were on our way to the stadium and he told me, 'khadoos khelna hai (play a stubborn game)'. There is a different comfort level when you talk to a former Indian player; you can be free and honest. All the other coaches have been very supportive as well but Ravi Shastri set the tone for us and instilled confidence in the team."

Raina also credited the training he did in Mumbai with Sachin Tendulkar and former India batsman Pravin Amre, who has also worked closely with several other Indian batsmen including Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane. "After all the work I had put into my game in Mumbai with Sachin paaji and Amre sir, I was determined to join the team and bring them some happiness, whether it is by scoring a hundred or taking a brilliant catch. I had to bring the smiles back on my teammates' faces. I am glad I could do that today."

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  • POSTED BY Cricsnake on | August 30, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    Brilliant batting display from Raina. He seems matured a lot with the help of Dada. He was vulnerable to short ball sometime ago but now it seems improved a lot. Raina is improving day by day & hope he could improve as a master batsman in ODI's. Now the ODI series seems in the hands of team India. Good Luck for the series !

  • POSTED BY Asher10 on | August 29, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    Can anyone tell me whats going on in Virat's mind? He was just came to the Pitch and tried to hit the ball over the top. He was in such a hurry to get out I guess Bcuz the one who wants to play a long innings dnt play shots like that especially in that phase of time when India was struggling.

  • POSTED BY UDARA1989_ on | August 29, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Raina is one of best middle order Indian batsman in modern day..who has huge talent accelerate him self.i think Indian middle order is not bad..but the case is Indian openers are not going well. Star batsman Virat also out of touch. I'm a Srilankan fan. I'd rather go with star batsman Shewag...Dhawan won't be another DADA.I think murali Vijay is totally better than him. he is complete batsman.my option is Viru........non can perform like him..recent past in IPL he showed still he can blistered all over the place.....Viru we hope you will play in 2105 world cup.In modern cricket still there we can't see such a opening batsman......

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    @ Babu Duraisamy: Weren't you following Indian cricket of late. We have a lot of young players to come to the national team. To name a few Baba Aparajith, Unmukt Chand, Manoj Tiwary, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Ambati Rayudu, Sanju Samson. We should get rid of Raina before he is becoming a liability to the team.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    Raina is a brilliant player stated by one of the best critics of the Cricket particularly Indian Cricket, Greg Chappell, which is proved very well today. Having come into the team wihtout baggage ( He is not contracted by anyone either captains clan nor others, unlike Jadeja n Rohit) hence it is freshening to see the result. He is a great player and in valuable to team becaus eof all round disply and 100% commitment in all departments of the game.

    Alos he is a very polite player like and in the standards of Mohd. Kaif without support.

    It is heartening to see performers than talented contracted guys.

    All the best SR. rajan

  • POSTED BY baji003 on | August 29, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    To Cricinfo ., please allow us to comment on pictures., always wanted ask., some splendid shots from cameras., need some credit to camera man as well.,

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    @Prabhakar: Will be nice if you name them. Raina is one of the very best we have in limited overs cricket, in terms of value he brings to the team. The fear factor he generates is rarely seen in any other young cricketer you can think of. He richly deserves to be in the ODI team on any day. He can still work on his weaknesses in Test Cricket and make a comeback. He can't be too worse than the others we have seen in recent times.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    I'd rather go with Vijay and Rohit as openers.. Dhawan looks out of sorts against the moving ball.. Rohit seemed pretty decent.. Both Vijay n Rohit can up the ante when they get settled.. We have the proof of it in IPL.. Raina's innings was a blinder.. None can say he s not fit enough to be in ODI squad.. He has to provide more consistency.. If he comes in early, he shd try to score a 100.. If he comes with 15 overs left, he knows wat to do as he has been in such situations.. I wd say he s the mainstay.. Vk shd find his touch bak.. He s jus an innings away frm that.. Dhoni, need not mention his credentials.. I personally rate him better than all finishers in the world.. He is the bset when it comes to ODIs.. Ashwin has to up the ante in his bowling.. Shami needs to learn to bowl to Lefties.. Dhoni mit as well try Umesh in the next game.. English have been vulnerable to Pace.. Hopefully we ll go 2-0 next match..

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    We shouldn't take this high and keep him in the national team for long. Because Raina is just an ordinary player who scores big once in a while. He scores plenty at home, Lanka, Bangla and Pak, but mediocre at fast bouncy pitches. We have so many talented young players waiting in the line to replace him.

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | August 29, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    It's time to put Kohli out of his misery. Drop him and play a youngster who is dying to play for India - some one like Sanju Samson. Manoj Tiwary can be tried too. He can bat in the middle and bowl a few overs of leg break

  • POSTED BY Cricsnake on | August 30, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    Brilliant batting display from Raina. He seems matured a lot with the help of Dada. He was vulnerable to short ball sometime ago but now it seems improved a lot. Raina is improving day by day & hope he could improve as a master batsman in ODI's. Now the ODI series seems in the hands of team India. Good Luck for the series !

  • POSTED BY Asher10 on | August 29, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    Can anyone tell me whats going on in Virat's mind? He was just came to the Pitch and tried to hit the ball over the top. He was in such a hurry to get out I guess Bcuz the one who wants to play a long innings dnt play shots like that especially in that phase of time when India was struggling.

  • POSTED BY UDARA1989_ on | August 29, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    Raina is one of best middle order Indian batsman in modern day..who has huge talent accelerate him self.i think Indian middle order is not bad..but the case is Indian openers are not going well. Star batsman Virat also out of touch. I'm a Srilankan fan. I'd rather go with star batsman Shewag...Dhawan won't be another DADA.I think murali Vijay is totally better than him. he is complete batsman.my option is Viru........non can perform like him..recent past in IPL he showed still he can blistered all over the place.....Viru we hope you will play in 2105 world cup.In modern cricket still there we can't see such a opening batsman......

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    @ Babu Duraisamy: Weren't you following Indian cricket of late. We have a lot of young players to come to the national team. To name a few Baba Aparajith, Unmukt Chand, Manoj Tiwary, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Ambati Rayudu, Sanju Samson. We should get rid of Raina before he is becoming a liability to the team.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    Raina is a brilliant player stated by one of the best critics of the Cricket particularly Indian Cricket, Greg Chappell, which is proved very well today. Having come into the team wihtout baggage ( He is not contracted by anyone either captains clan nor others, unlike Jadeja n Rohit) hence it is freshening to see the result. He is a great player and in valuable to team becaus eof all round disply and 100% commitment in all departments of the game.

    Alos he is a very polite player like and in the standards of Mohd. Kaif without support.

    It is heartening to see performers than talented contracted guys.

    All the best SR. rajan

  • POSTED BY baji003 on | August 29, 2014, 8:32 GMT

    To Cricinfo ., please allow us to comment on pictures., always wanted ask., some splendid shots from cameras., need some credit to camera man as well.,

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    @Prabhakar: Will be nice if you name them. Raina is one of the very best we have in limited overs cricket, in terms of value he brings to the team. The fear factor he generates is rarely seen in any other young cricketer you can think of. He richly deserves to be in the ODI team on any day. He can still work on his weaknesses in Test Cricket and make a comeback. He can't be too worse than the others we have seen in recent times.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    I'd rather go with Vijay and Rohit as openers.. Dhawan looks out of sorts against the moving ball.. Rohit seemed pretty decent.. Both Vijay n Rohit can up the ante when they get settled.. We have the proof of it in IPL.. Raina's innings was a blinder.. None can say he s not fit enough to be in ODI squad.. He has to provide more consistency.. If he comes in early, he shd try to score a 100.. If he comes with 15 overs left, he knows wat to do as he has been in such situations.. I wd say he s the mainstay.. Vk shd find his touch bak.. He s jus an innings away frm that.. Dhoni, need not mention his credentials.. I personally rate him better than all finishers in the world.. He is the bset when it comes to ODIs.. Ashwin has to up the ante in his bowling.. Shami needs to learn to bowl to Lefties.. Dhoni mit as well try Umesh in the next game.. English have been vulnerable to Pace.. Hopefully we ll go 2-0 next match..

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    We shouldn't take this high and keep him in the national team for long. Because Raina is just an ordinary player who scores big once in a while. He scores plenty at home, Lanka, Bangla and Pak, but mediocre at fast bouncy pitches. We have so many talented young players waiting in the line to replace him.

  • POSTED BY Al_Bundy1 on | August 29, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    It's time to put Kohli out of his misery. Drop him and play a youngster who is dying to play for India - some one like Sanju Samson. Manoj Tiwary can be tried too. He can bat in the middle and bowl a few overs of leg break

  • POSTED BY YesKayR on | August 29, 2014, 3:28 GMT

    can see the appreciations overflowing.. people r saying he shud've played in tests. Raina and many others saying shastri's presence was inspiration.. haven't we heard all these before. Had BCCI appointed gavaskar or shashti or for that matter former player of repute as team director before 2011 eng and aus tour, wud the results have been different. playing for india itself shud be an inspiration to perform. Comments are often made after a result. Forecasts made are always forgotten. IF u watch a video of pitch reports by experts now, you will find 75% have been highly inaccurate. At the end of the match, people forget what was predicted. This has happened and will continue to happen. For eg: Viv Richards appointment as mentor for DD in IPL 2014 when they were in doldrums..immediately after he came, DD won one match. Media went overbrd to say how Viv's presence helped DD.. after that DD lost a string of matches.. So wait and see what happens. Enjoy when we win...

  • POSTED BY Sexysteven on | August 29, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    Raina is interesting he always looks agood player once he gets going he can play no doubt about that time for him to be more consistent especially overseas they need him to play like at the wc on better pitches then I think India will be competitive he's good enough to score more hundreds and average over 40 in odis he should be able to over come that prob with the short ball and maybe have another crack in tests at somepoint

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    @Affan Tahir If only you were a batsman fighting for your place constantly, never scoring a hundred after being so close so many times your team being humiliated for their batting inability, and almost going down the same path one more time................and here you come in, score a blistering maiden century resulting in your team's win and ending drought....

    YES I WOULD CELEBRATE LIKE RAINA DID AND MORE. WHEN YOU PLAY WELL like that you can do anything you want. He deserved it and showed is passion and emotion.

    I salute him for showing up and showing off .....in style

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2014, 1:55 GMT

    Apart from playing abilities, Raina has a boyish confidence which i am sure will rub off on some of the other players who are at the present point in tome low in confidence. As for the addition of Ravi Shastri to the management team his ever diplomatic approach will surely be helpful. Wish the Indian team all success in the other matches ahead

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2014, 0:51 GMT

    @Venkat_Gowrishankar

    Please put down the patriotism koolaid.

    There's no denying that Raina is a talented player, but to celebrate his innings in such a manner only inflates the ego of the team which leads to humiliating defeats overseas.

  • POSTED BY slazenger on | August 28, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    I recommend Suresh Raina as "Modern Master".

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    You shouldn't expect Raina to score centuries especially when he comes at the end of the innings, like may be after 35 overs. There is no time to settle in and pace your innings later. He barely gets around 50 to 60 balls at the end of the innings of the 15overs. How can you expect him to score century by batting in that sort of position. His job is to increase the tempo of the innings which he has done decently so far in his career considering his strike rate and average. Even Michael Bevan has 6 centuries in his entire ODI career who is regarded as the best limited over batsman in his era. Raina is just 27 and he has 4 centuries. Adding to his free batting style he is one of the best fielders in world cricket. If I am a selector I would pick Raina in my ODI squad any day.

  • POSTED BY NABAKRISHNA on | August 28, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    Indian team need good openers for World Cup 2015,Dhawan must perform now or never bcoz only few months left for mega event of cricket.If openers performs well in world cup then more often India will score more runs and which is very important.

  • POSTED BY NABAKRISHNA on | August 28, 2014, 19:46 GMT

    Raina will score more centuries if he bat at no.5 regularly and I think he sorts out all his weakness and he is confident to handle pressure as yuvi did in his all career.Best of luck to Raina and Indian team for rest of the matches

  • POSTED BY NABAKRISHNA on | August 28, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    superb Raina smashed english bowlers out the park and now India back in track.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 28, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    first century after 4.5 years and 1st outsode sub continent in 10 years of career is "NOT ACCEPTABLE" bcoz our indian team has performwd averagw on many occation and raina had enpugh matches where he han enough time to make century aftwr coming to bat at no.6..

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | August 28, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    Raina is the best attacking batsman that India has for the ODI's. Raina always scores his runs consistently at a S/R of close to 100. Above all he is not selfish & plays for the team. Raina was spotted as a teen ager by Greg Chappell as the future of the Indian batting. He is an outstanding fielder & very athletic in the field in addition to his good off spin bowling abilities. He is so quick on his feet that he can hit the ball with his electric movement & in a flash the ball is over the fence - 6 or a 4. His improvisation of stroke play is simply amazing. He has been working very hard to correct his so called perceived weakness vs. short pitched bowling. Two things he must remember are: 1. Do NOT play or swing at every short pitched ball- which he tends to do- it is OK to duck underneath or move away. 2. Practice more on a matting wkts. to play the short pitched balls. His magnificent century at Cardiff signified his ability to put spine into the "Shastri Mantra". Great show Raina!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 28, 2014, 16:37 GMT

    raina is not only a batsman, genuine player of the situation in demand, he has to work out some techniques on short pitched delivery. he has to practise for the pull shot without making jerk. at present he has to concentrate on this technic. he has to work out in net practise 2 weeks atleast then he will be a complete batsman.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    this is unfair with india ,team india must protest and play only inside india. =D

  • POSTED BY jimwhatever on | August 28, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    i know it is an untimely comment but now it is becoming more clear the part sachin played for cricket in india. he made the people like him and like cricket. dhoni is becoming an irritating character with his selections. it is really going to affect cricket in india. people are starting to remember the losses because it is occuring so frequently and dhoni sticking to his favorites is just arrogance. the time is not so distant for their supporters starting to wish for their defeat.

  • POSTED BY Venkat_Gowrishankar on | August 28, 2014, 16:00 GMT

    @Affan Tahir and to all Pakistan fans who seem to have some issues with Raina scoring a century: if you had followed cricket properly, then you would understand why this innuings was special. For someone to come in at 5 and score a century and that too after 25 overs of the game done is a remarkable acheivement. The fact that the knock came against a good seam attack and on day when the conditions were against the batsmen to some extent ( Gloomy day, dampness in the pitch ) makes the inninga look even more valuable. Raina is a talent, it is just that he has never fullfilled his capabilities. I just hope this acts a base for him to be a better player going forward.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 28, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    It's so sad to see the CRITIC's very very bad comments on raina's outstanding knock. All the English as well as our own indian commentators simultaneously praised his century knock as one of the best ever innings played by an Indian in overseas. So my humble request to all the CRITICS who criticises raina and indian team is that please do check as what the senior players expert comment on raina's and indian teams performance in the second ODI before you shout for their heads and spell bad omen.

  • POSTED BY Rajesh.Kumar on | August 28, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    Raina should be promoted to number 3 spot, so that he has more time to build his innings. At # 6, he has to just start slogging from the word go, and then things can go either way, and he will rarely get time in the middle to build a century. With upcoming WC in mind, Raina should be given a run at # 3, and Kohli should be demoted to # 4 or # 5.

  • POSTED BY USACricketFan on | August 28, 2014, 15:31 GMT

    I traveled from USA to Bristol for the match, it was rained out, but we went the previous day to see the players after practice. Suresh Raina met with the fans and signed autographs and posed for their annoying selfies patiently. He even remembered my friend from a previous meeting. He was such a gentleman, I am very happy for his success. I had to leave to the US after the rained out game, but a few of my friends stayed back and went to the Cardiff game and saw his century, they said it was spectacular live.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 15:09 GMT

    Raina bats too down the order that why he has only 4 hundreds but he has a handfull number of 50's and quite a number of 30's in his brief international status. He has a strike rate of 92 which is too good for an ODI batsman. Whether raina is in form or not he always never held back is natural game. Raina is the perfect number 5 for india.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    @saicoverdrive --- You can write whatever you want, negative things about Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni, and about the England bowlers and fielders having an off day. It's just that nobody is going to take your comments seriously. Give Raina a break. He scored a century and won the match for India, what more do you expect him to do ? As for your comments about the strokes being non-authentic, well I don't think anybody is going to agree with you. Raina played some delightful strokes, along the ground and in the air as well, those fetched him boundaries and sixes, and the scoreboard says he scored 100 and helped India reach 304 for 6. And that is all that matters.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 28, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    Raina played at 5 ,6,7 his entire career except few matches and comes after 30 overs many times .Its all right if he has less hundreds . He has played some great matchwinning knocks .Just like mathews who has no hundreds but a ton of impact .He is a must in limited overs .No doubt about that .

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    Raina said"... They struggled with their field placements and bowling areas..."

    Once you play an aggressive game, and an array of shots with placement skills, you can rattle the best of oppositions; the best of captains. And they were not necessarily the best. They were below par yesterday, even to their own standards.

    Raina seems to have sorted out his problems with the rising ball, quite well. He has also become good in picking and choosing the ares where he wants to dispatch the balls.

    IF Pravin Amre had contributed to this improvement, I would say that Amre is a damn good batting coach. Of course, we have this tendency to downplay our own men. (Why we alone; I was saddened to see SL still looking for overseas coaches, after Vaas & Atapattu had been doing a very good job with their boys)

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 28, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    Indians there are 3 one dayers still left.just see what happens after the series

  • POSTED BY Captainman on | August 28, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    Fourth hundred in 193 ODI games? Wow!!! Raina is a special player. Congrats. Bravo.

  • POSTED BY Pavinasen on | August 28, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    I have been listening to the post match comments from the English commentators and I believe they are unfairly criticse the English players to the effect that they are not world cup winning materials. To be fair to them they were playing the world champs in limited overs. India is proving to be a formidable force in limited overs on foreign turf. Shouldn't the Indian team be given some credit for winning the game so comprehensively? I am talking about their fielding, batting, bowling and brilliant captaincy.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 28, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    @NP_NY

    I have been following it actually--very closely in fact.

    First of all you can't compare a test series to ODIs. They're both VERY different. Everyone expected India to struggle in the test matches --I guess they didn't expect to start so strong and then crumble so poorly after. However, for ODIs, everyone expects India to do far better--heck even beat England.

    My problem however is how everyone is parading this century like it's all ok. This is the same kind of pampering that led to the inflated egos of the top order which led to that disastrous test series.

  • POSTED BY sarangsrk on | August 28, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    @saicoverdrive... Though I am not a big fan of Raina's technique, it is very harsh to say that there were not too many authentic shots. What do you think he should be doing when going for runs? Play with high elbow all along the ground with soft hands?? He hit 2 sixes down the ground with straight bat, exquisite cover drive against Anderson, flicks, square cut...what more do you expect? Plz give credit where its due and don't say Jordan bowled badly, fielders slipped etc etc.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    first overseas century for raina in 10 years of his career

  • POSTED BY Balancer on | August 28, 2014, 13:24 GMT

    Team India - I think they are quite clean with the strategy for the One Dayers and T20s. But, may be they should look at building a separate Test Playing team with it's own captain...... Food for thought!!

    Even if they had shown only 20% of the grit and determination they demonstrated in the One Dayer yesterday, they could have easily bargained for draws in the just concluded test series and the scoreline might have looked 1 - 0 instead of 1 - 3

  • POSTED BY whirlaway on | August 28, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    As usual, Indian fans are going overboard with praise on the basis of just one innings. For Heaven's sake, wait at least until the series is over! As for me, I would wait until the end of the World Cup next year. Let's see how Raina, Dhawan, Vijay, Rahane, Kohli etc. play against Steyn, Morkel, Johnson, Starc and the Kiwi quicks like Boult in the World Cup before ooh-ing and aah-ing over them.

    The Test series against the Aussies is a write-off for India already. You can't save a Test match (let alone win one) with T20 players!

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 12:39 GMT

    Raina rains fours and sixes.Ashwin wrings the pitch with ball.Jadu is awesome.shami wakes up breaking stumps.Bhuvi swings a ball as snake dance.nice to see young bloods.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 28, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    raina special knock ever.Raining Raina Runs

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | August 28, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    @Affan Tahir: You obviously haven't been following Indian cricket, so you probably don't know the importance of this match. India was thoroughly outplayed in the test matches with almost the same team. Their morale was way down, so this match was very important in that context to see if India will fight back. Besides, there is nothing wrong in celebrating the wins, so relax :).

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    Well Done chinna thala Raina, i wish to see more rain coming not from the sky, but from eyes of the opponent.

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | August 28, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    An excellent from Raina given the situation and the conditions and credit also has to be given to Rahane and Sharma for stabilising the innings at 19-2 and to Dhoni for his supporting Raina. But Kohli has failed in his 11 innings against England on this tour and niether he nor Dhawan show no signs of returning to consistency anytime soon. Probably a good time to bring in a couple of other players in their place and move Rahane up the order. The seamers showed they're capable of bowling line and length mixed in with wicket-taking deliveries and it's disappointing they couldn't do that in the tests. And the spinners showed some purpose in their bowling. India need to watch out for England who some players that turn this series on its head.

  • POSTED BY Aroundthelegsgoogly on | August 28, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    Great aggression from Raina. He should settle a few of Kohlis jitters. But increase some of Dhawans.

  • POSTED BY Bobby9q on | August 28, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    Well done Team India. A win with margin of 100+ runs shows the quality of cricket that played between two teams. This should help the indian team confidence going into the next match.

  • POSTED BY ramli on | August 28, 2014, 11:36 GMT

    So, one more evidence to curtail long test-series and instead pack with ODIs for India ... but very well played, Raina ... you certainly brought back smiles on everybody's face

  • POSTED BY Mervo on | August 28, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    ODI - test cricket? Different wickets, different time constraints, different games.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    super innings from super raina,

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    Sachin, Anil, Sourav, VVS should spend time at the academies, imbibing solid, realistic coaching. Rahul should take over Team India post-WC. Mission WC 2019. Imagine, Sachin, Anil, Sourav, VVS being the feeder about talent to Rahul.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    Jeez it's just one freakin' innings and the indian team, fans and media celebrate it like no tomorrow. Let's see him repeat the same all throughout the series, then we can talk.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    That's what I was waiting to hear...I was guessing somehow he would have a nice piece of advice from Sachin Sir.. and guess what he actually did... amazing... Sachin can really help these youngsters in grooming them to be more matured in their stroke play and adapting to different conditions as obviously they have no dearth of talent...plus his stint with the Indian Army Camp in Kargil...all these small things in life inspire you and make you more determined... his energy his exuberance his freshness all was there to be seen yesterday.. Lets hope he can continue and keep giving crickets fans a reason to smile. Way to go dear Raina.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    India is very strong in ODIs & T-20s, whereas England remains at the bottom in these formats. So, beating England should not be a hyped up affair - the results are likely to be similar in the other matches also. India should take this opportunity to try out the other young players so that we have a larger base for the world cup. It is the right time to induct one or two youngsters in the playing eleven.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    India were lot positive yesterday..If we win or loose we should play stubborn cricket...when we play positively our team looks dangerous..presence of Indian former player Ravi provides a lot of difference

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    It is great win, but one should not go praising the team, they should ensure that at least they win the one-day series without fail. A minimum of three batsmen should score above 50 and one or two exceeding seventy + backed by good bowling would definitely given a chance to win. When one needs to win the series, you should be backed by all the players. Since Dhawan is not performing others who are in the bench should be considered. In this series, runs are not coming from Kholi's bat, however, he should be persisted for the whole series considering his past record.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 9:18 GMT

    Raina definitely brought back the smiles on dull and hapless palyers faces.He went for the kill agianst the england bowlers.All the players struggled agianst the bowlers for the past 2 months but raina hit a century in his first match itself.Brilliant batting.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 28, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    England's weakness against spin exposed again as there's little rain before innings.India would like to see drizzling just before the opponents innings during world cup ad well so that our spinners come into the action.The day was special because of two standout partnerships-one is of course between MS and Raina and another is between Faf and De villiers

  • POSTED BY saicoverdrive on | August 28, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    To have rescued India was a great effort. Unlike Dhoni commented, there were not too many authentic shots there. The six of top edge happened by luck. The Off drive and cover drive were good, not exceptional, because the timing was not really great, thanks to the fielders slipping, and not anticipating.

    Chris Jordan was in Fairy land.

    There were not too many balls where Raina stepped to the pitch of the ball.

    He too tried poking the ball when it was pitched in 4th stump line. Fortunately, he didnt nick it.

    Dhoni is a good captain backing all his players, and certainly doe not highlight their shortcomings in the media. That certainly does not mean, Raina played authentic cricket shots. That is an exaggeration by any stretch of imagination. Apart from Rahane, no one displayed any technique yesterday.

    Captain stood covering the stumps, his front facing the bowler , with bat between his legs. Ask him, and he might tell you " IT IS AN AUTHENTIC FRENCH CRICKET SHOT "".

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | August 28, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    Gud to see allround performance in odi. My playing 11 should be .Rohit.rahane.kohli.raina.dhoni.samson.jadeja/karan.ashwin.bhuvi.shami.mohit/yadav.terric line up

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    I would like to see Rahane open with Rohit. However, Dhawan deserves another chance. If Dhawan does not ckick even in the third ODI, then bring Rahane to Open , put Raina at 4, Dhoni at 5 and either Samson/Binny at 6. Samson will be a better choice as he can relive Dhoni from wicket keeping responsibilities.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 28, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    well played raina. .. hope you continue your good form and help men in blue to continue the momentum

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    He was out early in his innings. Only reason he got away with it is because he plays for India and no DRS.

    I wouldnt look too deep into this innings

  • POSTED BY Realistic_cri_fan on | August 28, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    I like Raina's batting when he is in form but what I like more about him is he carries a lot of positive energy on the field.When he is in the field he makes sure the team is in the good mood.Whether he plays for CSK or India his positive energy is felt all over the team.He is also a prankster.He has great potential and I think he will be the man to watch in the world cup.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    select manan vohra or viru and gv a chance to bat instead of dhawan..

  • POSTED BY SathyanarayananIyengar on | August 28, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    Batting order for me in ODIs(Just my view for this series) 1.Rohit Sharma 2.M.S.Dhoni 3.Virat Kohli 4.Suresh Raina 5.Ajinkya Rahane 6.Sanju Samson 7.Jadeja 8.Ashwin 9.Bhuvaneshwar Kumar 10.Mohit Sharma 11.Umesh Yadav.

    For series after this I would prefer Yuvraj Singh in at 4 and Raina at 5 Sanju Samson drops out but should be in the squad. This is purely because Virender Sehwag is out of favour and so is Gautam Gambhir.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    raina is raina hero and back bone of the india

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 28, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    amazing words specially him saying that he wanted to bring smiles back on face of his teammates, that was bit emotional overall a great innings

  • POSTED BY vsprabhu01 on | August 28, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    Good team man, very frank, energetic, possess all shorts in the book, only thing he misses was playing stubborn cricket. Let's hope he converts his starts into big scores and show some consistency to cement his place in the team for World cup,

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 28, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    move rahane up the order instead of dhawan......let sanju to play in the middle order...sanju is a better big hitter too...use him wisely

  • POSTED BY IPL_is_Thrash on | August 28, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    If Team India has performent like this is Test Series it would have been special. These odd LOI victories do not erase Test Series blunder.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 28, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    great batting by Raina. this knock proved that india did a geat mistake to not gave him chance in test matches

  • POSTED BY The_Creator on | August 28, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Left Hander Dominance...!! Indian team is known for manufacturing one of the greatest RIGHT HAND BATSMEN for the gentle man's game hence dominating the cricketing world for a longer period of time. History revives itself as the the game of cricket always been ruled by LEFT HANDED BATSMEN on a very stronger note. Indian team's drought of lefties has been recently filled by the likes of YUVRAJ, JADEJA, SHIKHAR & the men in form SURESH RAINA. Even #Shastri thrived for left handers in indian team on regular purpose "Lefties are one of the most naturally gifted athletes as the bowling angle gives an extra bit of pace & turn on turning pitches". It's been a while since raina cliked on international level in crunch situations, However the last innings shown some character & hunger of being around runs in left handed batsmen. Now all eyes are on him as we expect the player of the match to step up & prove the critics why he's one of the established lefties in the Indian team.

  • POSTED BY spas on | August 28, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    Scoring a century after a few years has become so special. I hope India will get more genuine causes to celebrate and to be happy about.

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    Brilliant Knock!!! Keep up the momentum guys... This series win can instill confidence to defend the world cup in Australia next year....

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Superb Inning by Raina....

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  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 6:57 GMT

    Superb Inning by Raina....

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    Brilliant Knock!!! Keep up the momentum guys... This series win can instill confidence to defend the world cup in Australia next year....

  • POSTED BY spas on | August 28, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    Scoring a century after a few years has become so special. I hope India will get more genuine causes to celebrate and to be happy about.

  • POSTED BY The_Creator on | August 28, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    Left Hander Dominance...!! Indian team is known for manufacturing one of the greatest RIGHT HAND BATSMEN for the gentle man's game hence dominating the cricketing world for a longer period of time. History revives itself as the the game of cricket always been ruled by LEFT HANDED BATSMEN on a very stronger note. Indian team's drought of lefties has been recently filled by the likes of YUVRAJ, JADEJA, SHIKHAR & the men in form SURESH RAINA. Even #Shastri thrived for left handers in indian team on regular purpose "Lefties are one of the most naturally gifted athletes as the bowling angle gives an extra bit of pace & turn on turning pitches". It's been a while since raina cliked on international level in crunch situations, However the last innings shown some character & hunger of being around runs in left handed batsmen. Now all eyes are on him as we expect the player of the match to step up & prove the critics why he's one of the established lefties in the Indian team.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 28, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    great batting by Raina. this knock proved that india did a geat mistake to not gave him chance in test matches

  • POSTED BY IPL_is_Thrash on | August 28, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    If Team India has performent like this is Test Series it would have been special. These odd LOI victories do not erase Test Series blunder.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | August 28, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    move rahane up the order instead of dhawan......let sanju to play in the middle order...sanju is a better big hitter too...use him wisely

  • POSTED BY vsprabhu01 on | August 28, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    Good team man, very frank, energetic, possess all shorts in the book, only thing he misses was playing stubborn cricket. Let's hope he converts his starts into big scores and show some consistency to cement his place in the team for World cup,

  • POSTED BY android_user on | August 28, 2014, 7:37 GMT

    amazing words specially him saying that he wanted to bring smiles back on face of his teammates, that was bit emotional overall a great innings

  • POSTED BY on | August 28, 2014, 7:48 GMT

    raina is raina hero and back bone of the india