3 Reasons Why Suresh Raina Should Have Been Picked in the Indian World Cup Squad
Currently, the cricket universe has been waiting for the ICC Cricket World Cup which is all set to begin from 30th May 2019 in England and Wales. This will be the 12th edition of World Cup in the history of cricket. Australia is currently crowned as the champion of ICC World Cup as they won the title in the year 2015.
India recently announced its 15 member squad which will take part in this year’s world cup. The squad has been the talking point of the cricketing circles, with some discussing the unlucky players who missed out. Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina, the 2 most experienced active cricketers, would be the most disappointed with the squad.
Suresh Raina was omitted from the squad owing to his recent poor form in the white ball cricket. But, he could have been vital while batting at no 4 solving India’s middle order problem. Other than the bat, Raina can also prove himself with the ball as he can bowl 4-5 crucial overs in the middle.
This article contains the 3 reasons India should have tried Suresh Raina for World Cup 2019. Such 3 reasons are:
#3 A Handy part-time off-spinner.
The 2019 ICC world cup will be hosted by England and Wales from May to June 2019. So looking forward to the conditions of pitches in England, each team would be having more pacers in their side for this mega-event. The Indian side has 2 main front line spinners named as Chahal and Kuldeep in the side. However, the duo may not play in all the matches and in that case, the side doesn’t have a part-time spin bowler who can bowl 4-5 overs.
In this case, Suresh Raina could have solved the problem. Raina could have proved to be handy with the ball during the middle overs with his part-time off-spin bowling. He could have played the role of a partnership breaker for his side at the upcoming ICC event.
#2 One of the best fielders in the world
The fielding issues with the Indian team have been going on for ages. It has been one of the weakest points of India in terms of cricket which has been a problem so far. But there are few guys who are an exception to this as they are brilliant in terms of fielding. Suresh Raina is one such guy who has been the star fielder for India so far.
Suresh Raina is one such fielder who can take blinders at the boundary line and can save as many runs as possible for his side. Regarded as the Jonty Rhodes of India, he can win the matches for his side with his extraordinary fielding as well. Ganguly has even stated about Suresh Raina in the past that if he plays to his 100% capability, then he can be India’s biggest lead at the World Cup 2019.
#1 Solution to India's no 4 problem
India has been constantly facing the no. 4 problem in the side since the last few years. The management has nearly tried 8-10 options for this batting position but hasn’t found an optimum solution so far. Suresh Raina is one such guy who could have batted at no 4 for India in the World Cup if he got the chance.
Raina is a cricketer who can play fearlessly with his ability to slog the ball right from the front. The scoring rate never becomes an issue for him as his natural cricketing game is of the aggressive type.
Apart from this Raina being a flexible cricketer can bat lower down the order as well. Even in that position, his scoring pattern remains the same. Virat Kohli at number 3, Raina at 4 and Dhoni at 5 would have made the strongest middle-order the Indian team could have ever had. It would become the most difficult task to stop India had Suresh Raina been featured in the squad of the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019.
However, the selectors have decided to ho with the 3-dimensional Vijay Shankar, who had a relatively poor season in this year's IPL. Only time will answer if it was a good decision to include Shankar ahead of Raina in the squad.
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