ICC World Cup: In Suresh Raina, India can hope for another Yuvraj Singh
In the presence of Virat Kolhi, Rohit Sharma and of course, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, it's considered unwise to talk about a certain Suresh Raina.
New Delhi: In the presence of Virat Kolhi, Rohit Sharma and of course, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, it's considered unwise to talk about a certain Suresh Raina.
But, the 28-year-old is arguably the most important player in the Indian squad for 2015 ICC World Cup. In a side which is battling with uncertainties – questions on the opening pair, Kohli's batting position, bowling combination, etc. – presence of Raina is reassuring for India.
After staying under the shadows of his more famous contemporaries, Raina has learnt the art of serving the team's cause quietly. However, his role in the team has become all the more important thanks to the stated issues this time around.
And helping him stake this claim is his all-round ability as a complete cricketer, who can bat, bowl and field.
If India won twin world titles in 2007 and 2011 thanks to the presence of Yuvraj Singh, the 11th edition of 50-over Cricket World Cup will be Raina's battle-ground, if the team is to win the tournament.
Like Yuvraj, Raina is a top batsman, if not one of the best; more than an effective bowler and also a live-wire in the field. Comparisons between the two south-paws don't end there. They are known for their ability to lift the morale of the team. A true team-player!