‘Short-pitched bowling to Raina similar to Superman’s exposure to Kryptonite’

Sydney: Indian star Suresh Raina is a talented batsman with a fatal flaw that wasn’t addressed in his formative years, according to former Australian captain Ian Chappell.

“Raina is a left-hander of the modern generation and has played a role in India’s success in the shorter versions of the game, but was also part of the problem in their recent abject failure in the Test series in England,” Chappell wrote in an article for a cricket website.

“He can thrash an attack when the field is spread and the bowling restricted, but crowd him and apply the threat of short-pitched bowling and it brings a reaction similar to that of Superman exposed to Kryptonite,” he added.

He further said that it is crucial for a batsman with international ambitions to be able to play all the shots.

“What then separates the successful players from those who fade quickly is the knowledge of when to utilise the different weapons in one’s armoury. A wise army general doesn’t order machine-gun fire when the situation calls for heavy artillery,” Chappell wrote.


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