New Delhi: Yuvraj Singh played the role of a protagonist in India's 2011 World Cup winning campaign. The swashbuckling batsman not only played crucial role with the bat but also proved his mettle with the ball.
His all-round show in the mega event not only helped Team India win their second World Cup but also resulted in him winning the Man of the Series award.
This time around India would be without the services of Yuvi, the genuine all-rounder as national selectors picked Axar Patel, Ravindra Jadeja and Stuart Binny over the flamboyant cricketer.
At the moment, all three of them are not convincing enough to play the much-needed role of a formidable all-rounder in the upcoming World Cup.
In this situation, the only player who has the experience and calibre to step into the shoes of Yuvi could be none other than Suresh Raina. Like Yuvi, he too is a southpaw and has a knack of playing match-winning knocks for Team India, in the coloured clothing.
Like Yuvraj, he too can bowl some quick overs with good effect.
The 28-year-old has good range of shots across the ground and can play fast and spin equally well.
If he gets going, it's difficult to stop him and very much like young Yuvraj, he is a live-wire on the field.
A utility player in Team India, Raina is the most suited person to play the kind of role Yuvraj played for India in last World Cup. But for that, he needs to regain his lost form to give bowlers a tough time in the middle.