Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina (Credits: Twitter)

Last Update on: December 23rd, 2017 at 08:35 pm

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The 31-year-old middle-order batsman Suresh Raina, who recently passed his Yo-Yo test which has been subsequently made mandatory by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), to allow further players to be picked by the national selectors which is headed by MSK Prasad, for the national team squad.

After crossing the hurdle, the overlooked left-handed batsman Raina posted a 31-second video on his Twitter handle – to express the satisfaction with the way he has come up during the practice sessions to set the horizon on the national fold under the leadership of batting mainstay Virat Kohli.

“Practice continues. Had a fabulous session this afternoon at the Modern School, Delhi,” Raina tweeted.

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Known for scoring runs at pace, Raina has had also played an integral part for India when he was in his sublime touch.

The video capsule revealed Raina sent down one ball straight down the ground after clearing his right leg which further saw him coming right behind the ball – to play some delightful strokes on the off side in the nets.

“Feels good to be knocking the ball around the park,” Raina added with the hashtag of ‘practice, cricket, net session and good day’.

Raina featured in his last Test fixture in January 2015 against Australia at Sydney before playing his previous One-day International game against South Africa at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in October 2015.

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However, in February 2017, Raina played the T20I game against England before being ignored for the rest of the season owing to the fitness and dip in his form.

During the ongoing Ranji Trophy 2017-18 season, Raina didn’t have a good outing with the bat while leading the Uttar Pradesh team.

In nine innings, Raina scored just 105 runs with the bat. His top score of 33 runs came against Assam at Guwahati in November, last month.

Earlier, in July 2017, Raina was in the Netherlands to work on his fitness and also went on to play with Dutch club cricketers.

Moreover, Netherland trainer Shiraj Behrooz has worked in tandem with Raina before flying to India to organise the conditioning camp for the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA).

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Raina made his international debut against Sri Lanka at Dambulla in 2005 which saw him playing 223 ODIs, 65 T20Is and 18 Tests. He registered five hundreds followed by 36 fifties in the 50-over format.

In 31 Test innings, he has a solitary hundred and seven fifties and eventually in 55 T20Is, he has a hundred under his belt.

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When filing this report, the tweet had 9,636 views which saw 2,932 likes and 231 retweets.

Here’s the tweet from Raina, who has worked hard for his return:

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