Dropped from test cricket team, Suresh Raina says I am built for Test cricket

Nov 13 2012, 17:34 IST
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Dropped from test cricket team, Suresh Raina says I am built for Test cricket. (Reuters) Dropped from test cricket team, Suresh Raina says I am built for Test cricket. (Reuters)
Summary'I will ensure that I will prove I am capable of being a good Test player whenever I get a chance'

fifteen. Yuvraj (Singh) has made a good comeback after recovering from his ailment and he will get priority.

"Lots of matches (are) coming up, against Australia we have four Test matches (to play), and there are quite a few one-day matches. I am just concentrating on playing (domestic cricket), doing my fitness and hope to do well in the upcoming games."

Raina said chief selector Sandip Patil met him recently and gave him confidence.

"Sandeep Patil sir had come (to watch the Ranji game in Pune) and said that I was the main guy in the team. He said that I shouldn't worry and just concentrate on the game. He said that I will make a comeback soon.

"He is a good human being. He has played a lot of international cricket and he knows what a player feels. So I felt nice when he walked up to me and gave me confidence.

Asked to throw light on his recent comment that he said. wouldn't mind hiring a personal batting coach, Raina said: "You can absolutely have a personal batting coach. You are earning a lot of money and you should invest that in coaches.

"Everyone thinks differently. Praveen Amre was my coach for a long time, I am comfortable with him. Gary Kirsten (former India coach) was a left-hander, and Stephen Fleming (Chennai Super Kings coach) is a left-hander too. Now we have

Duncan Fletcher as the coach.

"Coaching is different at all times, Ranji Trophy is different. International cricket is different. I personally believe that domestic coaches are good for communication. They have seen you bat and they can talk to you about your game. You are getting a lot of money in the IPL but you can utilise the money. There is no harm in that. You can invest the money in a good way.

And about his equation with India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Raina said, "I am not a friend of the captain. No one in cricket is a friend. He is a professional cricketer and I am a professional cricketer. Off the field, everyone is friendly but on the field everyone looks at their own performance.

"Dhoni and I play for the same team, Chennai Super Kings, but apart from that there is nothing. People perceive that we are friends but then the same can be said about Sachin (Tendulkar) and Zak (Zaheer Khan). You need to use the word friend in the right

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