The scars of o-4 whitewash at the hands of England last year in their backyard are still on our minds. Indian middle order batsman, Suresh Raina who is currently leading the India ‘A’ team believes that it will be payback time for India against England in the upcoming four-Test series starting at Ahmedabad next month.
Raina is keen on leaving no stones unturned to avenge the previous humiliation they suffered from their opponent during their last year tour to England. “I was there in England and I feel the pain of losing that series 0-4. I want to give some of that pain back.” said Raina. He was of the opinion that using SG Test balls in the forthcoming series would be useful to Indian seamers as they know how to tackle the ball in humid cities like Mumbai and Kolkata.
Rains showed his confidence in Ravidhandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha who have been consistently going through a good form. While he insisted that though the retirement of Andrew Strauss was a blow to England, the comeback of Kevin Pietersen into their ranks could be a big boost for England XI team. As pointed out by Raina, England also have some good seamers like Steve Finn, Stuart Broad and James Anderson which can give our rival team some huge positives.
Meanwhile, Raina informed that he got tips from former Test batsman Pravin Amre on how to tackle England off spinner Graeme Swann, who has troubled him in the past. As told by Raina, Amre suggested him to keep his shoulder over the ball and his eyes in line with the ball. He added that it will be a good opportunity Yuvraj Singh and Ashok Dinda, apart from his ownself.
“I, Yuvraj and Manoj Tiwary can bowl spin. I’ll manage the over-rate,” he reckoned. He said the track would offer some assistance to the bowlers in the initial couple of hours. “It’s a good wicket. I’ve played here for Air India in the Times Shield, in under-19 games and in the IPL. It offers good bounce to the bowlers. The first two hours are going to be crucial and that is where the openers come into play,” Raina concluded.