New Delhi: Team India all-rounder Suresh Raina is all set to return to the national team after a long hiatus of over a year. The Uttar Pradesh cricketer was selected for the upcoming three-match T20I series against South Africa in January, after failing the BCCI-mandatory Yo-Yo fitness test.
Raina’s comeback will see him reunite with India skipper Virat Kohli, with whom has developed a good rapport with over the years.
The southpaw, who lifted the 2011 ICC World Cup along with the dashing right-hander feels that Kohli could grab the limelight during the 2019 ICC World Cup and that he could well be one of the contenders for the ‘man of the tournament’.
“Virat Kohli is very hungry – hunger is there in his eyes. His fitness has been remarkable. Every time he rotates the strike – whenever he gets the loose balls, he looks to punish them. He is the best in the world, no doubt about it. He wants to win the World Cup very badly – probably in England, he will be the man of the tournament,” he was quoted saying by India Today.
The 31-year-old further stated that people are yet to see the best version of himself and believes it is only a matter of time before runs start flowing from his willow again.
“My peak is yet to come, my time will start from here on. Still timing the ball really well, have a few good bats. Need to be patient to bat at No.4,” he added.
With the likes of Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav and Ajinkya Rahane waiting in the wings, a few good knocks for Raina in the African continent can help him cement his spot in Kohli’s limited-overs squad.