Raina looking on World Cup 2019

Suresh Raina is the middle order batsman selected in India squad for the T20 against South Africa, believes the upcoming matches will be a vital series for him as he makes an international comeback after a long term. Raina also looking for the 50-over World Cup next year 2019, saying regular performances across the next few months could help him come back into India one day international team. In recent interview, Raina was asked if the T20 against South Africa would be a "do-or-die series" for him and he said: "Definitely. It feels like I've been selected to the Indian team for the first time. I have worked hard for the past two years, so when I saw my India jersey I felt a bit emotional that I got the jersey after quite a while. Like you said, the three games will be quite important. Senthil Kumar said: Raina's problem was lack of consistency. One hundrend followed by string of low scores was his pattern. However, he is surely a better choice at 5 given the other players in contention (Rahane,Iyer, Kedar). I would choose between Rahul / Raina at 5. Dhoni at 4 (Ideally I prefer Karthick). Hardhik and Krunal at 6 and 7. And then the two fast men and two spinners. As a captain, Kohli should have more bowling options than just having only 5 bowlers. Raina also specified that his preferred position in the team would be Nos. 4 or 5, slots which, Raina felt, will allow India's left-hand right-hand combination to thrive. Raina was also keen to position himself as a player who could play multiple roles by bowling a few overs, something he did consistently in ODIs from 2011 to 2015. "I am also prepared to bowl three-four overs," he said. "My shoulder is solid too. Raina also suggested MS Dhoni should take the No. 4 slot to help the inexperienced middle order, a problem they have been struggling with in ODIs.