Raina knows that he will lose his Test spot if he fails to make runs in the next couple of series
India batsman Suresh Raina has admitted that he was truly inspired by New Zealand captain Ross Taylor’s blazing century on the first day of the second Test.
Raina came in to bat when India looked to be in a spot of bother at 80 runs for the loss of four wickets, and after hammering a hat-trick of boundaries off New Zealand pace bowler Doug Bracewell, along with a massive six off spinner Jeetan Patel, he looked to be in full control and went on to score 55 runs.
“Whenever I got the ball in my area, I made sure to bat positively because Taylor was going really great against us so this is the style I would like to play in Test cricket,” Raina said.
However, Raina also noted that he needed to ensure that he kept his aggression under control.
“At the same time I need to control my aggression, need to judge the line and length, so I am getting better. I have done well in one-dayers so hopefully I will be better in Test cricket too,” Raina added.
With a decent knock of 55 to his name, Raina will be disappointed not to have capitalised on his form, but at the same time, he would have been glad with the half century since his spot on the Test side is the most vulnerable at the moment.
During the series against England where India were thrashed, Raina just could not get out of the starting blocks, but the Indian selectors are hoping that the half century he made will help him gain confidence since there are a number of suitable replacements waiting in line.
Raina stated that he knew how important the series was to keeping his spot on the Test roster after having an excellent limited overs series against Sri Lanka in late July to early August.
“There was no pressure to score big runs but I always looked to enjoy the game, I didn’t do well in England but I went back to the domestic cricket, played couple of matches, scored a double hundred and then played crucial knocks against Sri Lanka and did well in the IPL. Now that we have a lot of young players, this is the time to score as many runs and book my place in the side because there are a lot of Test matches coming up in India and abroad as well,” Raina said.