Seeking to prove his detractors wrong, Suresh Raina has stated that he was "built" for Test cricket and is working on playing the short ball Ė perceived to be the batsman's weakness -- better.
"I know I am built for Test cricket. I have done well in Tests. I played well in the West Indies (last year). The first Test in England also went well for me. I am working hard.
"The number six or seven slot is a difficult one to bat at. Henceforth, I will ensure that I will prove I am capable of being a good Test player whenever I get a chance," Raina said.
About being perceived as a limited-over cricketer, he said, "People will talk about me being a one-day player but let them talk, I know I have time. (In Tests) I have been out eight or nine times to spinners and I am working on that. I have won Twenty20s and ODIs for India, (but) haven't got such a chance in Tests.
As far as playing the short ball is concerned, he said he has been working on it.
"People talk about the short ball. I am leaving the ball well, I am playing it well. If I couldn't play the short ball, well, then I wouldn't have scored in the West Indies and also in England. People talk about all Indian players not playing the short ball well. We are working on it.
"Everyone is discussing it and we are getting better. I am feeling good, my body weight is balanced and mentally I am approaching the ball well. No player is perfect and he takes time to master a particular thing," he was quoted as saying by 'cricinfo'.
Left out of the squad for the first two Tests against England, the batsman said he was not too worried about selection
"I don't know. Maybe I was thinking that I was going to be selected but that's a part of the game. Sometimes you do well and sometimes you don't. I have a couple of Ranji games," Raina said.
"I have played two and I am going to play a couple more before the selection for the third Test. I am enjoying the Ranji Trophy and not really thinking about the selection."
Raina believed it's better to hone one's skills in domestic cricket then being excluded from the playing XI.
"I think it's better to play domestic cricket than just sit in the