Suresh Raina is the epitome of new age Indian cricketers. An attacking left-hander who goes for the big shots with impunity and clears the field with a swashbuckling flourish when at the top of his game, Raina is also equally capable of attracting applause as an electric fielder in the circle. All of this, though, is tempered with an iffy technique against the short ball, which has been mercilessly exposed in Test cricket. It is this inconsistency, that has made it tough for the left-hander to make a comeback to the Indian side. But now after a lot of hard work, Raina has finally taken a big-step in the right direction. Raina on Thursday, took to Twitter and posted a picture of himself and said that he has cleared the so-called Yo-Yo Test at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. “Cleared my Yo-Yo & fitness test today, after days of hard work at NCA! Received tremendous support from all the trainers, coaches & officials. Thank you all! It’s always so encouraging to train here at NCA, motivates me to push my limits and bring the best out of me.” The good news comes ahead of IPL auctions and India’s tour to South Africa next year.
Cleared my Yo-Yo & fitness test today, after days of hard work at #NCA!
Received tremendous support from all the trainers, coaches & officials.
Thank you all! ????
— Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) December 21, 2017
The last ODI that was played by Raina was on October 25, 2015, and it was an India v South Africa clash in Mumbai. His last Test was against Sri Lanka in Colombo in 2010. India will be flying to South Africa for three Tests, six ODI’s and three T20s. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had earlier announced the 17-man squad for the Test series. The team will be led by Virat Kohli who was absent for team duties against Sri Lanka. In the meantime, it was Rohit Sharma who was leading the Men In Blues from the front. Under his captaincy, India won three-match ODI series 2-1 and also secured their first win in T20 series.
December 30-31: Two-day warm-up game at Boland Park, Paarl
January 5-9, 2018: 1st Test at Newlands, Cape Town
January 13-17: 2nd Test at Centurion
January 24-28: 3rd Test match at Wanderers, Johannesburg
India squad for SA Tests: Virat Kohli (Captain), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vc), Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Parthiv Patel, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah