Suresh Raina has been one of the better fielders India has ever produced. While unfortunately, he is unable to stake a claim in the Indian side since some time now, nonetheless the left-handed southpaw has been striving hard to make his way back. The IPL, China Thala’s comfort zone could have served as a perfect platform but who could have ever thought that the world will come to this?
In a recent Interview ( Yes off- course on a video call just like all of us) Raina was asked to name the best fielder in the Indian side at the moment and surprisingly he did not name either of Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya or Ravindra Jadeja. The talisman went towards the pure class of Ajinkya Rahane and lauded the current Indian vice-captain for his brilliant catching skills, especially because he usually fields at slips which is one of the most difficult positions.
Raina quoted, “Ajinkya Rahane has better catching skills. I always love his positions while fielding. He has a different kind of power. His body can bend when he moves, that is very different from the rest,” he said while speaking to SportScreen. He further added, “He is a very good slip fielder, he judges the batsman’s movement from behind and anticipates, which is very important as the distance is not much between the slip fielder and batsman. He also practices like that so it makes it easier during matches”.
The Uttar Pradesh born left-handed batsman also expressed his desire for the BCCI to find a way to slot in the IPL but also understood the importance of being safe and secure before live sport gets the green signal. The 33-year-old also believed that the IPL could be the key to his comeback as far as his national reckoning is concerned and was hopeful for the world to be normal again.