Saturday, February 27, 2010
I have never rated Raina as highly as some others but I see that he averages 38.17 in one-day cricket which isn't bad for a young player. I have to also add that he has played a few decent knocks under pressure
So, can he become a test batsman? The biggest concern would be, even after playing 90 onedayers he doesn't know how to play the short ball. He just doesn't shift his weight onto the back-foot and seems to be content playing on the front-foot. It is fine for one-day and T/20 cricket but in test cricket it would be ruthlessly exploited. Is he satisfied with just playing the shorter formats of the game? His fc record too isn't as good as say Pujara, Rahane or Kohli.
I may have been a bit harsh on Raina's weakness against the short ball but if a player plays 90 onedayers I do expect him to do some work on it. If he wants to play test cricket he has to work on it, otherwise like Bevan he may have to be content with playing only the shorter formats of the game.