The squad that was announced by the Board of Control for Cricket in India for the first two ODIs against West Indies includes Captain Virat Kohli , Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan , Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, K Khaleel Ahmed, Lokesh Rahul and Umesh Yadav.
Suresh Raina is missing from the list of players. The left-handed middle-order batsman Suresh Raina is not included by BCCI in India’s Squad. He is an excellent fielder too. The Uttar Pradesh boy can put a control on the opposition’s scoring rate with his off-breaks and can also stop the batsmen from rotating the strike with his fielding skills.
With the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup is approaching the Indian selectors should give chance to Suresh Raina to prove himself.
Raina should have been a part of the ODI squad as he is reliable and experienced batsmen. He is an excellent fielder. He is an all-rounder and spinner that India needs.
Suresh Raina is only Indian cricketer who can play fearlessly. From the first ball itself, his hard work is seen. Raina can be essential in the last 10 overs of the innings as he can score runs at a faster rate while consuming the minimum number of balls.
Raina can play in the lower order too. He is a flexible batsman. He can play a match-winning innings at whatever position he is asked to play at.
As far as bowling is concerned, India’s pace-bowling all-rounder in Hardik Pandya . The teams now prefer four main frontline bowlers and 1-2 all-rounders. India has not found their spin bowling all-rounder. Although Jadeja has performed well with the ball. But his batting is not reliable in ODIs.
Suresh Raina is a part-time off-spinner. He used to bowl consistently under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. So he should have been included in ODI Squad. He has 36 ODI wickets to his name.
As a fielder, Suresh Raina's fielding skills are unmatched. India’s fielding issues have been going on for ages. Raina took the Indian fielding to a new level. Raina is a terrific fielder.
If Suresh Raina plays to his 100% capability, then he can be India’s biggest player at the ICC World Cup 2019.