Suresh Raina joins net session but not to play 2nd ODI

Photo of Indian cricketer Suresh Raina.

New Delhi: Indian cricket team batsman Suresh Raina who was recovering from a viral fever today back in the nets session but will miss India’s second one-day internationals (ODI) against New Zealand.

The middle-order batsman Raina, who had missed the opening ODI at Dharamsala due to fever, batted for about 45 minutes at the nets.

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On other hand Indian team management decided to give him more time to regain his fitness and confirmed that he is still not 100 per cent match fit to figure in Thursday’s second ODI here.

BCCI said in a release, “The BCCI Medical team has confirmed that Suresh Raina, who is recovering from a bout of viral fever and had missed the Dharamsala ODI, is ruled out of the second ODI of the Paytm ODI Trophy against New Zealand.”

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It added, “The team management has allowed Suresh Raina more time to recover. There will be no replacement in the team.”

Raina, who didn’t bat in Uttar Pradesh’s Ranji opener against Madhya Pradesh as he was running temperature, looked comfortable while batting in the nets as he was seen playing lofted shots against spinners at will.

Had Raina been fit, it would have been a selection conundrum between him and Keder Jadhav, his like for like replacement in the first game.

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Jadhav had picked up two wickets with his handy part-time off breaks in the first ODI. At the nets, Jadhav was seen bowling off breaks to both Raina and Dhoni for an extended period of time alongside other off-spinner Jayant Yadav.

It was an optional session at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground as skipper Dhoni along with Raina batted for a considerable length of time.

Others who attended the session were Axar Patel, Mandeep Singh, Kedar, Kulkarni, Jayant. The likes of Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya and Umesh Yadav decided to rest.


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