Suresh Raina- Does this name ring some bells?

The southpaw Suresh Raina who has remained out of the India squad for quite some time now is eyeing to make a comeback in the upcoming T20I series against South Africa which is scheduled to kickstart from tomorrow in Johannesburg.

India cricketer has said that he was hurt after being dropped from the Indian team despite being in form, but he would be starting afresh and is determined to make most of the upcoming T20 series in South Africa.

“I am not going to leave it here. I wanty to perform for India for as long as possible. I have to play the 2019 World Cup because I believe in myself and I have performed well in England. There is still a lot of cricket left in me and I am extremely hopeful of doing well in these three games against South Africa,” Raina said.

Warrior to be back with a winning spirit:

Team India is brimming with confidence after sealing the ODI series against the Proteas by 5-1. The cricket fans across the world are in awe of Virat Kohli as the run machine churned the bowling attack of South Africa in the series.

The dynamite duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep have done wonders and notable batsmen Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have played remarkable knocks on the South African soil as well. Now, Suresh Raina would fight to earn his position on the South African turf.

31-year old, Suresh Raina has played 223 ODIs and 65 T20s but he says that he feels like a debutant again.

“I am 31 but, as they say, age is just a number. The other day when my match clothing arrived, I had the same feeling like I got before making my India debut. It is so special,” he said.

The left-hander played an impressive inning the T20 Series against England in February last year but he failed to qualify the Yo-Yo test thus remained out of the Indian Team.

What’s the Yo-Yo fuss?

Yo-Yo test garnered a lot of attention when cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina failed the Yo-Yo endurance test in 2016. Raina has finally cleared the test. Here’s what the test is all about :

  • A test developed by Danish soccer physiologist Jens Bangsbo which aimed to evaluate an individual’s aerobic endurance fitness.
  • BCCI makes its players to undergo through series of endurance tests and Yo-Yo is one of them.
  • The test comprises two levels. The level two fitness test involves cones placed to mark out two lines, 20 metres apart. The player needs to run between the lines and turn when the beep goes off
  • BCCI has kept 19.5 as the par score for players to pass the test.

The Yo-Yo test is definitely not even a bit as funky as it sounds, but as he has passed the ghastly test we hope to see Raina back in action again.