I Love Batting Against England - Suresh Raina
Fresh from scoring a brilliant century in the second One-Day International in Cardiff, Indian batsman Suresh Raina says he loves batting against England.
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The left-hander powered his way to an innings of 100 in 75 balls as India posted 304 for six in the second match of the series.
Raina also took a wicket as England were bowled out for 161 in reply to go down by 133 runs on the Duckworth/Lewis method.
Ahead of the third match at Trent Bridge, Raina admitted that he something of a soft spot for playing against England.
"I love batting against England. I have done it in the past when I played my first game against them in Faridabad (in March 2006) - I got my first man-of-the-match," he said.
"So I a have lot to learn, a lot to be achieved. At the same time, I am looking at the next game.
"So I am batting well at the moment, I just want to continue my good form."
Suresh Raina may say he loves batting against England, but does his record back him up?
Although that century was his first triple-score against England in ODIs, he has scored 1,098 runs in 26 innings at an average of 47.74 against them.
He may have scored more runs (1,150) against Sri Lanka but they have come in 43 innings and the only teams he averages more than 47.74 against are Bangladesh (101.33, three completed innings) and Hong Kong (101, one completed innings).
He added that he is not wasting too much time basking in the flow of his fine innings, but already looking ahead to the rest of the series.
"So still I think we have three more games to go and have done so much hard work in the last couple of months," he said.
"I still have a lot of work to do for my team India. So I am looking forward to the next three games."
India will miss opening batsman Rohit Sharma, who is on his way back to India with a finger injury that has ruled him out of the rest of the tour.
But Raina said that although he would be missed, they have enough depth in their squad to deal with his absence.
"I think opening in England is always a difficult job, but unfortunately Rohit (Sharma) has got injured," he said.
Still we have a lot of youngsters. Sanju Samson is there; then we have Ambati Rayudu, and we have (Murali) Vijay coming also.
"He is a Test specialist, but he has done well in one-dayers and IPL. So hopefully we looking to be positive and do what we can do in the field."
Video courtesy of SNTV
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