I hope my bat continues to do the talking: Suresh Raina

I hope my bat continues to do the talking: Suresh Raina

"The presence of Ishant and Pankaj Singh on the side is a big boost to our confidence,” quoted Suresh Raina.

Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina on his way to the pavilion at the SRMC Cricket ground. (Photo Source: TOI)

Out of favor veteran Indian cricketers, Suresh Raina and Dinesh Karthik, will be facing off each other in the finals of the Duleep Trophy 2017-18. The two players would be leading India Blue and India Red in the marquee clash. Ahead of the big clash, the two players oozed confidence in their respective squads for the match.

Suresh Raina expressed that the match is an important one for both the teams. He mentioned that the experience of Pankaj Singh and Ishant Sharma in their lineup will be a big boost for them. On the personal front, he hopes to perform well and let his bat do the talking in the final game of the tournament.

“It’s an important game for everyone including Ishant. Certainly, we couldn’t get match practice due to rain in the last two matches. But we are a balanced side. The presence of Ishant and Pankaj Singh on the side is a big boost to our confidence,” quoted Suresh Raina.

“For me, getting a good start ahead of the domestic season is quite important and I am happy that I am in good nick with the willow. I hope my bat continues to do the talking here too. I’m here and you can see how fit I am. I am working hard on all aspects of my cricket life, including fitness,” added the veteran campaigner.

Karthik happy with his team

While India Blue have big names in their squad, India Red have a problem of the big names leaving their side ahead of the match. Most of their players have joined the India A team who would be playing New Zealand A. Despite this, their skipper, Dinesh Karthik is confident of putting up a good show and hopes that the boys will take responsibility in the game.

“Many of our players have joined the India A side playing New Zealand A, but it makes no difference to us as we have good young players, who are capable of taking up the challenge. It’s a good opportunity for youngsters to show their class on a bigger platform. It’s a tournament of top 40 cricketers of India and I find everyone good enough,” noted Dinesh Karthik.