Suresh Raina takes a stunning one-hand catch against Odisha in the Ranji Trophy

Suresh Raina takes a brilliant reflex catch
Suresh Raina takes a brilliant reflex catch. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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He has not featured in the Indian team since July but Suresh Raina is always on his toes. The 31-year-old cricketer, who is known both for his batting and fielding prowess, continues to work on his fitness and it was seen recently in a Ranji Trophy game in Bhubaneswar when he took a stunning catch in the slips to dismiss an Odisha batsman. It all happened on Day 1 of the Ranji encounter between Uttar Pradesh and Odisha at the KIIT Cricket Stadium in the capital of Odisha.

UP captain Akshdeep Nath won the toss and elected to field first and Odisha steadied their innings after a nervous start in which they lost 3 wickets for just 55 runs and then were 5 down for 107. It was then Subhranshu Senapati (87) and wicket-keeper Sujit Lenka (46) who added 67 crucial runs for the sixth wicket to bring back the innings on a trail.

Raina failed with the bat in the match though

Raina took catches to get both the Odisha batsmen dismissed; however, it was a stunning catch he took with one hand to get rid of Lenka who was batting well with the tail. Odisha were all out for 256 on Day 1 and UP were 42 for 1 in reply at stumps. The visitors slipped to 4 for 72 on Day 2 morning with Raina falling for just 10. UP were 116 for 4 when the last reports came in.

Raina himself posted a video of the catch he took with his left hand off the bowling off left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar with a funny caption. He quoted the song “Idhar chala main idhar chala” from the 2003 Bollywood flick Koi… Mil Gaya starring Hrithik Roshan and Preity Zinta to describe the reflex action which helped him get hold of the ball eventually.

Raina last played for India in the limited-over series in England in July. He has over 7,000 runs in international cricket with seven hundreds. The emergence of a number of middle-order batsmen in the national side has reduced the left-handed batsman’s chances of returning to the side but his fielding performance shows the man yet attaches a lot of significance to his fitness.

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