Toss will play a major role in Dharamsala T20: Raina

Dharamsala: Raring to show his big-hitting skills in the limited-overs matches, senior India batsman Suresh Raina today said toss will play a major role in the first T20 International against South Africa here on Friday. The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Indian side will take on South Africa in the first T20 on Friday, which will mark the start of the 72-day long series comprising three T20Is, five ODIs and four Test matches. Raina believes the team stands confident after the recent win on Sri Lankan soil after 22 years.

“After beating Sri Lanka on their soil, Team India is enjoying high spirits. And as the team is undergoing a week long traing camp after 7-8 years before the start of a new series, the team is perfectly fit to face South Africa. The series shall be very interesting,” Raina said in a media interaction having acclimatised to the high altitude atmosphere of the scenic ground.

“Toss is going to be the major factor here as the ballmoves a lot during late hours. But it is not going to bother us as we are getting accustomed to the conditions,” said the left-handed batsman.

Having represented India in 218 ODIs and 44 T20 matches, in comparison to 18 Tests, Raina is keen to prove his worth in the longer format via his limited-overs performance. “I have a chance in upcoming T20 and ODI matches to prove myself and make a comeback for Test matches,” said the 28-year-old player.

Raina is also flexible while adjusting to his batting order in the young and talented Indian unit and said that whichever position the management desires, he is ready to bat.

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