Suresh Raina to make comeback in the ODI squad after more than two years out

Raina came as a replacement for Ambati Rayudu, who recently failed the YoYo test. The middle-order batsman, played his last 50-over match in 2015, October and has found his place in the squad after two years and eight months.

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In response to the 2019 World Cup, the Indian selection committee on Saturday declared the inclusion of Suresh Raina in the ODI squad for the England tour. Raina came in as a replacement for Ambati Rayudu, who recently failed the YoYo test.

The 31-year-old southpaw has represented India in 223 ODIs and has 5568 runs to his name and is already a part of the current T20 squad. Suresh Raina being a far more experienced player, has been picked up in place of in-form youngster, Rishabh Pant. The middle-order batsman, played his last 50-over match in 2015, October and has found his place in the squad after two years and eight months. 

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Former India players and cricket experts, Aakash Chopra and Deep Dasgupta both backed the selectors’ decision as they both felt that Raina is a good choice.

However, Rayudu’s YoYo test failure was shocking as he had a successful IPL season as he piled up more than 600 runs this year for Chennai Super Kings. Whereas, with MS Dhoni and Dinesh Kartik in the squad, Pant went unheeded despite being the second highest run-scorer in the IPL.

A senior BCCI official said that a certain section isn’t satisfied with Ajinkya Rahane’s limited over exclusion and feels that the opener’s limited overs case has not been handled well by the team management and the selectors.

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