Middle-order batsman Suresh Raina, who was dropped from the India XI during the ODIs in New Zealand with just one fifty-plus score in his previous 24 innings and was not picked for the Asia Cup in Bangladesh, is raring to go in the upcoming World Twenty20.
He has been taking tips from former India captain Sourav Ganguly on matters as varied as making a comeback and handling the short ball. "When you are down and out, that's when you realise who is ready to help you, who is your friend and who can be a good guide," Raina told a news channel.
"Sourav Ganguly was one such man. I spoke to him and he instantly was eager to help me. We spoke a lot, and he told me that I needed to work hard on my footwork, and on my mind. He is a good coach of batting and motivated me a lot when I was mentally down. Our batting style also is very similar and we spoke about the short ball, footwork and making a comeback. I got a lot of positive vibes from dada (Ganguly). He told me a lot on trusting my own ability, and spoke about minor things that I had overlooked for some time."
Raina also said he is hungry for runs and confident going into the World T20, adding that he had recognized during the Asia Cup that the team needed him. "I saw the Asia Cup sitting at home from a third man's perspective and realised that the team needs me. I have a role to play with this team. I just need to get back among runs, do well at this World T20 and maybe force my way back into the ODI side with the 2015 World Cup in mind."
Having played 189 ODIs so far, Raina will look forward to make the most of his opportunity in the World T20 and reclaim his spot in the Indian middle-order in the 50-over format.