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India vs South Africa: Suresh Raina Sweats it Out in the Nets Ahead of Johannesburg T20I

All the focus was on batsman Suresh Raina as team India sweat it out in the nets ahead of the first T20I against South Africa, which is scheduled to be played in Johannesburg on Sunday.

Cricketnext Staff |February 18, 2018, 8:04 AM IST
India vs South Africa: Suresh Raina Sweats it Out in the Nets Ahead of Johannesburg T20I

New Delhi: All the focus was on batsman Suresh Raina as team India sweat it out in the nets ahead of the first T20I against South Africa, which is scheduled to be played in Johannesburg on Sunday.

T20I specialists like Suresh Raina and Jaydev Unadkat were seen getting familiar with the conditions during a net session on the eve of the contest at the Wanderers Stadium. The official social media account of BCCI posted the image online and the post read: "He's back and he's raring to go! @sureshraina3 in the zone ahead of the 1st T20I at The Wanderers #TeamIndia #SAvIND".

Earlier, Raina had posted a photo with Unadakat and Rahul on social media before leaving for South Africa and his post read: "En route Joburg . ✈️ can’t wait to get started . 💪"

En route Joburg . ✈️ can’t wait to get started . 💪

A post shared by Suresh Raina (@sureshraina3) on

Before leaving for the 'Rainbow Nation', in an interview to a TV channel, Raina had said that there is still a lot of cricket left in him and he wants to play for for the 'Men in Blue' in the 2019 World Cup.

"I was hurt on getting dropped even after performing well. But now I have cleared the Yo-Yo test and feeling so strong. During all these months of hard training, the desire to play for India again grew only so much stronger," Raina was quoted as saying by Aaj Tak.

"I won't leave it here. I have to play for India for as long as possible. I have to play the 2019 World Cup because I know I have done well in England. There is still a lot left in me and I am extremely confident of doing well in these three games in South Africa," he added.

Raina last played for India in February 2017 against England and after securing a place in the side once again, the southpaw has said that he feels like he is making his debut once again.

"Yes, I am 31 but, as they say it, age is just a number. The other day when my match clothing arrived, I had the same feeling like I got before making my India debut. It is so special," Raina said.

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