Suresh Raina says India will play fearless cricket in the T20I against Australia
Raina, Yuvraj, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra and Hardik Pandya joined the Indian squad ahead of the three-match T20 series starting Jan 26.
India suffered a demoralizing ODI-series defeat against Australia and would look bounce back to winning ways with some fearless cricket in the upcoming T20I series. Those defeats are a thing of past now and the Indian side will be looking to play some aggressive brand of cricket in the upcoming T20 series according to Suresh Raina.
The three-match Twenty20 series between the two sides will begin on January 26 and Raina said it will be important for them to start the series well.
We intend to play fearless cricket: Raina
After the practice session in Adelaide, Raina said, "We intend to play fearless cricket. The ODI series is the past now and this is a fresh beginning. We have to look to be dominating and be positive in our approach. We will do well. Australia have a young side and they would know that the win in the last game has given us good momentum going into the T20Is. They will come hard at us but we are ready too."
Raina joined the side along with Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra and the youngster Hardik Pandya.
The diminutive left-hander, who just lead Uttar Pradesh to their maiden Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (domestic T20 tournament) emphasised on the need for improved running between the wickets and fielding well at the big Australian grounds.
He said, "I feel we have to try and build pressure by bowling a lot of dot balls. Fielding will be the key here. We have to run really hard in these grounds. The singles and doubles will hold importance. As you saw in the final ODI, MS Dhoni and Manish Pandey ran really well between the wickets which is why the team got over the line. You will have to wait till the end before handing over that finishing blow. It will be important to start well in the first six overs."
Yuvraj is making a comeback after a one-and-a-half-year absence and Raina believes that the team is more than happy to have him back in the side.
The 29-year-old said, "Yuvraj has been in good form of late. Everyone wants to see a player like Yuvraj to perform and do well for the team. I have always been a fan of Yuvraj and whenever he has been in the dressing room, I have always learnt a lot from him. He is looking in good touch and we even fielded together in our drills today. It will be good fun if we can play together in the games.”
Raina said that the T20 squad has a good mix of youth and experience and this is a very important series for the team going forward to the World T20.