Top 5 ODI knocks by Indian batsmen at Visakhapatnam
The ACA-VDCA stadium at Visakhapatnam, set on the coast of the Bay of Bengal, is one of the most picturesque grounds in the country. Sporting a wicket that is good to bat on, the stadium started hosting international matches in 2005 with a marquee clash between India and Pakistan. Over the years, it has hosted a number of memorable matches, most of them being high-scoring encounters with a tight finish. With the fifth and final ODI between India and New Zealand to be held at Visakhapatnam, we take a look at the five best knocks by Indians at the venue:
#5 Suresh Raina (71* off 47 balls vs Australia, 2010)
The rain-marred ODI series between India and Australia in 2010 could salvage only one full match out of India. The hosts, chasing a steep target of 290, stumbled to 35-2, before a young Virat Kohli steered the chase with a responsible knock. Yet, with quick runs required in the latter part of the innings, Suresh Raina, a proven performer in the middle order took the task upon himself.
With the equation reading 118 off 98 balls, Raina took the onus of going for the big shots, clearing the infield in his favourite areas: the cover region and the midwicket boundary. He picked his gaps, ran hard, and helped usurp the target in no time. His 71 off just 47 balls helped clinch the match with seven deliveries to spare.