‘I am still working on perfecting my technique against the short ball’

Though talented and effective in the shorter versions of the game Suresh Raina has failed to hold on to his place in the Test side and has been dropped on more than one occasion, the latest being ahead of the first two Tests against England. The 25-year-old tells The Indian Express about how he was surprised at being ignored but why he is confident that he will make a comeback, though his ability to play the bouncer has been questioned. Excerpts

What were your thoughts when you were dropped?

I was expecting to make the team for the Tests against England because my performance wasn't too bad. However, sometimes things go well for you, sometimes they don't. I hope to score runs in the Ranji trophy and make a comeback.

Would you rather prefer being in the Test squad but not in the Playing XI or being part of a Ranji Trophy playing XI?

I would definitely like to play domestic cricket rather than warming the bench of a Test team. Also, Yuvraj has made a good comeback and he will get priority when it comes to team selection. I am focusing on giving my best whenever I am picked.

Has anyone from the newly-appointed selection committee spoken to you after the Test team was announced?

Sandeep Patil, the chairman, was here for this game (Maharashtra versus Uttar Pradesh) and he told me that as I was the main player in the Uttar Pradesh team there was a lot of opportunities that would come my way.

How do you look back at the attempted lofted shot against Jeetan Patel, which resulted in you getting bowled in your last Test innings?

If I had pulled it off then the fielder at mid-on would have been pushed back and we could have scored lots of singles and twos. After I failed to execute this shot, people started talking about how my shot-selection was wrong. But I know that if I had succeeded it would have helped the team.

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