I'll prove myself if I get chance against Australia: Suresh Raina

Suresh Raina

Raina, who scored his 11th first class hundred, said he knew how to bat with lower order batsmen, having learnt the art from Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the others.

"Over the years I have learnt from my seniors like Dhoni, Yuvraj and Michael Hussey (playing for Chennai Super Kings in IPL). It's always good to trust your partner, specially 7,8,9," he said.

Heaping praise on Dhawal Kulkarni, the leading Mumbai pacer, for bowling well, Raina said, "He was bowling in good areas. I had to be calm and technically sound against him because he was bowling really well. I was trying not to play any risky shot and hang in there till the last ball.

"It is always special when you score against Mumbai. They are domestic champions. They have won it so many times. I knew I had to play well in this game because whenever you play in Mumbai, it always feels special on this wicket.

"I have played a lot of matches here; have played a lot of Times Shield trophy games here. I used to play a lot of matches at MIG and CCI," he added.

Raina, who was unbeaten on 36 in a team total of 330 for five yesterday, said he told himself that he should try and bat till tea today.

"When I got 36 last night I was telling myself to bat till tea. I was just trying to be solid and calm. I was telling myself not to play big shots, because I knew I could play 180 balls and easily will get 140-150. That was my game plan. Glad I did that."

About his side's current position in the game, Raina said Mumbai have two more brilliant batsmen in Sachin Tendulkar and Rohit Sharma to come in.

"We have three more days to go and we need to bowl well. They still have Ajju (Ajinkya Rahane)...he is batting well and (Wasim) Jaffer got a brilliant 80. Still they have two more brilliant batsmen, so we have to work really hard tomorrow."

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