Make-or-break phase for me: Raina

After playing a big role in India's ODI series win against England, Suresh Raina is now eyeing a Test comeback. Being part of the Rest of India team in the Irani Cup that starts at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, on Wednesday, Raina thinks that he is just one big knock away from reclaiming his No.6 spot in Tests. Excerpts from an interview:

Your two 80-plus knocks in Mohali and Dharamsala during the England ODIs must have been really satisfying.

I was very positive and confident about my game against England. I knew that I needed to do well in order to make the cut for the Test side. I had set a goal for myself and was happy to have achieved that.

Do you agree that you are just one good knock away from reclaiming the No. 6 slot in the Tests?

Definitely. I think the Irani Cup match will be quite crucial for me. I have worked hard on my game for the last six to seven months. I had long conversations with coach Praveen Amre. Today I met him again and we chatted. I just need to peak at the right time and stay focused.

Do you think that you need an image makeover as many perceive you as a shorter-version specialist?

I don't think much about that. I just know that I need to pump hard and keep performing in every format of the game. I have got to play in 17 Test matches, I think I have done well. I think I have always been keen to learn.

In this Irani game, do you think, it will be more about the number of balls you face and the kind of strokes you play and not really about the the runs you score?

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