Raina needs lot of clarity while playing short ball: Laxman

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New Delhi, Dec 23: Former India batsman VVS Laxman, who always reserved his best for the mighty Australia, feels that Suresh Raina "needs a lot of clarity" as to how he would find a solution against short-pitched bowling.

Raina has been dropped from Indian ODI team for Australia tour but Laxman is confident that this selection setback will make him work even harder.

Suresh Raina

"I think every batsman has an area of concern and Suresh Raina has been struggling with short-pitched delivery for a long time. But I think, it is more about what his gameplan against short ball will be and hopefully he sticks to it," Laxman told PTI during an exclusive interaction, here today.

The Hyderabadi stylist believes that no batsman is perfect and it is not Raina alone, who has a technical problem.

"We have seen Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma have problems for the balls outside the off-stump and (Cheteshwar) Pujara has problems with ball that comes in. Everyone has own issues as no batsman is perfect. So Raina needs to have lot of clarity while facing the short ball.

"But having said that, I believe that Raina is an impact player and a match winner in the shorter format. He is livewire in the field, can play big shots and bowl useful overs. He still has a lot to offer in ODI and T20," Laxman said.

Laxman then analysed that Raina's problem has been always thinking about the short-ball in his head and not being prepared for the fuller delivery, something a lot of batsmen have trouble when they tour Down Under.

"If you see the way, the position (initial trigger movement) he was getting in, definitely, he is thinking about the short ball. Only in the Chennai ODI against South Africa, he played thinking of fuller delivery. He tried playing down the ground, hit those cover drives. His thought process was very clear and once he does that, no one can stop him," explained Laxman.


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