Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Raina-The finisher

What a sensational win for Chennai with an equally sensational knock by Raina. 58 needed in the last 4 overs. Everybody was ready to erupt in RCB colours but SURESH RAINA had other ideas. Along with the skipper and Proteas big hitter Morkel, he once again snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. Raina has been finishing matches for the past 2 years now. Hard to believe that such a meagre looking man can hit sixes as big as those he hits. I still remember clearly how in the ICC 2011 cricket world cup quarter-final match against Australia, he along with yuvraj won the match for India when the chips were down. Raina has an impeccable sense of timing and put some power in those forearms and he is ready to snatch victories from the opposition. Raina has ensured victory for his team in the end in both IPL and international criicket in numerous occasions.

Chennai super kings led by miracle man Dhoni have been following a startegy of keeping wickets intact for the last 5-6 overs and then launching into an all-out attack. This has been possible only because of players like raina who unbelievably hit any amount of runs in the last 5 overs. Raina perfectly fits in this type of a plan where he has to build an innings by running hard, stabilising the innings and then start hitting big according to the demands of the situation. There was an era of Michael Bevan being the ultimate finisher of the game, but in this new and modern era of slambang cricket Raina has emerged as the best in the business who can be dependable and at the same time destructive. He is an obvious choice for India's T20 and ODI squads but he is yet to establish himself in Test cricket. But considering his outstanding performances in limited overs cricket, he can rightly be called The Best Finisher Of World Cricket.

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