Suresh Raina had been a mainstay in India’s ODI batting line-up for the last few years, received a jolt when he was left out of the Asia Cup squad following a spade of low scores.
The left-hander decided to use this time for self-assessment and seek a guiding hand that could lead him back in form ahead of the World Twenty20. He found the perfect mentor in former India captain and left-handed batsman, Sourav Ganguly.
While admitting the disappointment of being dropped from the team, Raina also drew motivation from the situation to improve himself for the 20-over World Championship.
"This T20 World Cup is going to be the stepping stone for the 50-over World Cup in a year's time,” he said. “If we do well and go on to win it here, it's going to be a huge boost to our confidence. As for me, if I do well and have a good IPL after that, it will help me come back into reckoning for ODIs."
Talking about his different roles in T20s and one-day games, Raina said batting high in the order in the shortest format gives him more time at the crease.
"In T20 cricket, more often than not, I have gone out to bat early. It has allowed me the time to get settled and play some crucial innings. That's something I would like to do in one-dayers as well, as and when I get the chance again."