Ranchi: The Indian bowlers have been hammered by the Australians in the ongoing tour. In fact, the Aussies have posted 300-plus totals in all three ODIs that have been played so far.
Suresh Raina believes that the IPL is to be blamed for that.
Speaking at the pre-match media conference, on Tuesday, Raina said: “The Australians are used to playing the Indian bowlers after six editions of the IPL.
“There’s positive as well as a negative aspect to everything. Hence there is more pressure on the bowlers nowadays.”
Raina also pointed out that the rule changes in ODIs have also affected the bowlers harshly. “We have to admit that it’s tough for the bowlers nowadays. With the fielding restrictions, it’s obviously difficult for the bowlers… That increases the pressure on the part-timers as well.
“Bowlers come under pressure as to what line and length they would have to try to stop the run flow. We have to follow the ICC rules and there’s no point complaining about them.”
Talking about bowlers, the obvious question about Ishant Sharma’s performance in the last match was raised. This is what Raina had to say: “I hope Ishant would be strong in his mindset and approach the match in a positive manner. He has really worked hard in the last two days.”
Though trailing Australia 1-2, Raina refused that there’s any pressure on the Indian team. “We are not under any pressure… We won the T20 in the Pune.
“Then they won following ODI. Then we won again before losing in Mohali. It’s been a good contest so far.
“Our batting is clicking… The team that plays well on that given day would win. It’s about your mental toughness,” he said.
About his own batting, he said: “I’m batting well and feeling fine and positive. The No. 4 spot (in the batting line-up) belongs to me in the upcoming matches and I hope to do well.”
Raina also admitted that he has learnt a lot from Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh. “Dhoni has been batting well over the years... I’ve learnt a lot from him and Yuvi.”
Speaking on Sachin Tendulkar’s decision to retire from Test cricket, Raina said: “Personally, for me the next four ODIs are very important as I’ve to make a comeback into the Test squad.
“As for Sachin’s 200th Test, it will be a dream match for me whether I play in it or not. He is the world’s No. 1 batsman and more importantly a good human being. It will be a sad moment for all of us. It’s a very important moment for his family. I hope he scores centuries in both of his last two Tests.”