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Bangla tour won’t be easy: Raina

Suresh Raina

Mumbai: Suresh Raina, who is all set to lead the 15-member India squad to Bangladesh for a three-match one-day International series, has said it would be a good opportunity for him to get prepared for a tougher England tour ahead.

“It will be a good opportunity for me before the England ODI series. I hope if I do well (in Bangladesh), then I will be able to go and perform well in the England ODI series also,” said Raina.

He, however, admitted that Bangladesh series would not be easy for his “young team”, as the hosts would be tough opponents in their backyard.

The 27-year old will lead the India team, which is devoid of star players like regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma among others.

“Bangladesh are a good team in their home turf. We didn’t win in the Asia Cup and we lost the World T20 final (held there). It will be challenging for us.

“It is a young team. The good thing is that all the young players have done well. Left-arm spinner Akshar Patel has done well, (Ambati) Rayudu has done well, Manoj Tiwary has done well, (Wriddhiman) Saha has done well. Especially, Robin Uthappa has done really well. He has been a consistent performer in the ongoing IPL,” said Raina after his team Chennai Super Kings recorded a seven-wicket win over the Mumbai Indians.

Stating that a captain is as good as his team, the left-handed batsman said, “It is a good team. I think the captain is not so important but if you have good players you can win matches.”

Raina is currently playing in the IPL and said he hoped to take a few tips from Dhoni and CSK coach Stephen Fleming before leaving for Bangladesh.