Veteran Indian batsman Suresh Raina has said that he relishes the role of playing as a finisher and also claimed that finishing a game for his side give him satisfaction.
In an interview with Firstpost Raina said that this role was not a challenge for him and rather it was a responsibility. “It’s not difficult, I would say it’s more of your responsibility. When you bat down the order, it always gives you a chance to be a hero for the Indian team. And I have done that for so many years. I have done that in the IPL (Indian Premier League) and in first class cricket. I think it’s my role to do it. When you are batting at No 6, you have to perform. When you go in at a crucial time and finish the game, it always gives you satisfaction in your mind. I became a more responsible person. You feel that responsibility about you, which is the best thing, Raina said.”
Speaking about the feeling while playing in the middle, Raina said, “You need to read the situation. You need to read the circumstances. How many runs you are chasing, (if) are you chasing nine per over or 12 per over. It starts from over one – how you plan, how many (runs) you are chasing. With the new rules coming up, you need to plan which bowler to target and which one to not take risk against. You need to learn how to bat with tailenders because you need to take all the pressure and absorb it yourself. I like playing under pressure because I have always delivered and there is a different sense of security.”
At times the situation of the match is delicate, Raina elaborated on this and said, “You need to understand the situation, what target your are chasing and plan accordingly. The most important thing is what mindset you are going in with, in which over and against what opposition. So you already visualise while reading the game, sitting in the dressing room. When you sit inside the dressing room, you analyse, follow what the captains are doing out on the field. You then prepare plan A and if that doesn’t work then have plan B ready. I already choose the bowlers whom I have to attack. If there are five fielders inside the circle, then I know my areas where to hit, I know where I will hit a particular bowler. I have already played 223 ODIs and all that experience comes in handy.”
“You need to feel the pressure and then absorb that pressure sitting in the dug out. You need to know what your plan will be. The moment you go in, you feel like expressing yourself. Because you need to enjoy yourself while playing cricket.”, he concluded.