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I was dropped despite performance: Raina

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says he was "hurt" after being dropped from the Indian team despite performing well, but now that he is back in the mix, the southpaw is determined to make the most of the upcoming T20 series in "I was hurt on getting dropped even after performing well. But now I have cleared the Yo-Yo test and feeling so strong. During all these months of hard training, the desire to play for again grew only so much stronger," told Aaj Tak. "I won't leave it here. I have to play for for as long as possible. I have to play because I know I have done well in England. There is still a lot left in me and I am extremely confident of doing well in these three games in South Africa," he said. The 31-year-old has played 223 ODIs and 65 T20s but he feels like a debutant again. "Yes, I am 31 but, as they say it, age is just a number. The other day when my match clothing arrived, I had the same feeling like I got before making my debut.

It is so special," he said. The left-hander last played for in the T20 series against England and scored an impressive 63 in the final match at Bengaluru in February last year. However, failure to clear the Yo-Yo test kept him out of the Indian team. "My family became my biggest strength during this trying time. I played a lot of domestic and focused on clearing the Yo-Yo test too. I worked really hard on it at the NCA. I have always been fit during my entire career but it is just that at time you get down or niggles and that hampered the preparation to clear the test." With the likes of Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, and still trying to cement their place in the Indian ODI middle order, knows a few good knocks in the T20 format can help him get a look in the 50-over format ahead of "If you talk about the No 4 slot in the ODIs, it is not an easy one to bat on. Most of the time the team is in a tricky situation when the No 4 comes to bat, especially while chasing. One needs to attack, change the gears constantly. I personally feel that the No 4 and 5 slot suits more to my style of batting," said

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 19:45 IST
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