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Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Wasim Akram appreciates Suresh Raina’s captaincy in the ODI series against West Indies – Cricket News Update

The legendary fast bowler, Wasim Akram has appreciated Indian selectors for giving an opportunity to Suresh Raina, to lead the Indian team against West Indies during the One Day International series.
Pakistan’s former captain, Akram, admired Raina’s captaincy, and rated him as a capable future captain of India.
"Raina's captaincy was promising. It's not easy to lead a team against any opposition but he would have learnt from the mistakes made during the ODI series. The Indian selectors must be appreciated because they are grooming a youngster to lead India in the future," he stated.
Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) gave charge to the 27-year-old, as Mahendra Singh Dhoni requested for a break, following the hectic ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and Indian Premier League 4 schedules.
Previously, the board had announced Gautam Gambhir as the ODI captain, but the aggravation of his shoulder injury during the Indian Premier League, ruled Gambhir out of contention.
However, Raina took the opportunity positively and led his team in the 5-match series successfully, winning by 3-2 for India.
Meanwhile, the master of swing bowling, Akram also appreciated the Maharashtra born batsman, Rohit Sharma.
"I had always believed in Rohit Sharma. He has loads of talent and this time he proved himself in the West Indies. By becoming the Man of the Series, Rohit has only improved his chances to become a regular member of the national team."
Akram advised Sharma to concentrate on Test cricket if he wants to cement his place in the team permanently in the presence of Uttar born, Raina and Delhi born, Virat Kohli.
The legendary left-arm bowler, who took 414 test wickets for his national side, Pakistan, is expecting India to win the series against the weak Caribbean side.
He suggested India to consider this series as an opportunity to prepare themselves for the tough, upcoming series against England.
“Although the conditions in England will be hugely different, India must play the Caribbean bowlers, especially the quickies, well. England's true ability at their backyard is there to see.” He added.
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