Despite the criticism and call for Ishant Sharma's ouster for conceding 30 runs in an over, teammate Suresh Raina on Tuesday, dropped hints that the beleaguered pacer could be retained in the fourth ODI against Australia at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi on Wednesday.

Raina said Ishant had worked really hard in the last couple of days to overcome the disastrous 48th over in Mohali that cost India the third one-dayer as Aussies took a 2-1 lead.

"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," Raina told reporters on Tuesday.

"Our bowlers are doing well. Our think tank is strong and have good planning. Bowlers are training hard for last two days. The harder they work the better they would perform.

Hopefully we will do really well against the Aussies tomorrow," he said.

(With inputs from PTI)