Suresh Raina promises a strong India fightback against Bangladesh after defeat in 1st ODI
Suresh Raina said Bangladesh is a fast improving side, but India is still the superior side.
Suresh Raina's all round performance against Bangladesh wasn't enough to help India win © Getty Images
Suresh Raina's all round performances against Bangladesh in the first One-Day International (ODI) turned out to be far from sufficient to get India across the line. The middle order batsman has dismissed the 79-run defeat as a one-off failure and has promised that India will comeback hard at Bangladesh in the following two ODIs. ALSO READ: India taking ODIs against Bangladesh seriously, says Suresh Raina
Raina did admit that India were outplayed comprehensively. "They outplayed us in every department. This loss is a bit shocking for us and it is hurting a lot. Yes, they played better than us today but we are still a better team," Raina told in an interview with bcci.tv. ALSO READ: MS Dhoni, Mustafizur Rahman fined for on-field collision
He went on to say that India could stamp their authority by making a hard comeback. "We still have two games left and we need to put in all our energy in making a strong comeback. One defeat doesn’t make us a bad side. As Ravi (Shastri) bhai just told us, the way we come back will show our character," he said. ALSO READ: Bangladesh fans jubilant following win over India in 1st ODI
Asked weather India should have chased down 308, Raina said, "We should have chased it, especially given the strength of our batting line-up. But their debutant left-arm pacer bowled really well and the two breakthroughs that Taskin (Ahmed) gave them in the form of Shikhar (Dhawan) and Virat (Kohli) was game-changing.
He credited Bangladesh's surprise decision to play four fast bowlers on a spin-friendly track as a master-stroke. "To opt for four pacers on a slow and turning wicket was a master stroke from them. But had we batted better, things would have looked very different," he said.
Raina concluded with a word on debutant Mustafizur's two controversial on-field collisions with Indian batsmen MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma. "Anyone could have been seriously hurt. He has to learn to stay away from the pitch when the batsmen are running. The umpires need to have a chat with him about it. If he doesn’t change this habit, it will be very difficult for him.