Raina: Need to see the bigger picture

"I don’t think there was slump in my performance. Some times runs do not come to you despite trying really hard. You have to see the bigger picture. I am hopeful about 2016 with so many matches coming up and I want to make the most of this situation"

Suresh Raina says he is focusing on doing well and the rest will fall in place in time after losing his place in the Indian team.   -  VIVEK BENDRE

The success of a cricketer lies in the ability of seeing the bigger picture and that helps him overcome the slumps in form which are a part of everyone’s playing career, says Suresh Raina who lost his ODI berth in the Indian team. The player said he is focusing on doing well and the rest will fall in place in time.

“I don’t think there was slump in my performance. Some times runs do not come to you despite trying really hard. You have to see the bigger picture. I am hopeful about 2016 with so many matches coming up and I want to make the most of this situation,” Raina said after making a spectacular outing as the Uttar Pradesh captain in the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament here.

“I have to do well before going to Australia (for the T20s starting on January 26). I believe I am doing well and I tried to utilise the chance when turning out for my team today. After the Australia trip we have the Asia Cup, World Cup and the IPL coming up. It is a packed schedule and it is important I perform well to get myself in the rhythm before the international calendar starts,” Raina sounded confident.

Raina said the emergence of a lot of talented youngsters augurs well for the UP team. “The UP team has a lot of talented youngsters who are doing well in first-class cricket and also with corporate teams like ONGC, Air India and BSNL. They play lot of matches in Mumbai and Delhi and have the right attitude. They also have the scope to express themselves in the IPL where we have two new franchises,” Raina said.

Remembering his last trip to Cuttack when the India-South Africa T20 (on October 5, 2015) witnessed crowd trouble and drew severe criticism, Raina said the crowd behaviour is same all across the country. “There was a lot of disappointment with the crowd behaviour during the India-South Africa match. Crowd in India is always like that. When you do well the crowd is there with you, if you don’t do well they go against you,” Raina said that that one single venue cannot be targeted for one incident.