Laxman: Harsh call to drop Raina for ODIs


Former India batsman VVS Laxman feels the selectors were harsh to drop Suresh Raina from the ODI squad for the upcoming five-match series in Australia.

India go to Australia in January and will also play three T20 internationals to prepare for the World T20, which they will host in March next year.

Raina was axed from the 50-over team after enduring a tough home series against South Africa recently, but Laxman believes the ODI squad is one batsman short with only five specialists traveling Down Under.

Laxman said: "I think we are one batsman short. I still feel it was harsh on Suresh Raina. He did really well in the World Cup. He had a tough series against South Africa.

"Coming in at number six, when the asking rate is eight or 10 and with the change in the new rules, the conditions against South Africa were not ideal to play the big shots straightaway.

"It's always a pressure situation whenever he walks out to bat. This is also good for him. Raina is probably a very important member if India has to win the T20 World Cup. This will hurt him, but also make him hungrier."