India facing New Zealand in the ODI series opener at Dharamsala on coming Sunday. India’s all-rounder batsman Suresh Raina has been ruled out for Dharamsala ODI due to bout of viral fever.
The 30-year old middle-order batsman serviced 223 ODIs from Team India and he played his last ODI on October, 2015 against South Africa at Mumbai. He was out of Indian ODI squad for almost an year and he got a recall to a team last week to participate in a ODI series against New Zealand. Raina is a captain of Utter Pradesh’s Ranji team. On last week in a match against Madhya Pradesh, he affected with viral fever and he did not bat in both innings of a match. UP lost a match by innings and 64 runs. Today, BCCI announced that Suresh Raina is still suffering with viral fever and he has been ruled out for first ODI.
BCCI did not announce any replacement for Raina’s absence. That means, he may come back to the XI once he gets out of fever. In early 2016, Raina made his come back in T20I. He played 3 innings in Asia Cup T20 and scored 39 runs and scored 41 runs in WT20 where he played four innings. He was struggling for his form throughout the year. But, he batted well in the recent Duleep Trophy which helped him for a recall to Indian ODI side. But, unfortunately viral fever delays his comeback to the team.
The First ODI is takes place at Dharamsala on coming Sunday. October 16, 2016.