Kohli: Raina can play a big part


Virat Kohli believes Suresh Raina still has plenty to offer India in the shorter formats but said it is up to him to prove he can still cut it at international level ahead of the Twenty20 series with England.

Raina has not played for his country since last March, having missed out during the one-day international series against New Zealand due to illness after earning a recall.

The vastly experienced batsman is back in the fold for the three-match T20 series against Eoin Morgan's side - which starts on Wednesday - and will be looking to make up for lost time.

Yuvraj Singh rolled back the years in the ODI series against England and Kohli wants Raina to show what he is capable of with the Champions Trophy on the horizon.

The India captain said: "We still believe that he [Raina] has enough to contribute in the short formats for India.

"This series will be an opportunity for a lot of guys to get back into the groove or seal their spots or whatever you want to call it.

"The reason why everyone is included in the squad is because we believe in them, we have faith in them. They can contribute now and in the future as well.

"At the end of the day it's up to the individual, after that, how well prepared he is or how eagerly he is waiting for the opportunity. From the management and the selectors' point of view, they can only do so much in showing faith and getting a guy into the squad and it's up to the individual.

"It's about striking the right balance and hopefully he does get back into his groove because I feel he certainly has a lot to offer for Indian cricket, especially in the shorter formats and he can start with this series onwards, there's no problem with that."