Raina can develop into a good captain: Fletcher

Did the captaincy affect his batting? Raina didn't think so but the coach Duncan Fletcher, while lavishing praise on Raina's captaincy skills, offered a different take on the issue.

updated: June 18, 2011 11:17 IST
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Kingston: The thought hovered in the air for a while at the press conference. Finally someone raised it to Suresh Raina, India's stand-in captain. "India won the games played in slow and low tracks in Trinidad but at the first sign of some bounce and pace, you lost two games." (In pics: Team India's Caribbean Report Card)

"It wasn't about bounce," Suresh Raina said. "If you see Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli had a good partnership. They bowled really well at the right areas. We couldn't get a partnership after 35 overs and that hit us. It would have made a difference if we had 30-35 runs more."

But that was exactly the point. Kohli and Rohit tackled the conditions well - it was by no means a real bouncy track of course- but the rest didn't. Raina the captain was very involved but Raina the batsman let himself and the team down. And he knew it. He also knew exactly why he failed in this match and in the series. "I didn't bat well in three games. I was in bit of rush. I was not spending much time in the middle. If I had spent more time it would have been probably been different. My game is very positive. I was thinking if the ball was full I can go over covers but it didn't work out. I will learn from this mistake and hopefully won't [make] them anymore."

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