Raina is a finisher but can bat up the order: Gavaskar

Suresh Raina's skills as a finisher has helped India on several occasions. He himself however has expressed a desire to bat up the line-up.

updated: January 27, 2013 20:51 IST
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New Delhi: Suresh Raina hit his fourth half-century of the series against England, on Sunday. With it, he completed 4000 runs and this despite batting lower down the order. Former cricketer Sunil Gavaskar feels that purely going by his batting skills, Raina should come up the line-up.

The hosts were in trouble against England and were reeling at 49 for 4 before Raina came to the middle to support the dwindling innings. While Gavaskar admits that the 26-year-old is a superb finisher, he tells NDTV that he can bat at the number three or four spot as well. "I am surprised that he (Raina) does not bat at number three because he does bat at number three for India in T20 tournaments. I imagine that he should be batting at three or four. It hasn't happened because India look upon him to be a finisher. But as a batsman, you want to bat higher up the order," he said.

Raina has registered strong performances in the recently concluded series which India won 3-2 despite losing the final match at Dharamsala. He slammed 332 runs, averaging almost 111 in four innings.

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