The 30-year old said that he had been working hard to return to the national side.
Dubbing Kuldeep Yadav a "product of Anil Kumble", Raina, Kuldeep's Uttar Pradesh Ranji Trophy skipper, said: "I guess credit goes to Anil bhai".
"I am working hard".
He also backed his team after losing the first game and hoped that they will make a comeback in the tournament. The wicket was little different. We have still five more games to go and after that match we had a chat. Though Yadav recently refused to entertain any talk of replacing Ashwin or Jadeja, the Uttar Pradesh lad, through his performances, has ensured that Team India does not miss their senior spinners too much. I won the World Cup, so many trophies we've won.
"I'm not setting any target but just enjoying the process. If I'm enjoying, I can win games for my country any day", he said, philosophically. When you're not in the team and down, it's always important to speak to your mind and train your brain. In the Duleep trophy you have seen wicket and its not in my hand to win the toss. So, we had to bat on the fourth day, which is not easy. It's not me doing right or you doing wrong. "I've done that for the last five months and each and every day and I've been hitting the gym. Nonetheless, there are a couple of aspects that we need to take in a positive manner", he explained. Grade 16.1 is the minimum standard set for an elite global sportsman, and for a team India player too.
Yadav has raced to 18 wickets in 10 ODI innings and five wickets in four T20 Internationals in his maiden year of global cricket. "BCCI se bat karo". We did speak a bit after the game.
When asked about not passing the new yo-yo fitness test, Raina said: "You should ask the BCCI about the same; they will give you better clarity". Once he clears the "Yo yo" hurdle, and scores runs in domestic cricket, Raina can always find himself in contention again. Team India now has plenty of right-handers, and sources insist that the team management is keen to include a power-packed left-hander in the mix.