India's limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma said to Suresh Raina that they often used to talk about him to be in the team for his experience with fielding and bowling. On Tuesday (May 12), Rohit was speaking to Raina in a live chat session on Instagram and expressed his desire that Raina should be back in the national team.
"I know it is very tough to be out of the team after playing for so many years. We used to talk that we should have Raina in the team in some way. You have the experience and ability with bowling and fielding.
"I feel that we have seen you play for such a long time, somewhere I feel that somehow or the other you should be back in the team. But then we will see, we make do with what we have in our hands," Rohit Sharma told Suresh Raina.
Suresh Raina who hasn't played an international match since 2018, remains hopeful for his team India comeback and believes that he still has a lot of cricket left in him. He also felt that they got a lot of support when we're young and need the same kind of support at this stage also.
"I had an injury and a surgery which was a big reason why I lost my place. I still have a lot of cricket left in me. Selection is not in our hands, performances are. I have always enjoyed my cricket and the big players always backed us when we were young. So that is what we need, someone to support us and show the way."
The duo of Rohit and Raina also spoke about MS Dhoni's possibility of making a comeback in the team again. Raina said that MS Dhoni was batting well and striking the ball really well in the practice before the coronavirus pandemic hit India and brought a halt to all cricket activities.
"I saw him and he was batting so well, he is fit. Only he knows what he is planning but as far as his skills go he was good. Now that the lockdown is here, I don't really know what his plans are. He has a lot of cricket in him and he was batting so well there," Raina said.
"If that is the case, he should play. I hope he starts playing again," Rohit said.
"Yes but only he knows, whenever he becomes available people should ask him what his plans are," Raina added.
FYI, since India lost to New Zealand in the semi-final of the World Cup last year, MS Dhoni has not played any kind of cricket after that. He himself opted out from the matches that were played after the World Cup.