Suresh Raina Makes Comeback In ODI Squad After 1010 Days; Tweeps Say 'Blunder'

India won the toss and elected to field against England in the first ODI match at Trent Bridge, Nottingham

Left-handed batsman Suresh Raina made a comeback into India’s One Day International (ODI) squad after almost three years during the 1st ODI against England today at Trent Bridge, Nottingham. Raina last featured in Indian ODI squad in October 2015 against South Africa in Mumbai. He scored just 12 runs as South African pacer Kagiso Rabada bowled him out.

Raina has so far played 223 ODIs and scored 5,568 runs, including 5 centuries and 36 half-centuries with his highest total being 116 not out.

Soon after Virat Kohli announced the playing XI for today’s game, Indian fans took to Twitter and termed Raina’s selection over Dinesh Karthik ‘a blunder’.

Besides Raina, Siddharth Kaul is also making his ODI debut as Bhuvneshwar Kumar is out due to injury. T20 star KL Rahul also found his place in the playing XI after 10 months. Rahul last featured in the 50-over game in August 2017 against Sri Lanka.

England, on the other hand, have included Dawid Malan in the team.

Earlier, Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and he elected to bowl first in the first match of the three-match series.

England: Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav