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‘Batting at No. 3 brings the best out of me’

Suresh Raina has donned the role of a finisher to perfection in shortest formats and by his own admission he relishes batting at No 3 irrespective of whether he is playing for India or CSK.

‘I love batting at No 3 as I can be positive and play my shots. When I scored a hundred against South Africa in West Indies (in 2010 World T20), I batted at number three. I love to dominate bowlers,’ Raina said.

 ‘You need to be focused and think about whom you need to take on. Luckily, I am batting well so hopefully in the coming matches I will do well.’  Raina believes that a good set-up has been key to CSK’s success in the last five editions of IPL.

‘When you have succeeded in the last five editions, you need to maintain the consistency in your game It is very important to win matches from difficult situations. We have a good set up and everyone wants to do well this season so I am really excited about this IPL.’

For the UP left-hander, these are still early days in IPL and one needs to maintain discipline in order to go the distance. ‘It is the start of the season. You need to maintain your commitment and maintain your discipline. Whoever gets tense will lose the battle. It is important to stay together and focus on each and every practice session and execute them to win matches,’ he said.

Chennai take on a struggling Pune side next and the left-handed batsman said they are not taking any side lightly due to the nature of the game.
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