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Wisden puts Raina in rare company

May 23, 2007 16:58 IST

Suresh Raina may have lost his place in the Indian team due to indifferent form but he figures among the 10 players, who will "define" cricket in the next decade.

The latest issue of the Wisden Cricketer clubs Raina with Australians batsman Michael Clarke, paceman Shaun Tait, all-rounder Shane Watson, England batsman Kevin Pietersen, Pakistan's fast medium seamer Mohammad Asif, Sri Lanka's fast bowler Lasith Malinga, West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor and Bangladesh vice captain Mohammad Ashraful as the players who will define cricket's next decade.

Well-known British cricket writer Lawrence Booth states in the article that Raina had the talent to be a left-handed Sachin Tendulkar with even more intuitive flair.

"But he needs to be sensitively handled by India. The way he dismantled England during an ODI in Faridabad in March 2006 hinted at a rare genius, and Greg Chappell never stopped singing his praises. Aged 20, he has plenty of time on his side," he said.

Paying glowing tributes to the hard-hitting Pietersen, the article said that he finished the World Cup at the top of the one day ratings and he has the ability to stay there.

"Only if he grows fed up with his teammates' failings, will his potential be threatened but Pietersen -- flamingo shot, left-handed sweep, bottom-handed cover drive and all -- is well on course to fulfill Ponting's prediction that he is world cricket's next great phenomenon,"  it said.

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