India vs New Zealand: Suresh Raina ruled out of second ODI as well

Star left-handed batsman Suresh Raina has been ruled out of the second ODI against New Zealand too as the medical team believes that he would need more time to recover from the viral fever that forced him out of the first match.

On Tuesday, Raina batted for about 45 minutes at the nets but the Indian team management confirmed that he is still not 100 per cent match fit to figure in the second ODI which is to be played in Delhi.

“The BCCI Medical team has confirmed that Suresh Raina, who is recovering from a bout of viral fever and had missed the Dharamsala ODI, is ruled out of the second ODI of the Paytm ODI Trophy against New Zealand,” BCCI said in a release.

“The team management has allowed Suresh Raina more time to recover. There will be no replacement in the team,” it added.

Raina is yet to play an ODI for India since October 2015 and the series against New Zealand could well have been the perfect stage for him to return to form.

Raina was dropped for the ODI’s in Australia and for the tour of Zimbabwe earlier this year besides the two-match T20 series against the West Indies in USA.

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