New Delhi: Suresh Raina on Thursday admitted that poor planning resulted in India's recent Test series whitewash against England and Australia. "There is no excuse when you play at the international level, you have to perform really well against the good opposition. I think we did not plan really well against the Aussies and England. We learnt from those mistakes and moved to good cricket," Raina said.
"We have done really well in one-day cricket. Hopefully, we'll improve our game in Test matches also. As a team, we have always done well but we have to do well in Test matches especially abroad. Hopefully, we will do well in the abroad series and work really hard in the Tests," Raina told a news channel.
India were whitewashed 0-4 by England in the four-match Test series last year and they finished the entire tour without a single win. In December, India went to Australia as the second-ranked Test nation and reigning World Cup champions, but returned home after a 0-4 drubbing in the Test series and also failed to make it to the finals of the tri-nation ODI series involving Sri Lanka.
Asked about India's most promising batting talent Virat Kohli, Raina said, "He is a good player. As a finisher, I think he has always showed great character and responsibility. Whenever he got the chance he has always delivered. He has been nominated as the vice captain and I think he will do well when he gets the chance to become a captain of the side."