Yuvraj Singh can just go and express himself in batting, says MS Dhoni

MS Dhoni expects that Yuvraj Singh would only get better as he plays more and more matches in the future.

By: PTI | Sydney | Updated: February 3, 2016 12:56 pm
India vs Australia, Ind vs Aus, Aus vs India, Ind vs Aus T20I, India cricket, cricket india, india cricket match, india cricket score, yuvraj singh, ms dhoni, yuvraj, cricket news, cricket MS Dhoni said that Yuvraj Singh will feel less pressure as he spends more time in the middle. (Source: AP)

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni seemed to be satisfied with Yuvraj Singh’s cameo and expects that the veteran left-hander would only get better as he plays more and more matches in the lead upto the ICC World T20 starting in just over a month’s time. (REPORT: Thriller completes whitewash)

The skipper also termed the team combination as the right mix of players going into marquee event.

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“I think we have the right mix. Also, Yuvraj can just go and express himself batting at No 5. There will be less pressure on him and as he plays more and more games he will just open up more. I have never believed in a set batting order and according to situations and bowlers, we might need to create a gap in between the two left-handed batsmen (Yuvraj and Suresh Raina). At the moment, this seems like what will be a very good batting line-up,” the skipper exuded confidence in the batting line-up.

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Dhoni also said that Raina is the only player in this set-up who has done well batting at No 3 for Chennai Super Kings as well as batting at Nos 5 or 6 for India.

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“To an extent, we are rewarding IPL performances. Raina has scored the most number of runs at No 3 for eight IPL seasons now, and at the same time in one of the World T20s he batted at No 3 for us and he got the hundred too. But there were others who could also do a similar job in that slot but there was no one else who could bat at Nos 5 or 6.

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“The conditions from now onwards will also be similar to what we get during the IPL so we want to cash in on that aggression,” said the skipper.

The skipper also refused to put a deadline on when he can think of fielding senior pro Harbhajan Singh, who did not get a chance in the playing XI but conditions back in the sub-continent might make it easier to play the 35 year old
off-break bowler.

“The conditions here are very different to the sub-continent conditions where we will play a lot of T20 cricket before the World T20. It is important to have a back up for every individual and not just cover for one particular situation.

“So it will be a bit hard for him to come into eleven straightaway, but we may look to alter the combination depending on the opposition. It is more important to select a side where everyone is eligible to play and they are able to play in multiple roles. We might look to play him later on but we also want to play our best eleven and win games to see what is our best combination.”

India now have their eyes firmly trained on the World T20. With this 3-0 win they have become the No 1 ranked T20I side, and now have a series against Sri Lanka and the Asia Cup in Bangladesh to fine-tune their preparations.

“If you see the lower order did not get much chance to bat but looking at their potential and their IPL reputation, they are the ones who should come good.

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    Aashul choudhary
    Feb 1, 2016 at 12:24 pm
    yuvi is best player
    1. A
      Feb 1, 2016 at 10:10 am
      Let us stand firmly with Yuvi who is natural player and now requires practice,Yesterday' s T-20 match against Australia, he has shown his strength though initially he was shaky but last over he could bounce back with four and six.Let us pray for him after all he has come out of Cancer with his determination and one must appreciate it..Our pray will definitely bring his old form.
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        babita khute
        Feb 1, 2016 at 12:34 am
        Yuvraj is no more weapon, he pla very poorly in Sydney's last T20. At one stage it was very frustrating seeing this fella at the crease giving dot balls to Aussies. We need better all rounder if we need to win world T20. hARBHJAN is useless, please replace him with better spin bowler
        1. F
          Feb 1, 2016 at 8:33 am
          BTW, who is the replacement Sir Jadeja, the pathetic cricketer who knows neither to ball nor to bat. You see what happened to the team without Yuvraj in last World Cup, they were on verge of loosing to BD in quarter finals(tanks to umpires they didnt) and eventually they did when they toured BD. One bad innings and Dhoni made sure he doesnt play for two years, how many matches did Dhoni won since then. On big occasions you dont need players who make centuries and fifties but the ones who can play without fear.
          1. J
            Feb 1, 2016 at 3:40 am
            Easier said than done!
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