‘Yuvraj can just go and express himself batting at No 5’, skipper MS Dhoni

Sudipta / 02 February 2016
Yuvraj Singh three sixes, Sri Lanka, Asia Cup T20

Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is happy with Yuvraj Singh cameo in the last over of the final T20I at Sydney Cricket Ground and felt that the veteran lefthander would only get better as he plays more international cricket in the lead-up to the ICC World T20 2016 scheduled in India on March 14. The veteran skipper also stated that the current team combination is the perfect for the marquee event.

“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 instilled confidence in the batting line-up.

Dhoni also said that Suresh Raina is the sole batsman in the rank who has ticked all the vacant box batting at No 3 for Chennai Super Kings as well as batting at No 5 for India.

 

“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.

“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, however, declined to talk about when Harbhajan Singh will get a chance in the XI. The 35-year-old off spinner did not get a chance in the T20 series in Australia. But, now as the series will be played in the sub-continent might make it easier to play the 35-year-old off spinner.

“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 backup 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 has 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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