Feb 1, 2016: An impressed Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday revealed that he is ready to give Yuvraj Singh a good run so that India’s proven match-winner can get enough match practice ahead of the all-important ICC World T20.
“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,” Dhoni said.
The Indian limited overs’ captain then said that the team should also be flexible enough, like in the batting order, to meet any demand. “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,” he explained.
Dhoni promoted Yuvraj to bat ahead of himself and the left-handed batsman didn’t disappoint the team with an mature innings at the Sydney Cricket Ground. When he joined Raina in the centre, the match was still hanging in a balance with India needing 50 runs from the 31 balls.
The 34-year-old took some time to settle-in and exploded just at the right time. Yuvi, who was batting at four from nine deliveries, started the the penultimate over with a four, then a six before Raina took over the complete the job in Sydney.
During the course of the three-match T20I series, Yuvraj’s limited chance with the bat had prompted his concerned fiancee Hazel Keech to inquire about the situation. Dhoni’s acceptance today that Yuvraj “can just go and express himself” will help the batsman and his fans.