India v Pakistan, Super Eights, World Twenty20, Colombo October 1, 2012

Yuvraj's place in XI was not in doubt - Dhoni

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A day after some former India players questioned Yuvraj Singh's fitness and asked for him to be dropped, MS Dhoni has reiterated that Yuvraj is in shape for Twenty20 cricket and that his place in the India XI is not in doubt. Yuvraj took 2 for 16 in three overs and made an unbeaten 19 in India's win against Pakistan.

"When it comes to fitness, as far as this format is concerned, he looks very fit for this format," Dhoni said. "I think he has done a lot [of work] in the last few months. It is not like he has played cricket straight in the World Twenty20. Before this he has spent a lot of time at the National Cricket Academy and after that he played a bit of active domestic cricket. He looks good. I am not really concerned about his fitness."

Yuvraj was quite sharp in the field on Sunday, stopping a possible boundary off the first legal delivery of the match with a dive at point. He also ran out Yasir Arafat later with a direct hit from point. He did take some time, though, to catch his breath while batting after running sharp singles or a couple.

Dhoni has repeatedly said he missed Yuvraj the part-time bowler while he was undergoing treatment for cancer. Given how vulnerable India's attack has looked of late, the package of skills Yuvraj offers Dhoni makes him too valuable to be left out. He got the important wickets of Nasir Jamshed and Kamran Akmal, to leave Pakistan struggling at 49 for 4.

"Yuvi was already in the team, the fact whether Yuvi should play or not was not even considered," Dhoni said. "Especially when we play with seven batsmen, the role of the part-timers is very important. Virat [Kohli] is one option but a left-arm away-going option is good to have. Here Yuvi's role is important. We all know that he is a good fielder as well. Today he effected a good run-out as well. If we are playing with four specialist bowlers then it is difficult to leave out Yuvraj.

"And his batting today will give him a lot of confidence, because even if you play in the domestic circuit you don't get bowlers who bowl at the international level. He will take a lot of positives from all these matches. We all know once he gets going he is a terrific batsman to have in the side."

Abhishek Purohit is an editorial assistant at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Indian_Cricket_Fanatic on October 2, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    people who question on yuvraj are total idiots.....yuvraj is the top wicket taker for india along with balaji in this tournament....and has fared better than any of the specialist bowlers....we should stick with the 4 bowler plan and probably let yuvraj play down the order.....as his strike rate isnt showing up....rohit has the highest strike rate(for india) in this tournament and he should be considered for the 2 down spot....and with yuvraj in team its never 4 bowlers...its 5 bowlers and 7 batsman!..

  • AKmAK on October 2, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    @AnilkumarK-This T20 world cup the super8 grouping was on the basis of T20 world ranking regardless of their group performance. Obviously it is ridiculous and hardly made any sense at all. Now this was the case then why they palyed in group matches? revenue?? or??????

  • Feroz9700 on October 1, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    Yuvraj adds a lot of value to this Indian side and whatever little we have seen since his comeback they have been some excellent match winning performances and considering what he has been through in recent times it's absolutely incredible. And remeber he won India the world cup in 2011. It's just disrespectful to someone who is a match winner for India and I totally disagree with Sanjay Manjrekar and Ravi Shastri's opinion about how fit Yuvraj is. Maybe he is not 100% fit in terms of his energy levels for Test Cricket but for T20 he is absolutely fit. I just don't understand why on Earth these two Ex cricketers are just behind Yuvraj for no reason b'coz obviously he is performing be it Batting, Bowlind or fielding and we can all see that. What matters most is he has got the support of his Captain which is what matters.

  • Sanjayascc52 on October 1, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Lets just celebrate the INDIA win.. the guys who make comments about the make up of the Indian side don't understand what each individual brings to the team.

  • on October 1, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    People talking about Zaheer are jealous of India. Zaheer, mark my words, is not going out of the team yet, even though he achieved more than what he would have wanted in this team. He was not only a part but the most important part of all the Indian wins during his tenure.

  • Alexk400 on October 1, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Dhoni is ODD man out of indian team. Because his t20 strike rate is abysmal. His wicket keeping is shoddy. If there is alternative for leadership , he should be gone. But now kohli growing leaps and bounds. I would put raina as captain and kohli as Vice captain and dump DHONI from t20 team if india loses. For me india may sneak through but will lose to australia

  • on October 1, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    yuvi is really talented guy without him we cant think about the WC 2011.he already proved it many times. now the man is just recovered from cancer please dont criticise him any more and allow him to feel free to play his natural game.

  • Alexk400 on October 1, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    There are two x factor players in indian team. Sehwag and yuvi. If they shine india will win all matches. Now kohli with his consistent performance overtook sehwag as primary batsman. Kohli is more dravid and sachin combined but better with his leadership skills. Kohli wants to win unlike sachin was. I hope people do not hype kohli too much. He is flying under the radar. if he becomes the focus of opposition plan he will suffer. There are ways to silence kohli. Just keep bowling at his chest. he will pop one. Everyone have weakness. Yuvi against slow left arm spin. Gambhir pokes and gets out. Dhoni outside off fast swinging ball , he pokes to wicket keeper. Rohit sharma just slow for international batsman. He has god father in BCCI circles to get selected this many times and not producing anything that anyone can remember. Yuvi is best T20 player in the team. Only fool will drop him on fitness when he is only one taking wickets and producing. He ran out and dived better than anyone.

  • VBS_11 on October 1, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    we shud remove dhoni from our team, Raina will do keeping

  • Rahulbose on October 1, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    Yuvraj is playing well enough, India would do well to support him right now. Dhoni is doing the smart think and backing Yuvraj at this point. I agree with the other folks that R sharma is the dead weight in this sqaud, he can only play well at first class level. The repeated chances given to Sharma have proved beyond any doubt that he is not good enough at International level. He is still young and should go back to domestic cricket and develop his game.

  • Indian_Cricket_Fanatic on October 2, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    people who question on yuvraj are total idiots.....yuvraj is the top wicket taker for india along with balaji in this tournament....and has fared better than any of the specialist bowlers....we should stick with the 4 bowler plan and probably let yuvraj play down the order.....as his strike rate isnt showing up....rohit has the highest strike rate(for india) in this tournament and he should be considered for the 2 down spot....and with yuvraj in team its never 4 bowlers...its 5 bowlers and 7 batsman!..

  • AKmAK on October 2, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    @AnilkumarK-This T20 world cup the super8 grouping was on the basis of T20 world ranking regardless of their group performance. Obviously it is ridiculous and hardly made any sense at all. Now this was the case then why they palyed in group matches? revenue?? or??????

  • Feroz9700 on October 1, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    Yuvraj adds a lot of value to this Indian side and whatever little we have seen since his comeback they have been some excellent match winning performances and considering what he has been through in recent times it's absolutely incredible. And remeber he won India the world cup in 2011. It's just disrespectful to someone who is a match winner for India and I totally disagree with Sanjay Manjrekar and Ravi Shastri's opinion about how fit Yuvraj is. Maybe he is not 100% fit in terms of his energy levels for Test Cricket but for T20 he is absolutely fit. I just don't understand why on Earth these two Ex cricketers are just behind Yuvraj for no reason b'coz obviously he is performing be it Batting, Bowlind or fielding and we can all see that. What matters most is he has got the support of his Captain which is what matters.

  • Sanjayascc52 on October 1, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Lets just celebrate the INDIA win.. the guys who make comments about the make up of the Indian side don't understand what each individual brings to the team.

  • on October 1, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    People talking about Zaheer are jealous of India. Zaheer, mark my words, is not going out of the team yet, even though he achieved more than what he would have wanted in this team. He was not only a part but the most important part of all the Indian wins during his tenure.

  • Alexk400 on October 1, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Dhoni is ODD man out of indian team. Because his t20 strike rate is abysmal. His wicket keeping is shoddy. If there is alternative for leadership , he should be gone. But now kohli growing leaps and bounds. I would put raina as captain and kohli as Vice captain and dump DHONI from t20 team if india loses. For me india may sneak through but will lose to australia

  • on October 1, 2012, 19:14 GMT

    yuvi is really talented guy without him we cant think about the WC 2011.he already proved it many times. now the man is just recovered from cancer please dont criticise him any more and allow him to feel free to play his natural game.

  • Alexk400 on October 1, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    There are two x factor players in indian team. Sehwag and yuvi. If they shine india will win all matches. Now kohli with his consistent performance overtook sehwag as primary batsman. Kohli is more dravid and sachin combined but better with his leadership skills. Kohli wants to win unlike sachin was. I hope people do not hype kohli too much. He is flying under the radar. if he becomes the focus of opposition plan he will suffer. There are ways to silence kohli. Just keep bowling at his chest. he will pop one. Everyone have weakness. Yuvi against slow left arm spin. Gambhir pokes and gets out. Dhoni outside off fast swinging ball , he pokes to wicket keeper. Rohit sharma just slow for international batsman. He has god father in BCCI circles to get selected this many times and not producing anything that anyone can remember. Yuvi is best T20 player in the team. Only fool will drop him on fitness when he is only one taking wickets and producing. He ran out and dived better than anyone.

  • VBS_11 on October 1, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    we shud remove dhoni from our team, Raina will do keeping

  • Rahulbose on October 1, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    Yuvraj is playing well enough, India would do well to support him right now. Dhoni is doing the smart think and backing Yuvraj at this point. I agree with the other folks that R sharma is the dead weight in this sqaud, he can only play well at first class level. The repeated chances given to Sharma have proved beyond any doubt that he is not good enough at International level. He is still young and should go back to domestic cricket and develop his game.

  • ICCODIWorldChampions2011 on October 1, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    Stop Commenting badly on Dhoni and Yuvraj. They always give 100% or even more for INDIA.They dont Play for Personal Records, Money or any other benefits.They play only for our Nation's Pride. People dont be Jealous about their success and Growing Popularity.

  • vishal_ralh on October 1, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    I think it is rather stupid that people question Yuvi's inclusion in the indian team. He is one of the best players in the shorter format. Yuvi can score, Yuvi can bowl and take wickets, Yuvi can fling himself and save runs. I really don't see the logic of his critics. He clearly offers an all-round option. People tend to forget his role in the world cup where he who scored 362 runs and picked up 15 wickets. If I was dhoni, yuvraj should be the first player on XI. If there were any doubts about his ability and fitness, the last match against pakistan should prove his unintelligent critics wrong. He scored and was part of a good partnership, played his part in the field by running out his opponent and bowled brilliantly to pick up wickets. To even talk about his fitness levels when he performed like that in the last match is nonsense. Plus give the guy a break..... he's done so much for india. We have a lot to owe him as fans.... we should behind india and yuvi not aping nonsense.

  • itsthewayuplay on October 1, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    it's quite incredible how one player who's been out of the game entirely can be picked for an international tournament without having to prove form or fitness over a period of time in the domestic game. whether it's through sentiment or yuvraj is a big match player or was player of the tournament in the wc or because of regionalism it's symptomatic of the state of indian cricket. his weakness against the short ball was exposed by england in the tests in the uk and australia did it here. dhoni should drop sehwag, gambhir, yuvraj, harbajan and go with new players and use this tournament to blood some new guys and other players stake a claim for their place.

  • on October 1, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    And, again: What about Zaheer? What is he doing in the side? When your main strike bowler cannot be depended on to bowl out his four- over quota, what does that say about his presence in the team?

  • MoCrik on October 1, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Its India, where sentiments are reasons for most of the things. I saw Pak Vs India match after a long time, probably after 5 years..Yuvi is pathetic compared to his form & fitness before...Dhoni may be right, he need not to drop because he is still better than many...It is unfortunate, Dhoni supporting a guy who doesn't have good fitness, probably he may be his sentiment..

  • on October 1, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    Even though they won against pakistan , south africa have stonger batting , india will need to paly 5 bowlers, perhaps drop rohit sharma 7 batsman is too many

  • ProdigyA on October 1, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    Im laughing that people are even talking about Yuvi. There are worse passengers in the team like Rohit, god knows how lucky this guy is to get so many chances time and again. Even Viru and Gauti have not performed consistently. Why talk about Yuvi alone?

  • behindcricket on October 1, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    Dhoni must come infront .His explosive batting wasted when he batt lower order.He is a good captain he realizes his mistakes and overcome immediately.yuvi was inspiration for 2007 and 2011 WC and he is better than most of the current playing 11.chappel,,Shastri and manjrekar,just article promoters only.Dhoni cannot responded to them concentrate on game.

  • sukku88 on October 1, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Yuvi was pumped up & fielded better than half a dozen people in the team on Sunday... Moreover he's an invaluable part timer for Dhoni's scheme of things.. No question of dropping him until he's performing better than many others who deserves to be dropped from T20 team, like Zaheer, Gambhir etc., I don't think we have any suitable replacement for him in our bench.. Tiwary or Rahane can be used in place of Gambhir.. In my opinion, Sehwag and Yuvi are the big match players.. we simply can't afford to drop them at this stage of tournament... All the best Team Dhoni..!!

  • NCP1 on October 1, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    There should be no question on Gambhir, way better than Rohit and don''t forget his performance in the T20 world cup and 50 over worldcup. Yuvi and Dhoni should bat up and leave Raina and others behind to complete if necessary. Still India is no where near other teams. Also Dhoni is looking for young players to lead as he really can't lead Gambhir, Sehwag, Bhajji or Yuvi, way too much experience compared to him.

  • satish619chandar on October 1, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    @Manush : What is there with the rift? Viru sportively accepted the drop and left it. He is reported to being in cool chat with MS and Virat during the net sessions(albiet missing the nets) and was in slips yesterday constantly chatting with the captain himself and MS even commenting about it in the presentation. And we people still see the rift. Should they always go hand in hand in public and shower love to show there is no rift??

  • rahulcricket007 on October 1, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    WHY DON'T RAVI SHASTRI SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT ROHIT SHARMA . AT LEAST YUVI IS PORFORMING WITH THE BALL , IT WAS ONLY YUVI WHO GOT A WKT AGAINST AUS . WHAT ROHIT IS DOING IN THE TEAM ?

  • eswarviru on October 1, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    not fair.u can't take a international match for one's training

  • on October 1, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Ravi Shastri and Sanjay Manjrekar are nowhere near celibre of Yubi.Both had terrible career compare to Yubi and Dhoni.

  • spinkingKK on October 1, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    Please don't forget the contribution by Balaji in the match. Kohli was the batting star. However, Balaji was the bowling star and in my opinion, man of the match. India now going towards an era where they start relying on ONE batsman to get the required runs. It was Tendulkar for the better part of 90's. It looks like it is going to be Kohli for another 2-3 years. That is going to be dangerous and will lead to many humiliating defeats. Yuvraj's, Gambhirs and Rohit's got to become ultra serious and start scoring every time they are in the middle.

  • spockontherock on October 1, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Continued - So either they need to give Tiwary a shot instead of Gambhir or move Rohit up the order to test his metal. But Gambhir is definitely not a 2020 batsmen. Sehwag earns a place because of his fear factor, if he stays on the crease he scores runs at a good strike rate, if he doesn't stay long you are assured he didnt eat a lot of balls. Rest of the batting looks fine with the likes of Virat, Raina and yuvi. Special note about Yuvi, off-course the guy is not striking the ball well but we all know what he is capable of, it will take a few games to get his game going. The last game against Pakistan was a great step towards the right direction, looking at his fielding you can clearly see that his fitness levels are good which was the main concern highlighted by shastri and manjrekar. The guy was electrifying in the field and dove and stopped quite a few runs a couple times. And it would absurd to consider him as a part time bowler after the world cup 2011.

  • spockontherock on October 1, 2012, 10:57 GMT

    Arguably you can say India has the best ODI outfit, but the same team doesn't transcend well in 2020. Especially captain Dhoni's place in the team is full of question marks. Dhoni once a natural strikerof the ball has morphed into a Dravid like consolidator which doesn't help his case in this format of this game. Don't get me wrong, he is still a great ODI specialist. But honestly there is nobody else to replace the guy since he is a very quick witted and reliable wicket keeper. I personally have no recollection of Dhoni messing up a regulation chance. So we have to put up with him in the team even though i am not entirely happy with the way he has been batting lately. Gambhir is definitely a no go for me since you are playing seven batsmen, your top two batsmen have to be explosive in nature so you can utilize your dept in batting. Hell India bats all the way down to number 9 with Irfan and Ashwin filling the bottom 2 slots. Continued.....

  • Agila on October 1, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    Ravi Shastri himself got a long rope from Gavaskar in the Old times..he was Rohit of the old era, and Sanjay Manjrekar never lived up to the promise and was more a test batsman, what so ever. Both beign very sedate batsmen most of the thime. By the way pardon my ignorance , does Rohit play for Mumbai? If so, that very much explains Ravi Shastri's comments.

  • Gulatee on October 1, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    It is strange how people so easily dismiss Yuvraj over a couple of performances, for me his performance on the field hardly matters. He is such a huge inspiration to all the people out there fighting the dreaded disease, even if one person gets motivated by what Yuvraj is doing and gets the strength to fight for survival, his job would be done. Shame on Manjrekar and Shastri.

  • sichu_emerald on October 1, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    @TSJ07 and Sudharsan VM, correctly pointed out and agreed with you mates, had Tiwary and Badrinath got this many chances, India would've witnessed a Clarke and Hussey (Mike) by this time...

  • Manush on October 1, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    -It is very open now, the rift between Viru and MS. Today MS reconfirmed my doubts, the way backs some people and choosy and loaded in words when it comes to Viru.He is no more the cool good captain !!

  • Nehalriz on October 1, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    Well Done Team India.Thanks to make us feel proud of you guys. Sehwag & Yuvraj are two in-form players & there is no doubts about their fitness.

    We will sail into FINALS with flying colors.

    Best of luck as usual.

  • himohan007 on October 1, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    @ TSJ07 & SudharsanVM .Well said mate. @Varun Prabha T Lolz

  • i_witnessed_2011 on October 1, 2012, 9:10 GMT

    @satish619chandar: Well Said... and also May be Sehwag has learnt his lessons. Runs come or not , If Sehwag is there at the crease for sometime opposition captain have to use his best bowlers upfront. and that will upset his planning and little easy for the next Indian batsman come and hit. yesterday It was very funny to see very serious Viru, I don know he was angry or very focused but very serious :)

  • SudharsanVM on October 1, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    Well said TSJ07. Rohit was in team from 2007/08 season, but still unable to cement his place. Everytime Rshastri says that "Guys like Rohit with talent should need a long run". Rohit is still having one of the longest run in international cricket.

  • on October 1, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    uv u r awesome a day before keepit up and mak into knock out stage all d best india

  • Mujjuiz on October 1, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    Yuvi is a package of great cricketing skills and his contribution yesterday was invaluable...two of the most prized wickets followed by a fabulous run out and an unbeaten 19... He is undoubtedly the best all rounder in India at the moment especially for T20s, so the question of even thinking of dropping him would be a grave sin!

  • on October 1, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    Yuvraj is one player whom u cant even think of keeping out of the team. He is a perfect cricketer a fantastic fielder, more than a handy bowler which he has shown at big occassions like world cup and nw in world t20 and his batting doesnt need any description atleast in t20s.. he is one man u cant keep out of action on the cricket field and and everytime u r in difficulty he is the one u can rely upon whether its in batting or getting a breakthrough at crucial circumstances. and world knows what he can do once he gets a move on. it was yuvraj singh becuase of whom india defeated england to reach semis of 2007 world t20 and then he also took them to the finals by thrashing the favourites of that tournament australia in semi final. he was the man of the tournament in world cup 2011. so keeping him out of the team would just be a foolish decision.same goes with the decsion to keep sehwag out. you cant keep ur matchwinners outside. they have to be on fiald then only we hv a good chance.

  • on October 1, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Like I manjeraker said the problem was of bringing back Sehwag and not yuvraj...I had the same view but only when you kept Bhajji in the team....I thought Bhajji should have played that match but it did not happen and for good...Sehwag was more important than Yuvraj against Pak, but again Yuvraj proved many of us wrong. Dhoni learnt his mistake with Irfan's opening(both bowling and batting) soon and that was a good thing from the POV of Irfan and India.

  • on October 1, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    Yuvi is a champion.........match against pakistan. ..juss look his eyes full of aggression.....he is a true class....

  • ravip175 on October 1, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    don't even dare to keep yuvi out of the team

  • maddy20 on October 1, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    The two people questioning his fitness were Sanjay Manjerekar and Ravi Shastri. I would like to question these two, as to how many times they have won a game for India. Manjerekar in particular has lost us so many games by batting like a dud. And their fielding, well the less we talk about these two the better. What right do they have to question a man who was the man of the series in the worldcup and has won us so many games almost single-handedly?

  • satish619chandar on October 1, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    The way the cricket is trending, the offies are mostly good against lefties and the left arm spinners are the ones who trouble the right handers. With most teams loaded with right handers, a team does need a spinner who spins it away from the batsman. India has only Chawla as specialist bowler who might turn it away. But he is close to useless. Yuvi, if not fit for batting, MUST play as spinner alone. And, his throw to get Arafat was something out of the world. ONLY Yuvi can do it among any generation of Indian fielders. He is the primary spinner NO MATTER WHO PLAYS AS THE PRIMARY SPINNER. His value to the team is no way in doubt.

  • gokulrj on October 1, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    Yuvi Rocks always...and dont ever forget the Wold cup 2011... The man was not in form before and had rocked in and got Man of the tournament...

  • TSJ07 on October 1, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    Its only Mumbai which makes weird noises about non-Mumbai players.Now that Gavaskar is out Shashtri has been joined by Manjraker for saying illogical things.The only player who could have been considered to drop was Rohit Sharma thats why they made noises to protect their state mate.We all know how they made ground for Wassim Jaffer when Indian was getting thrashed in England.Come on guys think about the country 1st and then ur state.

  • cricket_fan_1980 on October 1, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    There has been a lot of discussion about Yuvi's inclusion in the T20 side. The first thing to keep in mind is, Yuvi made it back from cancer to play international cricket. That is a pretty big deal. I will always respect him for that. Lets move back, Yuvi is amongst the most sensational cricketers of the last 6 - 7 years. His 6 sixes off Stuart Broad are a testament to his audacity and spirit. Yuvi can win games. Yuvi however is not ready for ODI or test cricket. I want the BCCI to invest everything they can in bringing Yuvi back to the heights he has reached, and should be permitted to attempt reaching again. It is admirable for a cricketer to show his strength in response to a potentially debilitating condition. On any other day, I would criticize Yuvi for his behavior on the pitch, the excess aggression without a laughing remark, the almost-rude behavior. But, in response to what he's been through, I would attribute that aggression now to his fight against all odds to rise and play.

  • niteshpanchal on October 1, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    After watching game against Australia the other night, as far as captaincy concern, George was outstanding with his efforts, he has used all the bowlers very wisely while Dhoni was too defensive with his captaincy. He had 5 bowlers on that day but he didn't have the confidence to give spell to other bowlers & he carried on with Ashwin & Zaheer until 6 overs. That shows that how bad his own captaincy is going. I would say to BCCI, please drop Dhoni from the Test & T20 team & all will be fine. He doesn't deserve a place in the team now. He is too defensive player now after the stardum. If BCCI will carry on with Dhoni next few years, no one will enjoy cricket in India...Eveytime India lose a game his excuses comes in the picture & that shows that team has some problem with Dhoni.. He is not the player now when we all watched him first few years.. That means change is part of the game.. Change the captain. Hope India won't qualify for Semis..

  • on October 1, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    Yuvraj is a naturally gifted player who can become a great player and former players should encourage him .

  • kc69 on October 1, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    I guess Yuvi answered his critics by his performance.

  • on October 1, 2012, 5:20 GMT

    Do agree with Dhoni, seems he is getting back his rytham. Best of luck.

  • raulraj on October 1, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    My Team against SouthAfrica: 1.Viru 2.Rohit 3.Kohli 4.Yuvi 5.Dhoni 6.Raina 7.Irfan 8.AsHWIN 9.Bhajji 10.Zak 11.BalaJI. All three batsmen get more overs to play. All big hitters can come after 10th over. 9 bowlers including raina, kohli and sehwag AND YUVI WITH 4 SPECIALIST BOWLERS. EVEN IF ROHIT GETS OUT EARLY HE IS NOT DOING ANYTHING ANYWAY. BUT IF HE PLAYS WELL, HE IS BETTER OPTION THEN GAMBHIR.

  • AKmAK on October 1, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    Undoubtedfully Yuvi is one of the gifted player but it seems to be little bit hurry to his inclusion in T20 world cup, means afraid to say did he got enough match practise before his return and concern about his 100% fitness as well. Anyway congrats for another commanding win over PAK, which defenitly raise the bar of confidence. My opinion about playing eleven, partucularly in SL pitches -better to be go with one (ashwin) sp.spinner as partimers can fill the slot easily. when it come down the matter of batters Viru must be there and I'm little hope about Gambir and Balaji would be better choice than Zahir at this format. Whatsoever all the best the rest of the games and would lov to see the guys lifting T20 trophy a second time. Go India go all the very best.

  • colombo_SL on October 1, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    Yuvi, wonderful cricketer. I really like your never give up attitude.

  • noumin on October 1, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    i don't understand ravi shashtri... why did he question yuvraj what is wrong with him... how about rohit sharma, how many chances he deserves... and mr.dhoni u dropped sehwag why not drop yourself atleast sehwag creates some excitement you eat balls and do nothing... and if you wanted to drop a opener how about gambhir.... what has he done after all... he has made same runs as sehwag... though sehwag has better strike rate... and please stop giving excuses about pitches...

  • Narbavi on October 1, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    How come none of these experts question Rohit Sharma's spot in the team?? it really baffles me, and the team management ponders playing only one among yuvi and viru, funny really!!

  • on October 1, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    It is your place which is in doubt Mr. Captain!!!!!

  • rationize on October 1, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    Looking at Yuvraj's success, it is evident that India needs a genuine left arm spinner. Although, Yuvraj does his level best but he is not a full time bowler.

  • SudeepSharma_Nepal on October 1, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    It was in the era of Shastri and Sanjay manjrekar where India used to bow down to pakistan instead of fighting and here they ask a player who had an emphatic control over pakistani side to be dropped. Yuvraj will retain his place in the Indian team in the 20-20 format definitely ahead of anyone barring Virat at the moment. I think Shastri and Manjrekar should know what they are talking rather than get themeselves embarrased. I think its time for new generation of cricket analysts like Saurav, Dravid to take over and replace this misguiding and flawed commentators.

  • AnilKumarK on October 1, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    Congratulations India for the victory against our ever rival pakistan!!!! I personally think that we should have finished the game before 15 Overs to get the Net Runrate on the positive note, but now we are still behind pakistan in the table. I don't know the exact position of pitch, but we have played very slowly may be because of that stiff target.. One thing I don't understand in this Super Eight Groups format is, Why they have grouped all the top 1 teams of league table into one group and top 2 teams into one group?Thus giving an equal chance for top 1 n top 2 teams, then what is the point of winning both the matches in the league stage? I am not saying that those teams are weak but coming in top 1 position and giving themselves 50% chance for the semi final spot, Is it sounding correct? Please don't misunderstand me as India hav only half chance,think about RSA as well,dey defeated Lanka in d league stage,bt nw lankans r into semi finals but nt RSA. Is it nt questionable?Pls answr

  • CricketFanIndUS on October 1, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    Yuvraj proved his worth again today and he of course needs to be on the team in this format. However, no one should take their position on the team for granted in any of the formats. We have a history of allowing our players to become complacent. Yuvi of course has never been one of them.

  • on October 1, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    Yuvraj is adding an X factor to the side that they lacked when they had Jadeja playing, Anyone who says UV is not fit must look at his allround performance last night to see his good form! After the WC india should look at a couple of changes tho, I think Gambhir has been out of form for a while now and he needs a rest and a chance to redevelop his game, Ajinkya Rahane should come in to partner Sehwag. Yuvraj should be welcomed back in the ODI set up. Balaji has shown his talent with the ball and india should look to play him in more games, Umesh, Balaji and Zak/Irfan... is quite a good one day attack combine that with the spin of Ashwin and Yuvraj u got a good team. Rohit Sharma has returned to form he needs to bring this into the 50 over format

  • sharidas on October 1, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    Right you are,Dhoni ! Though I wish Manoj Tiwary gets a chance ahead of Rohit in the next match.

  • PaayumPuli on October 1, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    i agree that india should go with 4 bowlers. And part timers are the key for the 5th bowling option. well done!!

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  • PaayumPuli on October 1, 2012, 3:54 GMT

    i agree that india should go with 4 bowlers. And part timers are the key for the 5th bowling option. well done!!

  • sharidas on October 1, 2012, 4:03 GMT

    Right you are,Dhoni ! Though I wish Manoj Tiwary gets a chance ahead of Rohit in the next match.

  • on October 1, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    Yuvraj is adding an X factor to the side that they lacked when they had Jadeja playing, Anyone who says UV is not fit must look at his allround performance last night to see his good form! After the WC india should look at a couple of changes tho, I think Gambhir has been out of form for a while now and he needs a rest and a chance to redevelop his game, Ajinkya Rahane should come in to partner Sehwag. Yuvraj should be welcomed back in the ODI set up. Balaji has shown his talent with the ball and india should look to play him in more games, Umesh, Balaji and Zak/Irfan... is quite a good one day attack combine that with the spin of Ashwin and Yuvraj u got a good team. Rohit Sharma has returned to form he needs to bring this into the 50 over format

  • CricketFanIndUS on October 1, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    Yuvraj proved his worth again today and he of course needs to be on the team in this format. However, no one should take their position on the team for granted in any of the formats. We have a history of allowing our players to become complacent. Yuvi of course has never been one of them.

  • AnilKumarK on October 1, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    Congratulations India for the victory against our ever rival pakistan!!!! I personally think that we should have finished the game before 15 Overs to get the Net Runrate on the positive note, but now we are still behind pakistan in the table. I don't know the exact position of pitch, but we have played very slowly may be because of that stiff target.. One thing I don't understand in this Super Eight Groups format is, Why they have grouped all the top 1 teams of league table into one group and top 2 teams into one group?Thus giving an equal chance for top 1 n top 2 teams, then what is the point of winning both the matches in the league stage? I am not saying that those teams are weak but coming in top 1 position and giving themselves 50% chance for the semi final spot, Is it sounding correct? Please don't misunderstand me as India hav only half chance,think about RSA as well,dey defeated Lanka in d league stage,bt nw lankans r into semi finals but nt RSA. Is it nt questionable?Pls answr

  • SudeepSharma_Nepal on October 1, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    It was in the era of Shastri and Sanjay manjrekar where India used to bow down to pakistan instead of fighting and here they ask a player who had an emphatic control over pakistani side to be dropped. Yuvraj will retain his place in the Indian team in the 20-20 format definitely ahead of anyone barring Virat at the moment. I think Shastri and Manjrekar should know what they are talking rather than get themeselves embarrased. I think its time for new generation of cricket analysts like Saurav, Dravid to take over and replace this misguiding and flawed commentators.

  • rationize on October 1, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    Looking at Yuvraj's success, it is evident that India needs a genuine left arm spinner. Although, Yuvraj does his level best but he is not a full time bowler.

  • on October 1, 2012, 4:41 GMT

    It is your place which is in doubt Mr. Captain!!!!!

  • Narbavi on October 1, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    How come none of these experts question Rohit Sharma's spot in the team?? it really baffles me, and the team management ponders playing only one among yuvi and viru, funny really!!

  • noumin on October 1, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    i don't understand ravi shashtri... why did he question yuvraj what is wrong with him... how about rohit sharma, how many chances he deserves... and mr.dhoni u dropped sehwag why not drop yourself atleast sehwag creates some excitement you eat balls and do nothing... and if you wanted to drop a opener how about gambhir.... what has he done after all... he has made same runs as sehwag... though sehwag has better strike rate... and please stop giving excuses about pitches...