England in India 2012-13 October 31, 2012

Must assess if Yuvraj can field for two days - Dhoni

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MS Dhoni believes Yuvraj Singh's chances of being selected in India's Test team against England will depend on whether his fitness can withstand grueling challenges, such as fielding for two consecutive days. Yuvraj is a contender for the No. 6 slot in India's batting order, having scored a double-century for North Zone in the Duleep Trophy and a half-century for India A in the ongoing tour game against an England XI in Mumbai, after returning from cancer treatment.

"It is very difficult for me to comment on his [Yuvraj's] fitness sitting over here," Dhoni said in Delhi. "We have to understand that the five-day format has its own uncertainties, unlike ODIs or T20s. In ODIs, you know that you have to field for 50 overs only, while in Test cricket there may be a situation that a team might bat for one-and-a-half to two days. We have to assess whether Yuvraj is ready to field for two days."

During the Duleep Trophy match against East Zone, Yuvraj scored 208 off 241 balls with 33 fours and three sixes, an innings that lasted five-and-a-half hours spread over two days. Until then, he had only played Twenty20 matches since his break from the game from November 2011, during which he was treated for a germ-cell cancer.

"Having said that, it is Yuvraj who is the best judge about how he is feeling," Dhoni said. "He has played quite a few domestic games now and it is up to him to reflect on his game."

The first Test against England begins on November 15 in Ahmedabad, and Dhoni said he was in favour of a Motera pitch that would turn. "I still believe that the groundsmen know what really is good for us. A sporting track doesn't always mean that it will only have grass on it. In the subcontinent it has always been turning tracks, which is for the spinners.

"I haven't seen an offbreak bowler for a long time who is able to hit the rib cage of a batsman with a delivery that has turn and bounce. It's really painful but you enjoy the challenge."

The previous Test series between these sides was in the summer of 2011 in England, where India were blanked 4-0 and lost their No. 1 Test ranking.

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  • crindex on November 2, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Yuvraj is a gamble in test format. No need to fiddle around with the existing team to fit in Yuvraj just because he showed some form in shorted forms of the game and in1st class cricket. England can be a touch proposition starting 2nd test match (1st match would be a practice match for both teams). I dont think Yuvi has the patience and stamina for Test cricket. Dhoni is correct in his doubts.

  • TRAM on November 2, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    Will the selectors pick the guy who scored 56 in his first innings against Styn & MMorkel when most every one else in the team failed? (and who was dropped after just 3 innings and never to give another chance in Tests). Forget who that player is. Touch your heart and say will you give him more chance or not? One clue. He captained TN and SouthZone for years, scored centuries after centuries leading in the 1st class scores many years, waiting for one of the big 3 to exit. And when they exited one by one, he was ignored and others were given many & many chances.

  • Rahul_Acharya on November 2, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    Dhoni himself cannot fit into India's test team. He is commenting on others

  • on November 2, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    Yuvi will be picked for sure, if anyone who deserves to be dropped for this series is sachin tendulkar, no offence to sachin fans he is a legend but he has achieved everything in cricket, he should retire now so that young talent who are craving to play tests can step in.

  • on November 1, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    it will be utter foolish if yuvaraj is not in the playing 11having seen his performances in the duleep trophy and in the match vs england in which he has proved his allround ability. dhomi's statement is rubbish. without proper health yuvi could not have played such wonderful cricket. if tedulkars despite continuuous failure could be in the team why not yuvaraj who has proved that he is ready for the challenge.

  • on November 1, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 - England just batted nearly 5 sessions, so Yuvraj has had his workout. I wouldn't read much into the 5 wickets. Handy bowler yes but England still got 420 odd and somebody has to take the wickets. I think it's more a reflection on the rest of the bowlers. Yuvraj seems to be scoring runs and no flintoff to bully him in the tests, then again I'm sure Broad or Bresnan won't mind testing the rib cage.

  • on November 1, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Both these guys -Dhoni & Yuvraj are extremely talented and good for ODI's but both are not good for test cricket. Technically Dhoni is below Yuvraj and test cricket doesn't suits him. I don't see a good future for Indian team in test cricket as there is no Dravid, Laxman and ST also will retire in near future. Only Kohli and Pujara has temperament and techniques among the current batmen to play test cricket. Anyways All the Best Team India and give a 4-0 back to them, even though its not easy.

  • on November 1, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    @rahulcricket007,,, well said bro u r right, yuvi solud play head of rain in first test, i think he in back on track, so dhoni stop talking abt yuvi, play him in the first test & see his performance, he is alway better then u,, yuvi rocksssss

  • CricketMaan on November 1, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    Guys, just dont get emotional and start bashing Dhoni, while i agree that its Yuvi who needs to be honest and let the mangaement know where he stands, Dhoni is right not to rush Yuvi into Tests. Remember Yuvi has not played ODIs or at least 1 5 day game. You dont want him to break down half way and open the discussion of No.6 again. its a 4 test series and if he is the chosen No.6 then he needs to play all 4 no matter how many he scores. and that is a lot of asking given that he is playing competitive cricket only for past 2 months. All of us want a full fit and firing Yuvi and there is nothing wrong in waitng for him to play one or two ranji and come out on top after 8 days of cricket. Yes Viru, SRT and Zak are equally vulnerable with fitness, but they wont be there for 2015 WC down under, Yuvi certainly will be there and you too want him to be there dont you?

  • TATTUs on November 1, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    Dhoni, I feel, is nearing the end of his test captaincy career. He just has no ideas when a team is batting well. Waits for things to happen, when they wont. Even his team selection is sort of 'default'. He is very shy of experimenting with the team or trying out new guys having faith in them.

  • crindex on November 2, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Yuvraj is a gamble in test format. No need to fiddle around with the existing team to fit in Yuvraj just because he showed some form in shorted forms of the game and in1st class cricket. England can be a touch proposition starting 2nd test match (1st match would be a practice match for both teams). I dont think Yuvi has the patience and stamina for Test cricket. Dhoni is correct in his doubts.

  • TRAM on November 2, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    Will the selectors pick the guy who scored 56 in his first innings against Styn & MMorkel when most every one else in the team failed? (and who was dropped after just 3 innings and never to give another chance in Tests). Forget who that player is. Touch your heart and say will you give him more chance or not? One clue. He captained TN and SouthZone for years, scored centuries after centuries leading in the 1st class scores many years, waiting for one of the big 3 to exit. And when they exited one by one, he was ignored and others were given many & many chances.

  • Rahul_Acharya on November 2, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    Dhoni himself cannot fit into India's test team. He is commenting on others

  • on November 2, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    Yuvi will be picked for sure, if anyone who deserves to be dropped for this series is sachin tendulkar, no offence to sachin fans he is a legend but he has achieved everything in cricket, he should retire now so that young talent who are craving to play tests can step in.

  • on November 1, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    it will be utter foolish if yuvaraj is not in the playing 11having seen his performances in the duleep trophy and in the match vs england in which he has proved his allround ability. dhomi's statement is rubbish. without proper health yuvi could not have played such wonderful cricket. if tedulkars despite continuuous failure could be in the team why not yuvaraj who has proved that he is ready for the challenge.

  • on November 1, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 - England just batted nearly 5 sessions, so Yuvraj has had his workout. I wouldn't read much into the 5 wickets. Handy bowler yes but England still got 420 odd and somebody has to take the wickets. I think it's more a reflection on the rest of the bowlers. Yuvraj seems to be scoring runs and no flintoff to bully him in the tests, then again I'm sure Broad or Bresnan won't mind testing the rib cage.

  • on November 1, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Both these guys -Dhoni & Yuvraj are extremely talented and good for ODI's but both are not good for test cricket. Technically Dhoni is below Yuvraj and test cricket doesn't suits him. I don't see a good future for Indian team in test cricket as there is no Dravid, Laxman and ST also will retire in near future. Only Kohli and Pujara has temperament and techniques among the current batmen to play test cricket. Anyways All the Best Team India and give a 4-0 back to them, even though its not easy.

  • on November 1, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    @rahulcricket007,,, well said bro u r right, yuvi solud play head of rain in first test, i think he in back on track, so dhoni stop talking abt yuvi, play him in the first test & see his performance, he is alway better then u,, yuvi rocksssss

  • CricketMaan on November 1, 2012, 9:54 GMT

    Guys, just dont get emotional and start bashing Dhoni, while i agree that its Yuvi who needs to be honest and let the mangaement know where he stands, Dhoni is right not to rush Yuvi into Tests. Remember Yuvi has not played ODIs or at least 1 5 day game. You dont want him to break down half way and open the discussion of No.6 again. its a 4 test series and if he is the chosen No.6 then he needs to play all 4 no matter how many he scores. and that is a lot of asking given that he is playing competitive cricket only for past 2 months. All of us want a full fit and firing Yuvi and there is nothing wrong in waitng for him to play one or two ranji and come out on top after 8 days of cricket. Yes Viru, SRT and Zak are equally vulnerable with fitness, but they wont be there for 2015 WC down under, Yuvi certainly will be there and you too want him to be there dont you?

  • TATTUs on November 1, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    Dhoni, I feel, is nearing the end of his test captaincy career. He just has no ideas when a team is batting well. Waits for things to happen, when they wont. Even his team selection is sort of 'default'. He is very shy of experimenting with the team or trying out new guys having faith in them.

  • joseyesu on November 1, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    To my opinion, if YUVRAJ is comfortable to play then we should proceed with him. He is descent bowler to fill as a part timer.

  • on November 1, 2012, 8:24 GMT

    neither yuvi nor raina should be selected.. it should be between badrinath and manoj tiwari

  • rahulcricket007 on November 1, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    I THINK DHONI SHOULD ASK THE SAME QUESTION TO SACHIN , ZAHEER , SEHWAG . ARE THEY FT ENOUGH TO FIELD FOR 2 DAYS ? LAST TIME ZAHEER GOT INJURED IN JUST 1 HOUR .

  • rahulcricket007 on November 1, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    LOLZ DHONI . YUVRAJ HAS NOW TAKEN 5 WKTS IN THE MATCH . TAKE A COMPARISON : YUVRAJ MADE 59 RUNS & TOOK 5 WKT AS OPPOSED TO RAINA WHO MAKE ONLY 20 RUNS & PICK ONLY 1 WKT . BY THE WAY YOU R SAYING THAT HE SHOULD BE READY TO FIELD FOR 2 DAYS THAT MEANS ENGLAND ARE GOING TO MAKE 500 RUNS IN 2 DAYS . IF THIS HAPPENS INDIA WILL LOSE THIS SERIES .

  • AllInFairNess on November 1, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    @ Vijay Kumarp, if the wicket going to be rank turner then the line up should be Gambhir, M.Vijay/Shewag, Virat, Sachin, Pujara, Irfan, Dhoni, Ashwin, Ojha, Umesh and Rahul Sharma (5+1+5)

  • bMike on November 1, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    Dhoni, You know that Yuvraj won't be fielding alone right? In other words you have said that whole Indian team should be ready to field for 4 days and bat for 1 day. LOL

  • sandy_bangalore on November 1, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    For goodness sake, please keep sentimentality aside! Yuvraj shoudln't be in the Test team ever. He is suspect against swing, bounce and quality spin. Just has one innings of note-the 85 in 2008. There are far more test match specialists in India. Play them.

  • on November 1, 2012, 6:20 GMT

    this time yuvraj definitely get selected he is now a very good bowler,today he has claimed 4 wickets of the top 6 eng batsmen..this gives him direct entry to the test team even if does not field for two days .if yuraj is in the squad then u forgot about petersens wicket,he is the first one to give the wicket to yuvraj .he is much good alrounder for india at the present moment.

  • S.Jagernath on November 1, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    Yuvraj Singh & his short ball problems should not be in test cricket,the same goes for Suresh Raina.Raina cannot bat or bowl as well as Yuvraj.Ajinkya Rahane's test debut is taking a long time to happen.If India are setting serious turners,wouldn't Rohit Sharma's ability against spin enough to put him in the mix?

  • srinideva on November 1, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    @bob-e, Yoy guys are so jealous about the success of CSK...They played well bcos they are champions...unlike yours...

  • KapilGoyalIndia on November 1, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    Test Captaincy should be taken from dhoni and give it to Kohli.

  • shashankqvivek on November 1, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    Indian team for 1st test will be;- 1. Gautam Gambhir 2. Virender sehwag 3. Cheteswar Pujara 4. Sachin Tendulkar 5. Virat Kohli 6. Suresh Raina/Yuvraj Singh 7. MS Dhoni 8. R Ashwin 9. Zaheer Khan 10. P Ojha 11. Umesh Yadav Reserves:- Ishant sharma/Ashok Dinda,Ajinkya Rahane,Manoj Tiwary

  • himohan007 on November 1, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    @ I think most of the self proclaimed cricket pundits does't knows about test cricket and nature about our pitch. Those pundits must watch the entire clip of Our Captain Dhoni's interview before writing predicted biased statements.

  • satish619chandar on November 1, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    I think DHoni as usual prefers some extra cushion for bowlers as they failed more these days. Yuvi might add more balance to bowlers as he bowls better than most in the shorter formats. But if you purely think No.6 as a batter alone, Tiwary should get the nod. Use Viru as the part timer and even Sachin. Let the 11 be, Viru, Gauti, Pujara, Sachin, Virat, Tiwary/Yuvi, Dhoni, Ashwin, Zaheer, Ojha and Umesh/Dinda/Irfan. Irfan plays above Ashwin if picked. Yuvi as a backup to the bowlers and Pathan as backup to the batsmen. Though i personally prefer Tiwary and Umesh as they adds more value in their primary roles.

  • neerajprasher on November 1, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    Ofcourse u gonna say that cos u knew that Raina wont be able to make test squad.

  • on November 1, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    Is Dhoni predicting that India will be fielding for 2 days straight against England? If so, that's a big worry :P

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on November 1, 2012, 3:29 GMT

    by the way after spending so much time in the cl20 why is dhoni not playing for jharkhhand in ranji?

  • just_chill_chill on November 1, 2012, 2:19 GMT

    @bob-e and others complaining about CSK influence - were you also so vociferously complaining when Indian team consisted ONLY of players from Mumbai or Karnataka??

  • on November 1, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    I think Gambhir has been scoring low for quite sometime now. Same is the case with Sehwag. Considering the other fielders, both of them are weaker link. Even though Sehwag at slips is still one of the better fielder. Sachin and Sehwag needs to be in team to give psychological advantage over opposition. That leaves 4 batting places. Virat Kohli is sure No 3. Rahane has not been performing in domestic and tour games. Purely on merit Manoj Tiwari must make a cut. Yuvraj is doing well both with bat and ball and hence should be given a chance. The fighter he is, I am sure he will pull it out even though he might not be as athletic as his prime days, but then age catches up with every one. If we are preparing a new look test team then this will be my choice, in the batting order:

    1. Rohit Sharma/Manoj Tiwari, 2. Suresh Raina, 3, Virat Kohli, 4 Sachin, 5 Sehwag, 6 Yuvraj, 7 Dhoni, 8 Ashwin, 9, Zaheer, 10 Umesh Yadav, 11, Ishant Sharma (if physically fit) 12th ,Rohit/Manoj, Irfan Pathan, Ojha

  • on November 1, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    I think it will be difficult for India to win this series. Their batsmen - Sehwag, Gambhir, Tendulkar are out of form. Their bowling is very weak and their fielding is very ordinary. If fit, Yuvraj can be a better choice as he is a better bowler.

  • D.Sharma on November 1, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    Yuvraj Singh does not deserve a spot in the test team. He has failed far too many times. Badrinath, Rahane or Tiwary deserve that spot.

  • sportofpain on November 1, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    In reality Yuvraj never got a steady run in tests so he deserves another go because he is among the cleanest strikers of the cricket ball EVER! I would actually get him to bat higher up the order so he can get his eye in when the ball is still new - even at no 3. I agree with Ram Jegendran - there should be no preconceived notions about right and left handed batsmen - if your best 6 bats are lefties, play them.

    There was another comment about England in India - memory is sometimes very short but Indian fans will do well to remember that as recently as in 2005 England drew a series in India - it was 1-1. (When Saurav was dropped and Greg the great was in charge). The point of this is to state that England have a great chance of defeating India this time. Indian fans should beware. The players of course will remember 0-4 and not have any false illusions about English weakness. That said, I hope they make raging turners for all 4 tests so this is a true trail by spin.

  • on November 1, 2012, 1:34 GMT

    Purely going by merit and based on " Horses for courses", we should have-- Gambhir, M.Vijay, Virat, Sachin, Pujara, M. Tiwary, Dhoni, Ashwin, Ojha, Umesh and Ishant.

  • on October 31, 2012, 23:50 GMT

    Given India's bowling it might be a fair expectation; but I don't think English lineup can stand their ground for more than a day...

  • Naresh28 on October 31, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    From a fielding perspective he needs a RAINA on the field. Dhoni would need to drop non-performers like GAMBHIR, SHEWAG, SACHIN, and ZAKS. This means that they maybe an outcry and hence this statement The last tenure of selectors and Dhoni were not in sync. A statement like this should come jointly by them.

  • IndCricFan2013 on October 31, 2012, 23:35 GMT

    Also note that Dhoni backs Yuvi in T20 and ODI than any one else. Yuvi, if he wants to, could avoid the pressure of test matches and focus on ODI, T20 and IPL. Like Dhoni said it is Yuvi to make the call. Yuvi is 30 Vs Raina is 25, which makes the case for Raina to get more chances to establish or make the way for the likes of Manoj Tiwary. One thing for sure, all of these guys, including shewag play only in India. So, important thing is to identify the one who would play well overseas and give them the chance in India.

  • IndCricFan2013 on October 31, 2012, 23:30 GMT

    @bob-e, @Rajesh_india_1990 and others you think Dhoni backs Raina: You are 100% correct. But it has nothing to do with Raina being in CSK Team. In CSK Team, Raina bats up the order and he get all opportunities he wants. But in ODI and T20 for India Raina sacrificed a lot. He is a team person, he always bats down the order, never gets to score a hundreds like all other batsman. Because of Dhoni only, himself said many times, he needs Raina down the order, though he could bat up the order at No. 4 in ODI and T20 for India. If he batted up the order and scored more hundreds like others, Which could actually helped raina to be get more chanced in tests and people would have questioned less. In test matches Raina get some chances and He and not only he, but every one else is failed in England. He still has a long way to establish in Test cricket. So, I do not anything wrong in Dhoni backing up Raina, since he is one of the reason why Raina bats down and he is a better down the order.

  • RameshRayaprolu on October 31, 2012, 23:19 GMT

    I dont think India will ever have a replacement for THE WALL or VVS :( ! I will miss both of them in this series...I can recollect NUMEROUS occassions they saved India from defeats...I suspect that we may throw the series to guests if we dont play wise cricket with all youngsters barring THE GOD :( !!

    Neither Yuvi nor Raina can replace those legends, and Dhoni has to make right choice. But yes, with his experience, Yuvi might be a choice...

  • sdas9769 on October 31, 2012, 22:32 GMT

    Just out of curiosity, when did England last win a series against India before the summer of 2011?

  • bob-e on October 31, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    Non-sense. Dhoni wants his favoured csk deputy Raina in, that is why he is casting doubts on Yuvi. Remove Dhoni as Test Captain ASAP. Dhoni fans, I am one of his fans too, but do not make the mistake of bringing CSK loyalty in to Indian Test Cricket Team please.

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on October 31, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    I think he already included RAINA in the playing eleven:-(

  • Humdingers on October 31, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    Time for this guy to go. He just does not make sense sometimes. Quote: ""I haven't seen an offbreak bowler for a long time who is able to hit the rib cage of a batsman with a delivery that has turn and bounce. It's really painful but you enjoy the challenge."" what does that even mean????

  • on October 31, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    You select your best eleven yuvi and raina could be both in the Team. Both are good fielders and different type of bowlers. Why only number 6 position for both of them? If a side can have 11 right handed batters why can't two left handers bat go one after another ot bat together?

  • Raj12345 on October 31, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    Why Yuvi should be selected in test team just because of scoring 200 in dead rubber pitches and also he has given chances before 2011 and failed, so other got chance, his No:6 slot gone long time ago. Please go with new people, leave Yuvi out. He needed for ODI & T20s. we need strong selectors to shut these comfortable guys. I guess some game is going on among players about who should be in team, we are poor fan forced to watch this drama.

  • SurlyCynic on October 31, 2012, 20:50 GMT

    If Ranatunga and Inzi could play test cricket then so can Yuvi.

  • _Oracle_ on October 31, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    Come on Dhoni. Yuvraj is a match winner even with 80% fitness. You can always get 12th player to field for rest of 20% of the time.

  • on October 31, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Firstly, its very irresponsible of Dhoni to have skipped a vital Ranji match when each and every other member of the test team will get back to their domestic teams. Secondly, he should stop discouraging Yuvraj this way when he has already played some long format games. And not just played the games but has performed brilliantly, the hunger for the test spot is clearly visible in his attitude.

  • Al_Bundy1 on October 31, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Excellent point by Dhoni. This shows why Chappell regarded Dhoni as a great student of this game, as opposed to you know who thinks only about himself. This leaves Manoj Tiwary as the only viable option for no. 6 position. Unless Rohit Sharma or someone asserts his claim in remaining practice matches.

  • on October 31, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Fans are entitled to their opinions. Please respect MS Dhoni as the "greatest" wicketkeeper-batsman captain or captain of all time. There are few, if any, that will be able to assess India's proper requirements - with all due respects to Sachin and Sehwag. Dhoni would want to let himself down by letting India down. He has a reputation to guard. Good luck India - from Cape Town.

  • A_Vacant_Slip on October 31, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    The title is misleading. It should concern Yuvraj and Ambulance; If Broad is bowling to him - Yuvraj will need one :-)

  • Nampally on October 31, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    Can Yuvraj field for 2 days? He batted half day on Day 1 & fielded full day on day 2. Not only that he bowled 16 overs to capture 2 wktws. incl. that of KP!. Has India got a substitute cricketer of his abilities?. As regards 2 day fielding ability, it applies just as much to Sehwag, Tendulkar & Zaheer. Are these guys fit enough? In fact most of the Indian players need to prove it not just Yuvraj. That is the reason the basis of selection should be 1. Form 2. Performance & 3. Fitness. No domestic games in India or for that matter in England lasts 5 days. How do you assess the fitness of a player to last 5 days - especially in hot weather? Youth & Fitness go hand in hand. But the Indian cricketer do not retire till they hit late 30's or even 40. I recall only one Indian Cricketer who was on the field in India in a Test match for all 5 days- ML Jaisimha!. If the weather is not hot (<90F)& humid, a fit person can field for 2 days. But if it is >90 + humid, it is a challenge at any age.

  • Cricketfan101 on October 31, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    yuvraj with his added bowling option is way better choice then raina. in the a game today he could have easily had four wicket if it wasn't for two drops by saha

  • dock_haul on October 31, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    sorry i meant it should b a wicket where test shouldn't end in two days. it should be supporting with spin later

  • dock_haul on October 31, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    by saying " if he can field for two days " mr . M.S.Dhoni isn't doubting his bowlers but demanding a fully fit Yuvi for the team. i agree with him 100% on that. but i dont agree on his view on supporting tracks as it should be such a wicket where test ends in 2 days .

  • on October 31, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    Mr Dhoni, yuvi played duleep trophy and today he has bowled 12+overs in tour game against England u r captaining India please have an eye on domestic tournaments please. once in press conference u have forgotten a name of your team mate!!!! what a captain man

  • on October 31, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    india will come back strongly in upcoming series............

  • on October 31, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    "A sporting track doesn't always mean that it will only have grass on it." Well said MS. Why can't we blame Australia and England for not preparing rank turners so that they can win tests in India. Since winning is NZ is not considered as winning in Australia, how every team is showing that they are doing better in subcontinent by winning Srilanka. Stats says that India is having better W/L ratio than Aus in test in home since 2005.

  • Htc-Android on October 31, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    of course england are going to pile up 600 to 700 runs innings. so yuvraj and the rest of indian team should be ready to field for two days continously.

  • Alphabaig on October 31, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    "Be ready to field for two days" Dhoni has a lot of confidence in his bowlers and England batsmen!!!!!

  • rajattiwaari on October 31, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    What is he talking about?? YUVRAJ has played couple of 4 day games! Clearly MSD has no clue about whats going on in domestic cricket. MSD's sole agenda is to somehow ensure that raina keeps getting opportunities in test cricket. There is no other way to explain that how raina is still in contention for a test spot depite his miserable and pathetic performances.YUVRAJ is fit and ready to go. YUVI deserves to be in the test squad .

  • henchart on October 31, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    'Must assess if Yuvraj can field for two days - Dhoni' must be read as I will continue to reward Raina with test slot for his sycophancy.

  • on October 31, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    Agree with Dhoni, but Raina should not be the alternative option, Tewary , Badri or Rahane should be considerd, we should remebr that Miuke Hussy strated internation career@30.best one should retain, no mttr what is the age.

  • on October 31, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    We want Our yuvi to back against English and demolish them... U V CAN do it...

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  • on October 31, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    We want Our yuvi to back against English and demolish them... U V CAN do it...

  • on October 31, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    Agree with Dhoni, but Raina should not be the alternative option, Tewary , Badri or Rahane should be considerd, we should remebr that Miuke Hussy strated internation career@30.best one should retain, no mttr what is the age.

  • henchart on October 31, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    'Must assess if Yuvraj can field for two days - Dhoni' must be read as I will continue to reward Raina with test slot for his sycophancy.

  • rajattiwaari on October 31, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    What is he talking about?? YUVRAJ has played couple of 4 day games! Clearly MSD has no clue about whats going on in domestic cricket. MSD's sole agenda is to somehow ensure that raina keeps getting opportunities in test cricket. There is no other way to explain that how raina is still in contention for a test spot depite his miserable and pathetic performances.YUVRAJ is fit and ready to go. YUVI deserves to be in the test squad .

  • Alphabaig on October 31, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    "Be ready to field for two days" Dhoni has a lot of confidence in his bowlers and England batsmen!!!!!

  • Htc-Android on October 31, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    of course england are going to pile up 600 to 700 runs innings. so yuvraj and the rest of indian team should be ready to field for two days continously.

  • on October 31, 2012, 16:40 GMT

    "A sporting track doesn't always mean that it will only have grass on it." Well said MS. Why can't we blame Australia and England for not preparing rank turners so that they can win tests in India. Since winning is NZ is not considered as winning in Australia, how every team is showing that they are doing better in subcontinent by winning Srilanka. Stats says that India is having better W/L ratio than Aus in test in home since 2005.

  • on October 31, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    india will come back strongly in upcoming series............

  • on October 31, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    Mr Dhoni, yuvi played duleep trophy and today he has bowled 12+overs in tour game against England u r captaining India please have an eye on domestic tournaments please. once in press conference u have forgotten a name of your team mate!!!! what a captain man

  • dock_haul on October 31, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    by saying " if he can field for two days " mr . M.S.Dhoni isn't doubting his bowlers but demanding a fully fit Yuvi for the team. i agree with him 100% on that. but i dont agree on his view on supporting tracks as it should be such a wicket where test ends in 2 days .