India v New Zealand, 1st T20, Visakhapatnam September 7, 2012

Yuvraj centre of attention in opening T20

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Match facts

Saturday, September 8
Start time 1900 (1330 GMT)*

Big Picture

Yuvraj Singh is no stranger to attention. On Saturday, when he walks down the pavilion steps at Visakhapatnam (provided he is picked), he can expect the kind of standing ovation and cheers normally reserved for Sachin Tendulkar at grounds all over the world. His faster-than-expected return from germ cell cancer is an inspiration to millions and even if his contributions turn out to be underwhelming, his team-mates will savour his return to the dressing room.

Yuvraj has had no serious match practice, but those who've watched him train remarked that he was hitting the ball as hard as ever. His inclusion in the squad show that the selectors and team management value his presence, even with strings attached. he has just two games before the World Twenty20 later this month to prove that his selection was inspired. The danger, though, is that the hype will overawe the match itself, and India's captain MS Dhoni made a plea not to let Yuvraj's return distract the team.

India will have had played six Twenty20 games this year before leaving for Sri Lanka. New Zealand on the other hand have been the busiest, having already played seven in 2012. While teams look to stack their calendar with matches in a World T20 year, India's previous bilateral series, in Sri Lanka, included just one Twenty20 (following a five-ODI series). India, curiously, have never been involved in a bilateral series featuring more than two games. This series will only be their fifth bilateral series, out of 14, involving two games. Fortunately for India, most of the players picked for this series and the World T20 are regulars in the one-day squad, so they understand each other's game well.

Despite packing their international schedule with Twenty20s, New Zealand have slumped, and are coming off four consecutive defeats, against South Africa and a resurgent West Indies. It didn't help that their most recent games, in Florida, were heavy losses (56 and 61 runs respectively), with injuries hampering their plans. They will be boosted by the return of Daniel Vettori from injury and he will at least be an asset with his containing role, even if he doesn't pick up wickets. Having run India close in the Bangalore Test, they will begin this series feeling more confident. Now with a fitter squad, they will begin their preparation for the World T20 with games against three tough opponents - India, Australia and South Africa (the last two part of the warm-ups in Sri Lanka).

Form guide (Complete matches, most recent first)

New Zealand LLLLW
India WLWLL

Watch out for

Much column space has been given to Rohit Sharma for all the wrong reasons of late. After scoring just 13 runs in five innings, including two consecutive ducks in the ODIs in Sri Lanka, many have questioned whether he deserves a place in any of the three formats. After being ignored for the New Zealand Tests, he has been given a lifeline in the Twenty20 squad.

Jacob Oram is coming off a rewarding stint with Uva Next in the SLPL, where he finished as the joint leading wicket-taker with 11 wickets. It was his astonishing economy rate of 3.82 in 23 overs that played a big part in Uva's victorious campaign. New Zealand will need him to be just as parsimonious to silence India's batsmen

Team news

While Yuvraj's return appears certain, there are no guarantees yet on Harbhajan Singh's comeback, given the number of part-time spinners in the line-up to fill the fifth bowler's slot.

India (likely): 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 Rohit Sharma, 7 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 8 Irfan Pathan, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Zaheer Khan, 11 Ashok Dinda

Brendon McCullum returns to the T20 squad after being rested for the two T20s against West Indies in Florida.

New Zealand (likey): 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Brendon McCullum (wk), 3 Ross Taylor (capt), 4 Kane Williamson, 5 Rob Nicol, 6 Jacob Oram, 7 Daniel Vettori, 8 James Franklin, 9 Doug Bracewell, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Kyle Mills

Pitch and conditions

Heavy rain on Thursday forced the players indoors, cancelling both practice sessions. More rain has been forecast for Saturday, but the officials say that the covers - which can protect most of the outfield - and three super soppers can mop up the ground in case of an interruption. The players by now must be sick of the rain. The Indians, however, managed a nets session on Friday, and a game of soccer.

Stats and trivia

  • Visakhapatnam has never hosted a Twenty20 before. India have won all four ODIs played here and they will hope their luck spills over to this format as well
  • The ACA-VDCA stadium is among only two venues in India with a run-rate of over 6, among grounds which have hosted four or more ODIs, the other being the Madhavrao Scindia Stadium in Rajkot. It shows that it is a high-scoring venue
  • James Franklin is the only New Zealand player in this squad who has played at the venue (during the IPL)

    Quotes

    "A few months back I had trouble climbing four steps, now I can't wait to take the field. It is like starting a new life."
    Yuvraj Singh on his second coming

    "For most of the guys it is a bit of the unknown. Brendon (McCullum) must have played here a couple of times (during the IPL) so it's a new experience for most of us."
    Martin Guptill on playing at a new venue

    * - 1600GMT, September 7 - This was amended to mention that the start time had been revised to 1900 local time

    Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • on September 8, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    It is very wrong and insulting for associated Press to quote Yuvraj singh's return to International cricket as return of Prodigal son. come on guys he has just fought off cancer and for me he is a survivor and not a prodigal. Please change that statement

  • on September 8, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    All of us can understand Yuvi gaining weight, with all the medications and as consequence of the other procedures he might have gone through. I will also take time to shed it. But, one doesn't understand, why a very good player like Ashwin is not shedding his excess baggage. If he does that and improve his overall fitness, he will be a fantastic asset to the Indian team. Pl Ashwin, do something about it.

  • on September 8, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    yuvi back on action.. god bless you dear.. we are willing to see your today's performance

  • rohanblue on September 8, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    rohit sharma again, useless player cant play outside india, yusuf pathan shouldve been in, welcome back king yuvi, we r with u.....

  • Cricketer2010 on September 8, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    welcome Back Yuvi. Pakistani Team Fielding and the one and only Youvraj Singh deprived Pakistan from winning this World Cup. You were rightly the man of the tournament. I am a pakistani but I am a big fan of Yuvi, Tendulkar and Dravid

  • kingcobra85 on September 8, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Not watch out for Nohit Sharma again!

  • on September 8, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    @waitin 4u Yuvi............

  • ks1959 on September 8, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    It is high time, selectors help to prolong carrier of Rohit Sharma by leaving him out of shorter version of the game i.e T20 and ODI and try him in Test matches instead in place of Suresh Raina. Please give Manoj Tiwari, Rehane, etc their due in T20 or ODI.

  • on September 8, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    welcome king sing six six six six six six

  • on September 8, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Yuvi Back is Squad..............

  • on September 8, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    It is very wrong and insulting for associated Press to quote Yuvraj singh's return to International cricket as return of Prodigal son. come on guys he has just fought off cancer and for me he is a survivor and not a prodigal. Please change that statement

  • on September 8, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    All of us can understand Yuvi gaining weight, with all the medications and as consequence of the other procedures he might have gone through. I will also take time to shed it. But, one doesn't understand, why a very good player like Ashwin is not shedding his excess baggage. If he does that and improve his overall fitness, he will be a fantastic asset to the Indian team. Pl Ashwin, do something about it.

  • on September 8, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    yuvi back on action.. god bless you dear.. we are willing to see your today's performance

  • rohanblue on September 8, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    rohit sharma again, useless player cant play outside india, yusuf pathan shouldve been in, welcome back king yuvi, we r with u.....

  • Cricketer2010 on September 8, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    welcome Back Yuvi. Pakistani Team Fielding and the one and only Youvraj Singh deprived Pakistan from winning this World Cup. You were rightly the man of the tournament. I am a pakistani but I am a big fan of Yuvi, Tendulkar and Dravid

  • kingcobra85 on September 8, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    Not watch out for Nohit Sharma again!

  • on September 8, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    @waitin 4u Yuvi............

  • ks1959 on September 8, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    It is high time, selectors help to prolong carrier of Rohit Sharma by leaving him out of shorter version of the game i.e T20 and ODI and try him in Test matches instead in place of Suresh Raina. Please give Manoj Tiwari, Rehane, etc their due in T20 or ODI.

  • on September 8, 2012, 11:45 GMT

    welcome king sing six six six six six six

  • on September 8, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    Yuvi Back is Squad..............

  • snbirdi on September 8, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    With the kind of form Sharma is in, I rather have Bhajji in the team. Atleast he'll score more runs that Sharma and can bowl too.

  • drmzz on September 8, 2012, 11:23 GMT

    no way yuvi is not even close to Brian Lara....

    Yuvi was a gud player a fighter a resurgent bt no way near to LARA class...

  • haseeb on September 8, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    i feel there is going to be more pressure on rohit sharman then on yuvi ..if he doesnt perform he ll be sitting on the bench for T20 world cup ..!!

  • hashmatcric on September 8, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    welcome back yuvraaj. we wish all d best.

  • Karthijagadeesh on September 8, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    To my Pakistani brother Imghani. This is what sports are played for & this is what sports is all about.

    Thought you are a Pakistani you like a Indian sports person. If this mentality spreads through all minds & hearts of Pakistanis we will have good relationship and with that we can do wonders.

  • on September 8, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    IM Ghani, Hope have your name right, people like you will help us in diffusing tension always.Like the attitude, Cheers mate Regards Gaurav

  • openeyes on September 8, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    Leave Yuvi alone ... Why to create so much hype about his comeback and put pressure on someone who is trying to treat the situation as normal as possible?

  • on September 8, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    I wish yuvi all the very best ...

    Im Pakistani ..cricket need players like him .... he is indian brian lara no doubt ...

  • AMAZINGFAN on September 8, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    i hope yuvi comes good.when he is in form he is a match winner but it's going to be tough for him coming back to the indian team without any match practice.

  • vpk23 on September 8, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    REMEMBER SIMON O'DONNELL! DINT HE BECOME SOME BIG HITTER AFTER SURVYING FROM CANCER?? YOU DO YUVI!

  • on September 8, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Rohit Sharma not again.........Give chance to Rahane at least

  • imghani on September 8, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    Return of Yuvraj Singh is a great achievement for him. Though I am a Pakistani but I pray sincerily for his success. He deserves to be a part of T20.

    Iqbal Ghani

  • on September 8, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    hi, yuvi all the best for your newly selection in india squad, I pray to god that u have no trouble against ur last form ( like 6 sixes) all the best for today match & every match u will play for india. all the best from me & my family members ( mina,yash,archi,uday)

  • on September 8, 2012, 8:25 GMT

    the SHER-E-PUNJAB is back at hunt, watch out Kiwis as redemption on mind, he'll have NO MERCY. Go Yuvi Go.....................

  • on September 8, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    Happy to see Yuvraj back on International Cricket, all the very best !!!

  • Resultpredictor on September 8, 2012, 8:14 GMT

    Welcome back yuvi..., hope you will be playing in eleven today.

  • andrew27994 on September 8, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    New Zealand team have selected their best playing XI but I feel that they should use Williamson/ Nicol as their 5th bowler instead of Oram or Franklin as the pitch is more likely to suit spin.

  • rosh280 on September 8, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    we wish you best of luck yuvi. you are the real asset to the team.we expect your six sixes in the foray but i really doubt what virendar sehwag, gautam gambhir, m s dhoni, zaheer khan and ashok dinda can do. any way it should be a fantastic match because new zealand is a strong team with vettori back into the team. we should find some good players like jalaj saxena, balaji, yusuf pathan, unmukt chand, pinal shah, suryakumar yadav, manish pandey, robin uttappa, murali vijay into the team. anyway best of luck yuvi. we expect india to win since yuvi, rohit sharma into the team. this will reinforce and fortify the team we expect score of more than 200 for this match

  • andrew27994 on September 8, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    This playing XI of India's is rubbish. I would've thought that with 3 all rounders in their side they would be convinced to concentrate on their bowling department as well by using 5 regular bowlers. Unnecessarily it puts too much pressure on our 4 regular bowlers to take wickets if required. There is absolutely no use in playing so many batsmen in a T20 match. India should back the ability of their top order batsmen and give due importance to bowling as well.

    So my Playing XI would be : Gambhir, Sehwag, Kohli, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Raina, Pathan, Harbhajan, Ashwin, Zaheer & Balaji.

  • himohan007 on September 8, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    Any Indian T20 Xl without NoHit Sharma ans Sir RJ is the best t20 team. Pls no more of these leechers in the team. Give chance to Paaji. We need both Aswin n Paaji in the same Xl to analyze both. If both clicks and hunts in pair then there is superb chance of winning of World Cup with awesome batting line up for SL conditions.

  • Joby_George on September 8, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    Such a loved player. Yuvi, no one in team india has fans like you, you are the man...go do it..All the best

  • RIBI on September 8, 2012, 7:11 GMT

    Will watch this match only bcoz of yuvraj singh... Truly it'll be gr8 to see yuvraj back on the field... He is a dynamite when it comes to his batting... Nd truly a tiger!!! The way he has fought with his cancer is a gr8 example and inspiration for everybody... Good luck dude 4 this match....

  • on September 8, 2012, 6:50 GMT

    yuvi will back for india tiger 4 stand of india . this match win bye india

  • LloydCharlesPatel on September 8, 2012, 6:46 GMT

    Welcome back YUVI !!! Good Luck and God Bless You !!!

    We need to see u hitting six boundaries this time in an over, a bit too much on your return, but this is what all Indians and world cricket fans want to see.

    Give it a go.

    All The Best.

  • slumindia on September 8, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    goooooooooo yuvi show the world what u r!

  • kaidranzer on September 8, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    With Yuvraj Singh back, the Indian team does look more balanced. The middle order is solid again. Just hope he makes it big in Test cricket as well, making it easier to build the new (devoid of three of the Fab four) team.

  • on September 8, 2012, 6:05 GMT

    Of all bowlers in the fray, including spinners, Balaji is the best for T20. He is very very clever for this format and fairly consistent. He may not be a test matches bowler considering injuries he had and so probably not even a ODI bowler. But for T20, he is the best.

  • aryan2490 on September 8, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    yuvi s not a prodigal son,he s a hard-worker nd brave man........UV CAN CAN

  • on September 8, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    all da best yuvi... give ur best..

  • on September 8, 2012, 5:49 GMT

    Once Again Welcome YUVI! All The Best

  • reywob on September 8, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    Totally agree that Williamson needs to forget about this form of the game,would like to see franklin bat at 3 as well,NZ need to win these two games to show the NZ public that they are not a write off

  • Romenevans on September 8, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    LOL look at that Indian batting line up! The Best T20 player batting at no.7. Only Zak and Dinda are the ones who can't. Our T20 and ODi is the best!

  • on September 8, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    hope these 4 dont playRG Sharma, MK Tiwary, PP Chawla, AB Dinda,

  • shah_nawaj on September 8, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    Obviously NZ is a strong team in T20.Oram, Franklin, Vettori, N McCullum all are good T20 options...... India should play Harbhajan in place of useless Rohit Sharma.

  • Aazikhameed on September 8, 2012, 4:56 GMT

    we need L.Balaji in the playing XI for today's match ,,,,,,,,,,, he has very good variation , well experience in the pressure handling,,,, better than dinda,,,

  • on September 8, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    God Bless You Welcome back....! yuvi

  • razzutt on September 8, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    Welcome back Yuvi! I think a comeback is tougher then make a debut. So good luck Yuvi! Have a nice comeback!

  • on September 8, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    FIRST OF ALL I WANT TO CONGRATULATE TO YUVRAAAAAAAAZ FOR HIS RECOVERY & THANKS TO GOD. UVVVVV PLEASE PLAY CAREFULLY BECAUSE WE WANT TO SEE YOU ON THE PLAY GROUNDS FOR LONG LONG TIME.THANKS & GOD BLESS YOU.ALL INDIANS LOVE YOU SO MUCH.

  • razamir on September 8, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    Well yuvi has gained some weight...he has to lose it if he wants to be back properly as orignal yuvraj....

  • on September 8, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    Yuvi back to Indian squad.

  • on September 8, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    Welcome back Yuvi,we are eagerly waiting for your comeback,Good luck tonight

  • on September 8, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    Show me that booming cover drive ... juz love it ... big fan of urs lately ...

  • on September 8, 2012, 2:42 GMT

    correct team......!!rohit should be given a chance to play...!!

  • Cricketcraze912 on September 8, 2012, 2:39 GMT

    Yuvi is one of the most respected cricketers. He has talent and uses it to his advantage. He has gone through one of the hardest phases of his life and comes out eager to play. This man was born a cricketer.Go Yuvi!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on September 8, 2012, 2:10 GMT

    our hero return.....cheer for him

  • peterss on September 8, 2012, 1:40 GMT

    Batting is too deep with Ashwin coming in at 9. In place of Rohit Sharma, another bowler can come in. Sad that this wont happen given Dhoni's bias towards Rohit

  • on September 8, 2012, 1:40 GMT

    All the best Yuvi..You are inspirational.

  • kiwicricketnut on September 8, 2012, 1:00 GMT

    Kane Williamson should not be playing this form of the game yet, he tends to be a bit of a handbrake on momentum with his inability to hit the fence on a regular basis, there are better T20 batsman in NZ, Lou Vincent for example but seeing he's there i'd play him ahead of Nicol. I hope they play one less medium pacer and play Adam Milne some 150km thunderbolts would be exciting to see, on flattish indian wickets he's one guy who takes the pitch out of the equation with raw pace. My XI 1.McCullum 2.Guptil 3.Williamson 4.Taylor 5.Franklin 6.Oram 7.Vettori 8.Bracewell 9.Southee 10.Hira 11.Milne

  • RiscoGrande on September 8, 2012, 0:39 GMT

    More likely NZ team wil be 1 Guptill, 2 McCullum, 3 Franklin, 4 Taylor, 5 Williamson, 6 Oram, 7 Vettori, 8 N McCullum/ Hira,, 9 Bracwell, 10 Southee, 11 Mills/ Milne

  • chaitanya1219 on September 8, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    Welcome back UVVVVVVVVV all da best eagerly waiting 2 c u in INDIAN JERSEY

  • lovepork on September 7, 2012, 23:37 GMT

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO YUVI, we are eagerly waiting for your comeback, can't wait to see the lion roaring again! good luck to YUVI and team India! all the best.

  • 10Devils on September 7, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    Welcome back YUVI !! Good Luck and God Bless You !

  • ovzdatta151 on September 7, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    I thought Rohit Sharma is not in the team. Is Manoj Tiwari in the team? If he is there then he should be in the first XI. My assumption is that Dhoni will opt for two spinners and two seamers. Instead of Dinda, Bhajji will be placed in.

  • on September 7, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    i love this ground, i still remember this is the ground Dhoni opened everyone eyes on how much of a devastating batsman he can be, destroying the paki bowling attack. and Also this is a really good batting track, where Kohli has two centuries, Lots of runs should be expected!

  • square_cut4 on September 7, 2012, 19:52 GMT

    practically, i think he will not play as good as he was use too. Let see his performance in next two matches.

  • on September 7, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    New Zealand are the only team which India have never defeated in a t20 match. India have lost all 3 t20 played with NZ so far.hope they break the jinx

  • palla.avinash on September 7, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    My team for tomorrow match sehwag,gambir,kohli,yuvi,dhoni,raina,patan,chawla,ashwin,dinda,balaji.i want chawla instead of rohit sharma because he bowls leg spin with some google which gives additional dimension at the same he is good batsmen and hitter at least for t20s so playing him at no 8 would be very good as he alon ashwin can bat at 8 and 9 the position and balaji intead of zaheer to test him how he bowls in international cricket after comeback so it will help dhoni to see his options without if anything happens i world cup i hope dhoni can put someovers bowling of yuvi which will improve his confidence my team ha 9 batsmen and 3 off spinners 1 leg spinner 1 left arm spinners 1 left arm pacer, 1right arm seamer and 1 swing bowlers and 1 mwdium pacer u cant better from here.That what i feel.All the best india and yuvi and balaji.

  • KirGop on September 7, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    Yuvi has his share of ardent supporters and also haters. Many like me dont like him cuz a) hes a test match failure and b) ODI's are too easy and not the real deal.

    After his world cup heroics and battle with desease, we all stand converted. Be sure that he's the number 1 supported player on the team today and no one will question his inclusion. I want him to play ALL the matches and he deserves a chance and respect.

  • skdivi88 on September 7, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Please bring Addtional Bowler like Harbhajan or Balaji as you don't need 8 batsmen and Rohith is not worth too.

    1. Gambhir 2. Sehwag 3. Kohli 4. Yuvraj 5. Raina 6. Dhoni 7. Irfan 8. Ashwin 9. Harbhajan 10. Zaheer 11 Balaji L

  • vivek_khyati on September 7, 2012, 17:30 GMT

    ICC should follow this practice of changing the schedule during wc t20.. in sri lanka, just few days back we saw how the semifinal and final of slpl were spoiled by the rain..

  • AVRAJAN on September 7, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    I thank the almighty since the members of 1983 world cup winning team were not included on the idea of retaining the winning combination. Dhoni should encourage players like Rahane, Rayudu, Tiwary(both Manoj and Sourab), Mandeep Singh etc., and give chance to them at least on a rotational basis. He should remember the fact that he himself was picked up when Dinesh Kartik was doing well behind the stumpsl. Talent and current form are important. But Dhoni seems to be giving importance only to talent. In that case everyone is talented. Otherwise no one can reach this level. Fans should not also forget the nation while supporting their heros.

  • stickywicketnick on September 7, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    I reckon Kyle Mills will miss out for Adam Milne. We need some pace in that attack.

  • guest12345678910 on September 7, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    i would choose viru bhai , gauti bhai , virat, raina, yuvi .,, MSD ..BHAJIII,,, irfan , zaheer, ashwin, and dinda

    gl gl gl yuvraj singh.... we will be praying for u whole day..... jai hind!!!

  • SangakaraFan on September 7, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    GRT to see Yuvraj Singh back...Good luck Yuvi for Sri Lankan fan.

  • anand4cricket on September 7, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    I go for NZ as......india have weeklinks in bowling........if couple of batters from NZ can utilise , then it should be done.....for them.......remember their bowling isnt week and, indians have the habbit of throwing wkts.......i hope danial vettori has gud views about indian batsmen especially.......viru, kohli and dhoni......

  • anand4cricket on September 7, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    Its just like opening doors for NZ , if india are going to experiment...........

  • on September 7, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    wat i think is..!! if india happnd to chase!!! they should go with 5 bowlrs!!! IKP, umesh, ashwin, dinda, balaji!!! jst throw d dice!!! we have fire in batting dept.!!!!

  • kunderanengineer on September 7, 2012, 15:52 GMT

    If my memory serves me correctly the prodigal son described in the bible was about the younger brother in a family who received an early inheritance from his father and promptly squandered it and finally had to come back home in shame to ask for his father's forgiveness. What in God's name does Yuvraj's return to cricket have to do with this? Maybe I'm missing something. In any case all the best to Yuvraj and look forward to seeing him hit some sixes again!

  • on September 7, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    i dont think dinda is the right option for india harbhajan and yuvaraj should comeback in same game for india.

  • on September 7, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Welcome back yuvi!!!!have been waiting for this game since the day the squads were announced I think we should play pathan at no 7 in place of rohit and pick bhajji in place keeping the sri lankan conditions in mind for the world t20 .i am a fan of rohit but i think this will be better for the team cause nothing about yuvi is guranteed now how well is he with his bowling if he is not i dont raina is trustable .BUT it all about Yuvraj ,just seeing him on the field is just incredible ......

  • on September 7, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    deep batting line-up for India. also many part-timers and Yuvraj himself definitely as well as one missing factor in last two WC Sehwagh. semi is definitely on wct20

  • Dhanvanth on September 7, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    Should be a very tough job for dhoni to select the playing XI but yuvi return s sure..bhajji not sure! But whoever says dinda s best pls hang urself! Such a bad bowler with nil variation and bad bowling action. Some ppl even think of his test debut! Ha ha joke of the day:) my team: gauti, sehwag, raina, kohli, yuvi, dhoni, irfan, ash, zaheer, yadav! Dinda s 12th man! Comments r welcome.

  • on September 7, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    good luck yuvi..!!go India go

  • gopinadh on September 7, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Is the venue changed,? Few days back I saw in cricinfo that the match is scheduled to play in Indira Priyadarshini stadium Visakapatnam. And @vicky India won the previous match here against WI. Kohli made century while chasing. And my team wil be 1. Gambhir 2. Sehwag 3. Kohli 4. Yuvraj 5. Raina 6. Manoj/Rohit 7. Dhoni 8. Irfan 9. Ashwin 10. Harbhajan 11. Zaheer Considering that the T20 WC is played in SL I am going with 2+2 medium fast and spin combination.

  • on September 7, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Good luck to YUVI...n ma best 11.,sehwag,gauti,kohli,raina,yuvraj,dhoni,i pathan,bajji,ashwin,zak,balaji..!!

  • on September 7, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Hold Zac for Test matches and some imp one dayers. Some of them should rested along with Zac probably Viru or Gauti. Let them prepare for big battles. and give chance to Rahane and some more talented guys in the line up. Otherwise when these new guys will get chance.

  • mhb1 on September 7, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    realllyyyyyyyyyy who says ? :S

  • cooljack_143 on September 7, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Yuvraj & India will win the WC'12 for we Indians.

  • anjanm on September 7, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    Although we are eagerly awaiting Yuvi's return to the team, I don't think it is right to put too much expectations on Yuvraj. We have to keep our mindset as if Yuvi were a new youngster joining the team and has just been given a chance to play for India. If we put too much expectation on Yuvraj and he gets out early, we will feel very disappointed and start questioning his abilities. He is coming back from germ cell cancer and it will take time for him to get used to playing cricket like he used to...

  • dsnagre on September 7, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    I agree with @COSMOS KAPIL....im big fan of Rohit rather than kohli.good to see him last XI.my point is he is player of all the 3 format.just time is matter.Give him chance above kohli .....atleast in t20.

  • Munafis810 on September 7, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    If it was not for T20 Wcup , I would have opposed the bhajji Selection. But in T20 his darters and occasional spinning delivery may be asset especially in SL. Another reason is he is experienced and mentally tough cookie and he can hoick a few sixes too. His prescence in team will allow Ashwin and Pathan both to be accommodated. My team for T20s Gambhir,Sehwag,Kohli,Raina,Yuvi,Dhoni,Irfan,Bhajji,Balaji,Ashwin,Dinda. Sharing the 20 overs between(partime but effecient bowlers) Veeru,UV,Raina,VK + regular bowlers (Bhaji,Pathan,Dinda,Balaji,Ashwin) should be good policy. Thats like 25-30 overs of bowling stock and even if someone has a bad day ,good number of coverup bowlers. Parttime bowlers do manage to grab wickets on regular basis in this format since batters go after them to get more runs. Besides Bhaji and Pathan make good allrounders since they can bat well enuf for T20s.But pls pls pls no Bhaji for tests and ODI's ever.

    IMO Balaji will suprise many with his variations .

  • SandyNagrey on September 7, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    i m agree with @bradley frank . How can you call yuvi "Prodigal Son"....thats something thoughtful...

  • SRAM20 on September 7, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Three seamers might be a luxury. Also with Irfan, Ashwin and Harbhajan all capable of handling the bat pretty well and that too in subcontinental conditions, I would drop Rohit Sharma and have a fifth bowler. Also, I would pick Balaji for Dinda. This would be my XI:

    Sehwag, Gambhir, Kohli, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Raina, Irfan, Harbhajan, Ashwin, Zaheer, Balaji

  • varakooti on September 7, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    My playing XI will be: Sehwag, Gautam, Kohli, Yuraj, Raina, Dhoni, Irfan, Ashwin, Balaji, Zaheer, Dinda. In place Zaheer will take Rohit if needed an extra batsman.

  • Baber_Baloch on September 7, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    yuvraj now never be able to go on expectation of people....his golden time is over now

  • kg.criccrazy on September 7, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    You linked the earlier Visakhapatnam Stadium (Indira Priyadarshini Stadium) to the match. At the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, India have won all their four ODIs. But at the same time, they have lost all their three T20 matches against NZ. Some history is bound to be made tomorrow.

  • on September 7, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    @Bradley Frank, All i can say is it doesn't matter what you think.

  • Angry_Bowler on September 7, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    I always wonder about what is the criterion or are criteria for selection of a particular player in the Indian team. Is it current form, fitness, past records, sympathy, lobby, cast, religion, region, power, politics, friendship, talent, age, performance? I do not understand why some get innumerable chances despite their continued failure and some won't if they fail in couple matches.

  • svel on September 7, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    @Avinash Soundararajan - harbajan is a bad choice...

  • JayGoswami on September 7, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    @vickyhbk I saw on othe websites that ACA-VDCA Stadium is organizing this T20 but cricinfo shows Indira Priyadarshini Stadium. India have won 4 out of 4 in ACA-VDCA. And also cricinfo shows in one its news about Kyle Mills about ACA-VCDA stadium. See the link http://www.espncricinfo.com/india-v-new-zealand-2012/content/story/581182.html

  • on September 7, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    come on yuvi,just conquered the world again..show the world once again of what you are made off..:)

  • MOHDsarfaraz on September 7, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Indian team should 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 Manoj tiwari, 7 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 8 Irfan Pathan, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Zaheer Khan, 11 Bhajji,, cosmos' i agree with him about rohit sharma, u can not take chance with him now just before T20 world,according to this team we have 6 batsman 4 all rounder,what ever will be the team we will win Inshah Allah, jai hind

  • on September 7, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    My best team would be.. Guti, Sewag, Kohli, Raina, Yuvi, Dhoni, Pathan, Harbajan, Ashwin, Zak, Balaji. Experimentation with bowling line up is needed before the world T20. Going with 6 batsmen will make way for 3 partial batsmen (Irfan, Bajji, Ashwin). 2 spinners in subcontinental wicket is vital and both can bat is a plus. Irfan can join with 2 seamers.. So it makes 5 decent bowlers and team can bat till No. 9. In the case of No. 11 Balaji must be experimented before the big event. If he fails we can opt Dinda. Dinda is a fantastic bowler but not experienced enough for high pressure games.. So, Balaji with his variation is the right choice (If he proves in these lead up games).. How many of you accept my Playing XI ??? :)

  • on September 7, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    yuvi, master of T20s, but lot of expectations from Virat Kohli as well

  • on September 7, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    I think Rohit Sharma will be better for Tests rather than T-20's, can be useful in ODI's. He take starts slowly, though confident afterwards but I suspect T-20 requires slowness.

  • vickyhbk on September 7, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    india won 4 odis out of 4? U serious?

    India lost previous ODI here i guess

  • on September 7, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    I don't think that caption "prodigal son" actually applies here.

  • on September 7, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    Dinda in the playing 11? Seriously? I agree he took 4 for 19 in his last T20 but has zero variations. Team should be Sehwag,Gambhir,Kohli,Yuvi,Raina,Dhoni,Pathan,Ashwin,Bhajji,Zak,Balaji

  • on September 7, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Though Yuvi is definetly a powerhouse, Many people will be watching out for Virat Kholi. If he can be taken early out in the game, it wont be hard restricting India below 160s

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  • on September 7, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Though Yuvi is definetly a powerhouse, Many people will be watching out for Virat Kholi. If he can be taken early out in the game, it wont be hard restricting India below 160s

  • on September 7, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    Dinda in the playing 11? Seriously? I agree he took 4 for 19 in his last T20 but has zero variations. Team should be Sehwag,Gambhir,Kohli,Yuvi,Raina,Dhoni,Pathan,Ashwin,Bhajji,Zak,Balaji

  • on September 7, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    I don't think that caption "prodigal son" actually applies here.

  • vickyhbk on September 7, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    india won 4 odis out of 4? U serious?

    India lost previous ODI here i guess

  • on September 7, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    I think Rohit Sharma will be better for Tests rather than T-20's, can be useful in ODI's. He take starts slowly, though confident afterwards but I suspect T-20 requires slowness.

  • on September 7, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    yuvi, master of T20s, but lot of expectations from Virat Kohli as well

  • on September 7, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    My best team would be.. Guti, Sewag, Kohli, Raina, Yuvi, Dhoni, Pathan, Harbajan, Ashwin, Zak, Balaji. Experimentation with bowling line up is needed before the world T20. Going with 6 batsmen will make way for 3 partial batsmen (Irfan, Bajji, Ashwin). 2 spinners in subcontinental wicket is vital and both can bat is a plus. Irfan can join with 2 seamers.. So it makes 5 decent bowlers and team can bat till No. 9. In the case of No. 11 Balaji must be experimented before the big event. If he fails we can opt Dinda. Dinda is a fantastic bowler but not experienced enough for high pressure games.. So, Balaji with his variation is the right choice (If he proves in these lead up games).. How many of you accept my Playing XI ??? :)

  • MOHDsarfaraz on September 7, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Indian team should 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 Manoj tiwari, 7 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 8 Irfan Pathan, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Zaheer Khan, 11 Bhajji,, cosmos' i agree with him about rohit sharma, u can not take chance with him now just before T20 world,according to this team we have 6 batsman 4 all rounder,what ever will be the team we will win Inshah Allah, jai hind

  • on September 7, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    come on yuvi,just conquered the world again..show the world once again of what you are made off..:)

  • JayGoswami on September 7, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    @vickyhbk I saw on othe websites that ACA-VDCA Stadium is organizing this T20 but cricinfo shows Indira Priyadarshini Stadium. India have won 4 out of 4 in ACA-VDCA. And also cricinfo shows in one its news about Kyle Mills about ACA-VCDA stadium. See the link http://www.espncricinfo.com/india-v-new-zealand-2012/content/story/581182.html