World T20 2014 news March 26, 2014

India likely to persist with Yuvraj


India do not like to give any clues about their possible combination even in press conferences, so on a non-match, non-press conference day, you can only depend on whatever you can glean by watching them practise. It has to be said that with two wins in their first two games in the World T20, against Pakistan and West Indies, there is also no real, pressing need to tinker with the playing XI.

The bowling has been an unexpected and massive positive, setting up both victories. The quicks have played their part, as have the spinners. The top-order batsmen have motored to the moderate targets they have been handed, and the rest of the line-up has not been required. Shikhar Dhawan did fall for a duck against West Indies in a manner that may cause some concern if he continues to get cramped for room on the back foot against spin, but it was a poor decision foremost with the ball comfortably sliding down leg.

The major talking point has been the form of Yuvraj Singh, who fell second ball against Pakistan and scratched to 10 off 19 against West Indies, in addition to putting down a couple of critical chances, and has generally appeared to be short on confidence.

If one goes by this afternoon's training session, Yuvraj will likely have another chance to get going against Bangladesh on Friday. Yuvraj was one of the first batsmen to start padding up for a stint in the nets, while his possible replacement and the only reserve specialist batsman in the squad Ajinkya Rahane waited for quite some time in a nearby chair, as has often been the case for non-first choice players in the squad during coach Duncan Fletcher's tenure.

Even legspinner Amit Mishra walked up to the nets to have a hit with the bat before Rahane, and it was only towards the end of the session that Rahane finally got up and donned his gear. The majority of his time was spent in the side net receiving throwdowns from fielding coach Trevor Penney's sidearm device, and most of the Indian specialist bowlers had been done with their bowling workouts by then.

Yuvraj had had a few short sessions of batting in the meanwhile and also proceeded to bowl for a while, strutting around slowly as he usually does. Who knows we may still have a surprise in store from MS Dhoni come Friday, but going by this afternoon's proceedings, India's thinking seems to be to keep the faith in their senior player.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    Yeah India is missing the OLD Yuvraj... one can see very well that he is down in confidence... what I have seen is that every one is talking about Rahane as a possible replacement... Really?? is he the right choice at that key no.4 position... He is a good player but I dont think thats the right number for.. for me I would to bring in Binny... as he can play a role of a finisher and can hit a long ball.. Just in case there is a due and one of the bowler had a bad day in the field he can chip in and can play allrounder role... though I dont think so Dhoni will be changing the lineup....

  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    All I can say, the haters will buzz off n Yuvi paaji will let his bat do the talking...he is a champion and champion needs a challenge it was a cake walk for India in first 2 games...just look back at Yuvi"s great knocks all have come when India needed him the most ...I still believe he will win us the world cup mark my words he will shine...

  • Dummy4 on March 28, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    A champion batsman no doubt. His one over 36 was the turning point as India won the match by less than 20 runs. He is lacking in confidence as is proved by his 10 of 19 and his almost making India lose from a winning domiance for 39 overs against the hapless WI. He is just one hit away- people may say. But against WI he scored a lovely boundary only to scratch and shutter. Is he suffering from short term memory loss like "Gazni" Surya!!! If he fails once more and his lack of confidence is evident fom his body language, the time to replace as names cannot win matches for any country any sports, but only on field performance.

  • Krunal on March 27, 2014, 18:49 GMT

    Yuvraj is a complete player in Shorter formats but is struggling with his form , I think selectors are doing a right thing by giving chance to player like Yuvraj who is a match winner. Would love yuvraj to come back strong from here on and take himself to a glory personally. In case he performs well and if he is a part of world Cup 2015 indian team would be complete in batting line up. I am sure yuvi,Dhawan,Rohit Rahane etc who all are struggling for form and consistency should look how our master blaster Sachin Tendulkar use to work when in doubts or prepare for any matches . Hard work is the key and I think all this players have talent to prove at the highest level but thing missing which I can see is dedication and hard work….

    Just Hope we get our Old Yuvi back …….. He would be definitely missing his friend , mentor , Guide in the dressing room Mr. Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar to guide him…. Trust me having someone like him in the dressing room would make lots and lots of difference….

  • Manoj on March 27, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    You can show good performances by proving your consistency..but to create records you need to suffer and comeback..comebacks aren't easy as you think..That's proved and seen.Im sure yuvi is hungry in creating records..Yuvi.. dont let the hates kill you!!

  • Dummy4 on March 27, 2014, 16:20 GMT

    @ Yuvaraj: Prove something! Anything! Batting! Bowling! Or, fielding! If you can't do it, in tomorrow's match against BD, graciously "step aside" from any further inclusion from the remaining matches. We are all (including selectors) are sentimental about you, for all your past heroics for India. So, please help us doing the sacrifice by reclusing yourself. It will save a lot of anguish for all of us. And help the country's cricketing fortunes.

  • ADARSH on March 27, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    Yuvraj is not having a good time right now. His body and mind does not coordinate. He is not seen confident and joyful in the ground. Something reels in his mind. But Yuvi needs to get the match against Bangladesh and Australia( only if they win against Bangladesh and team is sure of progressing). If he couldnot perform India should go with either Rahane or Binny.

  • Dummy4 on March 27, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    why everybody is talking about the bad form of yuvi whereas dhawan also contribute nothing in the two matches...

    Give this one Chance for UV against Bangladesh. By performance on tht day will result his future

  • chandu on March 27, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    dhoni should recall his own selection policy during 2007 WC... he dropped DK after 2 failures.... when yuvi was not fit against SA, Rohit came in .... when Viru was not fit for final, Yusuf came in.... T20 is fast cricket... fast replacements are required.... play best 11 by current form... dont refer past records...

  • Mohamed on March 27, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    From media to most people who watched last two matches are criticizing Yuvraj. His body language also added to that. I'm sure his good friend Mr Sachin Tendulkar also would have watched that and must have had a word with him. Sachin's advise has helped him in past. I'm sure he will be a different player in upcoming matches.

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