World T20 2014 news March 26, 2014

India likely to persist with Yuvraj

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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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  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • Kruns 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….

  • ManojBrock 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!!

  • 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.

  • ADARSH100 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.

  • 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

  • cad76 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...

  • cricketlover80 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.

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • Kruns 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….

  • ManojBrock 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!!

  • 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.

  • ADARSH100 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.

  • 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

  • cad76 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...

  • cricketlover80 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.

  • on March 27, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    For those who are criticizing Yuvraj Singh.. He is a very big player...and for your kind information India has won 2 world cups recently and in both of the tournament Yuvi was the Man of the Tournament. So, please stop criticizing him and his form. He knows very well better than anyone of us that when he should say bye bye to cricket.No doubts he is struggling for his GOLDEN ARM..but it doesn't mean we should forget his contribution to the country. I think we should back him up, we should pray for his fitness and form. And the world knows if he is in his Golden Arm no body can think top lift the World Cup except MS DHONI.

  • on March 27, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    yuvraj should have some local matches before being brought into the team for such a major tournament.. if he could have been selected means then why not virus and gauti...ohh he almost handed over the new win to west indies...and I feel this is not a trial ground for him.

  • on March 27, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    Yuvi's fielding is a concern while rahane is a brrliant fielder .we can't sacrifice the cup for yuvi .so mr dhoni its by by time for yuvraj.

  • on March 27, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    Earlier ganguly got a chance why not Yuvraj. I believe he played a major role in a crucial matches...He should be given a chance.

  • r.senthilkumar on March 27, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Yuvi is only 32 years old, he still has 3-4 years of playing career. I am a great great fan of him & he will for sure perform against bangladesh.

  • on March 27, 2014, 9:21 GMT

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

  • ThiruKarthic on March 27, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    No Doubt that yuvi is a great Player.But we can't give a chance to Sunil Gavaskar now as he was in great touch in the past.If Yuvi is not gain his touch and confidence tin couple of matches,Team india without any hesitation has to give the place to an youngster considering the future.

  • on March 27, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    Through the excessive backing of the favorites, and through persistent benching of not so lucky ones,the management have destroyed many a good player. They have already killed the confidence of Pujara for the short format and now working overtime to kill that of Rahane.

    The senior retired cricketers, who get a lot of "air time" in visual, print, and audio space, have also done a disservice by pre-maturely labeling Pujara & Rahane as test players.

    Let them introspect about the contributions of Rahul Dravid, in the short formats. Hopefully, that will bring some sense into their heads.

    In the short format too, there should be a solid batsmen for crisis management.

    They must also take a look at bowlers like Ishwar Pandey; how he used to bowl before he was benched for so many internationals in a row, and how he is bowling in the domestic matches now on his return from his passenger trip to BD. Usually most of the fast bowlers are fighters & Pandey may bounce back.

  • on March 27, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    Its time for Yuvi to retire....He is no more young in the field, with the bat or bowl.

  • nishika on March 27, 2014, 8:43 GMT

    Yuvi should open the innings with sharma cause dhawan is in no form but yuvi can get in form by opening

  • umeshareddy on March 27, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    Yuvraj is mach winner, he is class player

  • on March 27, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    yuvi needs to practice a lot in net. Only hardwork can help yuvi to come back again.

  • on March 27, 2014, 8:16 GMT

    Yuvi will come back with one thrilling Innings for sure. But Shikar dhawan and Ajinkya no need in team. We need Ghambir and Sehwag back. All the Best India..

  • missionbegins2011 on March 27, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    Yuvi should grab this one with both hands....

  • ramli on March 27, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    AR was warming the benches in ODIs when SRT was clinging to his post ... that time as opener ... then warmed the bench as middle-order vacancy did not arise ... now AR is warming the benches in T20s for the sake of YS ... India is lacking vision and hesitant to take hard decisions ... unlike Australia ...

  • on March 27, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    Rahan is a good player and Yuvraj replace Rahan

  • on March 27, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    It is really easy to access the performance of others. Yuvraj is a class act. once in a generation player. Just wait and watch. he will be back and with a bang that is sure. so please wait a moment, u will definitely enjoy a strokefull yuvraj in coming days.

  • on March 27, 2014, 7:31 GMT

    Yuvraj is match winner, he will be back with his best once he get confidence. No need to change him with Rahane, it will reduce his confidence level.

  • on March 27, 2014, 7:22 GMT

    dont worry about Yuvi....Drop Dhawan, he is rubbish

  • AtulMore on March 27, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    After surgery Yuvi didn't deliver what he is known for. I think this is the last chance, if he fails, very hard for him to come back.

  • on March 27, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    Yuvi.............Its all up to you...........But We all know u have Done it before & we still believe that u can deliver it again for India. MSD is a great fan of You.Plz don't disappoint MSD and all of us. Come Back Strongly.

  • balaji28 on March 27, 2014, 6:19 GMT

    I won't be surprised if he repeat this act against bangladesh and india might have lost against windies if yuvi was still in crease. So my request to selector is to select players not based on runs taken in flat tracks and to select them based on their specialist skills.The player selected should play spinners very well if he playing in sub continent tracks while if a player can handle bouncers,in swing and out swing very well means he should be the man to get selected for overseas tour by replacing the sub continent play vice versa.

  • balaji28 on March 27, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    According to me it's time for yuvi to bid adieu to international cricket after this t20 world cup. Yuvi has totally lost his touch after his cancer saga.Even his lone t20 played against aussie his shot selection weren't perfect and if he had failed that time his career would have been over even though he failed in the chances given to him.Even in ranji and vijay hazare trophy yuvi's form came to lime light that he lost his touch.Only due to past glories his in t20 indian team.Present figure shows yuvi cannot even make it to the punjab squad.Ambati rayudu who is improving very well is a better option in playing 11 but the shocking thing ambati can't even able to figure in the squad due to yuvi. Players like rahane,rohit,shikhar are one time wonders and they will score rarely and make it to the squad.

  • Jaggadaaku on March 27, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    All Yuvraj Fans, one thing keep in mind that Yuvi used to be a match winner like years ago. I even was a fan of Yuvi and his temperament, but these days I feel like he plays for india's defeat. In last match, he dropped a simple catch, even Hongkong players won't have dropped that lollipop. And in the batting, India could have easily won the match in 18 overs or less, and because him, India gained a tense victory in last over. These days Yuvi can play and steal runs only in leg side. If the bowler bowls out side the off stumps, Yuvi can't find even a single run. India shouldn't keeps him in the squad for his years old performances and his current limited skills. Yuvi has to prove his current performance. This is not salvation charity army. Is it???

  • Machu.mac on March 27, 2014, 6:07 GMT

    Don't worry Guyz, YUVI will be back in form for the upcoming matches. He is the King of Comebacks....Note my words.

  • on March 27, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    Yuvi is the best. But he has to take care of his health too. His usual hitting strokes have been missed by me. May god give him best of health and form. We all like him and we are his fans

  • AuntyChrist on March 27, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Never understood the logic of letting players recover form in major tournaments. International players are expected to deliver especially when there are undoubted talents warming the benches. I hope India doesn't face the difficult tradeoff between a still out of form Yuvraj and out of practice Rahane.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 27, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    So hopelessly out of sorts is Yuvraj,every sundry bowler-pace,medium pace,spin-is made to look as they are throwing grenades at him.Even m/pacer is made to look like 150 k quick bowling @ him.Maybe Mitch's bouncers are playing in his mind.-:)

  • on March 27, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    Yuvi is best of course. But his usual fast scoring tactics are gone. Some good comeback required.

  • Iceman29 on March 27, 2014, 5:42 GMT

    There is no question about the talent that he possess but its about his confidence level at the moment...This is where the coach has to play a serious role in bringing back one the most destructive player back to form...but sadly it wont happen with Dustbin Fletcher....we need some one like Guru Gary to bring our old Yuvi back...He need to get mentally fit first...if he is back to form he can single handedly win matches for us...

  • on March 27, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    hi i think no need to worry about yuvi he is the best player. india team has worry about Rohit sharma and his form. he will stand 1 match in 10 matches. he is a not a good player.

  • on March 27, 2014, 5:16 GMT

    yuvi may be played in next match but shud bat only if needed by 10th over. otherwise if india has lost only 1 wicket till then,yuvi might just be wasting precious balls. raina,dhoni,jadeja &co. can surely play 60 balls approx at a better runrate than yuvi in his present form!

  • dganger on March 27, 2014, 5:06 GMT

    If thr is one player for whom I want to get biased is this man Yuvraj Singh. Yes the mind says he is probably passed his expiry date, little too early, but the heart again keeps on beating in hope that he will be back again, the charismatic, fearless and dashing Yuvraj will be back again. I just pray that this happens. I know its tough for Dhoni and Indian team management to continue backing Yuvraj inspite of repeated failures, but I still believe they are doing the right thing. Finger crossed

  • CrickFan82 on March 27, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    Regarding Yuvraj, i think he should be in all formats which india plays excepts test matches. He is a matchwinner, useful bowler, good fielder and has a lot of experience. I am sure the team management and Dhoni and selectors know his worth and hence persist with him. Yes there will always be the media pressure and Yuvi easily gets distracted and takes media comments very personally, so silly for a player of his class. I think the more practical he gets, the better he would be, Kohli and Dhoni - living examples- they care a damn about what the next press release!! I think Dhoni has scratched the best 11 possible in this trip, good on him. I back Yuvi to play for india in any shorter format of this game, he will do well.

  • SANATP22 on March 27, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    Yuraj will part of team. Time for Drop Dhawan & replace him with Binny at top. Give free lenience to BInny, he will score rapid speed. Best luck for india games against Bangladesh

  • on March 27, 2014, 3:54 GMT

    I personally believe yuvi must be played till semi and ms is doing the right thing to persist him despite failing to perform on the field n people who r criticizing abt yuvi note down my words he will produce one more great inning to shut thier mouth

  • on March 27, 2014, 3:40 GMT

    yuvi is the best player from india

  • on March 27, 2014, 3:34 GMT

    I personally think yuvi must be played till semi and folks who r criticizing abt yuvi note down my words yuvi will turn out to be triumph card.

  • rajuramki on March 27, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    Yuvaraj is well past his prime and he can no longer contribute to the team in any form of cricket . If Sehwag and Gambhir can be sidelined , there is no reason why Yuvaraj should not be shown the door . Rohit is too slow to be an opener and hence his place should go to Rahane . Yuvaraj's slot should be filled by Rohit , who can play freely down the line . No one can live on past glory and Yuvaraj is no exception . He has been given enough chances after his return from illness and he has consistently failed in all forms of cricket . Dhoni should know all this and keep sentiments away when a world cup is at stake .

  • checkOnCricket on March 27, 2014, 3:29 GMT

    India had always given enough chances to players like Mohammed Kaif, Vinod Kambli, Sairaj bahutule, Hrishikesh Kanitkar, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Debashish Mohanty, Vikram Rathore, Sadagopan Ramesh ....

    Any one of the above players got too many oppurtunities based on their domestic form or one or two heroic victories.

    Now yuvi cannot be compared to any one of the above cricketers... He is back from Cancer. He is match winner. Has proved in every single format of cricket. He has proved in every single Location. has played many spirited innings for india.

    And the amount of chances when compared to the above players given to yuvi is less. So .. Dhoni's decision to persist with Yuvi is a sensible decision and will soon get paid in a positive way. At that time people like you will come back and say that Yuvi has done a great job.

  • on March 27, 2014, 3:19 GMT

    IPL-7 is the place where Yuvraj must try to regain his form. Till that he should be in the team or the squad so that he gains some confidence! He should also be a pressure free player as people have very high expectations on him. All of them who have higher expectation on him should take a look at his past! All Yuvi needs now is some time to regain his form!

  • Army_rangers on March 27, 2014, 1:21 GMT

    I dont understand what rahane done wrong??whenever a out of form or senior player plays,its rahane who will be left out..why always him?untill last year it was sachin and nw yuvi..plz dnt waste the talent when he is in form,they did same thing to uthappa..

  • on March 27, 2014, 1:12 GMT

    all these comments regarding uv are senseless. he should be discarded in the next games if india will have to be in context of t20 as india having two wins they have very poor run rate and lost chance of big nrr only because of uv.as we suppose team bangla desh is not so weak. and if be defeated against them we have a rare further chance v/s aussi. in that case binny being alrounder and as a medium pacer( without junk of in effective spiners) the best choice. he and kumar should both kept reserve for last two overs in place of ineffective spinners aswin n jadeja giving as many 21 runs! dhoni should change his stupid strategy by this way and use the bowlrs for max advantage.

  • satchander on March 27, 2014, 0:35 GMT

    As usual Dhoni will not drop an out of form player like Yuvraj and keep saying "we all know what Yuvraj is capable of". Sick and tired of this Dhoni who just does not like to rotate players and keep competition for place in the team going. His defensive game plan has already cost us series losses in NZ and SA and now this T20 WC is also doomed if he does not show willingness to make changes in the team. T20 is a fast format and you need to quickly make changes to pick your best 11 and whole of India know Yuvraj cannot be part of India's best playng eleven. Even if Yuvraj performs against BD, that is against a weak team, surely he will fail against Aus who have better line up. Instead get Rahane in for match against BD so that he is settled well to face Aus in the last league match.

  • on March 26, 2014, 22:30 GMT

    Rahane cannot play in middle order in T20s. IF we are replacing Yuvraj, it should be Binny

  • .Alen. on March 26, 2014, 22:18 GMT

    We all know what Yuvraj is capable of and he is in no doubt,a match winner. He is a confidence player and what he needs at the moment is runs behind his back.One decent knock from him will change things around for him and he will regain his confidence and will feel more free to play his natural game. We could clearly see he was short of confidence in his style of approach in the previous game against West Indies. So I still believe Yuvi can change things around and live up to our expectations, the team's expectations and of course, to prove a point to himself that he can take up responsibility and pile up runs for his team.

  • mshyder on March 26, 2014, 22:02 GMT

    Emotions aside. Why can't the indian team management surrender to the fact that like, Sehwag, Gambhir and Harbjan, Yuvraj's playing time is over. We might see him perform once or twice here and there but to expect consistent performances is asking too much from someone who is clearly at ill against quality international attacks.

  • on March 26, 2014, 21:26 GMT

    I know yuvraj is a very gud allrounder and he will prove it very soon.. yuvraj is not performing because of pressure created by indian fans. Everybody is not sachin...give him time in the middle he will surely..come out of it..he hit for four on his second ball in that west indies game.. but the pitch was not that good to middle the ball..i am with him.. we should support dhoni and indian team to have faith in him..

  • on March 26, 2014, 20:37 GMT

    Now our prime concern is to win the ICC T20 World cup and not to help someone to get back to his form & confidence, as the person let go 2 opportunities ie with the ball and his dropping almost regulation catches.So we can't afford to take chances or risks with Yuvi.

    Yuvi was once a true fielder and is known for taking even half chance catches but alas!his magic touch seem to wane & elude him rather. Ultimately catches win any team , matches !

    Moreover Bangladesh can't be taken lightly, as have Rahane is waiting in the wings to take the mantle. Once we are thro' and are assured of a slot in the semis, no harm trying Yuvi to help him to regain his confidence & heroics back !

  • tazim on March 26, 2014, 19:53 GMT

    @Aravind Sai Kuchibhotla , couldnt agree with u more

  • on March 26, 2014, 19:33 GMT

    no matches are replayed, so never regret about today tomorrow...so try to field up the best team and play the best they could. BOL yuvi & team India..

  • rohanblue on March 26, 2014, 19:29 GMT

    shikhar dhawans batting is also a concern.......

  • on March 26, 2014, 19:25 GMT

    he hasnt played alot since his comeback they need to give him some time hel come right

  • on March 26, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    i would suggest against bangaldesh ..slow left arm spinners it is not wise to to keep UV away..we could try keep dhawan or lazy rohit away to give the way for rahane ...to build the innings ... UV-raina-Dhoni-Kohli-Jadeja-Ashwin-Mishra untouchable all can bat and contribute in more than one area...UV is the man who has hit 6 sixes in over on his day...bangaldesh streets mans to see cricke balls outside the ground..never take a chance to comment on world's cleanest hitter -- we need to support him ...

  • indianzen on March 26, 2014, 19:18 GMT

    Simple - Rotate Dhawan and Rahane. Rotate Shami and Aaron. all possible options needs to be explored...

  • vkumar_086 on March 26, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    Yuvi is the only batsman in the world to hit 6 sixes in one over to a fast bowler....i think he still has this caliber of hitting the ball...but team members and management should instill confidence...just one proper shot will bring yuvi on form....and India really needs him at least till 2015 world cup....

  • SanjivAwesome on March 26, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    Of course we will continue to select out-of form and ageing players. That is how India selectors and captains have selected for the last 3 decades. They know nothing else and have failed to learn from the no-nonsense, performance based approach of the more enlightened and the on-field top-3 - Australia, SA and NZ.

  • Amit_M30 on March 26, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    I know Yuvraj is not doing well and probably Rahane should be given a shot. And I know that I would be emotional and biased to still favour him, but give it to my era of cricketers an that he is probably the last of them (ganguly discoveries). I would love to see him get back to being himself. Because I know that when that happens, it will be sweeter than anything else in recent history of Indian cricket. When Yuvi is in full flow, it's the best view on cricket field, specially his mid-wicket sixes. I know I will be in tears, nostalgic with memories of the last decade. This time for Yuvi!

  • Nampally on March 26, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    There is lot of support for Yuvraj from the Indian fans - mostly emotional & partly for his past record. Dhoni has been more than generous in leaving a very long leash for Yuvraj to perform & even sent him up @#4. This will certainly be the last chance for Yuvraj to show up in any format of the game for India. Yuvraj was once a great Cricketer but his career was marred by Cancer which he fought back courageously. Currently he is fighting to show that he is still good enough to retain his spot in XI for India. The best advise to Yuvraj is to focus on hitting the ball with straight bat at first & keep bat pad together in defence. Every ball does not have to go for 4 or 6. So focus on singles & rotating the strike. In T20 there are plenty of gaps to get singles by placement. Yuvraj's skill is in his hitting. This is what you have to do after intial eye-in phase. Think of Broad when a pace bowler shows up to light up with 6 Sixers again! In taking high catches do not freeze up but relax.

  • on March 26, 2014, 18:22 GMT

    I think we are putting both UV & Rahane in pressure. UV to perform & Rahane to carry on UVs place. For UV, one knock will take him again at sky level. But for Rahane, path is very difficult. Cse there cant be any comparison of Rahane with UV in T20s. If Rahane comes in place of UV, everybody expects Rahane to play UVs role, which is highly uncharacteristic for Rahane. And Rahanes unability of playing big shots like UV, experienced opponent bowling attack will definately plan to keep Rahane stuck at one end, which can be dangerous on a perticular day. And I dont think we should change Rohit/Dhavan opening combination. They are prooved. We saw there mejor role in winning CT last year. Shikhar was a victim of wrong decision against WI. Rohit is showing nice combination of caution with aggression. He is showing tremendous ability of taking attack on top class bowlers. Like Asia Cup he hit sixes to both Gul & Junaid, were treat to watch. Against WI he was there till end of the match. Great.

  • on March 26, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    Yuvi should be given another chance and especially with Australia as we all know his knock vs Aus in WT20 and 50 overs matches also we have healthy chance to reach Semi-Final; We should remember his experience with WC till date, he is the most disaster batsmen in the world. And yes I agree about his current situation as he lost his confidence, but no matter he will gain it again once his shoulders fletch atleast in month.

  • amitpatel.engg on March 26, 2014, 18:20 GMT

    my personal view is that it is better to give a chance to Binny in place of yuvi as yuvi is not in form.Rahane is most suitable only for the opening batsman not for the middle order.Even Binny is good hiter but need to give a chance.I thought Yusuf Pathan is the best option for T20 in place of yuvi,Rahabe and Binny..But not selected in T20 squad.

  • on March 26, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    Rahane should be in the playing 11.

  • on March 26, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    Yuvi's talent is not in doubt...and for someone with that kind of talent, it just needs 1 good shot to re-instate confidence and if you don't know what happens with that, check with Stuart Broad.

    Somewhere in this WC, either Semi-final OR final, Kohli will get an unplayable ball early in his innings. If that happens, India will need a Yuvaraj in full flow to win the game. - with all due respect, Sharma / Dhawan / Raina are not in that league.

  • on March 26, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    put rohitout and get a chance for specialist opener rahane.my team is rahane, dhawan kohli raina dhoni yuvraj jadeja aswin misra b.kumar a.ahmad

  • DeathCricketing on March 26, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    Wherever INDIA goes I need UV.... INDIA should have been back UV in last ASIA cup 2014 as he is included in 11 of T20 and MS is not playing......... SAD SAD SAD for Team decision...

  • vkumar_086 on March 26, 2014, 17:35 GMT

    our next match is against BD, so we can persist with him and give him last chance in this T20 WC, he is a match winner and can deliver at the time when team requires....also India should try to improve its NRR.....

  • Nampally on March 26, 2014, 17:26 GMT

    I am 100% sure that Dhoni will play an unchanged team vs. BD. My advise once more to Dhoni is to send Yuvraj #6. He will do better lower down with no pressure especially when his confidence is so low. Even at his best Yuvraj is not a #4 batsman. The opening batsmen need to perform well & consistently. In the game vs. WI, Dhawan was given OUT incorrectly. Nevertheless he was too slow in bringing his bat & it was far too casual. Dhawan needs to use his feet to get behind the ball with greater focus & intensity. With half cock defence his batting gets cramped. India depends too much on Kohli & Raina. I like to see Dhoni get some batting practice by moving up to #4 spot. India needs to focus on the S/R too. Kohli, Dhoni, Raina & Yuvraj should follow the openers in that order. In bowling India must persist on their current form & focus which is good. However the fielding & catching need improvement. Too many crucial catches were dropped in the first too games. Finally Good Luck to Yuvraj !

  • Amar_bw on March 26, 2014, 17:23 GMT

    This is how India could lose its way. Pakistan and WI were relatively easy teams to beat. But going forward and assuming India reaches to semifinal, it will be difficult to beat likes of Australia, Sri-Lanka, England, SA. Rahane needs to start playing in final XI now. It is clear that Yuvraj is not in the form with bat, ball and even fielding.

  • KeepitHonest on March 26, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Lucky Yuvraj.

    Can't hide for too long with handicaps - realtiy has a way of catching up soon enough. India has already sacrificed NRR. Sharing points lead in group will automatically mean 2nd place and a date with SL in the semi-final.

  • on March 26, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    Huh ... It seems to be a huge controversy - Yuvi In or Out !!! Hey guys, the answer should be simple. Yuvi has 2 more matches left between his career and being a part of history. Rest assured he is going to get these 2 chances - that's how the Indian Cricket management works. And I will not be surprised if UV hits one 30+ to retain his place.

  • on March 26, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    Guys only thing I will say we need yuvraj more for 2015 than now. So no harm in trying St binny as he also deserve a chance. Yuvraj will surely be back. If we can't sack an overhyped player like rohit. Don't think anyone deserves to be sacked. That's a truth

  • mrmonty on March 26, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    I say persist with him so that he can fail some more. Then have him weeded out for once and all.

  • shashikumar.d.27 on March 26, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    i don't think this is a good ploy by inadian team keeping yuvraj in playing IX .he is not in touch with the bat in the previous to games & he is low on confidence he dropped two catches in the earlier games he would have taken 10/10 if had his confidence high.I think he should not be in the team for the next match,may be rahane should playing the next game his recent form lokked he is geeting to the game more.not only yuvraj india should change their batting positions may be keeing rohit in the middle order is the clever option may be opening with kholi or rahane with dhawan is the best option.dhawan is getting more problems aganist spin may be opening with kholi is the better way to go for the rest of the matches.the another option with leaving yuvraj is by taking binny will give more balance to the team.

  • on March 26, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    Rohit Dhawan kohli Raina Yuvraj\Binny Dhoni Jadeja Ashwin Bhuvi Mishra shami

  • crazytaurean on March 26, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    Yuvraj is a class apart and a big game player. He will come good, it is just a matter of time. Yusuf Pathan should have been in the side too looking at the conditions.

  • on March 26, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    Current big blaster names in Workd Cricket - Chris Gayle, Dilshan, DeQuock, Warner, Deviliers, Afridi, Anderson...all are having very tough time in ongoing T20 WC. But unfortunate thing for us, we are more criticizing YV most than any others. Gayle even after yesterday's horrible performance, no WI fan is criticizing so much as UV. In fact no other countries fan club criticizing so much on their particular out of form player. But we are just following UV. It's very sad. And by doing repeatedly this indirectly we are putting Rahane in tremendous pressure. Rahane is definately not a UV kind if player. After playing 2/3 overs technically perfect, he too has to go fir big hit in T20. Is he capable of doing UVs role in T20? Unnecessary some fans are again talking -ve about Rohit. What he has done wrong? Dhavan too got victim of wrong umpire decision. Against Pakistan Rohit/Dhavan pair put 54 run opening stand. Against WI Rohit had partnership with Virat over 100 runs. Why to blame Rohit

  • indiancricfaninusa on March 26, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    If Rohit can get extended run why not Yuvraj. He is the second best batsmen in the world after Khoili. I feel Dhoni has messed up with his career.

  • on March 26, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    If ROHIT SHARMA is given chance for too many times after consistent failures before 2013,then yuvi is out of form since last 1-2 series only.come on he deserves a chance !!

  • Aacis_cricket on March 26, 2014, 16:28 GMT

    team is doing pretty well ryt now nd it wont do any harm if yuvi is given a few chances....if he gets back into being CONFIDENT YUVRAJ....then in today's cricket very few can b as devastating as Uv....

  • on March 26, 2014, 16:23 GMT

    I think If Yuvraj will get some more chances ,then he can able to capture all types of ball in his bat . We need Yuvraj coming in all formats and we want to see this guy in 2015 world cup.God always with you don't worry U will comeback again.

  • SaraJahanSeAchha on March 26, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    A natural replacement for him is with Stuart Binny who is an all rounder. India need to open by winning toss or put in to bat so he gets some time to score freely. If he can make a decent odd 30+ runs against Bangladesh this Friday will boost his confidence for subsequent games.

  • on March 26, 2014, 16:21 GMT

    They should give him one more chance. If he succeeds it well and good and if not should be sacked completely

  • on March 26, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    He won us two world cups ...rare talent ..he shines when it matters most ..his presence in team raises all bars ..true champion ...try hundred new talents very rare possibility of getting one yuvi ...i dont mind reserving a place for him till next world cup ...because he worth more than that ...

  • on March 26, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    I don't see anyone complaining about the form of Marlon Saumuels & Chris Gayle ....what about David Warner ??

  • on March 26, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    yuvi can hit 6 sixes in a row if required. rahane is good batsmen too but can he do that ? i dont thnk so

  • BnH1985Fan on March 26, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    Most people posting don't get it -- yes Yuvi was a major factor in past wins. But so were Kapil Dev and Madan Lal!! Rahane can't bat any worse than Yuvi, and is currently a much better fielder than Yuvi! Enough said!

  • on March 26, 2014, 15:58 GMT

    emotional indians try and use your brains. Yuvi isnt the one we knew him to be. he needs to leave for a better player in that slot.

  • on March 26, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    Yuvraj has won us 2 world cups. He has literally put his life on the line for India by playing with a disease in the world cup 2011. He is a champion and there should be no question about his place in the side till the 2015 world cup. He will stand up and be counted for India when it is really needed.

  • on March 26, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    A good knock by him and people start taking who good he is. It's natural when you are down people start pulling your pants.

  • ramz30380 on March 26, 2014, 15:39 GMT

    I am with the team management on this. It is appropriate to give Yuvi chances till the end of this WC. Rahane is a good player but he is not the replacement for UV - left hand bat, who can bowl a bit is def an asset in T20 cricket.

    About his dropped catches - well the whole tournament we have seen quite a no of catches being dropped - Rohit Sharma said something about the lights coming in the way of fielders - Aus, SA, WI, Pak, BD - all dropped catches. I am not defending UV here but I think he cant be cornered for this.

    On his day UV can single handedly win a match - he deserves another look-in - maybe someone can ask Ganguly to have a talk with him as he did with Raina. Raina looks as if he is in a different zone now.

  • on March 26, 2014, 15:34 GMT

    He is in the struggling zone shouldn't be given more chances in this major tournament is the most talked topic. But I differ from others he is the class form is temporary but the class is permanent.

  • on March 26, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    yuvi deserves this "+ one " chance.... We all know wat he can do... But it is never too late to get going as the tournament enters it's business end.

  • Oracle_Magus on March 26, 2014, 15:22 GMT

    One good innings and we will get to see the same old Yuvi back. Every one goes through lean patches, And this time Yuvi is low on confidence. This is apparent even in his body language. Whenever a query is raised regarding his place in the team, one has to keep in mind his capabilities. His 35 ball 77 at Rajkot in T20 against the Aussies recently and the 6 sixes against Broad are among the top of my list of his T20 performance. In the warm up against Lankans he had shown glimpses of his class. He is in a different league all together and will prove to be an asset in crunch matches. Yuvi had always performed when others failed, and he delivers best in pressure situations. So let's wish him the best and hope for a match changing innings from him soon. Cheers!

  • arup_g on March 26, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    That's annoying because IF he does score runs, then it will be against an average Bangladesh attack which is unlikely to test anyone, so it hardly represents any sort of form! and then he'll go through the usual 5-6 cycle of being picked again just because he played well in one game.

    Better off, play someone else, let them settle in against Bangladesh so that they are not thrown in at the deep end against Australia, or the Semi Finals. It makes sense to make the change now.

  • JontyG on March 26, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    Yuvraj, whoz been the Man on the Series @ T20 world cup and 50 Over WC deserves a chance. Form is temporary and class is permanent. Let him play few knocks and once he strikes the ball from the middle of his bat, its hiding time for the opposition bowlers. We need to give him the confidence and support and he will strike for sure, hopefully starting against the match vs Bangladesh and Australia. UV : Rock it Champ !

  • Prabu_MSD on March 26, 2014, 15:17 GMT

    @ Manan Singh..Irfan and Praveen are not in squad buddy and also both are injured i guess...the available replacements are Aaron and Mohit sharma.

  • myStraightTalk on March 26, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    If Yuvraj plays again then i have to stop supporting MSD.

  • itsthewayuplay on March 26, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    I had hoped that with Tendulkar's retirement, that was the end of undroppable players for India. We all know what Yuraj brings to the team and what his weaknesses are. He doesn't have to prove himself, he just has to deliver. If he can't do that now, then Dhoni should really look at other players. Yuvraj's finest knock was the one against England in the 2002 NatWest final. Always promised a lot but very rarely delivered.

  • on March 26, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    Yuvraj is a very dangerous player remember the 6 sixes but I think shami should be out and praveen kumar or irfan Pathan in an rohit sharma out and rahane in my team

    Rahane dhavan kohli yuvraj dhoni Raina jadeja irfan ashwin bhuvi and mishra

  • on March 26, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    Send Yuvi at no 5 then it will help or make rahane in place of dhawan

  • mgr125128 on March 26, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    Give Yuvraj two chances but with targets.....One against minnow Bd...Tell him he needs to score a minimum of 40 in 20 balls( we need to get NRR up)...then against Australia with same target........He is capable and with target in mind he might click....then SF and finals we need not worry...but if he fails...Binny is good surprise package to throw at opponents...a hard hitting batter who can bowl a over or two as well and fields great.Binny as surprise factor is a gamble that will pay off I feel

  • Collegefastbowler on March 26, 2014, 14:46 GMT

    On current form Yuvraj should be dropped and Rahane given a chance. It is a no brainer but then Sunil Gavaskar's comment is relevant. What if Rahane performs well and dislodges Yuvi?

  • Prabu_MSD on March 26, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    He is clearly short of confidence but one or two boundaries from middle of his bat will change everything. He should field inside the circle for coming matches thus gaining his confidence back he can destruct any bowling attack in the world...

  • on March 26, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Out of form yuvraj is better than inconsistent Rahane. Rahane is most inconcistent batsmam after Nohit sharma in this present squad. I dont want to see Rahane in ODI's and T20's. He should be given a long run in test matches before trying him for ODI's/T20's. Even his batting averages suggest the same. He seems to be good fielder though.

    About Binny, The way he got out in newzealand suggested that he dont have much technique in his batting. Mostly he uses cross bat which is bound to fail in international cricket. He may b success againast minnows butnot against quality teams. Even his batting avg suggest the same. Coming to his bowling, He might be ok ok bowler for T20. Even though he doesn't have pace with him he has little trickiness in his bowling. Still, I don't see him a viable long term option for Indian team. A kind of stop gap player.

    Good T20 side at this moment I feel:

    Dhawan, Pujara, Kohli, Raina, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Jadeja/Rishi Dhawan, Ashwin, Mishra, Bhuvneswar, Shami

  • StevenJabrot on March 26, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    It is too early to even start talking about Yuvraj's place in playing XI. He has been India's best T20 player prior to this tournament and great asset in limited overs format. He needs to given confidence and we all know what he can do once in the groove.

  • Prabu_MSD on March 26, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    Prabu: I think India should give one more chance to Yuvi as we all know how dangerous he can be on his day....All the best UV.

  • on March 26, 2014, 14:34 GMT

    Yes yuvi is an allrounder who can not catch easy ones and bowling at 13-14 runs per over and hardly troubling scorers.. so time for him to join likes of Zaheer Ishant Bhaji. Now Ajinkya has to get his chances. Good Bye Yuvi.. If they give him a chance agsinst weak team like Bangladesh he may score and again be a liability in important game against Australia..

  • on March 26, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    its better to give a chance to rahane in place of dhawan........yuvraj will blast in remaining games for sure

  • IndianArmy47 on March 26, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    i think Yuvi deserves few more chances. He is done a lot for Indian cricket. When in form he can demolish any team with his bat. Remember he can bowl his slow left arm spin to by which we have won several matches in World Cup 2011. Come on Yuvi. Best of luck.

  • BigINDFan on March 26, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    It does not make any sense to continue with Yuvraj just like it did not make any sense to persist with Ishant Sharma. Ind's openers are woeful and will not survive Aus or SA bowlers. Dhawan is fine since he is an opener but Rahane or Ashwin should open the innings with him not Rohit. Rohit should take Yuvraj's place in the middle order since he is good against spin and medium pacers. Yuvi cannot bowl, field or bat due to lack of form and confidence. He should be tried in ODIs not T20s. MSD may want to test his form against BD probably before making changes. In that case he should come up the order, maybe open the innings with Dhawan so he can get more overs to face and waste like Gayle :-)

  • LalaAmarnath on March 26, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    Yuvraj ss getting some pretty valuable life lessons. Have seen at times behave pretty arrogant in news conference after India wins a game. This patch is a great humbling experience for him. After all cricket mimics life.

    He has pulled some amazing stuff against Australia. That game will be critical to his future in cricket. We have already added Harbhajan, Zaheer, Sehwag to would be retireee list. He is likely to join them soon.

  • on March 26, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    If he plays Rahane at Top and Rohit at No.5

  • vj0786 on March 26, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    I think give Yuvee another chance against BD i know somehow he finds his form against a formidable sight like Bangladesh if he's not then test the bench strength. I think Binny is a good player than Rahane Bcoz Rahane is more like a test player on the other hand Binny is more aggressive in this short format.....

    But i am a big fan of MSD nd MSD alwayz rokkssssss May the best team win

    Thanks VJ

  • myStraightTalk on March 26, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    oh no not again with Yuvraj. We got Mishra bowling after long wait.. we dont know how good is the player Binny/Rahana in T20 unless you try it. DHONI HAVE TO TRY THEM.

  • janithlincon on March 26, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    kick out yuv to best 11....

  • on March 26, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    Good to hear that Yuvraj is still in. He deserves few more chances.

  • Ichu4712 on March 26, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    Yuvi is better than Rahane in this format. Rahane is only suitable as an opener. He is not an experienced middle order batman when compard to Yuvi. Also Yuvi is an all-rounder.

  • Smart_animesh on March 26, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    Yuvraj should be given another chance. If he plays then Rahane at Top and Rohit at No.5

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  • Smart_animesh on March 26, 2014, 13:36 GMT

    Yuvraj should be given another chance. If he plays then Rahane at Top and Rohit at No.5

  • Ichu4712 on March 26, 2014, 13:42 GMT

    Yuvi is better than Rahane in this format. Rahane is only suitable as an opener. He is not an experienced middle order batman when compard to Yuvi. Also Yuvi is an all-rounder.

  • on March 26, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    Good to hear that Yuvraj is still in. He deserves few more chances.

  • janithlincon on March 26, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    kick out yuv to best 11....

  • myStraightTalk on March 26, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    oh no not again with Yuvraj. We got Mishra bowling after long wait.. we dont know how good is the player Binny/Rahana in T20 unless you try it. DHONI HAVE TO TRY THEM.

  • vj0786 on March 26, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    I think give Yuvee another chance against BD i know somehow he finds his form against a formidable sight like Bangladesh if he's not then test the bench strength. I think Binny is a good player than Rahane Bcoz Rahane is more like a test player on the other hand Binny is more aggressive in this short format.....

    But i am a big fan of MSD nd MSD alwayz rokkssssss May the best team win

    Thanks VJ

  • on March 26, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    If he plays Rahane at Top and Rohit at No.5

  • LalaAmarnath on March 26, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    Yuvraj ss getting some pretty valuable life lessons. Have seen at times behave pretty arrogant in news conference after India wins a game. This patch is a great humbling experience for him. After all cricket mimics life.

    He has pulled some amazing stuff against Australia. That game will be critical to his future in cricket. We have already added Harbhajan, Zaheer, Sehwag to would be retireee list. He is likely to join them soon.

  • BigINDFan on March 26, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    It does not make any sense to continue with Yuvraj just like it did not make any sense to persist with Ishant Sharma. Ind's openers are woeful and will not survive Aus or SA bowlers. Dhawan is fine since he is an opener but Rahane or Ashwin should open the innings with him not Rohit. Rohit should take Yuvraj's place in the middle order since he is good against spin and medium pacers. Yuvi cannot bowl, field or bat due to lack of form and confidence. He should be tried in ODIs not T20s. MSD may want to test his form against BD probably before making changes. In that case he should come up the order, maybe open the innings with Dhawan so he can get more overs to face and waste like Gayle :-)

  • IndianArmy47 on March 26, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    i think Yuvi deserves few more chances. He is done a lot for Indian cricket. When in form he can demolish any team with his bat. Remember he can bowl his slow left arm spin to by which we have won several matches in World Cup 2011. Come on Yuvi. Best of luck.