‘Leaving out Yuvi in four bowler set-up is impossible’
Yuvraj, playing his first international event after recovering from a rare germ cell cancer, has been in decent form both with the bat and ball besides making his mark as an agile fielder.
The 30-year-old effected a run out, picked up two crucial wickets besides contributing 19 runs with the bat in the Super Eight win against Pakistan last night which kept India’s chances of making the semifinals alive.
“If we look at our combination, we play seven batsmen and you can’t leave out someone like Yuvraj Singh. We had never considered the option of leaving out Yuvraj,” Dhoni said at the post-match press conference.
“Our bowling line-up is such that we need a left-arm bowler who can take the ball away from the batsman. Also he is a brilliant fielder as you saw with the run-out today,” he added.
Yuvraj’s fitness has been questioned by former India captain Ravi Shastri but Dhoni feels that the senior player is certainly fit for this format. The question of combination was asked and Dhoni’s reply was the cliched “horses for courses”.
“Our combination always depends on the kind of wicket we get. Like it will be very difficult for me to say what will be my strategy for the next match,” Dhoni said. He praised Virat Kohli for his consistency and defended both Kohli and Yuvraj for not trying to finish it with 20 deliveries left as that would have bettered their run-rate.
The skipper also felt that Pakistan losing wickets at regular intervals made it difficult for the arch-rivals to put up a big score.
“When you lose wickets at regular intervals, around 10th or 12th over, there is a dilemma whether to go all out or to play for par-score. Normally, teams choose the second option.”