MSD backs struggling  Yuvraj to strike form

Says the left-hander is under pressure and not in great touch but will come good in remaining T20 matches

It takes one or two matches. Probably, he will get back into flow as we know how good a match-winner he is. He can turn a game on his own. If  he is in flow, Yuvi is a good asset to have MS DHoni India Captain

Mirpur : India captain MS Dhoni expressed confidence that out-of-form Yuvraj Singh will come good in the remaining matches of the World Twenty20 but admitted that he is “under pressure and not in great touch”.
“Yuvraj is one of the best players of T20 but yes you can say that he is not in great touch at the moment. It becomes tough when you are dropped from ODIs and then you make a comeback in the T20 squad. So there’s bit of pressure on him,” Dhoni told reporters.

MSD backs struggling  Yuvraj to strike form

“It’s easy to say that it is a short format but when an individual comes into the squad, there is bound to be pressure on him,” he added.Yuvraj scored a painstaking 10 off only 19 balls during their seven-wicket win against West Indies but Dhoni was confident that Yuvraj has the ability to get back in form and win matches for his team.

“It takes one or two matches. Probably, he will get back into flow as we know how good a match-winner he is. He can turn a game on his own. Today the plan was to have a higher net run-rate but at the same time give Yuvraj a chance to settle his nerves. If he is in flow, Yuvi is a good asset to have,” Dhoni added.

About Amit Mishra’s splendid form with back-to-back man of the match awards, Dhoni said that his only advice to the Haryana leggie was to back his strengths.Asked what was his tips to Mishra, Dhoni smiled and said, “I told him, Just Play!”.

On a serious note, he further added: “People bowl or bat according to their strengths. He was feeling a bit of nerves against Pakistan and I went up to him and told him that you are known to turn the ball, flight it and vary the pace.

“I told him just don’t try to bowl the straighter one. Try to bowl back of length so that batsman can’t hit. I told him, biggest strength to flight and deceive batsman.”During Pakistan game, I knew he was not bowling his hundred percent. I knew with that man-of-the-match performance, he will get better in coming matches. He bowled well against Gayle and used the odd variations.

There will be days when like other bowlers he may also get hit but it’s important that he backs his strength,” Dhoni said. Similarly, the India skipper was also pleased that Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled a splendid opening spell in which he had 16 dot balls.

“His (Bhuvneshwar) job was to use the new ball well and not give too many loose deliveries. Today there was a bit of help and he was bowling in the right areas. And so that’s how, he will contribute,” Dhoni said.”Whenever there is a bit of help, he should bowl in right areas. Especially, in this game, he bowled brilliantly as he was able to swing the ball and length was also very crucial.”

Dhoni said that while Shami is one permanent choice for bowling at the ‘death’, he is also trying out options to see who among Jadeja, Ashwin and Mishra fit the bill.”Bhuvi is a fantastic new ball bowler. I am not saying that he is a bad bowler at the death. Trying Jadeja at the death is an option I am trying to check as we will have a lot of big hitters coming in the next few matches,” he said.

“We have Shami, to whom we look upon as a death over specialist. I am trying to get one more bowler, it may be Jadeja, Ashwin or whoever, as a death over specialist.” PTI

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