India vs Sri Lanka: Difficult to promote Yuvraj above No. 5 given top order's form, says Dhoni - Firstpost
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India vs Sri Lanka: Difficult to promote Yuvraj above No. 5 given top order's form, says Dhoni


Ranchi: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni admitted that he is aware of the lack of batting chances for Yuvraj Singh but said bringing him up the order is "slightly difficult" given the extraordinary record of top four batsmen.

In a series levelling win against Sri Lanka here last night in the second T20 International, Dhoni experimented with the batting line-up, promoting Hardik Pandya ahead of himself and Yuvraj Singh, who came in at No.7 and got out for a duck.

File picture of Yuvraj Singh. AP

File picture of Yuvraj Singh. AP

"If you see, Yuvi bats for us at number five. Now it is a bit difficult to promote him above five because in top four, two openers are there and Yuvi can't bat there.

"At No. 3 Virat Kohli is batting and Suresh Raina is there at number four. These four have extraordinary record in T20 in India or outside. So it is slightly difficult," said Dhoni at the post match press conference after India beat Sri Lanka by 69 runs to level three-match series.

Dhoni, however, said he would like to give the left-hander more batting opportunities.

"Going in the 17th or 18th over and playing straight away will be difficult because he is a proper batsman who can hit.

He has always found it slightly difficult. So, we will see how it goes. But definitely, I will try that he too gets exposure and batting opportunity in coming matches.

"But again we want to win games and that will be our priority. But we will see how it goes," said the captain.

Dhoni insisted that all the batsmen will get enough chances in the run-up to the World T20 in March-April.

"Everybody gets a chance to bowl and a lot of time you can experiment with the bowling. But what happens in batting (is) you want to win games and at the same time you want to give individuals fair amount of time in the middle. So, it doesn't always go as planned.

"Definitely in the coming games, we would love to give everybody opportunities so that when T20 starts everyone looks good, getting a fair amount of exposure," he explained.

Pandya scored a quickfire 27 off just 12 balls and Dhoni was all praise for the youngster.

"This is what he is known for. He can play the big shots and go straight away and play the big shots."

Medium-pacer Jasprit Bumrah also put up a fine show with his figures reading an impressive 3-0-17-2.

"The good thing about Bumrah is he definitely has a bit of pace. He does not have a normal action. So batsmen take time to get used to him and at the same time using yorkers is very good. He is one of the guys so far in whatever games he played has bowled very consistently, especially when he is asked to bowl in the last 3-4 overs at the death -- somebody, who is agreed to do it very well," he said.

PTI

First Published On : Feb 14, 2016 10:35 IST

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