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Dhoni's presence in World Cup important for decision-making: Yuvraj Singh


MUMBAI: Veteran Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh on Friday said Mahendra Singh Dhoni's presence is a very powerful to the rustic's World Cup probabilities as he is a "guiding" pressure for current captain Virat Kohli and "important" in decision-making.

Dhoni's position within the facet has been a subject of dialogue owing to his inconsistent form but many, including former captain Sunil Gavaskar, have said that his super grab of fit situations makes him priceless.

Yuvraj, the 2011 World Cup's player of the tournament, echoed the sentiment when asked concerning the Dhoni issue here at an interaction.

"I think Mahi (Dhoni) has a great cricket brain. And as a wicket-keeper, you are in the best position to monitor the game and he has done that fantastically over the years. He has been a great captain. (He is) with the young players and guiding Virat (Kohli) all the time," Yuvraj said.

"So, I feel his presence is very important in decision-making. He had a fantastic tournament in Australia and it is good to see him hit the ball how he used to do, and I wish him all the best," added the batsman, who had hit six sixes in an over all over the World T20 in 2007.

But Yuvraj suggested clear of queries on which batting place Dhoni should are available in.

"That you have to ask Dhoni, which number he has to bat," he said.

Yuvraj might be competing for Mumbai Indians within the IPL and said he will look to ease the pressure on skipper Rohit Sharma.

"I think, if I can contribute in the middle-order, it will just take some weight off him (Rohit) and he can just go and play his natural game, while opening. (We will) see how the combinations (go)," Yuvraj told newshounds here.

The 37-year-old left-hander found a buyer somewhat overdue at the IPL gamers' auction held in Jaipur remaining December for his base value of Rs one crore after going unsold first of all.

"I'm very fired up boss, I have been training in the nets everyday," said Yuvraj.

He also lauded fellow Punjab player Shubman Gill, who just lately made his India One-Day debut in New Zealand, pronouncing his growth over the past one year has been amazing.

"I was excited to see him (Shubman) play for India. It is amazing, how he has improved so much. He came back from the (India) A tour, scored lot of runs in domestic cricket, straightaway got an opportunity," said Yuvraj.


Yuvraj also used to be pleased with rise of groups like Vidarbha, Gujarat and Saurashtra within the domestic circuit.


"Very inspired with Vidarbha, they have some nice gamers. They have were given an excellent trainer -- Chandrakant Pandit -- who is no doubt were given the best out of the crew.


"Also inspired with how domestic cricket is improving, the other groups are improving...Saurashtra are playing smartly, Gujarat has also been playing rather well, so it is excellent to see that during domestic cricket," he signed off.


Vidarbha on Thursday lifted their 2nd successive Ranji Trophy title with a at ease 78-run win over Saurashtra within the ultimate.


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