Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said that the pressure is now off Yuvraj Singh’s head, as he performed magnificently in his comeback game post a serious illness.
After getting his cancer cured, the all-rounder returned to the national setup in the second Twenty20 International against New Zealand on Tuesday. Despite being under tremendous pressure, Yuvraj played an aggressive knock of 34 runs.
Although he did well with the bat, India could not grab the glory. Yuvraj lost his wicket at a crucial juncture and as a result, the Men in Blue suffered a narrow one-run defeat.
Dhoni is pleased to see the all-rounder in good touch, adding that Yuvraj is now under no pressure whatsoever. The skipper said after the game:
"From tomorrow, he can do whatever he wants to. It’s just about giving that individual a bit of space so that he can think about what he needs to do. Especially given that he is playing after 10 months, you will put pressure on him because he doesn’t know
where he stands. Now that he has done well, he can do whatever he wants."
He added, "It was a big game for him. All the eyes were on him. It was good to see him on the field. I personally feel that he gives us the right kind of balance we need.”
"Of course he is not someone who will bowl all four overs in a T20 game but I can use his variations. If you see our bowling line up, we have to play with four specialist bowlers and the fifth bowler will be all these part timers."
Dhoni also talked about Balaji, who returned to the team after a long time. He described that the way the veteran pacer bowled at the end of the innings was a good sign for India. He was also confident about his side’s chances in the upcoming World Twenty20.
"As far as the team’s mood is concerned, quite disappointed with the loss but lots of positives from this game. The match didn’t go exactly go according to the plan. But I think overall it was a good game. The fast bowlers gave us a very good start.
"Balaji bowled really well in death overs. That’s a plus for us. Zak bowled well. Of course Irfan gave us those breakthroughs which were really important."