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Yuvi gives us more options: Dhoni

Rajkot (PTI): Skipper MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja at the nets during Team India’s practice session in Rajkot on Wednesday. PTI Photo

After a two-month break from international cricket, Indian team will hit the road again with a T20 against Australia, and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni hoped the team would continue to do well. Excerpts from his pre-match press conference here on Wednesday.

On the series: It’s good to be back and start playing cricket. Some of us had two months off and a few others had close to one and a half months off. So, I think it is good to be back on the field. One T20 and seven ODIs will be a long series but a side will have ample time to come back. For the side that lags behind can get back even if they lose the first two matches. So, it is a bit different to some of the other series that we have played as mostly we play five-match series.

On Yuvraj’s comeback: Yuvraj is a match-winner and we all know that. He has always proved himself whenever questions have arisen and also he is a big- match player. Of course he was looking good in the net sessions that we had today. It gives us more options in bowling department. Apart from the five proper bowlers, having a few part timers who can bowl especially at this time of the year when dew might be there is good for the team.

On the evolution of Ravindra Jadeja: As far as Jadeja is concerned there are some ups and downs in careers of all cricketers and you have to deal with that. It is not like he has done badly. Whatever bowling he has done in international games, especially in the ODI format, he has done well. T20 is one format in which he feels a bit of pressure but we have to maneuver around it. Many a times we have used him in the last few overs that puts a bit of pressure on spinners. We will try to use him in the best possible manner where a bit of pressure is taken off him.

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