Rajkot: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hailed Yuvraj Singh’s superb innings on Thursday as “one of the best” in T20s.
For Yuvraj, it was just a reward for his hard work.
The following are excerpts
Mahendra Singh Dhoni: Yuvraj batted really well. We did not get off to a good start and lost Rohit Sharma pretty early. Getting a good start is very important. But we can’t expect everything to go our way when we are playing against a quality side. We were prepared for their bowlers to do well with the new ball.
Yuvraj was very good in pacing the innings… We have not batted together of late and it was good to be again batting with him. When we bat, we know what needs to be done. It was very challenging for him as well. He was out of the international arena for some time. Moreover, he came in to bat at No. 5, which is an unusual place for him, and he adjusted well. It was one of the best batting one can see in the T20s.
George Bailey: After putting up 200-odd runs on the board, one would probably take that to be a winning total. Clearly, it wasn’t our day. On the contrary, if you wanted to chase down 200-odd runs, this was the day… Yuvraj was brilliant.
Full credit to India, as they played some great cricket. While defending, we started very well. Perhaps we held back Xavier Doherty a bit too long. He only bowled three overs.
Yuvraj Singh (MoM): I have worked very hard during the off-season and shed a few kilos. I came here with a fresher mind and brought my A-game along. I am happy with the outcome.
I was very confident out there and talked to Dhoni about how to go about. He is one guy who can go after the bowling very hard. There was no particular bowler whom I targeted, rather I worked my way and just wanted to be there till the end. I knew that (Ravindra) Jadeja was still there, so I took my chances.