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Will be like the old days: Yuvi

Yuvraj Singh

Calcutta: Yuvraj Singh, on Monday hailed Mahendra Singh Dhoni's decision to quit limited-overs captaincy, saying they could now conjure up the magic of good old days and enthral fans with their "fearless brand of cricket".

"It will be like the old days... playing with him (Dhoni) when we had started. Obviously, I started much before him (Yuvraj made his India debut in 2000 and Dhoni in 2004).

"But back then we were fearless when we used to play together. We can do the same this time, in the upcoming series versus England," Yuvraj told bcci.tv.

Yuvraj, who was recalled for the upcoming series against England, spent more than three years out of the Indian ODI team, and did not play an international match since injuring his ankle in a World T20 game against Australia in March 2016.

Having been an integral part of the Dhoni-led World Cup winning teams (2007 and 2011), Yuvraj was respectful of Dhoni's contribution to Indian cricket as a player and a captain.

"We were the No. 1 side, won two World Cups and I think these are like amazing achievements. I am not sure how many captains have that. He has been very calm and composed.

"I think he took a very good decision in stepping down. He must have felt that the next guy to take over and build the team for 2019 World Cup is Virat. I believe Dhoni still has a lot to contribute in this team as a player."

Making his fifth comeback to the team, Yuvraj said Kohli inspired others with his own performances.

"Talking about Virat Kohli, I have seen him grow in front of my eyes as a youngster and always getting better and better. What is special about Virat is that he commands performance. He has been very consistent throughout his career and that fire and consistency has made him into a very good captain.

"I think that is what he demands from the team all the time. 100 per cent commitment and that's the hallmark of a good captain. Every year he gets better with his performances. He I think sets his own goals tries to get better with every performance.

"Earlier, he (Kohli) used to get lot of runs, converted them into hundreds and then this year he has started getting double hundreds. I don't know, who averages over 50 in all three formats. Hopefully, Virat will continue that and take India to the next level," Yuvraj said.

Dhoni would be leading India A in the first of two warm-up games scheduled for the visitors at the Brabourne Stadium on Tuesday.

The focus of the first game will be not only on Dhoni but also on recalled Yuvraj and Ashish Nehra.

This is the first and last competitive game these three ageing stalwarts will have before the six-match (three ODIs and three T20Is) limited-overs series against England.


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