India v England | Expect fearless Dhoni and Yuvi of old, says Yuvraj

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India v England | Expect fearless Dhoni and Yuvi of old, says Yuvraj

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SportsCafe Desk

01/09/2017

Yuvraj Singh has expressed his excitement at the possibility of playing the brand of fearless cricket, like old times, alongside MS Dhoni, who is now relieved of the responsibility of captaincy. Yuvraj has applauded Dhoni’s decision to give up captaincy with Virat waiting on the wings.

"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," Yuvraj told bcci.tv on Monday.

Back then we were fearless when we used to play together. We can do the same this time, in the upcoming series,

Yuvraj

Yuvraj, who was part of the squad which lifted the 2011 World Cup under the leadership of Dhoni, has praised the former skipper’s decision to step down from the helm. He said, "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 as he must have felt that the next guy to take over and build the team for 2019 World Cup and saw that in Virat. I believe he still has a lot to contribute in this team as a player."

The southpaw believes that Kohli is the right man to take Indian cricket forward and has highlighted his ability to “command performance” out of the players.

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

"I think that is what he demands from the team all the time. 100 percent 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 continues that and takes India to the next level," Yuvraj added.

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