ICC World Twenty20: India strengthened by Dhoni, Yuvraj's return, feels Sunil Gavaskar

Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led India take on arch-rivals Pakistan in the opening tie of the ICC World Twenty20 Super-10 stage in Mirpur on Friday

updated: March 20, 2014 20:52 IST
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On the eve of the marquee clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan at Mirpur, former India skipper and NDTV expert Sunil Gavaskar feels Mahendra Singh Dhoni's return will boost India's chances in the ICC World Twenty20 championship. Dhoni had skipped the recently-held Asia Cup due to injury and the team was led by Virat Kohli. (India-Pakistan set to get the ball rolling as Super-10 beckons)

Indian selectors also included T20 specialists Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina in the World Twenty20 squad. Both have shown signs of good form in the two warm-up matches India played in Bangladesh. "Dhoni's return will change India. Yuvraj and Raina are also back. It's a plus-plus for India after Asia Cup," Gavaskar told NDTV on Thursday. (Also Read: Unrest in Pakistan camp ahead of marquee clash against India)

Both Yuvraj and Dhoni had anchored India to their maiden T20 title in 2007. Ever since, India have failed to qualify to the knockout stages in three editions of the tournament. "It's India batting versus Pakistan bowling. It will be a humdinger and there will be no favourites," said former Indian wicket-keeper Farokh Engineer to NDTV. Gavaskar feels that Pakistan will have a slight edge in the shortest format of the game. (Paradise lost for Pakistan?)

In their latest clash in the Asia Cup, Pakistan got the better of India, thanks to some final-over heroics by Shahid Afridi, who slammed two consecutive sixes to seal a win. Engineer felt that it is down to the Indian bowlers to tame the big-hitting Pakistan all-rounder. (Death bowling India's biggest concern, says MS Dhoni)

"Shahid Afridi is a bit of a phenomenon. When he gets going, he is capable of murdering any bowling attack on his day. It's up to the India bowlers. They have to practice yorkers," Engineer said. (Shahid Afridi key for Pakistan, says Mohammad Hafeez)

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