Colombo: Yuvraj Singh has been under the microscope for the last couple of days, with a few suggestions that he, and not Virender Sehwag, should have been rested in India's previous ICC World Twenty20 2012 game against Australia. Yuvraj has only recently recovered from germ-cell cancer and questions had been raised both about his physical fitness and his match readiness. On Sunday (September 30) night against Pakistan, Yuvraj answered all those questions with a sparkling allround display - two for 16 from three overs, a trademark direct hit to score a run-out, and an unbeaten 19 off 16 in an easy chase.
"Yuvi was already in the team, it wasn't even a consideration whether he would play or not," said MS Dhoni after the eight-wicket win that kept Indian hopes alive. "Especially when we play with seven batsmen, the part-timers' role becomes important. Virat (Kohli) is an option but it is also a very good option to have a left-arm spinner, someone who takes the ball away from the right-hand batsman. Everyone knows Yuvraj is a very good fielder, and today he effected a good run-out too. If we play with four bowlers, it will be difficult to keep Yuvraj out of the team. And the way he batted today, it will give him a lot of confidence."
Dhoni also said Yuvraj's fitness was no cause for concern. "As far as this format is concerned, he looks very fit," he said. "He has done a lot in the last few months. It's not like he is playing straightaway in the Twenty20 World Cup. Before this, he spent a lot of time at the National Cricket Academy and played a bit of active domestic cricket, a few Twenty20 games. I am not really concerned about his fitness. As I said, this batting performance will give him a lot of confidence because even if you are playing domestic cricket, you don't get the bowlers who bowl at the international level. All these matches, he will take a lot of positives out of them and we all know that once he gets going, he is a terrific batsman to have in the side."