No need to be next Ganguly, Dhoni tells Yuvraj

Published: Wednesday, December 10, 2008, 15:39 [IST]
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Chennai: Yuvraj Singh would err if he tries to step into Sourav Ganguly's massive shoes and all the Punjab left-hander needs to do is to remain himself, said India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Ganguly's retirement paved way for Yuvraj's recall in the Test squad and the dashing youngster is seen as a natural successor to his former captain who quit the game after the home series against Australia.

Dhoni, however, wants Yuvraj to remain himself.

"The biggest fault would be if he tries to fill in Ganguly's shoes. He should be himself," Dhoni told reporters on the eve of India's first Test match against England.

"He is a very different individual. His gameplan is different from others and he plays in a different way. So, he needs to be himself. That is what we want him to be.

"From the team point of view, we want Yuvraj Singh as Yuvraj Singh and we do not really want him to fill in Sourav's shoes. He should just be himself," Dhoni said.

Yuvraj has been in sensational form in both the one day and Twenty20 formats of the game but somehow could not replicate the same success in the longer version.

Dhoni, however, seemed to have enough faith in the left-hander and said, "The way he is batting, he is in good nick. He needs to continue with that. Of course, he can be a part-time bowler as well. He can have a big impact in both batting and bowling."

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