Yuvraj is the backbone of Indian batting: Dhoni

Published: Monday, July 6, 2009, 10:11 [IST]
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Yuvi the backbone of Indian batting

St Lucia. Indian captain Mahendra Sindh Dhoni lauded Yuvraj Singh and described him as the backbone of the Indian batting.

"Yuvraj is the backbone of our batting line. Coming in at number four he always takes up the responsibility and sets up the platform for the batsmen down the order to contribute.

"When he sets himself up, you can rest assure he is in for a big score," he said.

Dhoni was speaking to media men after India secured four match ODI series 2-1.

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Dhoni also had a word of praise for Ishant Sharma who looked impressive in his short spell on Sunday. Dhoni feels that a disciplined approach coupled with little assistance from the pitch did the trick for the pacer.

Ishant who opened the attack for India in the washed out fourth and final ODI against West Indies on Sunday, sent packing the hosts' captain Chris Gayle for a duck in the second ball off the innings.

Pacer gave away just 17 runs in his four overs which earned him accolades from his captain.

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"He (Ishant) was concentrating more on what he needs to do rather than looking at the batsman. Today he was bowling in the right areas and there was a bit help in the pitch for the fast bowlers.

"In the earlier matches he was bowling one change but today he looked a totally different bowler with the new ball," Dhoni said off Ishant after India won the four-match series 2-1.

"Throughout the series if you see we batted first because there was something on offer for the fast bowlers," he added.


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