Dhoni expects Yuvraj to start firing on all cylinders


MS Dhoni expects Yuvraj Singh to go from strength to strength before the World Twenty20 as India attempt to maintain their 100 per cent record by beating United Arab Emirates just three days before Sunday's final against Bangladesh.

Yuvraj is renowned for his explosive batting, but the 34-year-old was prepared to play a sedate innings in the victory over arch-rivals Pakistan while the in-form Virat Kohli was more expansive.

The all-rounder then smashed 35 from only 18 balls in the win against Sri Lanka on Monday, which ensured India sealed their place in the final.

Yuvraj, who made his first international appearance since 2014 against Australia in January, could play a key role in India's quest to win the World T20 on home soil and captain Dhoni believes he is showing signs of getting back to his best.

The wicketkeeper-batsman said: "The more time he gets in the middle, the better it will be for him.

"When you are making a comeback to the international team there are a lot of expectations from the people and pressure on yourself to perform.

"The first few games that you play after making a comeback go in analysing your game and assessing whether you want to go out there and play the big shots.

"At that time when you don't get runs, you put more pressure on yourself. Yuvraj's approach has always been good and he plays the big shots after giving himself sometime in the middle.

"He is someone who can hit sixes at will and if the build-up continues like this slowly, I feel he will be in a very good position before the start of the World Cup."

India have won all three matches in the tournament so far and will be expected to win the final against the hosts, who beat Pakistan on Wednesday to ensure they secured second spot behind Dhoni's men in the round-robin stage.

UAE could face a much-changed India side in the first T20 between the two nations, with the likes of Pawan Negi, Harbhajan Singh, Ajinkya Rahane and Bhuvneshwar Kumar hoping for some action in the middle.

Kohli, who averages 103.66 in T20Is this year, could be given a rest less than a fortnight before India face New Zealand in their T20 opener as UAE eye a shock victory and their first points of the tournament.