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Yuvraj asks Dhoni: Now that you're not captain, will you hit more sixes?

India Today logo India Today 11-01-2017 Rohan Sen

Contrary to what most people think, Team India stalwarts Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh do share a very good rapport on and off the cricket field. Their friendship was very much evident on Tuesday as India A played against England in the first warm-up match at the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai.

Even though Dhoni's final match as captain ended in disappointment as England won by 3 wickets, the mood in the Indian camp is still upbeat. Yuvraj posted a video on social media after the match got over in which he asked a couple of very interesting questions to Dhoni, who answered each question in his typical manner.

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Yuvraj asked Dhoni about his journey as India captain to which he said," the journey has been good, fantastic. It's good to have players like you (Yuvraj) the job becomes much more easier. Enjoyed my 10 years and hopefully I'll enjoy more whatever I have." 

Yuvraj paid tribute to Dhoni by saying that he's been one of the best captains ever and that he had an amazing time playing under him. Dhoni interrupted Yuvraj in between and thanked him for the six sixes that he hit in the 2007 World T20 where Dhoni was at the other end and had the best seat in the house.

Yuvraj had said a few days ago that he is looking forward to partnering with Dhoni once again in the middle-order and play fearless cricket like the way they used to before. Now that the burden of captaincy is no longer on Dhoni's shoulders and with an in-form Virat Kohli leading the side, it is expected that Dhoni will bat up the order and play an attacking brand of cricket.

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Dhoni smashed 68 off 40 balls yesterday while Yuvraj scored 56 off 45 balls to power India A to 304/4 in 50 overs. Unfortunately it was the bowling attack which let them down as England reached the target with 3 wickets and an over to spare.

But it was Dhoni and Yuvraj's batting which was the highlight of the match. Both looked calm and composed at the crease and played freely. Even though they couldn't bat together for long, they made sure to entertain the crowd by hitting sixes and fours at will. Shikhar Dhawan also got some much needed runs under his belt and scored 63 runs off 84 balls.

Dhoni, Yuvraj and Dhawan's form will be crucial for India when they take on England in the upcoming three-match ODI series and in the following three T20Is from January 15.



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