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Why are Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni so dangerous together?

India Today logo India Today 13-01-2017
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Yuvraj Singh is back, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has given up captaincy and Virat Kohli is at his aggressive best. Beware opposition!

Yuvraj gave a glimpse of his old self during his 48-ball 56 in the first warm-up against England XI. Those cover drives, those massive sixes will be up for display once again when India take on England in the first ODI in Pune on January 15 in Kohli's first match as a full-time skipper.

Yuvraj, who was India's key to success at the 2007 ICC World Twenty20 and 2011 ICC World Cup, is back to do what he does best. Though his half-century went in vain as India A lost the match but what was more important was Yuvraj's ability to clear the boundary ropes with ease and he looked threatening throughout his knock with the willow in his hands.

Another plus for India will be Dhoni's form. Though Dhoni played his last competitive match in October against New Zealand, the wicketkeeper-batsman showed no signs of rustiness in his approach with the bat.

The packed Brabourne stadium chanted "Dhoni, Dhoni" and their role model was a perfect show-stopper with his 40-ball 68 not out, including 23 in the final over of the innings.

Kohli, after taking over the reins in all three formats, expressed his desire to see Dhoni bat up the order and play freely. While Yuvraj batted at No.4, Dhoni promoted himself at No.5 in his final match as captain in India colours.

"If I ask him where he wants to bat I know what kind of person he is, he'll tell me wherever you want me to bat. I know he is like that but I would love to see him bat higher up usually than what he's been playing for the last few years. If MS Dhoni enjoys his cricket and plays the way he has in the initial years, the team is in a very solid space," Kohli told BCCI.TV in an interview.

Dhoni wants to play the 2019 World Cup and to keep his place in the team he faces a challenge to perform consistently and batting higher up gives him that opportunity. Even during the New Zealand ODI series, Dhoni promoted himself at No.4 and admitted that "it was something he wanted to do it for a long time".

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Yuvraj and Dhoni form a formidable pair and when at their best they are a threat to every bowling attack in the world.

The duo has batted in 64 innings together and has led India to 40 wins in those. Dhoni and Yuvraj have shared nine century stands and all of them have come in winning causes.

Here's a look at how dangerous the two become when they bat together:

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While Yuvraj's six sixes in an over in the World Twenty20 in 2007 are still fresh in the back of our minds, the southpaw wants his partner in crime to hit more sixes after giving up captaincy. Dhoni has finished off many matches, including the 2011 World Cup final, with a six but will he become the Dhoni of the initial days of his career?

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