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Yuvraj Singh's form a good thing for Indian cricket, not for Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli

India Today logo India Today 05-04-2017

As Yuvraj Singh cut loose against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Virat Kohli looked on helplessly from the dugout and lamented the fact that the dangerous Sunrisers Hyderabad opener was dropped when he was only on 26.

Yuvraj top edged a delivery from Aniket Choudhary but the chance was grassed S Aravind at fine leg. Kohli, who is sitting out the first few matches for RCB to recuperate from his shoulder injury knew exactly what could happen when a power-hitter like Yuvraj is dropped.


Yuvraj, who made a comeback into the Indian team earlier this year and smashed a swashbuckling 150 against England in the first ODI of the three-match series, looked in sublime form again in the opening game of the IPL.

As Sanjay Manjrekar reminded Kohli, it was he who was responsible for Yuvraj's dangerous form at the moment. Did he not insist on getting Yuvi back in the Indian side? And he was riding on that confidence to put the RCB attack to the sword.

"The priority is Indian cricket and he has been batting really well - that thing has rubbed off. It's a good thing for Indian cricket but not that good for RCB," Kohli said as SRH motored along towards a big score.

The other big question was Kohli's return. After having been forced to sit out of the series deciding fourth Test against Australia in Dharamsala, he is set to miss the first few matches for RCB this season in order to recuperate.

"It's the first time I missed a game for RCB in eight or nine years. It was in the first year when I missed a few matches. It feels weird. It's not an easy thing to not take the field. But I do not want to take any chances with the Champions Trophy coming up. I want to take the field only whenever I am fit."

Yuvraj made RCB pay for that dropped chance and hammered 62 off 27 balls before falling to Tymal Mills.

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