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'More than the runs scored, how many balls Yuvraj faced was crucial'

February 28, 2016 13:50 IST

Indian team captain MS Dhoni along with team mates Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina during a practice session

IMAGE: Indian team captain MS Dhoni along with team mates Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina during a practice session. Photograph: PTI

Indian limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has praised Yuvraj Singh's gritty innings against Pakistan and feels more than amount of runs scored, the number of balls faced was important. 

"The condition was tough. You have to always consider, people batting down the order, there is a pressure of losing wickets. More you go down, the pressure increases," said Dhoni.

"For me more than the runs he scored, how many balls Yuvraj faced was crucial. He got beaten a few teams but tried to play shots. It will give him a lot of strength. Hopefully he will get a chance to express himself in better conditions," added the captain.

Yuvraj was unbeaten on 14, and survived 32 balls when India kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Dhoni said that chasing 84 wasn't easy considering it was a middle of the road target. 

"It is one of those targets where you are confused whether you should attack or wait. Glad we restricted them to 84 which made it easier for us. Since there wasn't much dew, the first 4-5 overs, which were crucial, was extended by a few more overs. In these pitches, it seems that 135-140 is a good score but today it seemed 120 was good score. 

"The ideal length on this track is just ahead of three quarters, and if you could hit the seam, you will get movement," he signed off.

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