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Dhoni retained as skipper, Yuvi makes ODI return

Under-fire Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday retained captaincy while all-rounder Yuvraj Singh returned to India’s ODI team for the first time since last year’s World Cup triumph after he was picked in the 15-member squad for the upcoming series against Pakistan.

Yuvraj, who was recalled to the Indian Twenty20 squad for the World T20 within months of recovering from a rare germ cell cancer, played his last ODI against Sri Lanka in the final of the 50-over World Cup last April.


‘TOSS CRUCIAL AGAINST PAKISTAN’

Gearing up for what promises to be a high-voltage limited-overs series against arch-foes Pakistan, Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the toss will play a crucial role in the clashes as both teams are quite similar.

“Winning the toss will be crucial because dew may have an impact. If you see both the sides, they are quite same. Their ability to play spinners is quite same. I think it will be nice couple of games,” he said after second and final twenty20 match against England here on Saturday night.

On playing Pakistan and the importance of the series, Dhoni said, “tell me one series which is not big for us. Whether we play England, Pakistan, Australia or any other series. For us it is all the same.

“That is how we look at it and don’t really look into who we are playing because that can only increase the pressure.


I AM NOT UNDER PRESSURE IN INDIA AS PAK COACH: WHATMORE

Guiding a Pakistani side to play against India on their home soil may be a pressure job but Dav Whatmore says he is comfortable doing his duties in the upcoming bilateral series since he has already worked with sub-continent players in the past. The short Pakistan tour will begin with a Twenty20 match on December 25 at Chinnaswamy stadium. ‘There is no pressure on me as Pakistan coach as I have already worked with players belonging to India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and find them no different from each other. Their principles are pretty much the same,’ he said. ‘We have shown our skills well in the past. We have also done well.’
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