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Yograj blames Dhoni for son’s exclusion

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Published on February 20, 2015 with No Comments

“I have learnt a lot from Yuvi”

Suresh Raina has learnt a lot from Yuvraj Singh and wants to make the most of it in the World Cup. Raina said that watching the way Yuvraj batted in the 2011 World Cup was an “ideal learning process“ for him, especially the manner in which Yuvi was able to control the innings in the middle overs and accelerate at the end.In the Adelaide game against Pakistan, Raina was sent in to bat at No.4, ahead of Ajinkya Rahane around the 30th over, and had close to 20 overs to bat. It was only after he got his eye in that Raina began to play his strokes. Barring the opening tri-series match against Australia in which he scored a half-century, Raina had been found wanting in the other three matches, in which he seemed in undue hurry to dominate. He fell twice to England off-spinner Moeen Ali, lasting barely a few deliveries.Despite these failures, the team management reposed faith in him and in the opening match against Pakistan, sent him in to bat at a crucial time. Having learnt his lessons from the tri-series failures and relying on what he learnt from Yuvi, Raina did a balancing act even as Virat Kohli was going great guns at the other end.
Yograj Singh, father of discarded Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh, blamed Indian skipper MS Dhoni for the all-rounder’s exclusion from India’s squad for World Cup. “If MS Dhoni is having personal issues with my son, I won’t do anything. God will do justice,” Yograj said. “Pray India wins World Cup under your captaincy (MS Dhoni) but nothing can be more sad that you behaved this way,” Yograj added. Yuvraj later clarified, “Like every parent my dad is also passionate and I am sure he got carried away. Always enjoyed playing under Mahi (MS Dhoni) and would do so in future.”


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