MS Dhoni said we missed Yuvraj as a character in the dressing room apart from his batting skills and with him being back the atmosphere in the dressing room will become livelier again © Getty Images
Mumbai: Aug 16, 2012
MS Dhoni on Thursday said that with the return of Yuvraj Singh in the team, the dressing room atmosphere will become very lively once again.
The India captain was speaking at the launch of a new national T20 jersey by the BCCI’s apparel sponsors Nike.
“When Yuvraj was not there Virat had taken upon that job.
We missed Yuvraj as a character in the dressing room apart from his batting skills. With him being back the atmosphere in the dressing room will become livelier again,” he remarked.
Yuvraj, who has recovered from a rare germ cell cancer, said he had trained hard at the NCA in Bangalore for the last two months and was feeling good but a bit nervous too after the long break from cricket.
“I am feeling good. I have worked hard for the last two months. I am nervous. I never thought I will get another chance (to play for India). I feel as if it is the first game for me,” said Yuvraj who has been chosen in the Indian team for the series against New Zealand and the World T20.
Talking about the new T20 jersey, Dhoni remarked in a lighter vein that he did not know whether the research that has gone into it would translate into extra runs for the team.
“Lots of research has gone into it. I don’t know whether the research will result in extra runs but we will definitely feel more comfortable.
“This is a very good start. When people are swapping channels they see white and immediately know it is Test cricket and blue with One Day cricket. Now that we have a T20 shirt there will be a strong association between the format and the T-shirt,” said the captain.
Key features of the uniform include the new collar, a dash of tricolour near the left shoulder and three stars above the BCCI’s logo signifying the three World Cup victories.
Virender Sehwag said that the non-sweaty nature of the jersey would help the cricketers in the hot and humid conditions in South India and Sri Lanka.
“When I wear the India colours I have to give my best.
That’s what I always focus on. The jersey also has the colour of the national flag on it (along with blue) which is close to my heart. Makes it very special,” Sehwag said.
Irfan Pathan said the new jersey felt lighter than the ones he had worn earlier.
“Pretty stylish! Colour and design are eye-catching,” said Kohli about the jersey.(PTI)