MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh will now play under a new skipper in Virat Kohli in limited-overs cricket. The two have nothing more to prove having already achieved a lot. They have won two World Cups together and have been the architects of many memorable victories for India.
Both will be looking to extend their career till the 2019 World Cup and retire on a high. Dhoni will be less burdened now as he will play without the pressures of captaining India. If the warm-up clash against England is anything to go by, Dhoni looks to have hit the top gear straight away and does not look like he has been out of international cricket for few months.
If Captain Dhoni can strike a brilliant 68 not out off 40 balls, then imagine what a player Dhoni can do with his immense talent and skills. Dhoni, in any case, got a historic farewell when fans were chanting his name regularly in his last outing as skipper. Although he lost the warm-up clash, he made sure fans got their money’s worth by hitting a brilliant fifty.
It will be a treat to watch Dhoni take bowling attack apart in the upcoming limited-overs series against England. Playing Dhoni at No 4 will be ideal as he will look to steer the game India’s way.
On the other hand, Yuvraj Singh too showed he means business in the warm-up clash. His timing was perfect, his big hits were breathtaking. His fifty was class written all over it. Yuvi is making a comeback to the ODI team after three years and he knows perfectly well this is his last chance to make it count or he can kiss his chance of playing 2019 World Cup goodbye.
India will need experienced war horses such as Dhoni and Yuvraj to have another shot at World Cup in 2019. But the two need to score consistently to stay in contention as there are enough good reserve players to replace the two.
But going by their recent outing in the warm-up clash, the two will look to play fearless cricket they have known for and go out with a bang, and nothing more than another World Cup glory in 2019.
They also have now a strong, aggressive skipper in Virat Kohli who is hungry for wins and success. A Kohli-led team with Dhoni and Yuvi in the XI makes for a deadly combination in the quest for any World titles.