A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Yuvraj Singh will make the dressing room a livelier place, says Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Dhoni believes Singh’s return will encourage the rest of the squad to perform better

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has announced that batsman Yuvraj Singh’s return will have a positive effect on all the players, and will also make the dressing room a more livelier place.

Speaking about the upcoming season, Dhoni stated that all the players were both physically and mentally prepared for the challenges that lie ahead.

“The team is all fit from the physical and mental aspects. The one-and-a-half month break (after IPL-V) was very good from the physical and mental aspect. Even on the tour of Sri Lanka (where the team played five ODIs and a lone T20 game against the hosts) we had breaks between each game. We are quite ready for the packed season ahead,” Dhoni said.

However, Dhoni knows that things will start to get tougher into the season since India have a very hectic schedule.

“Slowly we will get into the Test format and then the T20s. There is lot of cricket ahead…We have to look ahead every 15 days,” he said.

India are currently hosting a series against New Zealand, where they two nations will play two Test matches in Hyderabad and Bangalore, before ending the tour with two Twenty20 Internationals at Vishakhapatnam and Chennai, during which the cricketing world is expected to see the return of Yuvraj Singh.

The Indians will then head to Sri Lanka for the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 next month, before returning home to play England and Australia.

Dhoni also admitted that he was very excited to see Singh back in the squad after recovering from a rare form of germ cell cancer.

“When Yuvraj was not there, Virat (Kohli) 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,” Dhoni said.

Singh has been training vigorously over the past two months at the National Cricket Academy, but noted that he was still a bit nervous about his return to the international stage.

“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,” Singh said.

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