Saturday, October 24, 2009

Yuvraj doubtful for opening match

Yuvraj Singh is not a certain starter for the first of the seven-match ODI series against Australia, beginning Sunday in Vadodara. Yuvraj, who picked up a finger injury in the lead-up to the Champions Trophy in South Africa last month, and has been out of action since, batted and fielded in the nets on the eve of the match.

However, India are likely to play safe and not risk a hurried return. MS Dhoni, India's captain, did not give too much away when asked about Yuvraj's status. "All I can say is that Yuvraj will surely be available for the second match," Dhoni said.

Asked if Yuvraj's unavailability for the opening game was always going to be the case when the squad was selected, Dhoni refused to comment on the playing XI. "You will get to know about it tomorrow."

During practice sessions ahead of the series, Dhoni and Suresh Raina too got hit in the nets, but the 'niggles' don't seem to be a concern right now. "Well, most of the guys are fit, to be precise," Dhoni said. "At times you get injured during the practice sessions, and that is part and parcel of the game, but if it happens too many times in the same span, you can say you are a bit unlucky. Most of the guys have small niggles, but they are not major injuries."

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