Dhoni's Return Will Change India: Gavaskar

Published: 20th March 2014 09:53 PM  |   Last Updated: 20th March 2014 09:53 PM   |  A+A-

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By PTI

Former captain Sunil Gavaskar today backed India to go the distance in the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, saying that the return of skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni would boost the team's chances.     

Dhoni had skipped the recent Asia Cup due to injury and Gavaskar said Dhoni's return could change the fortunes of his side, as they take on arch-rivals Pakistan in the campaign opener at Mirpur tomorrow.     

"Dhoni's return will change India. Yuvraj and Raina are also back. It's a plus-plus for India after Asia Cup," Gavaskar said.     

Indian selectors also included Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina in the World Twenty20 squad. Both have shown signs of good form in the two warm-up matches India played in Bangladesh.     

Having being placed in a tough group, alongside Pakistan, Australia and West Indies, Gavaskar stressed on the importance of starting with a win.     

"Starting on a winning note is important. India is in a group of death and hence a win tomorrow will lift team's morale," Gavaskar told NDTV.     

He said India should bank on experience against Pakistan and suggested the inclusion of leg-spinner Amit Mishra in the playing eleven.     

"Three spinners and two new-ball bowlers is a good Indian combination versus Pakistan. Experience is needed and Stuart Binny will have to sit out," Gavaskar said.     

"Amit Mishra is high on confidence after Asia Cup. Leg-spinners are not easy to score of. He will make a difference and can win a match," he said.

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