Yuvi will make dressing room livelier: Dhoni

When Yuvraj was not there, Virat had taken upon that job, said MS Dhoni.

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Mumbai:
The Indian cricketers are both physically and mentally ready for the long season ahead, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on Thursday.

"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," said Dhoni at the launch of a new national T20 jersey by the BCCI's apparel sponsors, Nike.

"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.

Dhoni was referring to the start of the first home series of the season - against New Zealand - beginning with the Test match in Hyderabad on August 23.

The visitors will play one more Test in Bangalore before ending their tour with two T20 Internationals at Vishakhapatnam and Chennai.

This will be followed by the ICC World T20 Championship in Sri Lanka from September 18 to October 7. The season will continue with the home series against England and Australia before the IPL.

Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli, Irfan Pathan, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma were the other Indian cricketers present at the launch of the new T20 jersey for Team India.

Dhoni also said that with the return of Yuvraj in the team, the dressing room atmosphere would become very lively once again.

"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 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."

Sehwag said that the non-sweaty nature of the jersey would help the cricketers in the hot and humid conditions in India and Sri Lanka.