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We will miss Yuvraj in Asia Cup: MS Dhoni

Chennai: India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni admitted that they will miss the service of left-hand batsman Yuvraj Singh in the forthcoming Asia Cup in Sri Lanka and hoped the southpaw would return to the national side soon.

Yuvraj, who has been struggling with his form, was dropped from the Sri Lanka-bound national side and Dhoni has no qualm to admit that the youngsters of the team have to handle the extra responsibility to fill the void in the middle order.

"Of course we will miss him. If you see his performance in the last couple of years, he has been one of our main strength at the middle order. The way he can bat, hardly any batsman can do in that manner," Dhoni said at a press conference.

"Definitely we will miss him, but at the same time it will be really great if some of the youngsters could fill in the space. But hopefully we will not miss him on the field," he added.

Fitness has been a problem with Yuvraj, who seemed to have gained weight of late and was seen fielding in the deep and not in his customary point position.

However, Dhoni has no doubt that the Punjab cricketer will soon make his way back to the India team.

"But the kind of talent Yuvraj is, I don`t think it will be difficult for him to come back. I am hoping that he will be back as soon as possible. I am a big fan of Yuvraj and it is a pleasure to have him in the side. He is one of the best batsmen in the world," Dhoni said.

"Especially the way he bats in first and second powerplay situations has been remarkable. He is sort of a batsman who can be really cashed on as he can play in the both ways - aggressive as well as defensive," Dhoni added.

India open their campaign in the tournament by taking on Bangladesh on June 16 in Dambulla.

The skipper said that they are yet to plan anything for the four-nation competition and will set their strategy only after arriving in the island nation.

"It is very difficult to say anything till you see the condition available there. It is not easy to predict playing combination of the side. We have couple of practice sessions and we will also see how the wicket is. We will plan according to the conditions," he said while asked about the probable strategy in the tournament.”

"Its an important tournament. We will be playing one-day cricket after a long time. We will be playing in Dambulla. We are playing with almost the full strength but the condition in Dambulla will be different because it is not a high scoring venue. It will be very important to keep that on the back of the mind. But we are not playing there for the first time," Dhoni said.

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