Former Australian captain Michael Clarke has backed the selection of Yuvraj Singh in the Indian starting XI over Ajinkya Rahane. Clarke believes that for a big tournament like the ICC Champions Trophy, India need to use all the experience available in their squad.
Speaking at Aaj Tak Salaam Cricket 2017, Clarke said, “I’d go with the two most experienced players in Yuvraj and Dhoni. This is their time to really stand up. You do need the mix of youth and experience in the team. But if I have to pick between Yuvraj and Rahane, I would go with the experienced player.”
Clarke also believes that there should be no question surrounding MS Dhoni’s spot in the Indian lineup. “MS Dhoni for me is a no-brainer. You have got to pick him. He was outstanding in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and still capable to win matches for the Indian team,” Clarke added.
Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara who was also present at the panel also backed Clarke’s statement, backing MS Dhoni. He said, “Dhoni has been a bedrock of support for Steve Smith in Rising Pune Supergiant and for Virat Kohli in the Indian team. With MS as a wicketkeeper, he brings so much to the Indian side. His role in his own team in the IPL is also very similar to his role in the Indian team. He’s not the captain anymore in both sides.”