17th August, 2012, Mumbai: On Thursday, during the launch of India’s very first T20 jersey, designed by Nike, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni told that the team both mentally and physically prepared for the long season.
Dhoni added that after the IPL 5, the one and an half months break was very good. Even during the recent tour of Sri Lanka, they had breaks between each match.
While speaking about Yuvraj’s return in the team, Dhoni told that apart from his batting skills, the team also missed him as a character. When he was not in the team, Kohli took up that job and now with his return, the dressing room atmosphere would again be livelier.
Speaking about the new Twenty20 jersey, the skipper told, “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.”
Yuvraj, who returned from United States after a germ cell cancer, told that he is feeling really good. He had worked really hard n the last two months. He never thought that he would get another opportunity to play for India.
India is all set to play their first home series of the year against the Kiwis. The first test will start on 23rd August in Hyderabad and the second test will be played at Bengalore. India and New Zealand will also go one on one for two T20 internationals in Vizag and Chennai.
This series is going to be a good match practice before that T20 World Cup which is scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka from 18th October.