A file photo of Yuvraj Singh. (Getty Images)
Mirpur: Indian batsman Rohit Sharma on Thursday stood firmly behind his out-of-form colleague Yuvraj Singh, expecting him to play that elusive innings against Bangladesh on Friday, which will get him back to form.
"As far as Yuvraj is concerned, it's a matter of just one innings. If one innings goes well, he will get back confidence. He has been a fantastic player for India having won us a lot of T20 matches in the past including World Cups.
"I hope that tomorrow (Friday) is the day when he gets that one elusive innings, needed to get back to form. It will be great for team," Rohit told mediapersons on the eve of the third group league encounter against hosts Bangladesh.
Rohit also did not wish to read too much into Yuvraj's sloppy effort on the field. "He (Yuvraj) is a good fielder but good fielders also drop catches. Not a big deal. It's about that one innings that gives him confidence and everything will be alright after that," he said.
Rohit agreed that this is Team India's best chance to get into the semi-finals of the World T20 since their triumph in the inaugural edition back in 2007 but would like to take one game at a time.
"Absolutely, this is our best chance to qualify for the semi-finals and we are not looking too far ahead. As I said, Friday's game would be crucial and we can take the things from there on. Semifinal or final is still a long way to go. Right now, we would like to take one match at a time," he said.
Rohit feels that more than improving their net run-rate, the first priority will be to win against Bangladesh and clinch a spot in the last four.
"Before enhancing our run-rate, we would ideally like to win the match. If we win the match, then we are safe but as far as run-rate is concerned, this matter is in our minds. First priority is to win the match and get the (net) run-rate aspect out of the equation. If we win, net run-rate will automatically be taken care of," he said.
The Indian team had control of the proceedings against both Pakistan and the West Indies and Rohit said they would stick to the same gameplan against the hosts.
"We would want to approach as how we did in the last two games, trying to keep it very simple. We know what we need to do to win this game. All three departments will be crucial. Individuals are working on whatever areas they need to. The approach definitely won't change. Crowds will get behind them here and we need to be at our best to win the game," he said.
The talented Mumbaikar feels that although they have been in good form, there won't be any complacency while facing the minnows.
"You should not have anything such as over-confidence in cricket. That should be the attitude. Bangladesh is dangerous at home as they know the conditions well. Our players need to be at their best as we can't take them lightly."
When asked if he has plans to bat in the middle-order as he has a fair amount of success for the Mumbai Indians, Rohit said, "See, it really depends on coach and captain as to what exactly they want from individuals like me and Virat. I have been given a specific role and I am trying to perform it to the best of my abilities. I have opened for India during the 2009 World T20 (in England) also. I am happy and delighted with what has happened so far and would like to keep continuing (good work)."
Rohit admitted that batting second under lights has been a bit of a problem as the ball is not coming on to the bat due to slowness of the track.
"If you closely watch the two matches that we have played, the ball turns and comes late on to the bat during second session. It's not easy to bat in these conditions as we expected dew but there wasn't much dew either.
The 26-year-old, who has so far played 38 T20 Internationals apart from six Tests and 123 ODIs, is happy to have forged a successful opening partnership with Shikhar Dhawan in the 50-over format and would like to see that translate into something good in shortest format too.
"It's always important to have right combination going around. Together, you understand very well and these things matter when you play shorter format. You know all those little things like running between the wickets, taking singles matters a lot. So, we (him and Dhawan) have a good understanding and we have had a good run for a year or so. Yes, team expects a lot from us as we are the ones who set the tone for the game," he said.
"This is a short format and anything can happen and it is important about what we do in first six overs (Powerplay). As openers, we need to give a good start to the team and we know that we have got a good middle order to capitalise on the starts that we give. We hope to do that for the rest of the tournament," he added.