India deny Yuvraj problem
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Last Updated: December 31, 2007 12:03pm
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India's assistant coach Lalchand Rajput has denied reports in the Australian media that he is unhappy with Yuvraj Singh's attitude.
"Rajput has never said anything of the sort. He has not made a comment about Yuvraj. There is no problem with his attitude."
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Rajput was quoted by The Sydney Morning Herald as saying: "Yes, there's a problem with Yuvraj's attitude. We will have to have a one-on-one with him in Sydney."
However, Rajput subsequently distanced himself from the comments while speaking to Indian news channel CNN-IBM, and assistant team manager MV Sridhar also rubbished the report.
"Rajput has never said anything of the sort," Sridhar told Cricinfo. "He has not made a comment about Yuvraj. There is no problem with his attitude."
Yuvraj is under pressure to retain his place in India's side for the second Test against Australia following a poor performance in the series opener at Melbourne.
The 26-year-old disappointed with both the bat and in the field at the MCG, scoring a duck and five runs as India slumped to a 337-run defeat.
He also received a charge of dissent from the umpires, for which he was subsequently found not guilty by match referee Mike Procter after a hearing.
Rajput confirmed that changes to India's batting order were likely, but he added that he would not make a final decision until he has surveyed the pitch at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Nevertheless, Rajput supported Rahul Dravid, despite the former skipper appearing a shadow of the batsman who starred against Australia during India's last tour there in 2003-04.
He hinted that Dravid would hold his place in the side, albeit perhaps not in the opening role which yielded a total of just 21 runs in Melbourne.
"I won't say it's any technical problem, it's just in the mind," Rajput said of Dravid. "Because when a batsman goes through a lean patch, when he can't get runs, I think that's the area he has to work on.
"I'm sure he'll bounce back because he's a tremendous cricketer, everybody knows it."
Rajput conceded that the opening partnership between Dravid and Wasim Jaffer placed pressure on the remainder of India's batting line-up in Melbourne, raising the prospect that Virender Sehwag or Dinesh Karthik might open instead.
But he was remains confident that India will offer a better performance in Sydney, adding: "We will definitely be coming back very strongly next game.
"It is very important we work on that because there are two strategies in cricket, one is to be defensive and one is to be offensive.
"In the first Test we were a bit defensive, but definitely we will come back very strong because we have some strategies."