A couple of years ago, Indian opener Gautam Gambhir said that Yuvraj Singh is India’s greatest match-winner in limited overs cricket and every fan in the country knows that he was completely right. The southpaw played a big role in India’s triumphant campaign in 2007 World T20 and 2011 50-overs World Cup, where he ended the tournament as Man of the Tournament.
However, life has not been kind to the man who gave India numerous moments to cheer. After winning the World Cup in 2011, Yuvraj was diagnosed with cancer. A proven fighter, Yuvraj defeated the deadly disease and made a miraculous comeback to the cricket field. But he lost his old flair. He has been given several chances to prove himself but so far he has failed to cement his place in the team.
However, he still believes that he can make another comeback to the Indian team. In an interview with the India Today, Yuvraj said: “I have been training pretty hard in the off-season for whatever opportunities I get going forward. Obviously, international cricket is why I am still playing. I want to come back and represent my country. Hopefully, if that happens, whenever I want to hang my boots, if I can sustain for another 2-3 year I will be proud of myself. My target is to play the 2019 50-overs World Cup.”
“If you have to be in the mix you have to perform to your best potential. If I can do that, I’m sure I’ll have chances,” he added.
He is currently busy playing the Duleep trophy with the pink ball. Speaking on that experience, the southpaw said: “Definitely it has been exciting. Something to look forward to in Test cricket. The shine of the ball doesn’t go off, so it stays pretty much new. The pink ball is still to be tested in turning conditions, the wicket we are playing on right now has a lot of grass. And then let’s see the outcome. But it is exciting to play under lights.”
Test cricket has seen a steady decline with the rise of T20 cricket but Yuvraj believes that the new innovation can help the game to attract the fans to Test cricket once again.
“T20 is what people love watching now. This is one way to engage people in Tests and to make it more enjoyable. If the format is enjoyable for the players and the fans, that could spell good days.”