The Indian players had an optional training session on Friday and 14 of the 15 players turned up at the Lord’s Cricket Ground. A two-hour session, including a game of football followed by a light training session, rounded up the day’s activity and the players hurtled back to the Grange City Hotel in Cooper’s Row area of London, which has been highly secured following the recent Manchester incident.
Through all of this, the player who was conspicuous by absence was Yuvraj Singh. Inquiries have revealed that the seasoned pro is down with a fever. So he missed out the first warmup against the Kiwis.
Also, as we all know, Yuvraj is a fighter and he has previously played through pain and sickness. In all likelihood, he gave the session a miss as a precautionary measure. It is in the big tournaments like this that he is at his best and the fans hoped that he can help the team defend their title.
A lot of speculations were doing rounds whether he would play the warm-up against Bangladesh scheduled on may 30th. But the recent BCCI tweet has cleared all doubts.
— BCCI (@BCCI) May 29, 2017
The good news is that the Yuvraj is back and he looked smiling in a picture posted by BCCI’s official Twitter handle on Monday.
With more than 8000 ODI runs, Yuvraj Singh is one of the fiercest hitters in the game of cricket. A lot is expected from Yuvraj Singh in the Champions Trophy as he is in form and India will need him at all stages of the match for his all-round skills.
Yuvraj’s illness must have sent chills down the spine of the Indian team as he is going to be a key player for India in the tournament. The Punjab batsman was not in the 2013 squad which won the tournament. However, he made the cut this year with some impeccable performance with the bat in the domestic season. Against England in the second ODI of the 3-match ODI series early this year, Yuvraj hit a marvellous century to stage his comeback to form, cementing his place in the Indian playing XI.
The Indian team will be expecting the same Yuvraj Singh to come out when he takes the field in the first game against arch-rivals Pakistan on June 4 in Birmingham.