Yuvraj Singh, undoubtedly India’s greatest match-winner in limited overs might no longer be in the good books of the selectors, but he still hasn’t given up. The once superstar of the Indian team was dumped after the 2014 World T20 final in Dhaka. His batting performances in the IPL too haven’t generated any genuine hope for his comeback. The Punjab all-rounder, though, had a fantastic 2014/15 Ranji Trophy, where he scored 3 tons in the first three games. That prompted his supporters to say that Yuvraj was needed for the 2015 World Cup. Rather, the selectors chose Axar Patel over him and that turned out to be a shambolic move indeed.
Speaking while preparing for the ongoing edition of the Ranji Trophy, Singh admitted that he still had hopes of representing India. “I just want to play and enjoy my cricket. If I get an opportunity to come back and play for India, I look forward to that. These are the games which will give me an opportunity to make that comeback. So, I am trying my best. I had six weeks of good off-season training and practicing. Hopefully, it comes through in the games,” told an energetic Yuvraj to the reporters.
His resilient spirit was noticeable when he said that he still harbors hopes of playing for India. “I don’t know. It’s you people, it’s the country. It’s just that passion to play the game. I was speaking to Sachin Tendulkar last year and he said that obviously, the most important thing is to play for India but don’t forget to enjoy the game.”
“As kids we always played the game to enjoy it. We never knew that we were going to play for India. So, I think I enjoy playing cricket and it was always my passion as a young boy. So, as long as I am enjoying it, I want to play,” he adds. “You have your moments in life where games are disappointing and things that do not go your way but as I said, what do you play cricket for? To enjoy and so as long as I am doing that whether it is domestic … obviously playing international is the main part. So I’m always looking forward to doing that and win matches for the team,” said Yuvraj.
Yuvi also added that it was his dream to represent India in another World Cup. “A World Cup is a World Cup whether it is T20 or fifty overs. It’s always an honor to play another World Cup. However, I am not thinking so far ahead I am just taking it game by game see how it is going, how I can improve. So, that’s what my target is,” he said.