Yuvraj Singh, who notched up his 14th ODI century in the second of the three-match series against England at Cuttack, said it’s extremely difficult for a player to make a comeback, especially considering the fact he is in his mid-30s. The southpaw also expressed he worked very hard on his fitness and kept himself going during this tough phase.
“It is tough when you go through a phase like this in your life and then strive to come back to where you belong. A person in his mid-30s needs to do an extra bit to regain his fitness,” Yuvraj was quoted as saying by BCCI.tv.
The 35-year-old Yuvraj, who has always been regarded as a vital cog in the Indian middle-order, talked about the former legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar, who terms him as a ‘superstar’.
“He always calls me a superstar, which is a little embarrassing in front of him, but I always take his wishes whenever I am starting my international career again. Thank you so much Mr. Tendulkar for your wishes, I think they worked really well today,” said Yuvraj.
Yuvraj silenced his critics by smashing the English bowlers all around the park while middling the ball quite well. It was also his first ODI century since his last 13th century came in the 2011 World Cup game against the West Indies at Chennai.
“It feels great! It has been a career full of ups and downs. Coming back into squad and cementing my position, being in and out of the team for a while, but happy that I worked hard and believed in myself,” Yuvraj added.
After going through a lean patch in his career, Yuvraj also fought a ‘rare germ cell cancer’ with his ‘never say die’ spirit.
“Emotions are very hard to describe as it has been a while and I was not being able to get 100 runs on the board. I worked very hard over the years, worked on my fitness, on my diet,” Yuvraj revealed.
The Chandigarh-lad Yuvraj stitched a 256-run partnership for the fourth wicket with the wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni after the dream spell of England fast-bowler Chris Woakes, who picked three wickets in first five overs.
“MS and I have been batting together for a while and he played a sensational knock. We have a great understanding in between the wickets and today we discussed what was happening on the field and it turned out to be a great partnership in the middle,” Yuvraj remarked.
However, Yuvraj also admitted he had almost given up after being dropped in the recent past.
He also stated that Dhoni had a better view behind the stumps regarding Decision Review System and it was very helpful in his decision, as he almost started trudging off in the Cuttack game.
“I think Dhoni had a better view of the ball hitting the ground. I initially knew that it had hit the ground, so we went ahead and called for the DRS,” Yuvraj concluded.