Yuvraj Singh May Miss The Practice Game Against New Zealand
Illness may force veteran all-rounder Yuvraj Singh to sit out of India’s first practice game against New Zealand at the Kennington Oval, London on Sunday (May 28th).
Health issues were revealed after Yuvi missed training and skipped the first practice session after arriving in England. Later, it was understood that the cricketer was suffering from fever that will require him to rest for a few days before taking the field.
The practice games allow all the members of the squad to participate and gain some match experience before getting into the real contest. Therefore, the team would not feel his absence a lot against New Zealand. But, Yuvraj will certainly miss out the opportunity to face a quality bowling attack in the English conditions before entering the competition.
After New Zealand, India will face neighbours Bangladesh at the same venue on May 30th in the second practice game.
The good news is that under all circumstances, Yuvraj Singh will be available for the selection before the high-octane clash against Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 4th. The highly awaited match will commence India’s title defence this edition.
The tournament begins on June 1.
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— BCCI (@BCCI) May 26, 2017
Yuvraj Singh and Ms Dhoni happen to the most senior members of the side which is led by Virat Kohli. The skipper acknowledged their importance of the two stars before leaving India.
“If given freedom, Dhoni and Yuvraj know how to bring their experience into play,” Kohli said.
India, touted as one of the favourites to win this time as well, is pooled with Pakistan, Sri Lanka and South Africa in the Group B. The groupings pose a serious challenge to India and its attempt of retaining the title. All the three oppositions have a stellar track record in the ODI format and will be tough to get past.
Pakistan is in with a very strong squad featuring promising names. Sri Lanka will a tricky challenge whereas South Africa have already declared their intentions of winning the trophy at any cost. Therefore, India has no room for committing errors and must ensure they win at least two of their three fixtures to advance to the semi-finals.
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