Yuvraj Singh wants his finisher role back in World T20 2016

Sudipta / 04 December 2015

India discard Yuvraj Singh said that he is working really hard to make another comeback to the Indian team. Yuvraj, who won India the World T20 2007 and 2011 World Cup, said he is looking forward to the upcoming domestic season to book his berth in the next year’s World T20 at home.

Yuvraj last played for India two years ago in December 2013 in an ODI against South Africa at SuperSport Park, Centurion. The left-handed batsman said he working hard towards his goal-get back the finisher’s role in the team.  

In an interview with national daily The Hindu, the Punjab batsman said, “I am working really hard. The domestic limited-overs tournaments are coming up and I want to perform really well in that to earn a recall as there are a lot of ODI and T20 tournaments coming up.”

The current Indian team lacks a good finisher as captain MS Dhoni,34, seems lost his touch while Suresh Raina’s form is not talking for the Uttar Pradesh batsman. So, India really missing a middle order batsman who can score plenty of runs in slog overs with cameo innings.

When asked about finisher in the Indian team, Yuvraj said he is willing to take up that role but needs an “extended run” to prove himself once again.

“I would love to be that person. And hopefully, I can get an extended run. It is extremely difficult to perform straight away. I would like to cement my place in the side in that role,” Yuvraj added.

Yuvraj recently got engaged with Bollywood actress Hazel Keech and would get married after the World T20. Earlier Yuvraj Singh said that he wants to take retirement playing the World T20 2016 in India.  Yuvraj predicted Virat Kohli will emerge as one of the better captains in world cricket.

“I am very happy with the way he has captained the side. He is best when he is aggressive. He has become more mature. He has already played a lot of matches. He will take Indian cricket forward. There is no point in curbing his aggression as you don’t want him to change completely.”

Meanwhile, Yuvraj throws his weight behind Rahul Dravid’s comment on awful Ranji Trophy pitches, saying that the wickets need to be more sporting.

“He [Dravid] is right. As a captain of the team, I will ask the curator for a pitch which will suit my team’s strengths. It has to deteriorate slowly over a four-day period. Five-day matches cannot finish in three days, nor four-day matches in two.

In the ongoing the Gandhi-Mandela Test series, two Tests at Mohali and Nagpur matches finished inside three days.

“You want to exploit home advantage against visiting teams and win matches, but bowlers and batsman need to get a fair chance. Batsmen should not feel uncertain after every delivery. It is similar to what happens when we go abroad when they prepare bouncy or seaming pitches,” Yuvi said.

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