Exclusive: I was expecting to be picked for ODI squad as well, says Yuvraj Singh

first_imgYuvraj Singh is known for making comebacks. After surviving a life-threatening cancer in 2011, the World Cup winning champion made a brief comeback in 2012 and was still able to attract big  bids from Indian Premier League franchises.  And now, he  is all set to make yet another comeback as he has found his name in the T20 squad, that will tour Australia in January. India will be playing five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals in Australia from January 12-31.  In an exclusive interview with India Today, the 34-year-old all rounder said he was disappointed when he did not find his name in the ODI squad. “I think I was expecting my name to come in the ODI squad as well. But unfortunately it’s not there. I look forward to play in T20s now,” Yuvraj said.  “Hard, being out” The Punjab skipper who has lead his team into the Vijay Hazare Trophy quarterfinals with a string of crucial knocks, said he was focussing on the domestic season to grab the selectors’ attention.  “”It’s been hard being out for a while. Really had to do well in the domestic circuit. Last couple of games, I have done well. So, I am happy to get into the T20 squad,” Yuvraj said. The left-handed batsman had a brilliant Ranji Trophy season last year in which he scored 671 runs including three centuries. On Saturday, hours before the squads were announced, Yuvraj made a stronger claim with a quickfire 83-ball 98 to fire his team past Services into the final stages of the Vijay Hazare trophy.  The match-winning all-rounder said it was hard to go back to the domestic level after playing international cricket for a long time.  “I mean when you play international cricket for about 12-14 years, hard to back to domestic level and push yourself. But doing well  in the domestic circuit, that’s the only way back. I think I just focussed on that in the last year-and-a-half,”  he added. He also said he felt special to represent his country again. “For any good player, pride is very important. To come back and play for country is always special,” Yuvraj said.  Yuvraj was optimistic about his place in the Indian squad for the World T20 which will be held next year at home. He said he will focus on the three T20 games in Australia and will be looking forward for the opportunity to wear the blue jersey in next year’s showdown event.  “Everybody is going to be looking for that. Hopefully I will have enough games before that if I get the opportunity to represent myself in the World T20,” Yuvraj said.  advertisementlast_img

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