Yuvraj Singh harbours hopes of playing 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales

first_img Press Trust of India KolkataJanuary 6, 2019UPDATED: January 6, 2019 19:38 IST Yuvraj Singh was the player of the tournament in the 2011 ICC World Cup (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSYuvraj Singh said he would give his “best shot” to get into the reckoning for the ICC World Cup”Cricket has given me everything. When I leave the game, I want to be at my best,” Yuvraj saidYuvraj Singh last played an ODI in June 2017 against West IndiesYuvraj Singh said he would give his “best shot” to get into the reckoning for the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales. Yuvraj Singh has faced quite a few ups and downs in his career but his ability to step up in major tournaments set him apart. The elegant left-hander starred in India’s two biggest victories — the inaugural World T20 in 2007 and the World Cup in 2011.”Cricket has given me everything. When I leave the game, I want to be at my best. I do not want to go with any regret,” the 2011 World Cup winning hero, who is here for Punjab’s Ranji Trophy Elite Group B match against Bengal, said.The 37-year-old, who was picked by Mumbai Indians at his base price of Rs 1 crore at the IPL 2019 Auction, has set his sights on the cash-rich T20 extravaganza to make a bid for a comeback.”I’m trying my best. This is our final league Ranji Trophy match and let’s see if we can qualify. After this, we have the national T20 tournament and then we have the IPL. I will give my best shot and hope for the best,” Yuvraj said at the Jadavpur University Salt Lake Campus ground.Yuvraj also hailed the Virat Kohli-led India’s fine show in the Test series in Australia.”Obviously their experience in batting is not that much what it used to be. But it’s fantastic effort from the guys. Especially, (Cheteshwar) Pujara, (Virat) Kohli, (Jasprit) Bumrah. It’s great to see Rishab (Pant) going down the order and scoring big runs. It’s great sign for Indian cricket for the future.advertisement”Every time we toured Australia, it’s been a very tough tour. We had the opportunity to win the series, it was a draw. Then next time Australia won 2-1,” he said, recalling the 2003-04 and 2007-08 tours.YUVRAJ PRAISES PANT AND GILLYuvraj lavished praise on Pant who scored a Test hundred each in England and Australia within months from his debut.”He came last year, he got picked for India. Everybody said he plays too many shots, he’s rash, he doesn’t have the mind. But after one year of being in and out, having a good IPL, the guy scored two hundreds overseas,” Yuvraj said.In the same vein, Yuvraj reckoned that his 19-year-old state teammate, Shubman Gill, is an exciting prospect and should play for India post the 2019 World Cup.”Definitely he’s someone who can represent India for a long time. He’s a very special talent. After a long time I have seen a young guy whose batting I would like to watch. After 2019 World Cup, he should make it to the side.”Shubman’s performance has been top notch this season, amassing 629 runs in just seven innings at an average of 125.80.Stressing on the need to look after the youngsters, Yuvraj said: “It all depends how well we look after our youngsters. You have to give them the confidence to excel. The prime example is Rishabh Pant.”Yuvraj said he is sharing his experience with the team as much as he can.”I really enjoy playing with Punjab team. Especially last three-four seasons, I’ve played a lot of domestic cricket. Whatever I’ve gained through, I try and give it to the younger guys.”We have a very talented side. But I feel there is a lack of exposure in terms of playing outside. The more cricket you play outside in terms of playing in Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi Hyderabad, your cricket will get better,” Yuvraj concluded.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Yuvraj Singh Yuvraj Singh harbours hopes of playing 2019 ICC World Cup in England and WalesYuvraj Singh is targetting the Indian Premier League in a bid make a comeback into the ODI side.advertisementlast_img

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