Dreaming to play for India again, Yuvraj Singh is eyeing the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka for a comeback but admits that he needs some serious match practice to get into the groove for the rigours of international cricket.
Yuvraj, who has started training after recovering from a rare germ cell cancer, said he was not thinking of playing Test cricket as yet and was focused on making a comebck in the shorter formats.
“Ranji Trophy is after World T20. In any case, one can’t prepare for T20 playing Ranji Trophy. The serious match practice that I can get ahead of World T20 is Mon-ud Dowla Trophy and Buchi Babu tournaments but I am still not aware about the dates of these tournaments,” Yuvraj told mediapersons at the launch of the “YouWeCan” campaign — an initiative by the Yuvraj Singh Foundation to spread awareness about cancer detection.
Yuvraj did loosely refer that he might just contemplate making himself available for the limited overs version in the home series against New Zealand ahead of the World T20.
“May be I can play some matches during New Zealand’s tour of India. I really felt very motivated when chairman of selectors Krishnamachari Srikkanth said that I am in their scheme of things for the World T20. I have been training for past one and half months and I will get better in the next two months,” Yuvraj said.
Although he is thinking of making a comeback in the shorter versions, Yuvraj doesn’t want to look too far ahead as far as playing in the Test matches are concerned.
“Right now, I don’t want to think about Test matches. For me, it’s important to play any format whether T20 or limited overs. About Tests, it will depend on my form, time and fitness,” he said.
The stylish left-hander said that initially it was tough on his body when he started out on his fitness programme at the National Cricket Academy, a month and half back.
“It was very tough on my body. Things improved with each and every session. The shock that body used to get reduced. Also to resume training, you need lot of strength. The body needs to get back that strength. I hope two months should be enough for comeback.”
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