Having not featured for the Indian national team since June 2017, cricketer Yuvraj Singh has stated that he is not even considering retirement at this point in his cricket career and is extremely keen to make it to India’s squad for the 2019 World Cup (ODI) in England and Wales. The veteran southpaw also revealed that he is likely to take a call on his career after the marquee event next year.
Team India management had shown the door to Yuvraj Singh after 2017 Champions Trophy
After the disappointment of losing the Champions Trophy final against Pakistan last summer, the Indian thinktank decided to show the door to a number of senior players and Yuvraj was one one of them. Given the team’s performances and the talent at captain Virat Kohli’s disposal, the chances of Yuvraj making a comeback into the national side are rather slim. However, Yuvraj has his eyes set on the 2019 World Cup.
IPL 2018 would set Yuvraj Singh in motion for 2019 World Cup
The gifted left-hander, though, is not perturbed and said that his only focus lies on improving his fitness and doing well in the upcoming edition of Indian Premier League (IPL). After a gap of seven years, Yuvraj will be back in the colours of Kings XI Punjab this season, his home franchise.
The fact that the IPL might just open a door for him in terms of earning a spot in the 2019 World Cup was also acknowledged by Yuvraj. “I am looking forward to a good IPL. It’s a very important tournament for me as it will only set me to play cricket till 2019. I am looking to play cricket till 2019, whatever cricket I get to play and take a call after that,” the southpaw said hinting at the 2019 World Cup, in an exclusive interview to PTI, on the sidelines of the 18th Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco (France).
Getting diagnosed with cancer is Yuvraj Singh’s biggest regret
The 36-year-old also revealed the biggest regret of his otherwise storied cricket career, wherein he told PTI that not being able to cement a place in India’s Test side will always pinch him on the wrong side. “Definitely, in the first 6-7 years of my career when I was at my best I did not get a lot of opportunities because there were such great players in the (Test) team and when I got an opportunity I was diagnosed with cancer. So that regret will always be there but these things are never in my control. I am just looking forward to whatever cricket I get to play,” Yuvraj Singh stated.
On India’s recent performance in South Africa
The Punjab all-rounder subsequently moved on to analysing India’s performance on their recently concluded tour of South Africa and reserved high words of praise for skipper Virat Kohli and his team.
“I think it is a pretty great performance. They showed a lot of character after losing the Test series. It was a hard-fought Test series, could have gone either way. But it was a very convincing win in the ODI series. Kohli led from the front with some big runs.”
“Spinners bowled very well especially Kuldeep (Yadav) and (Yuzvendra) Chahal and got South Africa into trouble. And then they stepped on the gas and won the T20 series 2-1. Going abroad playing three series winning two definitely shows India’s dominance,” Yuvraj concluded.