Yuvraj Singh Still Hopes to Play for India Again. Anything is Possible, he Tells NDTV

Yuvraj Singh last played for India in December 2013 against South Africa.

Updated: November 20, 2014 03:14 IST
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Yuvraj Singh is still hopeful of making a comeback into the Indian team and playing the ICC World Cup in 2015.


Out of the Indian team for close to a year, Yuvraj Singh continues to be hopeful of making a comeback ahead of the World Cup next year. Speaking to NDTV, the 32-year-old said he is concentrating on domestic cricket to catch the selectors' eyes once more.

Yuvraj, who last played for India against South Africa in December of 2013, said that talks of him giving up hope were false and that he was still determined to play for the national side.

"My words were twisted and were made to sound like I don't want to play. (But) Anything is possible in life and I am looking forward to playing for India again," said the veteran left-handed batsman, who has featured in 293 ODIs and has scores of 72, 77*, 55 and 60 in his last 10 limited-overs' appearances.

While he admits that getting picked is the prerogative of the selectors, Yuvraj said he was determined to perform well in the domestic circuit.

"Selection is not in my hands. I've got a few domestic tournaments coming up (and) I look forward to playing in that. If they (selectors) think I can still deliver I think I'll get picked," he said. "I just look forward to playing cricket."

Despite being backed by the likes of Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkar, making a return to the current Indian side won't be an easy prospect. Yuvraj though is aware of the tough road ahead.

"The youngsters are doing pretty well. It's going to be hard to find a place in the top XI. But the World Cup is going to be a squad of more than 16, so let's see what happens," said the Punjab player, who was adjudged man-of-the series in the previous edition of the World Cup. Yuvraj had hit four 50s, a century and claimed 15 wickets to emerge as the most prolific player.

Asked about India's chances in the 2015 World Cup, Yuvraj said India have a good chance of defending the title.

"We have a couple of match winners - Virat (Kohli), Rohit (Sharma) and MS (Dhoni) will be the main batsmen in the team right now. (But) I would say our bowling is a bit inexperienced," he said. "Hopefully the bowlers should deliver. Wickets might help the bowlers over there with the bounce."

With India's long tour of Australia starting later this month, Yuvraj also said that the team should focus on building momentum ahead of the World Cup. This especially as the tracks in Australia and New Zealand are different from ones back home.

"Tracks are going to be bouncier and move a bit more so. You can only assess once you get there and how your World Cup starts. It's very important to get a good momentum going in the World Cup which we had in 2011," he said.

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