Yuvi knocking on Test door

Updated: 11 December 2007 14:50 IST

In his first Test appearance in 18 months, Yuvraj Singh proved a point to his detractors to ponder why he is not a regular member of India's Test team.

Yuvi knocking on Test door

Bangalore:

In his first Test appearance in 18 months, Yuvraj Singh made his detractors ponder, why he is not a regular member of India's Test team.

Yuvraj made no mistake with the first opportunity he got and proved that he should be a part of the playing eleven in Test cricket.

The frustration of the wait was finally over and it showed in his reaction. But it wasn't easy getting to the three figure mark given that India were struggling at 61 for four when he walked in to bat.

The first day of every test in the current India vs Pakistan series has produced a hero for India. If Delhi saw Anil Kumble come out on top and Kolkata was privileged to have seen the 192 from Wasim Jaffer, in Bangalore, it was Yuvraj Singh.

"I was very nervous you know I have never been a confident starter in test cricket as I haven't played much of it.

"I have never been so nervous in one day game but Test cricket is a very different ball game, so I just wanted to be positive otherwise as well and just watched the ball and try and take the first spell out," said Yuvraj Singh.

And he had every reason to be positive.

Yuvraj has been in awesome form this year. He helped India win the Twenty20 World Cup and has scored over 1200 runs in one dayers.

But that has still not ensured a place for him in the Test eleven.

The Chandigarh batsman, however, feels it is a combination of not having used previous chances and the fact that this team already has probably the best middle order in Tests right now.

"It is tough to replace Rahul Dravid, Sachin, Laxman and Ganguly because they have good Test records and my aim was to go and play for the team obviously. We have to think of winning this Test match and not think of a team combination going to Australia," said Yuvraj.

Before Australia though is the small matter of winning the Bangalore Test.

Incidentally, both previous times that Yuvraj has scored a century against Pakistan, India have gone on to lose the match.

Once that is taken care of, Yuvraj will no doubt be hoping to make it to the playing eleven at Melbourne.

He is certainly got enough fans rooting for him, now it is just the selectors who have to agree.




Topics : Cricket Anil Kumble Yuvraj Singh Gary Kirsten
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