Yuvraj hits back at critics

Updated: 19 February 2008 13:16 IST

Yuvraj Singh hit back at his critics, saying every player goes through a "bad time" and there was never a question mark over his place in Indian team

Yuvraj hits back at critics

Adelaide:

Yuvraj Singh, who marked his return to form with a scintillating 76, on Tuesday hit back at his critics, saying every player goes through a "bad time" and there was never a question mark over his place in India's one-day team.

"I scored four half centuries in the last five one-dayers before the Australia tour. There has been only two bad games for me in the one-day series. If you are putting a question mark over my inclusion in the one-day side, you are asking me a wrong question," Yuvraj said after India's thrilling two-wicket win over Sri Lanka in a crucial tri-series game.

Yuvraj said he never felt insecure of losing his place in the squad and also credited Gautam Gambhir for providing him with inspiration.

"Well, there never was a question mark over my place in the side. But yes, I played more shots today. Having watched Gautam Gambhir, as he tackled Muthiah Muralitharan in Brisbane, I decided that instead of blocking, I should play my natural game."

Yuvraj was grateful for the support of Dhoni during his critical time and asserted that dip in form was a part of international cricket.

"I know my capability. Everyone has badSingh, who marked his return to form with a scintillating 76, today hit back at his critics, saying every player goes through a "bad time" and there was never a question mark over his place in India's one-day team.

Yuvraj said he was not satisfied with his half century and credited skipper Dhoni for India's close win against Sri Lanka.

"I am not very satisfied with my knock today. If it wasn't for Dhoni, we would have lost the game," said Yuvraj, whose 76 off 70 balls was the turning point in India's run-chase today.

"I should have stayed till the end and got a hundred but I guess I got a good ball," he added.

The Punjab batsman showered heaps of praise on Dhoni for the way he engineered India's win at the Adelaide Oval.

"Look at how many times he has been so consistent. I wasn't that good lower down the order for the initial part of my career.

"He is tremendous, very consistent. Young boys should take a lot of inspiration in how he is batting in such pressure situations."

Yuvraj wasn't willing to commit himself on whether Virender Sehwag was dropped but he did speak glowingly about the potential of the Delhi dasher.

"He is a tremendous player. I don't know whether he was dropped or injured. We bowled well with five bowlers in the last game. PK (Praveen Kumar) was given chance because we want to give chances to everyone. It's a long series.

"Viru is a tremendous player but you got to see the team combination as well. The team combination for this game was good."

Yuvraj also spoke about the help Sachin Tendulkar consistently provides to him about his batting.

"I always talk to Sachin. He's been my inspiration. It's important to talk to someone like him as to what to do inside in different situations."

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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