Yuvraj not worried about his form

Updated: 23 May 2008 12:10 IST

Yuvraj Singh has not set the IPL on fire like he did at the Twenty20 World Cup but the Kings XI Punjab skipper is not losing sleep over his poor form.

Yuvraj not worried about his form

New Delhi:

Yuvraj Singh has not set the Indian Premier League on fire like he did at the Twenty20 World Cup but the Kings XI Punjab skipper is not losing sleep over his poor form.

Yuvraj admits he has not done enough with the bat so far in the tournament but insists everything is fine as long as the team keeps winning.

"I know I've not done anything special but it's not a concern for me. More importantly, the team is doing well and I just hope it continues doing well," the left-hander said on the eve of his side's IPL match against Delhi Daredevils on Saturday.

According to him, had it been Test or One-day cricket, it could have been a reason to worry.

"This is being Twenty20, I don't think it's that worrying. Of course I would have worried had it been Test or One-day cricket," he said.

The Punjab side discovered a match-winner in Shaun Marsh, son of former Australia opener Geoff Marsh, and Yuvraj lavished praise on the youngster who has been prolific since making his IPL debut.

"He has been performing really well. He did not get a chance at the start and when he had his chance, nobody knew how he would fare. Now he has shown it and I think it would have him even when he returns home. His confidence will be sky-high because he has played against the best bowlers of the world," Yuvraj said.

The dashing left-hander reckons the Daredevils would be a tricky opponent on Saturday and his side simply could not afford to lower its guard.

Tomorrow's match might also witness a battle between two in-form leg-spinners -- Punjab's Piyush Chawla and Delhi's Amit Mishra -- feels Yuvraj.

"Leg-spin is an art and the leg-spinners have got a lot of variety. We've got Piyush Chawla, who has been doing very well, while Delhi has got Amit Mishra. He (Amit) has played for India and is also in fine form," Yuvraj said.

Chawla has impressed everybody with his guiles and the youngster has 11 wickets to his name. Mishra, on the other hand, has looked even better in the last two matches and he grabbed five wickets, including IPL's second hat-trick, to guide Delhi to a 12-run win over Deccan Chargers on Thursday.

Punjab coach Tom Moody, meanwhile, had a look at the trend in the tournament and he offered an explanation for the growing low-score matches.

"I think after a few high-scoring games, the bowlers, by now, have adapted well to the situation. They have worked out the strategy and realised that unless they add variety, they cannot succeed.

"Credit also goes to the captains, for effecting various tactical changes to protect their bowlers," Moody said.

The Australian said a judicious blend of domestic and foreign players was the need of the hour and Punjab was no exception.



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