Despite being out of the national picture for long, Yuvraj Singh said he still has hopes of finding a place in India's Test squad with India playing numerous Tests in the next year. Yuvi also spoke of the difficulty to get into the Test team earlier, with the 'Fab five' in the batting lineup.
“Yaar when you've been the 12th man of a team for seven years, and you've greats like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly , Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag and VVS Laxman, it's difficult to get an opportunity, because that time we used to get one or two chances. Right now, there are more opportunities. Guys are getting a chance to play 10 Tests. If they do well or don't do well, they still play.
“It's good that this is happening because they're secure that even if they don't do well, they'll get a chance.In our time, there was so much competition that it was hard to get opportunities. So, whatever the circumstances, I think I did decently well. There were times when I couldn't convert my 60s and 70s into 100s. So, I think that's where I lacked. Instead of three, if I had six to seven hundreds, I'd have been happier, but it's not easy to score hundreds at No 6,” Yuvraj Singh told Cricbuzz in an interview.
With India playing a host of Test matches in the upcoming months, Yuvraj Singh has hoped to find a place in the squad. He said, “There's an opportunity there, for sure. India is playing 13-15 Tests in India next. I've scored six-seven hundreds in the past couple of seasons in the Ranji Trophy. If I get a chance to play on spinning tracks, I've been playing spin well. I'd love to play Test cricket again. See, selection isn't in my hand. All I can do is try my best”.
Yuvraj Singh hoping to play tests again.— sportscafe.in (@IndiaSportscafe) April 22, 2016
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When asked whether he would play in the next ODI World Cup, Yuvraj explained how difficult it is for him to get into the middle order of the current ODI team with Ajinkya Rahane and Manish Pandey performing well for the side.
“It depends on how well the IPL goes. If I do well in it, I may get an opportunity . So, let's see what happens. Right now, it's tough to get a spot in the India ODI side, because in the middle order, Ajinkya Rahane and Manish Pandey are playing really well. So if I get an opportunity , it'll be great. I'll give my best in whatever cricket I get to play,” Yuvraj added.
The southpaw is currently recuperating from an ankle injury and has missed the start of the IPL this season. However, he is expected to return to action during Sunrisers Hyderabad's next match against the Gujarat Lions on 6 May.
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