At present, he is participating in Vijay Hazare trophy representing Punjab against Karnataka
The Hush Post | 9:36 am | 3-minute-read
Yuvraj Singh is giving his last shot to be part of the team for World Cup cricket 2019. As a young fan came out and exclaimed “Punjab ka sher, Yuvraj Singh!” seeing a leaner fitter Yuvraj Singh at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, the fan got a selfie in return from Yuvraj.
Yuvraj was away from international cricket for 16 months. But during this time he worked hard and now looks extremely fit.
At present, he is participating in Vijay Hazare trophy representing Punjab against Karnataka.
And fans saw vintage Yuvraj as he drove the sparse gathering into raptures hitting two sixes. He says he is batting well ‘when I am hitting sixes’.
“When I am hitting the ball out of the park at will, and not having that fear that I am going to get out, that is when I am feeling good,” Yuvraj adds, as he discusses his immediate future at the start of a season on which so much depends.
“All my cricket has been fearless. Obviously, you have to see the situation and play accordingly. But when I start hitting the ball out of the park and doing that consistently, then I feel that I am in a good space.”
In seven outings in the Hazare Trophy, he smashed nine sixes, making a total of 264 runs at an average of 37.71. He struck at 81.48 per 100 deliveries faced – only the three batsmen above him in the Punjab run-scorers’ chart had higher strike-rates among specialist batsmen – and looked like he was enjoying himself, embracing the role of a mentor whole-heartedly while ensuring that he more than pulled his weight with the bat.
Two months short of his 37th birthday, Yuvraj looks in top shape.
Yuvraj’s last One-Day International appearance was in June 2017, in the West Indies immediately after the Champions Trophy in England
“My decision to make is that I want to go happily playing the game. I didn’t have a good domestic season last year, I had a bad IPL,” he says. “I took a break and I thought that if I am looking to play another year or two years, I want to go playing this game happily because this game has given me everything,” Yuvraj adds.
“So I went to England for five weeks to a training camp this summer, I worked hard on my fitness. I was in Cirencester, at a habitat centre. I worked with a trainer called James, a former Marine, for five weeks. And when I got back home, I had another three weeks on my own; I had eight weeks of fitness before I started the season and didn’t have too much good (batting) practice before coming here. I just played one practice game against Madhya Pradesh. But I just felt mentally very good,” he adds.
Yuvraj’s last One-Day International appearance was in June 2017, in the West Indies immediately after the Champions Trophy in England. He was recalled to the ODI side at the start of the year, after over three years. He celebrated his return with a career-best 150 in his second game against England in Cuttack.