India v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Mirpur March 2, 2016

'I felt my flow was back' - Yuvraj Singh

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Yuvraj Singh made 35 off 18 balls against Sri Lanka © AFP

Allrounder Yuvraj Singh showed glimpses of improved batting form during his cameo against Sri Lanka, which helped seal India's spot in the final of the Asia Cup. The second ball he faced was slashed over backward point for four, and then Yuvraj unleashed signature flicks and lofts on his way to 35 off 18 balls. He struck three fours and as many sixes before he was dismissed with India only 18 runs away from the target.

"Today was one of those days where I felt my flow was back," Yuvraj told bcci.tv. "I needed a bit of a flow out there to feel good. I felt that my game is back. I have been trying to get as much batting time as possible and I believe I have been picking up slowly."

Yuvraj had targetted left-arm spinner Rangana Herath, smashing him for 13 runs off three balls, including two sixes in the arc between long-on and deep midwicket.

"I was assessing which bowlers I am going to attack and which bowlers I won't," Yuvraj said. "I told myself that if a left-arm spinner is bowling, then I am going to go and attack straight away. Any left-hand batsman who can hit sixes will go after left-arm spin … Tonight I just wanted to be positive and hit the ball straight away and deliver for the team."

Yuvraj has managed only 64 runs in three Asia Cup matches at a strike rate of 96, but has batted 125 minutes on considerably green pitches. In India's previous match against Pakistan, Yuvraj faced a proper short-ball attack from Mohammad Irfan. The fast bowler had Yuvraj ducking and swaying, and even sent a 146 kph bouncer past the batsman's nose. Yuvraj survived the threatening spell, though, and added 68 with Virat Kohli to stabilise a chase of 84. He was unbeaten on 14 off 32 balls as India won by five wickets with 27 deliveries to spare.

"Last game, it was a different situation where we needed to take a spell out and get a partnership going," Yuvraj said. "I took my time out there where I could leave a lot of balls and get a partnership going along with Virat Kohli. It was a small total so I could take a lot of time."

Yuvraj also complimented Kohli, who has four 50-plus scores in the last six matches and averages 103.66 in T20Is in 2016. "I feel he has been in the form of his life for the last five to six years," Yuvraj said. "He has been very consistent and he knows his role really well. He is batting beautifully and I hope he continues to do that."

Having spent time in the middle and found his hitting range, Yuvraj hoped to win games for India in the upcoming World T20. "I want to get better every game," he said. "Hopefully, I can continue this good run ahead. I believe it is my responsibility to go and change the game for the team. Hopefully, I can do it more than once."

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  • Naresh28 on March 4, 2016, 7:35 GMT

    A win could be good ending for Yuvi, Dhoni, Bhajji and Nehra!! I believe they are in their last throws. The young players must give it their everything and win both Asia cup and WC for their fading heroes.

  • Coolcapricorn on March 3, 2016, 15:15 GMT

    @Madhusudhan Final against Pak??? Anyway in the match against Pakistan after losing the top-order wickets early on, he had to play a bit conservatively to make sure the team lost no further wickets at that stage - with Kohli & him then repairing the early damage & eventually taking us to victory. Sometimes one has to adapt & play according to the circumstances your team finds itself in.

  • Madhusudhan_6-Wd-4-NB-3-Wkt-2-LBW-1 on March 3, 2016, 13:59 GMT

    That's good news. But I didn't see his flow against Pakistan, when their bowlers were ripping apart the Indian top order batsmen. May be he got back flow against SL attack which didn't included Lasith Malinga. But final is against Pak, can we see his flow against Pak or will he be caught hopping in the crease against Pak attack.

  • Coolcapricorn on March 3, 2016, 11:15 GMT

    Who knows, he never may be as good as once was but let us not forget what he has been through with his illness & the glories he has brought our country with his WC performances both in T20 & ODI cricket. Who can ever forget those 6 sixes in SA & how it warms your heart even watching it today! So great he is back, great he is finding some form & hope he does the business for us yet again in Sunday's final plus in the impending T20 WC.

  • cheguramana on March 3, 2016, 10:24 GMT

    glad for Yuvi that hes getting his 'flow' back..those who criticise for slow batting agnst Pak: he did exactly what he was supposed to do, not lose his wkt and support Kohli. however, he stl looks a bit overweight and not too active in the field. his bowling is OK, but hope he can get back his fielding 'flow' as well. thats what wl make him the MVP that he used to be!

  • RadheshTR on March 3, 2016, 5:38 GMT

    People who talk about Yuvraj in the last WT20 final should also remember that the bowler who caused the most trouble was then banned not too later. Anyone who watched that match will remember how this bowler's 'action' helped his team win.

  • ABDVfan on March 3, 2016, 5:02 GMT

    One should give the sri lankan bowlers their due ,they bowled excellent defensive lines in wt20 final ..india was a stronger team on paper but sri lanka was better on that day tactically ..this z t20 momentum shift happens very fast 2 exert anymore control on the game ..and yuvraj played 21 balls in the final ,other batsmen played nearly 100 balls ,if the others were not struggling then the famed powerful batting of india should have scored atleast 140 off those 100 balls , y could not they .. It was due to brilliant tactics and defensive bowling by the lankans cricket fans try 2 understand the game and its parameters

  • Cric_Ebe on March 2, 2016, 20:07 GMT

    I seriously don't know what is the purpose of this article. Are you appreciating a bastsman or are you pulling him down subtly? Waste of time.

  • gkautish on March 2, 2016, 15:02 GMT

    yuvi needs confidence n the feeling of belongingness, once he is confident he can rip apart any attack even pak,.. more than this he needs to be back in odis ,where in domestics he has performed amazingly this season

  • ADAS-IND on March 2, 2016, 13:56 GMT

    Every one talked about Yuvi for picking 14 or 16 Cr in IPL bid but he is also also the man who donates more than 25 Crores in cancer treatment charity YouWeCan and also investing more more than 25 Cr in YouWeCan venture capital investment firm which is unique and unmatch to any other cricker. He is the most eventful personality who have seen almost every high and lows in life . He had won a U19WC2000 , a WT20 and a WC by contributing highest but also blamed most for losing a WCT20 final . He is the only sport personality who made come back by two almost impossible situation one is Cancer and other is WT20 final defeat in 2014 and these can not be done by any cricketer in the world.

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