Zimbabwe v India, Videocon tri-series, Harare September 4, 2005

Yuvraj - defeat never crossed my mind


Yuvraj Singh - grateful for coaching assistance © Getty Images

Yuvraj Singh says his century against Zimbabwe is all thanks to the hard work he has put in recently, under the watchful eye of India's coach Greg Chappell and his assistant Ian Frazer.

"I was short of confidence when I went to Sri Lanka," he told PTI, "and Greg (Chappell) and Frazer worked very hard on me. My footwork improved greatly," he added, after his 120 bailed India out of a tricky situation against Zimbabwe in a tri-series game on Sunday.

"I worked very hard on my first 50 runs but once I got set I chose my bowlers to attack. It never crossed my mind that we could lose the game. I knew that if I could bat till the end, we cannot lose the game."

He said the pressure was definitely on India after an early flurry of wickets. "If you lose four early wickets, whatever is the attack, the pressure is on the opposition," he added. "Our top order is one of the best in the world and if they were out, they must have bowled good balls."