India news August 29, 2012

Yuvraj confident of strong World Twenty20 show

ESPNcricinfo staff

Yuvraj Singh has received the Arjuna Award, an Indian government honour to recognise outstanding achievement in sport, from Indian president Pranab Mukherjee in Delhi. Yuvraj is currently preparing to make a comeback to international cricket after recovering from a rare germ-cell cancer.

"It's a special award for me," Yuvraj said. "I had been nominated few times but finally I got it this time. It's a proud moment for me and my family. The award will give me a lot of confidence to make a comeback and perform well."

Yuvraj hasn't played any top-flight cricket since last November but has been picked for the Twenty20s against New Zealand next month and the World Twenty20 as well. He brushed aside doubts over whether he is fit enough for the rigours of top-flight cricket.

"Experts are not watching me. They don't know about my fitness. It's me who knows what's going on. It's me who is feeling it from inside," Yuvraj said. "I know myself better and I am confident enough to do well in the World Cup in Sri Lanka."

Following chemotherapy in February and March, Yuvraj began training in June. "I am practising hard at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore," he said. "The experts over there are watching my fitness level. I know what I am doing and I just want to concentrate on my return and playing cricket.

"If you look at the last three months, I am really training hard and peaking well. I am looking forward to play my first game after a year."

Yuvraj also insisted that he had enough practice to be ready for the World Twenty20. "I had played three practice games at NCA. I will get some serious match practice in the two matches against New Zealand scheduled September 8 and 11. Then, I would be playing two more practice matches. So, you see, I will be having seven games before the World Cup. I will be having enough match practice."

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  • Dummy4 on August 30, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    best contender for arjuna award... shoots the bowler's eye

  • Rajan on August 30, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    My team would be;Sehwag/R.Sharma,Gambhir,Kohli,Yuvi,Raina,Msd,Ifran,Bhajji, Ashwin,Balaji And Zak.This way it it help our bowling by playing 5 bowlers and and batting line up would down to 9.

  • Dummy4 on August 30, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    Yuvi gona rock in this wc !!!! hero of Indian cricket !!!!

  • Sreejith on August 30, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    HOT NEWS, Stuart Broad backed out from T20WC.

  • Assasinz on August 30, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    Good to see him back in action. I wonder with such a strong batting line up, which player had to make way.

  • Dummy4 on August 30, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    congrats yuvi for winning the arjuna award

    India's XI for t20s should be- 1. Viru 2. Gauti 3. Kohli 4. Raina 5. Yuvi 6. Dhoni 7. Irfan 8. Ashwin 9. Bhajji 10. Zak 11. Dinda need 5 specialist bowlers and 6 batsmen+irfan, ashwin, bhajji should be enough for t20s..think this is d best team..

  • Manjunath on August 30, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    @TaintedLuvv: A big salute to you brother! Great to hear the description from a fan across the border. Thank you - Sincerely

  • George on August 30, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    I should say that the people if india has a special affection towards yuvraj. He is the real hero...Comeone Yuvi ...Rock..

  • Subash on August 30, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    First off good luck Yuvi. @TaintedLuvv: Like my fellow Indians have said, I commend you on your knowledge about Mahabharata. One slight correction Mahabaharat is our 'Itihas' which exclusively means 'thus occured' and not a myth, which my fellow Indians missed. There are several evidence that historians have gathered to prove that the great Mahabharata War did happen. I can provide those here but then this article is about Yuvi back in World T20 squad and not abt history.

  • vinay on August 30, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    Posted by Thomas_Ridge on (August 30 2012, 03:57 AM GMT) who cares. meaningless award anyway.

    :- We cares as it is my countries prestigious award , if you don't care why are u bothered of adding a comment just keep quite, i think this helps.

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