England in India, 2005-06 March 4, 2006

Yuvraj winning fitness battle

Cricinfo staff

Yuvraj Singh: on course to be available for the second Test against England © Getty Images
Yuvraj Singh is expected to be fit for the second Test against England, at Mohali, after recovering from the hamstring strain that he sustained in the final one-day international against Pakistan, in Karachi.

The BCCI secretary, Niranjan Singh, said a fitness report on Yuvraj was with the Board. "I have got first-hand report on Yuvraj's fitness and he seems to have recovered. The report of the physiotherapist would be taken into consideration when the selection committee meets here tomorrow."

Yuvraj's availability leaves the selectors with a dilemma for second Test. Mohammad Kaif, who was his replacement for Nagpur, was India's leading batsman in the first innings with a career-best 91, which makes it very hard for the selectors to leave him out.

The man under most pressure now is VVS Laxman. He was trapped lbw first ball, by Matthew Hoggard, in the first innings and could very well be batting for his Test place as India fight for a draw on the final day.