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India v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Delhi, 4th day

'It's a very good feeling to perform in Tests,' says Yuvraj

Dileep Premachandran at Delhi

December 13, 2005

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Yuvraj's half-century has complicated the selection process for the next Test © Getty Images

Yuvraj Singh anchored India's batting effort on the fourth day at the Feroz Shah Kotla, and after an uncharacteristically subdued unbeaten 77, which had just a few of the flashes of brilliance associated with him, he talked to the media about India's prospects of victory. There was also satisfaction at a job well done, and acknowledgement that he had just made the team management's job of picking an XI for the Ahmedabad Test that much harder.

On the acceleration after lunch when 55 runs were scored in just seven overs

We discussed it at lunch. Decided to bat on for 10 overs after lunch, and look to be positive.

On missing out on a possible century

I'm not disappointed. I did what was needed for the team. We're in a good position to win the game now, and I'm very happy.

On the slow progress early in the morning

We started slowly, but there were also some good stops. It can get frustrating, but I wanted to carry on through to the end. That helped. It was important that Sourav [Ganguly] and I carry on.

On how the pitch behaved

It's not easy to bat on. The ball is staying low. It's important to spend some time in the middle to be comfortable.

On tackling Murali

He's a very experienced bowler. Our intention was to be as positive as we could against him, while also being aware that he has got the most wickets. I think I played him quite well.

On whether he had made things difficult for the selectors, with Virender Sehwag due to come back for the next Test

I have. Let's see what happens. I'm not thinking of that now. I just went out there and did my best.

On the turning point of the afternoon

When Atapattu got out.

On what his innings meant to him

It's a very good feeling to perform in Tests, because that's rated very high. If you can do that, then you're there as a player. It's given me a lot of confidence.

Dileep Premachandran is features editor of Cricinfo

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