World T20 2014 April 2, 2014

Yuvraj skips training after football injury

Yuvraj Singh missed India's training session in Fatullah this afternoon after being hit on his ankle while playing football barefoot with his team-mates the previous day in Mirpur. "Yuvraj Singh had a blow on his left ankle, for precautionary reasons he is taking rest today," RN Baba, the team's media manager, said in a release. All the other 14 members of the squad were present for the session.

Yuvraj had gone down amid a tussle for the ball near the goal on the side ground in Mirpur. He did a theatrical, professional football impression, writhing in mock agony, and lying down for a few seconds, before he smiled, got up, took a few tentative steps, and immediately resumed playing. He had strapping around his ankle when he left the ground, again as a "precautionary" measure. The Mirpur session was limited to the football game.

India have been playing football regularly during training sessions in the World T20, and have maintained that it helps take their minds off cricket and is an occasion for the players to enjoy themselves without any pressure. While they usually have shoes on when they do so, they decided to play it barefoot the previous afternoon.

India have another day left before they play their semi-final against South Africa on Friday.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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