World T20 2014 April 2, 2014

Yuvraj skips training after football injury

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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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  • SEMI GOD on April 3, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    They should focus on playing cricket, not on playing football, if yuvi gets an injury then it will be a big blow for the semi final. I wish he recovers soon and get ready for do or die match ;-)

  • PeterJerome on April 3, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    Playing football with sunglasses on... funny guys.

  • on April 3, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    Get well soon Yuvi..!!! We want you to be thier to beat SA and win the cup for us!~ Waiting to watch your another good innings..!! in upcoming matchs!~~

  • on April 3, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    Well I don't think it'll be that much serious injury for me its some sort of tactic. Similar thing happened with him in World T20 2007 when I think Dhoni and Co. decided to go without Yuvraj against South Africa and it worked they surprised Australia by bringing him with a bang.

  • Haleos on April 3, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    What a crazy way to train. Playing footlball. Have they heard footballers training by playing cricket? They could have just relaxed for couple of days. What if there is some serious injury?

  • on April 3, 2014, 1:56 GMT

    Get well soon

  • inswing on April 3, 2014, 1:48 GMT

    They should play volleyball and table tennis instead of football. Football injuries are all too common.

  • on April 3, 2014, 0:25 GMT

    Injury can happen in any sports, irrespective of how it is played..staying away from preparation fearing injury kills sportsman spirit. These comments can fit from the stands and on field our heroes know they are successful only because of fearless attitude exhibited on field..Go India..GO

  • on April 2, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    Don't get the logic behind playing a contact sport before such a big game!

  • Click_Click_Cricket on April 2, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    I think almost everyone here missed the trick!! YUVI is absolutely fine. He likes drama and attention specially when his spot in the team has been under the scanner. He needed an excuse to skip training or to take it easy before the big game! Also, he wants to perform well in the Semi-F and turn into a HERO while the whole world knows he played with ?injured ankle? By the way, Yuvi was never a big fan of training.

  • SEMI GOD on April 3, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    They should focus on playing cricket, not on playing football, if yuvi gets an injury then it will be a big blow for the semi final. I wish he recovers soon and get ready for do or die match ;-)

  • PeterJerome on April 3, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    Playing football with sunglasses on... funny guys.

  • on April 3, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    Get well soon Yuvi..!!! We want you to be thier to beat SA and win the cup for us!~ Waiting to watch your another good innings..!! in upcoming matchs!~~

  • on April 3, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    Well I don't think it'll be that much serious injury for me its some sort of tactic. Similar thing happened with him in World T20 2007 when I think Dhoni and Co. decided to go without Yuvraj against South Africa and it worked they surprised Australia by bringing him with a bang.

  • Haleos on April 3, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    What a crazy way to train. Playing footlball. Have they heard footballers training by playing cricket? They could have just relaxed for couple of days. What if there is some serious injury?

  • on April 3, 2014, 1:56 GMT

    Get well soon

  • inswing on April 3, 2014, 1:48 GMT

    They should play volleyball and table tennis instead of football. Football injuries are all too common.

  • on April 3, 2014, 0:25 GMT

    Injury can happen in any sports, irrespective of how it is played..staying away from preparation fearing injury kills sportsman spirit. These comments can fit from the stands and on field our heroes know they are successful only because of fearless attitude exhibited on field..Go India..GO

  • on April 2, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    Don't get the logic behind playing a contact sport before such a big game!

  • Click_Click_Cricket on April 2, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    I think almost everyone here missed the trick!! YUVI is absolutely fine. He likes drama and attention specially when his spot in the team has been under the scanner. He needed an excuse to skip training or to take it easy before the big game! Also, he wants to perform well in the Semi-F and turn into a HERO while the whole world knows he played with ?injured ankle? By the way, Yuvi was never a big fan of training.

  • on April 2, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    playing fottball without shoes is playing cricket without mudgaurd I guess!! this is the stupid idea.

  • on April 2, 2014, 16:15 GMT

    Yes twist an ankle badly or worse and it can be bye bye career...all well and good having some recreation but not so close to big matches...As it is Yuvraj's spot has been under close scrutiny for a while and if he got injured it could have been tickets for him.

  • Manu4 on April 2, 2014, 16:12 GMT

    Has anyone here every played football on grass in the subcontinent? Normal shoes get extremely slippery - especially when playing football where you need to balance on one leg while kicking with the other. But if you wear spikes/studs then you run the risk of injuring other players. The safest way in such conditions is to play barefoot. WE used to play football bare feet as kids- especially when was dew. Ankle injuries do not happen because of not wearing shoes! Ankles get hurt when you twist them - mostly when running/changing directions. This could happen even during a normal training but the chances are higher if one is playing football rigorously.

  • bhushanB on April 2, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    @VaibhavVartak

    Yes, some may call it the commentator's curse.. but I always had a wrong feeling when I see them play football... One of my friends injured his ligament and had to be in out-of-action for almost 4 months..just playing recreational football ..... ofcorse with proper shoes on...and he was the most atheltic of all of us

    Football uses a different set of muscles.. different technique... its ok if you are playing just recreational passing.. but I think it gets competitive as they play...

    If for recreation why do not they play something like a sixes tournament among themselves.. or have a bowl out.. or some other activity that involves the same muscle and joints when they play cricket...

    And without shoes... I have never even walked barefoot outside of the house.. so do not know how it feels or if it has any added advantage..

  • SevereCritic on April 2, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    It is safer to play soccer without shoes when playing casually than with shoes. If you wear standard soccer shoes, you have to also wear shin guards etc to protect against the nasty studs. It is good to see the Indian team in great spirits.

  • shaykumar on April 2, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    haha I am loving this... India are training for football in training and are hammering the others in cricket! I do think a game like football can work on more subtle things like running faster, team work and psycologically its great! love it!

  • PMadhavarao on April 2, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    This is ridiculous. Playing barefoot any game is a NO and especially when it comes to football a big NO NO. You run the risk of injuring ankle and that is exactly what happened. Yuvi - I hope you recover quickly in time for the big game. All the best.

  • hamza_sh on April 2, 2014, 14:17 GMT

    This is working for India,so carry on playing football guys

  • henchart on April 2, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    Against a team that is suspect while facing spin,Yuvraj's absence wont be felt .Bring in Dhawan and push Ajinkya down the order.If Indians make it to the finals ,Yuvraj can return with two additional days rest.If SA beat India Yuvraj's international T20 career is saved for the time being anyways after one knock .It is a win win situation for him.

  • on April 2, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    Come on guys give it a rest they are people and as much they are Indian cricketer they are also human and are prone to making mistake.You guys are bashing him like you all have been perfect your whole life and never made a mistake.Just wish for his recovery and cut some slack.

  • VaibhavVartak on April 2, 2014, 14:07 GMT

    Are you kidding me ?? Soccer without soccer shoes ??? I distinctly remember Harsha asking Dhoni during presentation ceremony that are you taking a break after the game against Australia ? Dhoni said, we will be playing soccer tomorrow, Harsha immediately responded to be careful as you dont want to injure your players and we see this in the news. There are lot of people working on Yuvi to be back, it is reckless to play soccer without proper shoes, you are inviting injuries by doing so. I fail to understand who is managing the players.

  • on April 2, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    hope yuvi will play against south Africa and India will won

  • on April 2, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    FYI Gavaskar is BCCI Chief only for the IPL.

  • on April 2, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    Guys, the Indian Team has been playing football for years. I have seen them play football even as warm up on the day of the game. I play football regularly and injuries are just as likely as from most other sports.

    Now can you guess how professional football players practice in between games?

    Yes! They play football! They dont go swimming just avoid injuries.

    I am sure they exercise caution.

  • StunningDollar on April 2, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    Why they should play foorball without wearing shoes? Don't you think it is carelessness.? They are there to represent India, not to show off such crazyness. Nation has many talented players, if they are not serious to thier business, they should vacant the palce for other deserving national player.

  • on April 2, 2014, 13:34 GMT

    Are they gone mad. Instead of playing same football game again and again they can opt swimming for 2 hrs it can increase their fitness with out any injury.

  • 10000000 on April 2, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    This is Crazy,People like Yuvi will get easily this kind of injuries. its happend earlier when he is young. This kind of practice not at all required. lets stop it before it will impact even more.

  • msdhoni123 on April 2, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    seriously whats wrong with the indian fan on here. These players aint machines to do the same thing over and over again and not get bored of it. How many would enjoy doing there favourite job 24/7 and still enjoy it. The cricketers are humans too they get bored as well. So to mix it up they play football . And whats wrong with playing barefoot. How many of you have seriously got injured playing football there is a chance but that chance can occur when practising cricket too. Gheeze this indian fans. all of you need to man up. let them just enjoy something instead of having the pressure of the whole country on there head.

  • Naresh28 on April 2, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    @creative411987 - nope i disagree with you. If they feel the mind needs relaxing and football takes their mind off pressures - then let it be. Besides it will help them to gel together. Its not as though they need cricket practice which they play so much as a team. Besides they have lots of spare before the game on Friday. They should get some cricketing training in before then. Team management is in a better position to decide than me or you.

  • on April 2, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    It will be interesting to see how Mr.Gavaskar reacts to this. He was one who openly criticized this sort of practice when Yuvraj was once injured while playing some other game and it hurt India's chances in the next game.

  • Dielo on April 2, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    They seem to be training for the wrong World Cup this year .... get well quick Yuvi.

  • naren1983 on April 2, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    Hope there is no serious injury. He is mandatory against strong SA as he is rightly peaking up at this time. Hope Indians beat SA and meet WI in Final.

  • on April 2, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    Hopefully, he's fine and nothing is serious. He's a big match winner, who usually rises on big occasions. He seems to have found his form, and we all know what he is capable of when in form. #6Sixes #12ball50.

  • Creative411987 on April 2, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    Are they Gone Crazy? Y playing football with Barefoot that too before World Cup semi Final and final ? Any major injury to players who in form can create problems for indian team. New BCCI president Gavaskar should look into this matter. I mean they are playing for Team India.

  • Creative411987 on April 2, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    What's wrong with the Indian players? Such Important world cup semi final just few moments away and they are playing with Football and that too barefoot. That is shocking. If any major injury to any important players like Yuvraj or Virat who are in form can kick India out of Tournament. I think as we fans are angry on this I'm sure new BCCI Boss Gavaskar will be more angry on such serious issue. Some action should be taken so that playing football should be stopped in training sessions that too before World Cup semi final and Final. I hope Yuvraj will not miss semi final and If he misses then The whole team management, BCCI responsible for this.

  • on April 2, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    Hope they will play cricket in semis

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  • on April 2, 2014, 11:39 GMT

    Hope they will play cricket in semis

  • Creative411987 on April 2, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    What's wrong with the Indian players? Such Important world cup semi final just few moments away and they are playing with Football and that too barefoot. That is shocking. If any major injury to any important players like Yuvraj or Virat who are in form can kick India out of Tournament. I think as we fans are angry on this I'm sure new BCCI Boss Gavaskar will be more angry on such serious issue. Some action should be taken so that playing football should be stopped in training sessions that too before World Cup semi final and Final. I hope Yuvraj will not miss semi final and If he misses then The whole team management, BCCI responsible for this.

  • Creative411987 on April 2, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    Are they Gone Crazy? Y playing football with Barefoot that too before World Cup semi Final and final ? Any major injury to players who in form can create problems for indian team. New BCCI president Gavaskar should look into this matter. I mean they are playing for Team India.

  • on April 2, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    Hopefully, he's fine and nothing is serious. He's a big match winner, who usually rises on big occasions. He seems to have found his form, and we all know what he is capable of when in form. #6Sixes #12ball50.

  • naren1983 on April 2, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    Hope there is no serious injury. He is mandatory against strong SA as he is rightly peaking up at this time. Hope Indians beat SA and meet WI in Final.

  • Dielo on April 2, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    They seem to be training for the wrong World Cup this year .... get well quick Yuvi.

  • on April 2, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    It will be interesting to see how Mr.Gavaskar reacts to this. He was one who openly criticized this sort of practice when Yuvraj was once injured while playing some other game and it hurt India's chances in the next game.

  • Naresh28 on April 2, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    @creative411987 - nope i disagree with you. If they feel the mind needs relaxing and football takes their mind off pressures - then let it be. Besides it will help them to gel together. Its not as though they need cricket practice which they play so much as a team. Besides they have lots of spare before the game on Friday. They should get some cricketing training in before then. Team management is in a better position to decide than me or you.

  • msdhoni123 on April 2, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    seriously whats wrong with the indian fan on here. These players aint machines to do the same thing over and over again and not get bored of it. How many would enjoy doing there favourite job 24/7 and still enjoy it. The cricketers are humans too they get bored as well. So to mix it up they play football . And whats wrong with playing barefoot. How many of you have seriously got injured playing football there is a chance but that chance can occur when practising cricket too. Gheeze this indian fans. all of you need to man up. let them just enjoy something instead of having the pressure of the whole country on there head.

  • 10000000 on April 2, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    This is Crazy,People like Yuvi will get easily this kind of injuries. its happend earlier when he is young. This kind of practice not at all required. lets stop it before it will impact even more.