World T20 2014

Yuvraj skips training after football injury

Abhishek Purohit in Dhaka

April 2, 2014

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Happy feet: Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh during their football training, Dhaka, April 1, 2014
Yuvraj Singh didn't take part in Wednesday's training session after suffering a blow to his ankle while playing football © AFP
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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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Posted by 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 ;-)

Posted by PeterJerome on (April 3, 2014, 11:47 GMT)

Playing football with sunglasses on... funny guys.

Posted by   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!~~

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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?

Posted by   on (April 3, 2014, 1:56 GMT)

Get well soon

Posted by inswing on (April 3, 2014, 1:48 GMT)

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

Posted by   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

Posted by   on (April 2, 2014, 19:38 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

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