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.

  • dummy4fb 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!~~

  • dummy4fb 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?

  • espncricinfomobile 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.

  • android_user 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

  • dummy4fb 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.

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