Yuvraj hopes to play in WC
Veteran says he has two or three IPLs are left in him
India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh is ‘looking forward to the 2019 World Cup’ despite having fallen out of favour with the selectors.
“I have had to start my cricket again, literally from scratch,” Yuvraj told Sportstar. “I am going through the grind of domestic cricket. For someone like me, motivation comes from within.”
“Tthe team has transformed under Virat (Kohli). He is taking them in the right direction with his fitness and diet discipline, keeping in mind the 2019 World Cup,” said Yuvraj.
Asked if the team management has been averse to utilising the experience of Indian veterans, Yuvraj noted, “Age is not a factor, performance is.
“If you perform well throughout the season you will be picked,” before adding, “To reward consistency is the best thing, and also please remember that some players perform better after they become 30. Not everyone matures early.”
Yuvraj, who has played in all seasons of the Indian Premier League (IPL), feels the bowlers are finally getting their due in the shortest format.
“Earlier, teams were batsman-heavy. The franchises would spend more money on batsmen who could also bowl. It has changed now. They want to spend on bowlers as well. The pace of the game has changed and bowlers are as important as the batsmen,” he said.
After 18 years of international cricket, has the thought of retirement crossed his mind yet?
“I want to go when I feel it is the right time to go; when I feel I have done my best and I could not have done any more than this.
The motivation is definitely to play for India. I feel two or three IPLs are left in me.”