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"I discovered that my passion had not ebbed a bit." - Yuvraj Singh

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Sachin, MS Dhoni and Virat are few names that one relates to cricket when it comes to Cricket in India, but one person who always is remembered for his fighting spirit is Yuvraj Singh. Being in and out of the game due to various injuries or bad form, Yuvraj Singh still has a huge fan following. Despite scoring a double Hundred in Lahli on Diwali this Year, Yuvraj Singh was not able to find his spot in Team India in Test format. Yuvraj Singh's 260 at Lahli against Madya Pradesh came as a Diwali gift for his fans, while his Marriage gave one more reason to his fans to enjoy. Speaking to Sportstarlive after his Marriage functions and Birthday, Yuvraj Singh revealed few things. 

Speaking on his performance in 2016, Yuvraj Singh said "It has been a mixed sort of year. I started 2016 on a good note by getting back into the Indian T20 side, but got injured at a very crucial juncture during the World T20 game against Australia at Mohali. I had to miss a few IPL games as well. But, then, with Hyderabad Sunrisers had a great season and won the tournament. After that, I got back to domestic cricket and scored some runs to stake my claim. "

He further added, "And then the year ended with my getting married. It was a year that made me a better cricketer because I was able to make a realistic assessment of my game. I discovered that my passion had not ebbed a bit."

Speaking on winning the IPL, Yuvi reckons it was indeed a special one, "Yes, winning the IPL was a big moment. I wanted to be in the side that lifted the IPL trophy, and I had to wait a good nine years. We played very well as a unit and the results are there for everyone to see. I am happy I played my part too."

It has been 16 years of Yuvi Awesomeness in International Cricket, speaking on his experience and competition in International arena, Yuvi adds, "It is very tough, and one has to be extremely motivated to do this. It is like starting all over again. It brought back memories of my early days in competitive cricket. But if you have the desire to excel and the willingness to do anything to make a comeback, then that’s how you are going to do it."

However, Yuvi feels there is still lot of cricket left in him, "I still feel I have few more years of cricket left in me, and I will do all it takes to get back into the side and win games for India."

Speaking on his form in 2016, Yuvraj Singh adds, "Yes, before taking a break for my wedding, I had a very good run and got close to 700 runs in five matches. So that’s very satisfying. My job is to get on the ground and get runs. I loved my knock at Lahli where I made runs on a challenging pitch. I was hit all over but the runs I made could not have been more precious. It told me that there was nothing wrong with my cricket."

Yuvraj Singh credits Virat Kohli for Team India's fantastic performance in Year 2016, "It’s amazing to see the way the Indian team has played this season. On good wickets they have fought well to win those Test matches comprehensively. A lot of credit goes to Virat Kohli who has led from the front."

He further gave full marks to Rahul Dravid as well, "A lot of credit also goes to the systems and the processes which are in place. Look at the way the entire India-A plan has worked in the last few years under Rahul Dravid. There is a huge pool of talent and a very healthy competition for places."

Speaking on how A-Team plan helped selectors find players, he explains, "One has to understand that there is a difference (in standard) between International cricket and the Ranji Trophy-level. To fill that void you need a platform that can bridge the distance. I think the BCCI, in the last few years, has worked very well in this area. The Board brought in Dravid and organised more matches against good quality sides. "

He further adds, "Even players like K. L. Rahul, Parthiv Patel and Cheteshwar Pujara have benefited. The Indian team is spoilt for choice. Now see what a headache the team management will have before the next Test! Currently, we are the only side which is in Top-3 in all three formats. Someone must be doing something right there."

Speaking on the criticism the BCCI faces, Yuvi adds, "I can’t comment on the issues between the BCCI and the judiciary, but my personal experience over the years has been fantastic. Right from the under-16 days to international cricket, we’ve had opportunities, exposure and guidance. When I went through the toughest phase of my life with cancer, the BCCI stood right behind me"

Concluding on his future plans, Yuvi adds, "I am training hard and have the confidence of getting the runs. I feel I still have a lot to offer, and I will do my best to regain my place in the side. I will do all that I can to get the call from the selectors, and take it from there."