Yuvraj Singh fresh off his marriage to Hazel Keech, is all set to return to action with the DY Patil Cricket Tournament from January 5. Yuvraj knows he has his task cut out with youngsters waiting for their opportunity to play for Team India, but the veteran isn't ready to give up without a fight. In a recent interview with The Hindu, Yuvraj spoke about 2016 and where he sees himself at this stage of his career.
When asked to sum up the year 2016, Yuvi 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, we had a great season and won the tournament. After that, I got back to domestic cricket and scored some runs to stake my claim.
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."
He was then asked if it was tough to go back to domestic cricket after being a regular member of the Indian team, to which he replied, "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. 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."
Yuvraj then talked about his Ranji Trophy performance where he was among the leading runscorers, "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 concluded.