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I try to focus on my game and prove a point to myself: Yuvraj Singh

By Nilabh Aole -

India's flamboyant batsman, Yuvraj Singh smashed a brilliant century on Thursday as he scored a career-best 150 to help his team to score a huge score of 381/6 after the team was reeling at 25/3.  The southpaw also built a solid 256 run partnership with India's former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni which helped the hosts to cross over the line and win the match by 15 runs as they took an unassailable lead of 20 in the three-match series 2-0.

During the post-match press conference, the 35-year-old said, "Self-confidence is always there when you have the backing of the team and captain. I think Virat has shown a lot of trust in me and it was very important to me that people in the dressing room trust me. There was a time when I was wondering whether to continue or not to continue. I think a lot of people have helped me throughout this journey. So, never giving up is my theory. So I never gave up, kept working hard. I knew times will change."

Yuvraj scored his last century in 2011 recalling that he said, "It feels great. It's been a while since I got a hundred. I came back after recovering from cancer, the first 2-3 years were very hard. I had to work hard on my fitness and I was in and out of the team. I was not able to get a permanent spot. I've been batting well in the domestic season. And I've been hitting the ball really well. I wanted to make it big on my day."

Talking about critics, Yuvraj said, "I don't think about who's reacting to what nor do I read newspapers. I don't watch TV too. I try to focus on my game and prove a point to myself that I'm still good enough for international cricket. So I guess I was good today."

He further added, "Definitely, 150 is a huge score in one-day cricket. It's my highest and taken a long time to get there but I am very happy it happened today. Hopefully, in the coming time, I can contribute more consistently."

When asked about the discussions during the [artnership, Yuvraj said: "Nothing much. We two were the most experienced players in the team. He realized that I was getting boundaries. He was just there rotating the strike and our first target to make a 25 runs together then go for 50 partnership. After that, we wanted to take it further to 100. I think once that happened we were both sets."

Yuvraj and Dhoni had some brilliant partnerships in the past and helped India to win lots of matches. Talking about that, Yuvi said, "We always have been batting together since he started his career. Obviously, I started much earlier. Mahi and I have played a lot of games for India. The camaraderie is always there. I think we have a lot of understanding when we bat together. Running between the wicket is always good. I hope it works in the future as well."

Yuvraj concluded by saying that the change in rules has made it difficult for bowlers to contain. He said, "Over the generations, England have had some great players. Those times it was Harmison and Flintoff. I just feel rules of one-day cricket have changed a lot and it is hard for bowlers to bowl with five inside when you have no help from the wicket. England has played brilliantly well in the last two games, they've scored 350-plus."

Nilabh Aole

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