I had a bad batting phase in county: Yuvraj

Published: Tuesday, September 2, 2003, 0:18 [IST]
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Bangalore: Having failed to score the volume of runs that he would have liked to, batsman Yuvraj Singh termed his county stint as a good learning experience and dismissed his unimpressive show on many occasions in England as one of those "bad batting phases". "It was a good experience. I didn't do well in the last two months. It's ups and downs for me. The first month was good and then I struggled a bit", he told reporters during the course of the preparatory camp for Indian team probables here. "County cricket makes you a hard person", he said.

While playing five day a week was hectic, he said one could not do anything about it as it's how county cricket is played. "I was doing my best. I had a bad phase in the last month. It happens all the time. My effort was there all the time. They (the county side) are happy with me," Yuvraj said. Asked if he was under pressure, he said it wasn't pressure but it's just that as a professional he was expected to perform well. But he said he learnt a lot of things by playing with players from different countries".

I started cooking by myself which is a good thing", he said in a lighter vein. To a question, Yuvraj said he is looking forward to be consistent in One-day cricket. On the upcoming series against New Zealand, he said it would be interesting, and pointed out India had a tough time when they toured New Zealand last. He is keen to do well the Challenger series and other scheduled games before the series against the Kiwis.

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