Thatscricket - ODI Series - India~~s tour of Pakistan- Yuvraj willing to bat at any number in Tests

Published: Monday, March 29, 2004, 20:17 [IST]
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Mohali:Explosive batsman Yuvraj Singh, who scored century in each innings of the Duleep Trophy final against East Zone, said he was ready to bat at anynumber in Test cricket.

"Yes, I am willing to play anywhere in the batting order if selected for the Test team," said Yuvraj, who cracked a 148 on the third day of the five-day final at the PCA stadium in Mohali.

However, the left-hander, who had scored 106 in the first innings, was quick to add that his immediate aim would be to retain his place in the One-day team. "I am a One-day player, so let me hold that position first," he said.

Yuvraj had reportedly said that he was willing to open the batting in Test matches if that would earn him place in the team.

Captain Sourav Ganguly though had responded by saying in a press conference recently that with Aakash Chopra and Virender Sehwag coming good on the recent tour of Australia, Yuvraj would have to bide his time.

Asked why he did not open the innings for North Zone in the present match so as to stake his claims, Yuvraj said the presence of specialist openers forced him come at number three.

"Aakash Chopra now opens for India and Gautam Gambhir is also a specialist opener. I did not wish to upset their positions," he said.

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