Players happy with Chappell~~s ways: Yuvraj

Published: Friday, October 7, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Greg Chappell's rigorous fitness regime might be too taxing for some of the players in the Indian cricket team but it has earned praise from Yuvraj Singh who said today his teammates were "happy" with the Australian's coaching methods.

"I don't think that Chappell's fitness regime is too harsh. All the boys are happy doing it. The fitness level of the team has improved and we are still working on it," the star batsman said in an interview to PTI here.

"I share a good rapport with the coach and I am happy with him," he said. The left-handed batsman said the row between skipper Sourav Ganguly and Chappell had been disappointing but the team should now move ahead. "It was definitely disappointing and I would be lying if I don't say so.

But we have to forget everything and move ahead for the betterment of the game," he said. Yuvraj said at the moment what was most important was that the team members remained together.

"If I was the captain, I would have talked to the team and asked the players to be together in the present situation," he said. The Punjab batsman also came out in support of is Ganguly, saying he had given chance to many youngsters and now it was their turn to cooperate with him.

"At times, a senior player deserves a chance while younsters can sit out in view of the contribution by the senior to the team. There is nothing to feel bad about it," he said.Yuvraj, who scored 120 in the last league match against New Zealand in the triseries in Zimbabwe recently, felt that overall India needed to raise their level against the big teams in one-dayers.

"We need to have good performance against good teams like New Zealand," he said. About India's dismal performance last year, he said, "we had many good years before that and it was only one bad year. It will pass."

On the personal front, he said having established himself in the one-day internationals, he was now concentrating on cementing his place in the Test side. "My one-day record is OK and now I am working hard for my place in the Tests," Yuvraj said. Yuvraj, who briefly tried his luck as an opener, said he had tuned himself now as a middle order batsman.

"Now I play with more responsiblity in the middle order. I try to last till the end of the game," he said. He gave a lot of importance to the Challenger series, beginning in Mohali on October 10, which will serve as a selection trial for the upcoming one-day series against Sri Lanka.

"I am looking forward to playing the Challenger series which will be a good practice for the coming home series against Sri Lanka and South Africa," he said.

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