We can manage without full time coach: Yuvraj

Published: Friday, June 15, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Bangalore:Team India can manage the show without a full time coach, all-rounder Yuvraj Singh said today.

Speaking to newspersons after the team's practice session here, he said in the just-concluded Bangladesh tour, the team did not have a full time coach and the void was filled by the supporting staff, besides specialist coaches.

''I think it won't be a problem for now as we played without one (full time coach) in Bangladesh. Ravi Shastri was there to help us and the specialist coaches Venkatesh Prasad (bowling) and Robin Singh (fielding) have been of great help. The team is looking very good and raring to go,''he said.

The Indian team, which would leave for Ireland on June 19, would play five matches -- one against Ireland (June 23), three against South Africa (June 26, 29, July 1) in Ireland and one against Pakistan (July 3) in Scotland.

Yuvraj said the team was taking the tour of Ireland very seriously as it was crucial to ''get into the groove''.

''It will be important for us to start well against the South Africans. We play England later and Australians will be coming in next. It is going to be a tough tour and we will have to be very strong, both mentally and physically. This camp has helped. Though it looks simple, it has been very effective,'' Yuvi asserted.

Speaking on the England tour, he said Monty Panesar, who had been tormenting the touring West Indians, might not pose a threat to the Indians as they are good batters against spin.

''We always play spinners better. This is not to take away any credit from Monty, who looked dangerous against the Windies. But we will be looking thoroughly at all the bowlers the English side comes up with. Not just Monty,'' he added.

Yuvraj said the players were happy with the skill camp as it benefitted the players to sharpen their fielding. To a question, the stylish left-hander said he was ready to play in any position and had been surviving for the past six years amidst a strong middle order batting line up.

''I have been in the national team almost for the past six years and have given my best always, whether in one-dayers or Tests. If I have to play in the late order, I go for strokes and if sent early , I try to play long innings. I was in good form during the World Cup and my performance was satisfactory in Bangladesh. Where ever I bat, I want to give my full to the team's cause,'' he said.

Yuvraj said his knee injury is not at all a matter of concern him.

''I have no problem at present. You may have thought I was taking it easy in the camp due to this (injury). I always give it all in match situations,'' he said.

He said the team management had given specific roles to each players and all of them had remained focussed after the Bangladesh tour. ''I have never been in Ireland. Let's see what is in store. We are all determined to do well,'' he said.

Yuvraj, however, felt that playing in frequent series has its own advantages as well as disadvantages. While it kept players in good touch, too much of play might cause frequent injuries that could pose big problems - both for the team and the players.

He also revealed that he is planning to play with a slightly lighter bat in the twin-tours of Ireland and England as the ball will seam and move there.

On yoga stints during the camp, he said, ''honestly, I have been doing yoga only since a month. As a kid I never wanted to do it. But certainly, it has been helpful here.''

Flu keeps Sachin indoor: Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who was seen in action during the first two days of the cricket skill camp in progress here, did not take field today due to a bout of flu.

Sachin's absence was noticeable, even as 14 other players went through the rigours of the camp. During the day-long session, the focus was on catching as players, divided into two groups, were made to run, dive and scramble by specialist coaches Robin Singh and Venkatesh Prasad. Fielding drills and physical exercises also formed part of the camp. The players batted in the centre wicket for some time in the morning.

Team physio John Gloster, physical trainer Gregory King, Robin Singh and Venkatesh Prasad took active part in the day's proceedings.

Former Captain Sourav Ganguly, who received a hit on his ankle, had no problem in taking part in the day-long camp.

BCCI sources said Sachin's illness was minor and he is likely to come out and practice on Saturday, when the four-day camp ended.

The team would leave for Ireland from Mumbai on June 19.


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