New Delhi: Indian vice-captain Yuvraj Singh on Thursday blamed bad luck for sustaining finger injury at such a crucial time.
Yuvi was ruled out the champions Trophy due to a harm-string injury. This is the second time Yuvraj missing Champions Trophy due to injury.
The explosive batsman picked up the injury during a practice session in Johannesburg.
"Injury is part and parcel of any sportsperson's life but for me the bad luck is that it came at the wrong time as last time in 2006 also I missed the Champions Trophy due to an injury so it is a bit unfortunate," Yuvraj said.
"But, I am hoping to recover soon and wish that Team India does well in the tournament," he added.
Yuvraj's absence would be a big blow for India's chances in the Champions Trophy. Yuvraj, along with captain MS Dhoni, plays a crucial role in the middle order
Yuvraj became the third Indian cricketer after dashing opener Virender Sehwag and pace spearhead Zaheer Khan to be ruled out the elite ICC biennial event due to injuries.
However, Yuvi feels skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has plenty of options at his disposal to come out victorious in the Champions Trophy.
"Yes you can say the team will miss me, Sehwag and Zaheer but it also means an opportunity for three new players. The team we have right now is still the best in the competition and world and am sure we will do well," Yuvraj said.
Incidentally, the injury also puts him in doubt for the home ODI series against Australia.