June 23: Indian middle-order stalwart Yuvraj Singh has doused rumours that he had fallen out of favour with Suresh Raina following a squabble and that it had in turn deterred him from playing in the ongoing tour of the West Indies. While refuting such unsavoury speculation, Yuvi pointed out that he has been accustomed to playing under different India captains over his decade-long career.
"I have played under Sourav Ganguly, MS Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir," Yuvraj said. "I have played under so many captains. And Gautam and MS came to the team five years after I got included in the team. There has been no such thing. I play for my country and not for captains."
Yuvraj also drew attention to the fact that he had contracted a chest infection, but indicated that he had convalesced adequately and that he is raring to have a go at England in the forthcoming tour, beginning July 15.
"I am 100% fit for the tour," Yuvraj said. "I am sure most of the other seniors who are battling respective injuries would be fully fit for the tour. I am really looking forward to the tour."
Yuvraj played a key role in India's World Cup victory, aggregating 362 runs and taking 15 scalps, an all-round performance that earned him the Player of the Tournament award. But he followed up with a forgettable Indian Premier League season, captaining the Pune Warriors to the second-last position in the table. He is one of many first-choice India players, including Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Zaheer Khan, to drop out of the squad for the West Indies tour.