Will Yuvraj be in India's final 15 for World T20?

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Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 13:18 [IST]
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Bangalore, Jul 18: On Wednesday, India named Yuvraj Singh among the 30 probables for ICC World Twenty20 2012. But when the list is pruned to 15 by August 18, will Yuvraj find a place is the big question. The 30-year-old all-rounder is keen to get back to India colours and has already resumed training. He was recently at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and the left-hander did admit that he was "tired after 15 minutes" of training.

Will Yuvraj be in final 15 for WT20?

"It's a big achievement for me hitting the nets. I felt happy, really good to be in the nets," he had said, adding: "It was not a bad session, for the first time after about six months. I got tired after about 15 minutes but I am sure every day will be a better day."

This was about three weeks back at the NCA, which is located in the M Chinnaswamy Stadium premises.

The 30-year-old underwent chemotherapy in the US for a rare germ cell cancer before returning to India on April 9.

Though it is great news for Yuvraj's fans and the Indian team, now it is upto the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) selection committee to deliberate upon Yuvraj's inclusion in the final 15.

Selection committee chairman, Krishnamachari Srikkanth has already revealed he wants Yuvraj back in the team for World T20. But the man who won the Player-of-the-series award in India's 2011 World Cup winning campaign, will have to be 100 percent fit to don the India Blue jersey again in September.

From today, it is exactly two months for the start of World T20 in Sri Lanka. However, India's first game is on the second day of the tournament, on September 19 against Afghanistan in Colombo.

As Yuvraj himself has stated, he will be playing in domestic tournaments to get back to full match practice.

"Ranji Trophy is after World T20. In any case, one can't prepare for T20 playing Ranji Trophy," said Yuvraj.

"The serious match practice that I can get ahead of World T20 is Moin-ud-Dowla Trophy and Buchi Babu tournament but I am still not aware of the dates of these tournaments."

The dates for both Moin-ud-Dowla Gold Cup (Hyderabad) and Buchi Babu (Chennai) tournaments are still not confirmed.

"May be I can play some matches during New Zealand's tour of India. I really felt very motivated when chairman of selectors (Krishnamachari) Srikkanth said that I am in their scheme of things for the World T20. I have been training for past one and half months and will get better in the next two months," Yuvraj said.

India will play two Twenty20 Internationals against the visiting New Zealand team on September 8 and 11. Yuvraj has already indicated his willingness to be part of those two games.

The dilemma for selectors is the August 18 deadline for World T20. The selection panel cannot wait till New Zealand T20s to check Yuvraj's fitness. But they will be closely following his progress in any of the domestic games he plays.

After India return from Sri Lank tour, they head into Test match mode against New Zealand (two Tests from August 23 to September 4).

The road ahead for Yuvraj is a tough one but not impossible. We will have to wait another 30 days to know whether the "king of six sixes" makes the cut or not.


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