Kolkata, Mar 13: Veteran batsman Yuvraj Singh has defended the poor show of the Indian bowlers in the Asia Cup, citing new field restrictions as one of the reasons, but hoped for a triumphant return to form in the upcoming ICC World T20 in Bangladesh.
"Our bowlers have had a problem of restricting the opposition since five fielders inside the circle rule has come, but T20 will be a different format and I am hopeful that they will do well," Yuvraj said Wednesday (March 12) on the sidelines of Punjab's Vijay Hazare Trophy quarter-final against Railways.
The all-rounder is working hard on his left-arm slow bowling and expects to contribute with the ball too.
"I have been working hard on my bowling and would like to deliver during the World Cup".
Yuvraj, who is a part of the Indian squad for the World T20, hoped that India's power-packed batting line-up will do well at the mega event.
"We have players who can really do well in the last five to 10 overs. Myself, Mahi (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) Raina, Rohit and Virat are all capable of winning matches. We have a powerhouse of a line-up," Yuvraj told Star Sports during an interaction.
The left-hander, who will always be remembered for his six sixes off a Stuart Broad over during the inaugural edition, is expecting a "cracker of a contest" against arch-rivals Pakistan in the opening game on March 21.
"It will be great entertainment as Indo-Pak match will be a cracker of a contest," Yuvraj said.
Yuvraj was all praise for his state team skipper Harbhajan Singh, terming him a "legend in Indian cricket".
"The entire Punjab team looks upto Bhajji. Anyone who has played 100 Tests and has taken 400 plus wickets is a legend of the game," he said.
However, Yuvraj felt that the Punjab team that was thrashed by Railways today needed to improve.
"We are repeating some of our mistakes again and again. Hopefully, we would come good next season. Manpreet Gony has had a very good season. Gurkeerat Mann also had a good season," he concluded.