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Yuvraj will be India's match-winner in 2015 World Cup: Muralitharan

Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 17:05 [IST]
 
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Bangalore, May 14: All praise for Yuvraj Singh after his hurricane match-winning knock against Delhi Daredevils in an IPL match here, Royal Challengers Bangalore's veteran spinner Muttiah Muralitharan said the left-hander still has it in him to be India's match-winner in the ODI World Cup next year.

After an indifferent run so far, Yuvraj's 29-ball 68, which was laced with nine sixes and a four, helped RCB notch up a 16-run triumph over Delhi here.

Murali backs Yuvraj for 2015 World Cup

Muralitharan, who did his bit with the ball by picking up two wickets, was lavish in his praise for the all-rounder, who has been struggling for some time.

"He is a great limited overs player, but his confidence was low. After the World Twenty20, the whole country put a lot of pressure on him. I know the situation well as I played for 20 years at the highest level. I knew it was just a matter of helping him regain his confidence," Muralitharan told IPL's official website.

"I was sure once he did that, he would be a different player. And after the way he has performed in the last two games, it seems I was right. I honestly think Yuvi has still got it and India should look after him because I feel he will play a big role in the 2015 World Cup. He will be India's match-winner there," he said.

Talking about his own performance, Muralitharan said he was lucky to strike in the match. "It's not like before, but I was lucky today. All the boys bowled well too. It is very hard to defend scores on this ground, and I thought we all did very well," he said.

Asked how he manages to make an impact even after his international retirement, Muralitharan said, "I don't know, maybe it's God's gift. I just keep working and trying hard to maintain my game and play whatever little while I still can."

On how it feels to work with a coach who is younger to him, in Daniel Vettori, Muralitharan said it wasn't the first time he was dealing with such an arrangement.

"A few times, actually when I played for a few teams in West Indies, there were many coaches younger to me, and some of the guys I played against at the international level are now coaches. I still love playing the game and want to enjoy it a little more by playing in these T20 leagues," he said.

PTI

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