I lost my confidence in Sri Lanka: Yuvraj

Left-Hander Says He Will Fight Back

Seeing him struggle against the Sri Lankan bowlers in the One-day series last month, the national selectors thought it fit to leave Yuvraj Singh out of the Rest of India squad. It’s a setback but the left-hander hasn’t lost the confidence to fight. Being a talented middle-order batsman, Yuvraj still dreams big and he knows that he can make them come true. After winning ICC’s T20 cricketer of the year award, the morale of the cricketer is high and he wants to come back with a bang.
In a candid chat with the TOI, Yuvraj reveals what’s going through his mind. Excerpts:
What went wrong with your batting in Sri Lanka?
I started off well in the warm-up match and was even batting well in the first ODI in Dambulla. But later in the series, I just didn’t get the start. There were a few inside edges. I also lost my confidence in the process. It happens when you are not in form, it’s part of the game. But I have faith in my ability and I can come out of this lean patch.
What are your plans now? Will the ICC award help you in any way?
I just want to work hard on my game and think positively. From here on, I want to end this year on a high. That is my target. I may not be a part of the Rest of India squad, but I will make use of all the opportunities I get. Yes, the ICC award has surely helped me remain positive. It will really inspire me to do well. What happened in the past is past. I am hungry for more runs and recent failures have made me wiser.
Is there any problem with your technique?
Not exactly. My technique is fine. It’s all in the mind. If your confidence is low, you can’t score consistently. But I am also a human being and prone to making mistakes. But I am confident of coming out of this patch as soon as possible. At this juncture, I am getting a lot of support from my teammates, family and friends.
You seemed to have struggled against spinners?
It’s not about struggling against spinners. Ajantha Mendis is a tough bowler to pick. In fact, in the Test series we struggled against him but in the One-dayers we were able to pick him well. The more you play him, better it is for you. Unfortunately, I didn’t stay long enough at the crease to dominate Mendis’ bowling.
Do you think that the toss played a role in India’s series victory?
Toss can’t be everything in the match. You can’t really discount the fact that our team played some real good cricket in the series. With the bat, Raina and Dhoni played some crucials knocks in the middle-order and with the ball, Zaheer (Khan) and Harbhajan (Singh) continuously hit the right areas. So it was not the toss factor but team effort that made the difference. And in a team, all the eleven players can’t click in one go.
Coming to the Australian series, what are your thoughts?
It will be a tough series for India. The last time the Aussies came here, they beat us. So we have to play really well to beat them. It will not be easy for sure. They may have some rookies in their line-up, but underestimating the world champions is not a wise thing to do. It will be a competitive series.
What’s your view on the Andrew Symonds issue?
Symonds is a great cricketer, and most importantly he is a fighter. I am sure he is going to do well for himself in the future. He is going through the worst phase of his career, but he is mentally strong and will surely make a comeback. When chips are down, these things happen.