Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Yuvraj Fitness Very Important-said Dhoni

Fitness will be the key to cancer survivor Yuvraj Singh selection to the Indian team for a home Test series against England next month, captain M S Dhoni said. 

We have to assess whether Yuvraj is ready to field for 2 days, said Dhoni when asked whether the skilful all-rounder would be picked for the four-Test series starting in Ahmadabad on November 15. 

Yuvraj Singh, who has not played Test cricket since last November, was treated for a rare germ-cell cancer between his lungs in the U S A earlier this year. 

The 30-year-old returned after chemotherapy treatment in April and played in the recent World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. He also cracked a double-century in a domestic 4-day game in Hyderabad this month.
Yuvraj has performed impressively in the ongoing three-day match against England in Mumbai, scoring a half-century and taking two wickets for India 'A'.

It is very difficult for me to comment on his fitness sitting over here. We have to understand that 5-day format has its own doubts unlike ODIs or T20s, Dhoni was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.

In ODIs, you know that you have to field for 50 overs only, while in Test cricket there may be a situation that a team might bat for one-and-a-half to 2 days.

Having said that it is Yuvraj who is the best judge about how he is feeling. He has played fairly a few domestic games now and it is up to him to reproduce on his game. Yuvraj has played 37 Tests since his international debut in 2000, scoring 1,775 runs at an average of 34.80 with 3 centuries. He was also named man of the tournament in India's 50-over World Cup triumph last year.

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