It is sheer bad luck for India that Yuvraj Singh, one of the cleanest hitters in international cricket, had to miss two successive editions of the Champions Trophy - in 2006 and 2009 - due to injuries.
In October 2007, when the doctors had told him that surgery was the only option to
cure his injured knee, Jatin Chowdhary came to his rescue. The southpaw, who is nursing an injured finger, was back to the same doctor on Sunday, although for a different reason. Hindustan Times caught up with the fiery batsman after he inaugurated a clinic and discussed matters ranging from his injury to the forthcoming India-Australia ODI series.
How are you coping with the finger injury?
I feel better now. The doctor in South Africa told me that recovery would take at least 5-6 weeks. There is no pain now. I will have to go NCA (National Cricket Academy) for a check-up.
In 2006, a knee injury ruled you out of the Champions Trophy. This time around, it's the finger.
Injuries are part and parcel of any sportsperson's life but for me the bad luck is that it came at the wrong times. It is a bit unfortunate.
How are you planning to use the much-needed break?
Actually, I didn't require it. After the tour to West Indies, we were given a two-month break. So this has become like a prolonged break for me. I would start batting again, once I recover from this injury. At the moment, I am just oncentrating on the India-Australia series.
The injury has cast a shadow over your participation in the series against Australia.
Nothing can be done. The doctor has told me to just rest and let the recovery happen. It also depends on me on how fast I recover. I want to work on my fitness and get fitter. I want to be in a great frame of mind before returning to the field.
What do you make of India's early exit in the Champions Trophy?
It was one bad match against Pakistan that led to the exit. It's sad.
Had you been in the team, do you think India would have made the final?
It doesn't depend on one person. We can think of a hypothetical situation where one person guides a team to victory. It's a collective responsibility and everybody has to work for victory.