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Tiger at home too? We’ll know

Yuvi, whose popularity has soared more after T20 WC, is all set to play his 1st ODI at Chandigarh, reports Vinod Kumar.

cricket Updated: Oct 07, 2007 02:47 IST
Vinod Kumar

Commotion ensued when the Indian and Australian teams arrived here. It gave way to an almost mad scramble when Yuvraj Singh — who came slightly late — entered the team hotel and everyone present jostled to get close to him.

Yuvraj has always been a hit here, but his popularity has soared even more after his rollicking show in the Twenty20 World Championship.

But the flamboyant southpaw seems to have taken this success and adulation in his stride. So much so that he now wants to assume the role of a senior member and guide the youngsters in the side.

"When I started my career, seniors like Sachin, Sourav and Rahul made me extremely comfortable. Such support is very important for youngsters, and now I want to assume the same role for the youngsters coming into the side," said Yuvraj.

"I have been in the side for seven years now, so I feel it's my duty to pass on the things I learnt from my seniors to the youngsters. It's very important to build a team," he added.

Yuvraj said he had been in fantastic form for the last year or so, but there was still something missing. "I am scoring pretty consistently in ODIs, but I want to play Test cricket and perform there as I am performing in ODIs."

He revealed he had worked a lot on his game and the effort had bore fruit.

Yuvraj may thrive in pressure situations, but this wasn't the case in his early days. "I used to feel a lot of pressure, but gradually I began to handle it well. Now I have grown used to it and even enjoy it now!"

Talking about his fielding prowess, he said though the grounds when he was growing up were a far cry from the ones today, he would never let the ball pass him without trying. "That's probably paid off," he said.

It sure has.