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Yuvraj Singh hits back at critics

Yuvraj Singh, who marked his return to form in the last game, says there was never a question mark over his place in India's one-day team.

cricket Updated: Feb 20, 2008 15:10 IST

Yuvraj Singh, who marked his return to form with a scintillating 76, on Wednesday hit back at his critics, saying every player goes through a "bad time" and there was never a question mark over his place in India's one-day team.

"I scored four half centuries in the last five one-dayers before the Australia tour. There has been only two bad games for me in the one-day series. If you are putting a question mark over my inclusion in the one-day side, you are asking me a wrong question," Yuvraj said after India's thrilling two-wicket win over Sri Lanka in a crucial tri-series game.

Yuvraj said he never felt insecure of losing his place in the squad and also credited Gautam Gambhir for providing him with inspiration.

"Well, there never was a question mark over my place in the side. But yes, I played more shots today. Having watched Gautam Gambhir, as he tackled Muthiah Muralitharan in Brisbane, I decided that instead of blocking, I should play my natural game."

Yuvraj was grateful for the support of Dhoni during his critical time and asserted that dip in form was a part of international cricket.

"I know my capability. Everyone has badSingh, who marked his return to form with a scintillating 76, today hit back at his critics, saying every player goes through a "bad time" and there was never a question mark over his place in India's one-day team.

"I scored four half centuries in the last five one-dayers before the Australia tour. There has been only two bad games for me in the one-day series. If you are putting a question mark over my inclusion in the one-day side, you are asking me a wrong question," Yuvraj said after India's thrilling two-wicket win over Sri Lanka in a crucial tri-series game.

Yuvraj said he never felt insecure of losing his place in the squad and also credited Gautam Gambhir for providing him with inspiration.

"Well, there never was a question mark over my place in the side. But yes, I played more shots today. Having watched Gautam Gambhir, as he tackled Muthiah Muralitharan in Brisbane, I decided that instead of blocking, I should play my natural game."

Yuvraj was grateful for the support of Dhoni during his critical time and asserted that dip in form was a part of international cricket.

"I know my capability. Everyone has bad times. It can't be one graph all the time. There are situations when I have done well in the past. Not able to carry on can be disappointing but you are human. You want to do best for your country.

"As for Dhoni's support, it's important for players to support each other. You hardly have any support from press when you are having a bad tim times. It can't be one graph all the time. There are situations when I have done well in the past. Not able to carry on can be disappointing but you are human. You want to do best for your country.

"As for Dhoni's support, it's important for players to support each other. You hardly have any support from press when you are having a bad time," he said.