After fielding a full 50 overs and batting for a little over two hours on Friday, Yuvraj Singh, while talking to the media, bent down, held his left ankle and stretched a bit to see if he was alright. If he was in pain, it did not show on his face but he said he feels fit and it would be a matter of time before he regains match fitness.
“I was feeling good and am very happy with the outcome today,” said Singh after playing a match with the Mumbai U-19 probables to test his fitness level. “You can’t expect a miracle in one day. I have to take it game by game and I expect to get back to my best slowly.”
Singh was playing his first match after he was injured last October during Champions Trophy. He suffered ligament-tear while playing kho-kho during practise.
Singh said that all through the day he felt no pain. He said, “There was no pain. But to get back to 100 per cent match fitness it takes a couple of matches. A couple of more and I am sure I will get better.”
Singh, however, had a bad start. He was run out the first ball, but was allowed to continue at the crease. He even got a couple of lives and was bowled once but off a no ball. Finally, miscuing a sweep to deep fine leg, Singh walked back with 62 runs against his name. He also bowled seven overs giving away 23 runs and picking up one wicket.
Playing in the dusty environs of the Mumbai Cricket Association ground at the Bandra Kurla Complex, Singh appeared tad slow off his feet while fielding at point. Not his usual electric presence in the area.
“I was a bit cautious. This was my first match and I was not trying to take a brilliant catch or dive for anything. I was just trying to see if I could field for 50 overs. But there was no problem with my agility. ”
Asked if his anxiety levels have gone down after finally getting into some action, Singh said, “I always knew I will do well.”
During the match, India team phsyio John Gloster dropped in. He watched the match for a while and had a word with Singh.
“We discussed a few things I needed to do and wanted to do in the game,” said Singh. “I am going to join the (Indian) team in the camp (next week) so hopefully we can improve on that.”
On a day when he was named among the 30 probables for the World Cup, Singh refused to set himself a date for his comeback to Indian team.
“It is too early to say when I can come back,” he said. “This is just the first match. I'll probably decide after playing a few more practice matches.”
Asked about the team announced, Singh refused to comment, but added, “I am happy for Sourav (Ganguly) for the way he has played and made his comeback.”