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Friday, Dec 13, 2019

Team has to put up outstanding show in ODI series: Yuvraj

India vice-captain Yuvraj Singh oozes confidence of doing well in the upcoming one-day series.

cricket Updated: Aug 15, 2008 22:03 IST


Having smashed a scintillating 172 in the warm up match against the Lankan XI, India vice-captain Yuvraj Singh on Friday oozed confidence of doing well in the upcoming one-day series but feels India will have to put up an "outstanding" effort to handle the twin-threat of Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis.

The Punjab left-hander anchored the 92-run win and said he was happy to make a brilliant start to the tour.

"I came to Sri Lanka with a lot of expectations. I would like to better my previous performance. I am happy with the way I have started in the rights spirit. I am feeling very confident after the warm up match today," said the southpaw, who smashed 13 sixes and eight boundaries in his 121-ball knock.

The Indian vice captain believes the Sri Lankan bowling has become more dangerous with the coming of Ajantha Mendis and his team has to play really well against the formidable spin attack.

"The two have been bowling very well. I have seen them in the Test series they have been outstanding. Earlier Murali was only one guy but now they also have Mendis. So we have to play outstanding cricket to deal with the situation," he said.

Yuvraj rated his 172-run knock high despite it coming in a warm up match.

"Obviously I have to face a better attack when I play the ODI. But today my innings was against an international side. With Mendis and Muralitharan, Sri lanka will have a potent attack," he said.

"I was happy about hitting four sixes in the 45th over of Mubarak. Of course the 6 sixes (which he hit in the World cup Twenty20 ) was playing in. But it is not always possible to do it," he added.