Yuvraj Singh on life after active cricket, World Cup-winning star  says he is still good enough
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Yuvraj Singh on life after active cricket, World Cup-winning star says he is still good enough

Yuvraj Singh, who last played for India in June 2017, feels he still has a couple of years left in him.

cricket Updated: Feb 13, 2018 19:46 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mumbai
Yuvraj Singh,Indian Cricket Team,Virat Kohli
Yuvraj Singh has represented India in 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20s. (AFP )

Yuvraj Singh has been one of the prominent faces of Indian cricket ever since he made his first class debut in 2000. But the south paw has failed to find himself a permanent role under the dominant Virat Kohli- led Indian team due to fitness concerns and poor performances. (SA vs IND 5th ODI SCORES)

But the 36-year-old, who was picked up by Kings XI Punjab in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) auction says that he is not ready let go of the gentleman’s game just as yet.

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“I don’t want to leave the game with any regret, thinking I should have played for some more years. I want to go when I feel it is the right time to go, when I feel I have done my best and I could not have done any more than this. I am still playing because I am enjoying playing cricket, not just because I have to play for India or I have to play the IPL,” Yuvraj told Sports Star in an interview.

“The journey has been nice. I have been a fighter, taking on tough situations. I like being a pillar of strength to people, for those suffering from cancer or going through other issues in life. I want to be known as someone who never gave up. Whether I play for India or not, I will give my 100 percent on the field,” he added.

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Yuvraj won the World Cup in 2011 under MS Dhoni -- widely regarded as one of the composed captains India has produced, as compared to Kohli’s aggressive approach while leading.

Sharing his views on their styles Yuvraj said: “Kohli is very different from MSD, who is calm and composed. Virat is a bit aggressive. The results have shown that he is doing very well as captain. It’s a different generation too. MSD had very experienced players, match-winners. It was a very set team when he got the captaincy. The team has transformed under Virat.”

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Opening up on prospective career paths after retiring from the sport, he added: “Commentating is not my forte. Cancer (YouWeCan Foundation) is going to be my area of work in the future. I love supporting young kids, I like interacting with the younger generation.

“Coaching is in my mind. I would identify underprivileged kids and focus on their sport and education. Education is as important as a sport. You need to focus on both.”

First Published: Feb 13, 2018 18:09 IST