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I am ready to prove my fitness: Yuvraj

Having made satisfactory progress since being laid down by a knee injury, Yuvraj is confident of making a comeback soon.

india Updated: Jan 11, 2007 16:45 IST

Having made satisfactory progress since being laid down by a knee injury late last year, India's key middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh is looking to prove his match fitness through a series of practice games in the coming days.

Yuvraj, who underwent a half-an-hour batting stint at the nets before the watchful eyes of BCCI physician Dr Anant Joshi, said he was confident of making a comeback soon.

"I'm mentally confident to be back (into the Indian squad). I will prove my fitness through the four matches that I intend to play for Indian Airlines over the next few days. Then it's upto the selectors," the left-handed batsman said at the Brabourne Stadium.

Yuvraj was put through his paces, which included running backwards, sideways and stretching, and also batted in the nets against both pace and spin.

He also ran between the wickets as Joshi and his physiotherapist son Mithun watched from the sidelines.

Yuvraj, who wore a knee brace when practising, said he did not feel any discomfort at all.

"I am playing a match tomorrow (with the Mumbai under 19 probables at the Bandra-Kurla complex). I am an employee of the Indian Airlines and will play three matches later in the month with my team in Kolkata," he said.

Yuvraj hurt his knee when playing kho-kho with the other team members at Mohali on the eve of India's crucial ICC Champions Trophy tie against Australia in October last year and missed the subsequent tour of South Africa.

Yuvraj is expected to be chosen in the 30-member provisionary squad for the World Cup to be namedon Fridayat Rajkot.

First Published: Jan 11, 2007 16:14 IST