ODI selection: Doubts over Yuvi's fitness
Uncertainty surrounds Yuvraj Singh's fitness levels ahead of the team selection for the ODI tri-series in Australia. Khurram Habib reports. Yuvi is like Rajinikanth for Team India: Dhoni | Perth Test: Aus pulverise India on Day 1india Updated: Jan 13, 2012 23:57 IST
Uncertainty surrounds Yuvraj Singh's fitness levels ahead of the team selection for the ODI tri-series in Australia.
With the BCCI asking players to play two one-dayers at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore to prove their fitness, all eyes were on him as India look to the three-nation series to salvage the pride that has been dented in the Test series.
Yuvraj, who is recovering from a lung ailment, played Thursday's game but batted for only a brief while. The southpaw didn't turn up for Friday's 40-over game.
He had recently commented that he was fit to play but he went untested in the two games he played.
Bhajji skips it
Meanwhile, Harbhajan Singh skipped both the games. The off-spinner, who lost his India place to Ravichandran Ashwin, had missed the last few rounds of the Ranji Trophy due to injury.
The good news is that Praveen Kumar, rehabilitating at the NCA, bowled his full quota of overs on Thursday and a few overs on Friday. Praveen, who got injured in England, had led India's attack ably in the absence of Zaheer Khan. He had said last week that he was fit and was waiting for the NCA certificate.
"He bowled well on Thursday," a source told the Hindustan Times.
Apart from Praveen, Irfan Pathan looked in full fitness as he bowled his full quota of overs on both days.
Fellow paceman Munaf Patel played just one game and bowled a few overs.