Yuvraj can still make a comeback: Former India skipper Azharuddin
Former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin feels that Yuvraj Singh was unlucky to have missed the cut for the 2015 World Cup, but said that the southpaw still has age on his side.WorldCup2015 Updated: Jan 14, 2015 17:06 IST
Former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin feels that Yuvraj Singh was unlucky to have missed the cut for the 2015 World Cup, but said that the southpaw still has age on his side.
“At 32, I think he (Yuvi) still has a lot of cricket left in him. At the same time, I would say that whatever team the selectors have picked up (for World Cup) is the best possible combination. It was always going to be an uphill task for Yuvi once he missed the 30-member probable cut and his domestic performance was not enough to move the selectors,” said Azhar, who was in city to announce the launch of his academy. Adding further Azhar said Yuvraj will surely get one more chance: “If he keeps performing well I have no doubt that he will make a return to the team.”
On Virat Kohli, Azhar said that he may prove to be the best skipper for the country as he is leading a very young side with an example: “His performance in Australia will surely inspire his teammates. He has a young side and he can now build his own team.” He also said that the upcoming tri-angular series between India, England and Australia will tell where Indian team stands and what needs to be improved ahead of the World Cup.
“It is good that we are playing so much cricket there (in Australia). The experience will put the team in good stead during the World Cup. I think bowling and fielding can be Achilles’ heel for India when they start the title defence. If you see, bowlers are making the same mistake they did on day one of the first Test match. We need somebody with real time experience, I think coach Bharat Arun lacks the practical experience of bowling at the highest level of cricket.”
Azhar to set up academy in Mohali
Azharuddin announced that his academy will be set up in Mohali shortly. “We are scouting for a good place and soon will come up with the venue. This is the first phase and I have plans to open academies in Chandigarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, and Jammu and Kashmir too,” Azhar said. The forms to join the academy can be downloaded from www.indiacrickettalent.com or those interested can also visit SCO 12-13, Phase 11, SAS Nagar, for further details.
First Published: Jan 10, 2015 09:25 IST