‘The inspiration to make a comeback’ made me return, says Yuvraj Singh

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Singh is confident he will represent India in the near future

India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has revealed that “the inspiration to make a comeback” and represent his country once again made him return to international cricket after triumphing over his battle with lung cancer last year.

“[The] Last one year was very difficult for me,” he told PTI. “I have seen ups and downs. Injuries before World Cup, then diagnosed with a cancer tumour after the 2011 World Cup, [then making my] comeback in the team and then getting dropped, the challenges were very hard but it is my passion for the game that kept motivating me to make a comeback.

“The inspiration to make a comeback and play for [my] country was always there. It is in my system and it gave me the energy to face all the challenges. [I] never felt so good in [the] last 2-3 years but now I am really feeling well. I have worked hard [during the] on [and] off season training and hope to see the result in matches , be it domestic or international.”

Singh, who was recently dropped from the national team due to his lack of form, also noted that he is no longer affected by criticism.

“I am ok with it,” he said. “I have been playing for 13 years now and every player has highs and lows in his career. In India people criticise you the most when you are down. It is part of the game and I am prepared for that.”

With Ravindra Jadeja having occupied Singh’s spot in the national team, the veteran all-rounder acknowledged that it will be a challenge to regain his place, but at the same time he remains confident he can do it.

“Everyone has to work hard to find a place in team, whether it is a senior or junior,” Singh said. “As I said that I have been for 13 years now and have full confidence on my abilities. I am confident [of] making a comeback through good performance in coming season.”

Singh is now hoping to regain his place by impressing the national selectors with his performances in domestic matches.

“There is [the] Challenger trophy in September, but I will play a few local matches before that, if I get a chance,” he said. “Then there is [the] Duleep trophy in October and then the Australia series. If I do not get a chance to play [in the] Australia series, I will play [in the] Ranji trophy in October-November.”

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