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Veteran India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has confirmed that he will only make a decision on whether to end his cricketing career in 2019.
Yuvraj is looking to use the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL), where he will represent the Kings XI Punjab, as a stepping stone to reviving his international career.
It also seems that even though the 36-year-old has not represented India since June last year, he still harbours hopes of representing his country in the 2019 World Cup.
“I am looking forward to a good IPL,” he said on the sidelines of the 18th Laureus World Sports Awards as quoted by DNA India. “It’s a very important tournament for me as it will only set me to play cricket till 2019. I am looking to play cricket till 2019, whatever cricket I get to play, and take a call after that.”
When asked about his illustrious career to date, Yuvraj admitted that the only regret he has is not being able to cement a permanent spot in India’s Test side.
“Definitely, in the first 6-7 years of my career when I was at my best I did not get a lot of opportunities because there were such great players in the (Test) team and when I got an opportunity I was diagnosed with cancer,” he said. “So that regret will always be there but these things are never in my control. I am just looking forward to whatever cricket I get to play.”
Meanwhile, the Chandigarh native lauded the national team for bouncing back in style after being beaten 2-1 in their recent Test series against South Africa. In the limited overs series that followed, India secured their first-ever bilateral ODI series win in South Africa after crushing the Proteas 5-1. They also triumphed 2-1 in the three-match Twenty20 series.
“I think it is a pretty great performance,” he said. “They showed a lot of character after losing the Test series. It was as a hard-fought Test series, could have gone either way. But it was a very convincing win in the ODI series. Kohli led from the front with some big runs.
“Spinners bowled very well especially Kuldeep (Yadav) and (Yuzvendra) Chahal and got South Africa into trouble. And then they stepped on the gas and won the T20 series 2-1.
“Going abroad playing three series winning two definitely shows India s dominance.
“It’s a good start to believe that you can dominate outside. If you can consistently do that in England and Australia you definitely will have the belief.
“Now the team is set to conquer the world. England and Australia will be testing series but if we can get some consistent performances it will give a lot of self belief to the players.”