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Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh said that he wants to continue playing cricket for a few more years while being in good form. He will be playing in his 300th ODI when India will face against Bangladesh in the semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy on Thursday, 15 June.

The Punjab men said “Sir zindagi bach gayi humari, who sabse badi hain (I am alive and that is the biggest thing for me). I don’t want to talk about my regrets when I am in a good zone. I am playing well and would continue for a few more years. As long as I am performing, I would like to play.”

Yuvraj, who suffered cancer for a six, made sure that the 2019 World Cup is on his mind. He will be the fifth Indian cricketer to play in 300 ODIS.

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The 35-year-old left-hander said that getting India jersey may not be very difficult, but wearing it for 17 years demands willpower of a different level along with copious amount of self-belief.

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Yuvraj said “It’s not difficult to play for India but sustaining is tough. You need to have determination and self-belief is important. When things are not going well, people will have a lot of opinions and you need to believe in yourself it’s a matter of time you can do it again.”

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When asked about the milestone, Yuvraj said “I don’t know whether I am a role model but it’s been a big achievement for me to get to 300 games. It’s a huge honour. When I started playing, I was happy playing just one game for India. That would have been a big achievement for me but here I am now.”

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Yuvraj said that he never give up that’s worked in his favour, “I think my biggest quality has been never to give up, pushing no matter what obstacles came in my life… Be persistent, be consistent and focus on the process of the game.”

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Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh changed the innings match against Pakistan on Sunday at Edgbaston, Birmingham. Yuvraj smashes with a “clinical” performance on their first opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

Yuvraj’s smash 53 off 32 helped India break free from a sluggish stage towards the back end of their innings. After the opening batsman’s like Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma presented their side failed to gear up.

As soon as when Yuvraj arrived he launched to lift Kohli confidence. Kohli said after the match win by 124 over Pakistan, “The way Yuvi batted, it was the game-changing innings, to be honest. That gave all of us the confidence to start striking the ball well.”

Talking about Yuvraj clinical performance, Kohli said “The way he batted was the way only he can strike the ball. Hitting low full-tosses fro fours and sixes, and even digging out yorkers for fours, was outstanding.”

After Yuvraj joined Kohli in the 37th over, Kohli was on 29 off 37 balls having just involved in the run-out of Rohit Sharma. “I think till 40, I was easing into the game, taking my ones and twos like I always do. I could not go for the big ones because it was tricky. We went off about four times.”

“And we came back in, and so as a player who likes to play the long innings till the end and usually plays like that for the team, it becomes very difficult to find momentum every time you come back and all you got to do is play yourself in again,” said Kohli.

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Kohli said about Yuvi performance against England, who struck 150 in the last ODI series. “When Yuvi came in, we didn’t go back out again. So, he started striking from the ball one and, as I said, that took pressure off me, and maybe I should have given him a strike.”

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He added, “That really deflated the opposition and that gave me a bit of time to settle in from the other end. When he got out, I took over. But I think his innings was a difference in the game.”

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Talking about Yuvi’s rubs off positively success, Kohli said “If he plays like that you know the team is always in a good space because you can really rely on him to come in and just play match-changing innings, more often than not. And he will end up doing it three out of five times. That’s why we back him at that spot.”

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Shahid Afridi

Former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi said that captain Virat Kohli leading batting line-up will make them favourite for the high-octane tournament between India and Pakistan. The match will take place on June 4 in Birmingham.

Afridi wrote in his ICC column that “As a passionate Pakistan supporter, it’s natural that I would want my team to finish on the winning side against any team, and especially against India. However, recent history and the depth of the India squad give it a slight edge heading into the game.”

“Led by Virat Kohli, the Indians possess a formidable batting line-up that can flay any bowling attack on its day. Kohli’s credentials as a top-order batsman are known to all and he has played some memorable innings in the ODI format.”

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“I have vivid memories of his sublime century against us in the 2012 Asia Cup, while he was at his absolute best in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 clash at Adelaide, laying the foundation of an Indian win with a masterful hundred.”

Afridi added that bowling to skipper Kohli will be a challenge for their Team bowlers, “For me, bowling to Kohli was always a challenge and Pakistan bowlers would have to be on top of their game against him. They must try and attack, especially when he is new at the crease. If Pakistan dismisses Kohli cheaply, it will significantly increase its chances of restricting India to a low score.”

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“While Kohli is the backbone, India possesses considerable firepower around him. Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni are all match-winners and capable of churning out exceptional performances.”

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Afridi, who hold record taking most wickets in T20 International cricket, said that he was happy to see Yuvraj (his old friend) in the field. “I am really pleased to see my old friend Yuvraj return to the international fold with renewed hunger and passion for the game.”

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“I wish him the very best and hope to see him play in his usual belligerent way. Yuvi is a treat to watch when in full flow and some of his shots leave you awestruck. I do hope though that he reserves his best for the game following the opener against Pakistan.”

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Ricky Ponting

Former Australian skipper and IPL 2013 champions Ricky Ponting feels that Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) wholly balanced their match and manage during the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League 2017.

On Wednesday, Sunrisers Hyderabad will face Eliminator match against Kolkata Knight Riders in Bangalore. With four wins from the last six matches to complete the group stage, SRH seems to be the most in-form team title into the playoffs.

Top list from the IPL 2017 point table team Mumbai Indians has lost the Qualifier 1 match against Rising Pune Supergiants by 20 runs on Tuesday at the Wankhede Stadium. RPS is waiting for their Qualifier 2 match to be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on May 21st in Hyderabad.

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Former Aussies cricketer Ponting feels that it will be tough for Kolkata Knight Riders to beat Sunrisers Hyderabad, a team that is “playing their best cricket now.”

Talking about Sunrisers Hyderabad well balancing after the return of Chris Lynn injury, Ponting said to cricket.com.au that “I’m a big believer in tournament play and trying to find a way to create that bit of momentum going into the finals. All the big world Cups and Champions Trophies I played in, that was always a focus of ours in the Australian cricket team.”

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When asked about David Warner-led side are maintaining at just the right time, Ponting said “Not necessarily being at your absolute peak for the start of the tournament because trying to maintain that for eight of nine weeks of an IPL is near-on impossible. I like the trajectory they’re (Sunrisers Hyderabad) on.”

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Talking about two batsmen and Yuvraj Singh key performance, Ponting said “Sunrisers have built and built, and they’re playing their best cricket now. I’d rather be in that camp rather than a team that had a lost a few going into the finals.”

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“Whether they planned that or not, but they’ve got a lot of experience in Warner, (Yuvraj) Singh, Shikhar Dhawan. Even Rashid Khan has come in and done really well for them, they’ve got most bases covered. Moises (Henriques) has probably been that little bit of glue. They’re a really well-balanced team.”

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Sunrisers Hyderabad all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has scored 62 off 27 balls against RCB in the opening match in Hyderabad. Singh said that he has batted with more freedom after making a successful comeback to the Indian One Day International team earlier this year.

Earlier this year, Yuvraj return to the Indian team against England to form with a brutal century in the season ODI in Cuttack and also with a rough 25 in the third and final match in Kolkata.

In the opening match of IPL 2017, Singh was again made a full display on Wednesday, this season for defending champions SRH in their Indian Premier League opener against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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According to the media reports, after SRH defeated RCB by 35 runs in IPL 2017 season tenth, all-rounder Singh said “I enjoyed my batting tonight. My batting has been up and down over the couple of years, but I am feeling really good at the moment. I just need to continue this good run forward.”

“The comeback into the Indian team has really helped me. I am more free in my mind and I am not worrying anymore about making a comeback. I am just going to play according to the situation and express myself.

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When quoted by IPLT20.com, Singh said that it was possible to form well because of plenty dedication and hard work. “I have been hitting a lot of balls and practicing a lot. I have been spending more hours in the nets batting. Also, Hyderabad has always been a lucky place for me.”

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“I made a comeback when I scored a lot of runs in Hyderabad. I feel good about my batting at the moment. Hopefully I will keep doing what I am doing right now.”

Singh said SRH did not ask for a better start to their title defence, “We started from where we ended. It was a great performance from all the batsman throughout the innings. The bowlers then came and did the job for the team.”

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“It was an important win for us and we need to take more points at home. If we can get five out of seven wins at home, it will help us to qualify in the last four.”

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After the appointment as India’s limited overs captain, Virat Kohli said that having a player of the quality of MS Dhoni was a “win-win situation” for their team. Dhoni was at the helm for close to a decade, and yet since two years ago India’s World Cup semi-final loss against Australia in Sydney, his position in the batting order has been a point of high discuss and inspection.

Using his well-known finishing powers on the decrease, most spectators felt he was better off batting higher up the order, playing the sheet anchor’s position. Kohli recommended that he wanted his senior player to bat higher up the order. He thinks that by doing so, Dhoni will able to play free cricket and it will help him enjoy his game.

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Recent captain of both ODI and T20I series of India’s, Kohli said to the BCCI.TV that “What I’m most happy about it that he’ll be able to play free cricket and express himself as the aggressive MS Dhoni we knew when he first came into the team.”

“As a player, responsibility can take that away from you. I think it’s time he enjoys his cricket because he has taken so much burden for the country.”

Just a week before starts ODI series against England, India’s comeback Yuvraj Singh yet spoke along with similar lines and re-emphasized what their captain said about MS Dhoni couple of days back.

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Yuvraj approved that it will be like the old days when they played and started together. Singh said “It will be like the old days playing with him (Dhoni) when we had started. Obviously, I started much before him, but back then we were fearless when we used to play together. We can do the same this time, in the upcoming series against England.”

The 35-years-old all-rounder said about the right decision in stepping down as captain, “I think he (Dhoni) took a good decision in stepping down as captain, as he must have felt that it would give Kohli enough time to take over and build the team for 2019 World Cup.”

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