Yuvraj Singh may be past his prime but the veteran all-rounder Sunday said he would give his “best shot” to get into the reckoning for the upcoming World Cup. “Cricket has given me everything. When I leave the game, I want to be at my best. I do not want to go with any regret,” Yuvraj, who is here for Punjab’s Ranji Trophy Elite Group B match against Bengal, said.
Yuvraj hailed the Virat Kohli-led India’s fine show in the Test series in Australia. “Obviously their experience in batting is not that much what it used to be. But it’s fantastic effort from the guys. Especially, (Cheteshwar) Pujara, (Virat) Kohli, (Jasprit) Bumrah. It’s great to see Rishab (Pant) going down the order and scoring big runs. It’s great sign for Indian cricket for the future. Every time we toured Australia, it’s been a very tough tour. We had the opportunity to win the series, it was a draw. Then next time Australia won 2-1,” he said, recalling the 2003-04 and 2007-08 tours.
Yuvraj lavished praise on Pant who scored a Test hundred each in England and Australia within months from his debut. “He came last year, he got picked for India. Everybody said he plays too many shots, he’s rash, he doesn’t have the mind. But after one year of being in and out, having a good IPL, the guy scored two hundreds overseas,” Yuvraj said.