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Yuvi must focus on Tests, feels Kapil

Mumbai: Former captain Kapil Dev Tuesday said Yuvraj Singh, who played his first Test in Ahmedabad since recovering from a rare germ cell cancer, needs to be more focused to establish himself in the longer format of the game.

“I hope he plays well in Test cricket, which is his passion. In one-dayers and Twenty20, there is no better strokeplayer in the world than him. But he needs to establish himself in Test cricket. He needs to focus better,” said Kapil at the launch of the book ‘Yuvi’, written by senior journalist Makarand Waingankar, here.

Former chairman of national selection committee Dilip Vengsarkar, at whose academy Yuvraj played in his initial days, rued that the left-handed batsman did not play enough Test matches.

“Over the years he didn’t play many Test matches, which, I feel very bad about,” Vengsarkar said.

The former captain, and member of the 1983 World Cup winning squad led by Kapil, said he put faith in his former ward when he became the chief selector and ensured that he played a Test series.

“When I became a selector, I made sure that he played a Test series. He played against Pakistan in Bangalore, where he scored 169. It was one of the finest innings, I have seen in Test match cricket.

“But unfortunately, he got injured in one of the training sessions, because of which he couldn’t play for a year. That I feel was a let-down for him because he is such an outstanding cricketer.”