Bangalore: Yuvraj Singh, who smashed a blistering century against West Indies A on Sunday, said his knock was very satisfying as it came against a high quality West Indies attack.
The India A captain scored 123 off 89 balls to power his side to a 77-run victory.
“I always had the belief that when I’m feeling well from inside, when I’m feeling mentally good, I’m going to do well,” Yuvraj said. “It’s taken a lot of time because the body has gone through a lot. You just can’t go through such a disease (cancer) and come back and say ‘okay, I’m going to be a 100 per cent.’
“It’s just getting better and better with every off-season I’ve spent. I’m just happy with the way I hit the ball today and hopefully I can carry on this form in the coming months.”
Yuvraj spoke highly of pacer Ronsford Beaton and likened him to great Caribbean bowler Curtly Ambrose.
“I think it was a complete international attack. (Andre) Russell has played for his national side and Beaton is the future fast bowler for the West Indies. He reminds me of Curtly. Obviously Curtly was great, but I think he has lot of potential and I think it was a very good attack,” he said at the post-match press conference.
Yuvraj said hitting a hundred in the first game of the season was special. “I think I have worked hard in my off-season on my batting and other skills in last couple of weeks,” he said.
Yuvraj showered praise on his private French trainer Tim Exeter for making him and Zaheer Khan, who is also on a comeback trail, match fit.
“It was organised by National Cricket Academy physio Ashish Kaushik. The NCA has always supported me and the people who believed in me. I thank them all,” he said.
Yuvraj said he has shed a few kilos and was feeling stronger and moving quickly on the ground. “I was always quick on the field and I just worked on those aspects and I am feeling better,” he added.
Asked to comment on not being picked for four-day matches, Yuvraj said he was not bothered about the kind of matches, as long as he was scoring runs.
“I have got an opportunity to play. I don’t know whether it is four-day match or Test cricket. I am just happy I am playing and scoring runs. I don’t know what is going to happen in the future,” he said.
Admitting the pressure a player faces while making a comeback, Yuvraj said such challenges bring out the best in him and hoped he would get the national selectors’ nod.
He also welcomed challenges from talented youngsters, saying it was good for the future of Indian cricket.
Asked if he was a bit cautious at the start, Yuvraj said: “I just wanted to take some time at the start and attack when I needed to… I think most of my centuries are like this only. Take a few balls to get to 30-35, and then try and up the tempo.”