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‘I needed such a knock to feel better’
- A day after tearing into Lanka, Yuvraj mingles with heart patients

Vadodara: Twenty-four hours after pulverising the Sri Lankans, Yuvraj Singh was in a different role: Wishing patients, who had undergone a bypass, speedy recovery at a local heart institute.

He wasn’t even remotely out of place at the Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground in Rajkot and, on Thursday evening, was absolutely at ease here.

“Somebody called at the hotel (Taj Residency) and conveyed that the patients wanted to meet me... It was an off day for us and, so, I didn’t have a problem in making the trip. I must have spent around 25 minutes at the institute,” Yuvraj told The Telegraph.

Reflecting on his fast and furious unbeaten 79 in Rajkot, which ended a poor run in the ongoing series (besides ensuring a quick seven-wicket win in match No.6), Yuvraj said: “I needed such a knock to make me feel better... I need a start and the first 20-25 runs are always important...”

Till Rajkot, his best in the series had been 18 in Jaipur. However, the Chandigarh da puttar has already cracked two ODI hundreds this season ' 110 versus the West Indies in Colombo and 120 against the hosts in Harare.

Yuvraj, who completed five years with Team India last month, added: “It’s never easy when the runs don’t come... I wouldn’t say I was worried, but you can’t be on cloud nine if 18 is your highest in a series.”

Asked whether he’d made it more difficult by probably reminding himself of the need to score big each time he took guard, Yuvraj replied: “Not really... At the same time, I was aware that I hadn’t been getting runs.”

As in the Sourav Ganguly-John Wright era, Rahul Dravid and Greg Chappell backed him publicly through this mini ‘crisis’. Given the contribution Yuvraj makes as a fielder, he’s seen as a complete package.

That’s one-up on most.

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