Calcutta: For one fitness is a concern, while for the other form, yet Yuvraj Singh and Mohammed Kaif find themselves in the same boat ó trying ďhardĒ to make a comeback into the big league. After their team made the final of The Telegraph Twenty20 Cricket Tournament on Saturday at the CC&FC, presented by McDowell No.1, Yuvraj-Kaif spoke to the reporters at length.
The following are excerpts
On their comeback
YUVRAJ: I canít give a dateÖ Iíll take my call only when I feel that Iím physically and mentally fit. Thereafter, Iíll speak to (John) Gloster. However, Iím confident that Iíll make the World Cup teamÖ But itís too farÖ In fact, Iím trying to return much early.
KAIF: Iím working hard at the moment. Iíll be playing four Ranji one-dayers for UP; some runs under my belt will help I am trying to keep it simple and play my natural game.
On form and fitness
YUVRAJ: Obviously, itís hard for me to hit around freely, when Iím playing after a three-month lay-off. Today, I was on the field for about 22 overs and felt pretty good.
KAIF: It was not my day in South AfricaÖ Perhaps it was not my tour. Sometimes, itís just one odd game or series when you donít fare well. In South Africa, I was asked to bat at No.3Ö However, batting position is not a concern for me.
On Sachin Tendulkar as vice captain
YUVRAJ: Rahul and Sachin are the best persons to handle the job.
On Sourav Gangulyís comeback
YUVRAJ: Great to see Sourav back. Everybody is happy with his return.
KAIF: His comeback is an example for us.