Colombo: Stuart Broad’s name will be etched forever in the history of T20 cricket as the man who was subjected to six consecutive over boundaries in an over. And for that, one assumes that Broad will never ever forget Yuvraj Singh, whose willow was responsible for that torment.
But the England T20 captain, speaking to the media on the eve of the World T20 match against India, saluted Yuvraj’s trend-setting comeback to the game from cancer.
The following are excerpts
On how prepared they are for Sunday
We had some good challenges over the last few weeks… It’s been a real advantage for us to have a couple of weeks together before this tournament started. We played against South Africa, who are a world-class team. Australia and Pakistan, in the warm-up matches, were really good challenges as well. We have been performing and competing against top level teams, so it’s not like we are coming against India as our first real challenge in the last few weeks. We do know the dangers they offer... But if we focus on what we do really well, we can be a challenge for anyone.
Significance of the tie as they have already qualified for the Super Eights
It’s hard to call any game meaningless when you are putting on the three Lions of England and taking the field as an international. Whether it was a must-win for us on Sunday, or whether we don’t have to win to go through, it won’t change the way we approach the game.
Any match against India is huge, massive watching and we know how passionate the Indian fans are about their cricket. It certainly won’t dampen the mood on Sunday that we are already through. It will be a fantastic game of cricket.
If he was satisfied with the show against Afghanistan
If we have batsmen towards the end, you can see how dangerous we can be... And the aggression we showed with the ball and on the field to take our chances like we did was superb. I said at half time that the day is only 50 percent done, we did it fantastically well but we need to stay calm and deliver our skills. We did that really well for the first ten overs and that’s something we need to continue with on Sunday.
India as opponents
India have a powerful batting line-up… We know the dangers they offer, they have played a lot of T20 cricket domestically and internationally. But there’s not a weak side in the whole tournament. You have got to play good cricket all the way through to win and that won’t change on Sunday. But one thing I will say — if we play cricket like we did against Afghanistan, the way we went about things, the passion and the energy we showed on the field, we are going to be in a good position.
On Yuvraj Singh’s journey back to cricket
To have an illness like that, it’s horrible to see… The whole cricketing world got behind him. But it’s amazing to see him back playing for India… We know what a dangerous player he is… When you play against him, he is someone you look out for, do your research on him... It’s amazing to see a player come back from an illness like that, and to come back as strongly as he has.