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I’ll get fitter: Yuvraj

Tuesday came with different hues of ‘wins’ and ‘losses’ for the Indians.

While India won the Super Eights match against South Africa, they didn’t win a semi-final berth in the World T20. Again, though it was a loss for the Indians as a whole, the same couldn’t be said for Yuvraj Singh who won the Man of the Match with an impressive performance.

At the post-match presentation ceremony, Yuvraj, who scored a 15-ball 21 and took two wickets as well with his left-arm spin, pointed out his performance to take a dig at his critics.

“I heard some people saying that I shouldn’t be playing in the first XI... It feels nice to get a few wickets…Couldn’t really do well with the bat today… But the T20 format is a bit unpredictable. So that’s how it goes,” Yuvraj said.

However, he agreed that he has still has work to do and hoped that playing in domestic cricket will help him reach his earlier self.

“I think I need a bit of time and obviously in T20s, you don’t get much time. But hopefully if I come back and play more one-day cricket and Test cricket, I will get more time. I also have got domestic cricket to play, so hopefully my body will get used to it and I will get fitter… Let’s see how it goes,” Yuvraj said.

The comeback-from-cancer man also pointed out how he is improving in every game. “I think I have improved in every game... In every game I have improved my confidence. I the last game, I could dive and get a run out... That’s me in my younger days. I hope I can get better with each game,” he said.

While thanking God for him helping him with his game, Yuvraj didn’t hide his disappointment about the fact that India failed to qualify for the World T20 semi-finals.

“I think God’s been kind and am happy that besides my batting, I could help the team with my bowling. It feels nice to get those wickets and win the game.

“Unfortunately, we couldn’t qualify… We are disappointed, but it’s good to get a win,” Yuvraj said.