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I’m focusing on bowling, says Yuvraj

Yuvraj Singh, at the Eden, on Wednesday.
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Calcutta: When the man who holds the record of hitting six over boundaries in an over in International cricket says that he is “practising” his bowling a lot, it is understood how desperate he is to make himself more important to his team.

Yuvraj Singh definitely wants to make the most of the chances that he gets in the World T20, which begins next week, in Bangladesh. Ignored for ODI series in New Zealand and the Asia Cup, Yuvraj will want to prove his worth in the Indian team. That, perhaps, is the reason why he wants his bowling to be sharper.

Speaking to a television channel on the sidelines of the Railways-Punjab Vijay Hazare Trophy quarter final tie at the Eden, on Wednesday, Yuvraj said: “I have been practising my bowling a lot… If the team requires me to bowl on the wickets in Bangladesh, I want to give my best.”

As part of his preparations, India’s 2011 World Cup hero revealed that he has been watching the recent matches in Bangladesh keenly.

“My preparations have been good… I have put in a lot of work in all three departments — batting, bowling and fielding. I have also been watching the recent matches, played in Bangladesh, on television… So I have an idea as to how the wickets will be, what kind of conditions I will face.”

Yuvraj didn’t have a great day with the bat at the Eden. Walking in with Punjab struggling at 12 for three, Yuvraj played watchfully for 34 balls, made 15 runs and just when it seemed that he had weathered the storm, he was run out, courtesy a mix-up with non-striking batsman Gurkeerat Singh and some brilliant fielding from the Railways players.

But he is not too worried about not getting crucial batting practice ahead of the World T20. “I tried to hang in there and see off the new ball… But unfortunately I was run out. I don’t think there’s much to worry about… This was an one-dayer and that will be T20s… Also, I believe I will get enough time to practice before our first match (against Pakistan, on March 21).”

Yuvraj also feels that the India have a formidable batting line-up for the World T20. “(Mahendra Singh) Dhoni, (Suresh) Raina, Virat (Kohli) and I… We have strength in batting,” he said.

“I know the bowlers are having a difficult time in one-dayers because of the rule changes… But T20 is a different format. I’m sure they will adjust and do well,” Yuvraj said.