Saturday, August 24, 2013

Sachin Tendulkar thinks Arjun bats like me. He is right: Yuvraj Singh

Sachin Tendulkar thinks Arjun bats like me. He is right: Yuvraj Singh

Saturday, Aug 24, 2013, 7:33 (7star news)

One would expect Sachin Tendulkar's son Arjun to model his batting on his illustrious father's style. However, he appears to have adapted the game of another fellow southpaw — Yuvraj Singh.

During an interaction with the media here, Yuvraj said that Arjun's batting reminded him of his younger days. The praise, coming as it does from the hero of the 2011 cricket World Cup, would certainly encourage and warm the cockles of Arjun's heart, who was last month dropped from the Mumbai Under-14 squad.

"Some time back Sachin told me that Arjun bats like me. When I watched him, he reminded me of my younger days in Chandigarh and the Sector 16 Stadium. Arjun is passionate about the game and that comes from his father," said Yuvraj on Friday.

The currently out-of-favour Yuvraj, along with pacer Zaheer Khan, recently returned from France after a rigorous six-week training regimen at Brive La Gaillarde under the well-known

high-performance physical trainer, Tim Exeter.

The stint in France, Yuvraj said, has helped him regain his physical fitness. "After recovering from cancer, I trained at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), but there were a lot of distractions because of media scrutiny. So, I opted to train outside India and that actually helped me," he said.

"Look at Zaheer now, he has lost six kilos during his stay there."

Yuvraj said that the youngsters in the current team are doing a fabulous job, and their win in the Champions Trophy and the ODI series in Zimbabwe is a testimony to that.

"I'm happy the way youngsters in the team are performing. But a good balance of youngsters and seniors is essential to make our team strong. And certainly for me, the most important thing is to play for Team India. And I am doing my best to regain my place again," said the southpaw.

Yuvraj seconded India captain MS Dhoni who recently said that "age is just a number, what matters is form and fitness".

Yuvraj said, "I feel the best players should feature in the national team. It should be a good mix of experience and youth. People shouldn't forget what seniors have done," said Yuvraj.

Though Yuvraj said he is not targeting 2015 World Cup at the moment, he definitely nurses a desire to be part of the World Cup team. For now though, his priority is to get match-fit and play in all formats of the game.

"The 2015 World Cup is very far off. To be able to play till then, I have to play as much cricket as I can and prove myself at the domestic level. It will be a dream to play in the 2015 World Cup and hope the best possible combination is chosen," said Yuvraj.
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