Tuesday, 22 December 2015 - 10:36
Disappointed not to be back for ODIs – Yuvraj



Yuvraj Singh has expressed delight at the prospect of wearing the India jersey again during the three Twenty20 Internationals in Australia, but felt there was a personal sense of disappointment for not making the cut for the ODIs.

"A fresh start or a new beginning is the way I'd put it. I wouldn't say my India career is going to start all over again. It began 15 years ago," Yuvraj told The Telegraph. "To be honest, I'm a bit disappointed that I am back only in the T20I squad, not for the ODIs. However, there's happiness that I'm back after quite a while. The disappointment is personal and I hope I'm not misunderstood and that nothing at all is taken out of context."

Yuvraj, who last played for India in the final of the 2014 World T20, said the time spent away from the team was extremely difficult, but the itch to regain his berth in the national team kept driving him. However, he admitted comebacks were never easy, especially due to the "compressed nature of T20s."

"Yes, conditions in Australia are challenging and the T20 format is even more demanding. It's such a compressed affair that there's little time to adjust," he said. "The 20-over game isn't easy. That said, I'm positive, for that's the way I am. I have the confidence to try and do my best in the opportunities I get. The dressing room needs to have belief in me. I'm sure I'll get the support I need."

With scores of 93, 36, 36, 78 not out and 98 in his five outings, Yuvraj is Punjab's highest run-getter in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy, where his team have won five out of their six matches to secure a quarter-final berth. Yuvraj underlined his domestic form as the key factor in his comeback.

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