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On playing in and outside India:
On recent performances reflecting India's chances in the World Cup:
We have more responsibility on our shoulders now as people are expecting the World Cup out of us. We have to live up to it.
On his NatWest performance:
We started off decently, and we built up the innings. Playing in a final like this was always a difficult situation for us, but I think we did really well.
We have lot of confidence between both of us; Kaif and me. We ran well between the wickets; if he dives at the cover, I dive at the point. So, it's like lot of confidence between us, and we have been playing for 5-6 years.
I was doing well in the series, and I was in the good make, and I was thinking if I stayed till the end I could do it for India again. When you have to chase a big target you have to take risks. Getting runs and winning the final match was an impossible task.
When I was out, I got shattered and was very disappointed. When I played the shot I thought it would go over him, but when I saw the ball in his hand I was very sad. I had thought that we are nearly there; now it's going to be like no batsman left. I was so tense that I didn't take out my pads. I told Bhaji on the way that it's just a question of if he can get 10 or 15 runs, it will then be a partnership of 30 runs. That's what exactly happened; Bhaji scored 15 very crucial runs.
On the NatWest victory moments:
I jut wanted to take my shirt-off; I was so happy. I dodged over the gatekeeper; he told me to wait, and till the time he was opening the gate, I jumped over the gate and just ran in.
PART IIOn his younger days:
As I see in my childhood photographs, my bat was even bigger than me. My earliest memories are playing cricket in under-10 and under-12 cricket in sector 16 stadium in Chandigarh; that was the first time I was playing with the hard ball.
I was very scared off the hard ball; I got hit on my pads and walked off, and I was so scared.
On the right balance between studies and sports:
Yuvraj's teacher (Manu Chaddah): Academically, he did well where the oral part was there. He was fond of extra curricular activities and would take part in all of them. Other than studies he was happy with everything. When he came to us recently, the advice he gave to the children was that he himself had missed out on his studies, but told them not to do the same. He further said that studies are very important and they won't find a school like Vivek anywhere in the world.
Yuvraj's principal (Sonaiyna Dass): Once when he was either in 4th or 5th standard, we had taken the class for a movie called 'The Gods must be crazy - Part II' and it was one scene which we felt was a little grown up for the children and we told them to shut their eyes, but Yuvraj didn't shut his eyes and said that he knew the thing and kept on watching the scene.
Yuvraj continues: It was great fun. The school was small, had nice classes, nice playground. It wasn't like a typical school. I really loved that school.
On whether growing up was fun or not:
On his playing other games:
On his interest in skating:
Yuvraj's mother (Shabnam Singh): He was a very good skater and was honoured by the governor for it. One day when he came with the gold medal in his hand, his father became furious and told him to stop playing this girl's game and start playing cricket, and that was it.
Yuvraj continues: My dad wanted me to play cricket as he thought there was no scope in skating. I was so proud in getting a gold medal but my father threw the medal and skates off, and threatened me to start playing cricket, otherwise he would break my legs.
On the start of serious cricket:
PART III:On playing in Mumbai at Vengsarkar's academy:
I was 15-16 at that time when getting trained at the Vengsarkar academy; after that I was supposed to go to England. I learnt a lot about life in that time; I used to travel from Andheri to Churchgate. When I used to get into the train I didn't need to get out; people used to push me out. Travelling in train really made me a hard person.
On not becoming a fast bowler like his father:
On his coaches:
Yuvraj's coach (Sukhwinder Bawa): I think Yuvraj has the greatest joy in this world in giving me a hard time. When he was picked for the ICC Trophy in Nairobi, he phoned me up from Bangalore and told me that he was not selected; I felt sad; he then said that he has been selected.
I had promised him that if he makes 100 in the Ranji Trophy we would share something. So in Ranji Trophy when he made his first 100 he phoned me in the evening and told me that he was out for a duck. I have told him that one day in his mischief I would get a heart attack.
On spotting and developing young cricketers in India:
On the under-19 World Cup:
The World Cup was very tense; we scored like 200 runs, the opposition were like 100 for 2. The ball got wet; there was dew, and suddenly we got some wickets. I also got four wickets; then we qualified for the next round.
I think I got a lot of limelight after winning the World Cup; I got the Challenger Trophy without playing much of Ranji Trophy matches, so I think it was good for me.
On his innings against Australia at Nairobi:
After that innings at Nairobi, people started recognizing me. Although, I didn't bat well after that, I didn't have that trim of mind whenever I used to bat.
Whenever a player is not doing well people make comments. I was not worried about the comments people were making, but was rather worried about my cricket. I realized that things are not going well with me, and I need to work hard and be focused.
On his interest in playing in Test matches:
PART IV:On his being close to his mother:
I had always been my mother's boy. She had always been an inspiration to me.
On his father:
On the South African tour:
On his second coming in home series against Zimbabwe:
On confidence of the captain in him:
On his fitness:
On his fielding:
Kaif and I plan fielding; suppose if I dive he is behind me to cover me and if the ball goes between us, we both have to run.
On improvement of fielding in the Indian team:
I have an instinct of hitting the stumps and I think I do it really well; I have been practising it a lot. I anticipate every ball coming at me; even if I don't get the ball I still go for it.
PART V:On his mimicry:
Mother (Shabnam Singh): He is a terrific mimicker. He can mimic anyone he knows. He loves to play as an ostrich; it's a sight to watch.
Friend: He does imitation well; a wonderful imitator. Does the imitation of John Wright very well.
On people discussing his life outside cricket:
On his interest in modelling and acting:
I can't forget the day when I worked in that movie; it was one of the most dangerous days of my life. I was running after the train and it was a local train and not a special train; at the same time somebody was trying to catch the train and someone tripped me and I went rolling down; my head went in between that path and the train; if I had not put my head up, my head would have just gone with the train. I remember somebody really pulled me out. My dad got really furious; he wanted to kill everyone at the sets. In the next shot my dad was running along with me.
On what's next:
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- courtesy (c) ESPN-STAR Sports. The transcript of Yuvraj Singh interview on Harsha Online, that was aired on STAR Sports.
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