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Yuvraj returns to action
Deepti Patwardhan | January 12, 2007 22:10 IST
After being sidelined with a knee injury for more than two months, Yuvraj Singh resumed match practice without the usual fanfare at the Mumbai Cricket Association stadium at the Bandra Kurla Complex, in Mumbai, on Friday. The left-hander played a one-day game with the Mumbai under-19 team and carved out a careful 62.
Yuvraj, who took a break twice while fielding, looked a little gingerly fielding at his regular backward point area.
"I was feeling good. You can't expect a miracle in one day," he said after the game. I have to take it game by game. I expect to get back to my best slowly. I was very happy with the outcome today. It is looking good for me.
"There is no pain. To get back to 100 per cent match fitness it takes a couple of matches. This was the first game. A couple of more and I am sure I will get better."
The middle-order batsman was examined by India physio John Gloster and Board physician Dr Anant Joshi's physiotherapist son Mithun Joshi during the innings break.
"We discussed a few things I needed to do and wanted to do in the game. I am going to be joining the team in the camp so, hopefully, we can improve on that," added Yuvraj.
He is to join the Indian team's short camp at Nagpur ahead of the one-day series against the West Indies and said he would continue with the drills during the camp.
This was the first match for Yuvraj since he tore his left knee ligament on the eve of India's crucial league game against Australia at Mohali.
Yuvraj, who was a crucial member of India's ODI success at the beginning of 2006, is expected to return to the team in the latter half of the home series against West Indies.
"It is too early to say when I can come back. This is just the first match. I'll probably decide after playing a few more practices matches. I can go full out. Takes a bit of time to return to full form after any injury. But I'm sure I'll get there.
"I have trained really hard; I know I will do well. First I made an effort of fielding 50 overs, so that after getting tired I can bat, it went off well," he said of the practice game on Friday.