I'm 100 per cent fit for England tour: Yuvraj
Yuvraj Singh has recovered from the chest infection that laid him low after the cricket World Cup and is gearing for next month's England tour.
The middle-order batsman, who was ruled out of India's ongoing West Indies tour because of the infection, said he is available for selection for the full tour of England, beginning July 15.
"I am 100 per cent fit for the tour. I am sure most of the other seniors who are battling respective injuries would be fully fit for the tour. I am really looking forward," Yuvraj said on the sidelines of a promotional event in Kolkata on Wednesday.
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'In times of trouble there's nobody for you'
He said he learnt life's lesson the hard way when he was dropped for the Asia Cup last year and that became the motivation to do well in the World Cup.
Yuvraj overcame a shoulder injury and dengue to emerge the player of the tournament in India's second World Cup triumph after 28 years.
"Only after we won the World Cup did I realise that in the limelight everybody is with you but there would be nobody in times of trouble. It was a big lesson for me," he said.
"It was the toughest phase of my career and I learnt an important lesson of my career. It was very tough to tackle injury, sickness and ouster together. World Cup was my goal last year, so it became a big motivation. I prepared well," he added.
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'I play for my country, not for any captain'
Yuvraj, who scored 362 runs, including a century and four fifties, and took 15 wickets in the World Cup, said winning the tournament was a dream come true for all the players.
"Indians needed the victory everybody's wishes came true and the dream became a reality. It was a very important win and the biggest achievement for all of us."
After the World Cup triumph, Yuvraj had a lacklustre captaincy stint with debutants Pune Warriors and later suffered from respiratory infection that forced him to miss the ongoing West Indies tour.
He dismissed suggestions that he pulled out of the West Indies tour because Suresh Raina was named captain.
"I play for my country not for any captain I've played under [Sourav] Ganguly. Then I played under MS [Dhoni] and Gauti [Gautam Gambhir] after about four years together," he said.
Image: Yuvraj celebrates after hitting the winning runs against Australia in the World Cup quarter-final
'Always special to play at Eden Gardens'
With Kolkata getting to host three matches (one T20, ODI and a Test) later this year to compensate for the India vs England World Cup match they were deprived over, Yuvraj said it's always special to play at the Eden Gardens.
"I have some fine memories of the ground. The atmosphere, the crowd support, it's just amazing and nowhere else you would see this," he said.
On his experience of captaining his 'mentor' Ganguly during IPL-4, Yuvraj said, "He [Ganguly] had supported me throughout his career. It was time to support him."
Asked whether Ganguly was under pressure during his IPL comeback after a bitter parting of ways with Kolkata Knight Riders, Yuvraj replied, "Ganguly has so much success, centuries for him. He did not have to prove anybody. We have some plans for next season, I'm sure we will do well."
Image: Yuvraj celebrates with former coach Gary Kirsten after the World Cup final