Unlucky not to play a part in his nation consolidating the world’s top ranking in the 50-over format of the game following a series clean sweep over fellow sub-continent strength Sri Lanka, Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has revealed he is working hard towards selection for the 2015 Cricket World Cup.
Struggling to secure consistent top-level form for much of the 2014 cricket calendar so-far, Singh has not pulled on an Indian one day jersey since December 2013, but has recently found devastating form for his club team.
A pivotal member of India’s successful run to victory in the 2011 Cricket World Cup, Singh told IBN7 he is continuing to work towards a return to the national team for their title defence in Australia and New Zealand in early 2015 and underlined batsman Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Captain MS Dhoni as pivotal to India’s success.
“Virat is a very talented boy. His determination is the reason behind his success,” Singh said.
“Rohit, Virat and Dhoni will be very important for India in the World Cup.
“I am playing domestic cricket and hope to make a quick comeback to the Indian team. The next two months are very crucial for me.
“I never said that I won’t play for India in the World Cup. I am definitely looking forward to playing in the World Cup.
“I can’t speak of the World Cup selection, but if I get an opportunity I will look to do well.”
Suffering respiratory issues during the 2011 season which forced his withdrawal from India’s one day series with the West Indies, Singh continued to suffer from breathing difficulties, nausea and a range of other health-related problems while still displaying impeccable form on the field during India’s successful 2011 World Cup campaign, and was diagnosed with a rare germ cell cancer following the tournament.
Completing three cycles on chemotherapy in early 2012, Singh’s cancer was confirmed to be showing full signs of remission and allowed the Chandigarh local to return to the international cricket fold for the 2012 Twenty20 World Cup; starring with the ball in what was ultimately a disappointing campaign for India who failed to reach the semi-finals.
Unable to make much of an impact for IPL side Pune Warriors in 2013, Singh was subsequently dropped from the national one day team for the Champions Trophy tournament in England and Wales; a competition eventually won by India.