Yuvraj sets 2019 World Cup goal

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Yuvraj sets 2019 World Cup goal
Yuvraj Singh at a promotional event in Mumbai.

Published: Fri 22 Apr 2016, 5:45 PM

Last updated: Sat 23 Apr 2016, 12:48 AM

Once a limited-overs giant, Yuvraj Singh has been in and out of the Indian team in recent years but the all-rounder believes he still has enough cricket in him to look forward to the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.
The 34-year-old left-handed batsman has seen it all in an international career that started as an 18-year-old in the 50-over ICC KnockOut Trophy in 2000.
He was crucial for India during their 2007 World Twenty20 victory in South Africa and was also player-of-the-tournament in the team's 50-over World Cup win on home soil in 2011.
But later in 2011 he was told he had a golf ball-sized non-malignant tumour in his lungs. It was later re-diagnosed as a cancerous condition called "mediastinal seminoma". That started a phase of comebacks for the hard-hitting middle-order batsman, once considered a certainty in the international limited-overs formats.
"I think it's the passion for the game," Yuvraj told Reuters when asked what kept him going. "I don't want to sit one day and think 'Oh, I should have played a few more years'.
"I want to end where I feel this is it and this is how much I would have played. Given the opportunity, I still feel I have a few more years to excel."
One of the cleanest strikers of the ball, as England fast bowler Stuart Broad found out when he was bludgeoned for six sixes in an over during the 2007 World Twenty20, Yuvraj cut a sorry figure at the crease during his 21-ball 11 against Sri Lanka in the 2014 World T20 final.

By Reuters

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