Yuvraj determined to play in all formats

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Veteran India batsman Yuvraj Singh says he has not given up hope of playing for his country again, and is determined to keep performing in all three formats.

Veteran India batsman Yuvraj Singh says he has not given up hope of playing for his country again, and is determined to keep performing in all three formats.

Yuvraj, approaching the age of 32, has not played for India since January this year, when he played in an ODI against England. He was then dropped, with India's batting depth pushing him out the side.

Yuvraj recovered from lung cancer last year, and then returned to the side amid much fanfare, but was not able to pick up the form he had before his illness. As a result, he last played a Test in December 2012, and averages just under 34 in that format.

But the all-rounder, who did better with the ball than the bat for both India and the Pune Warriors since his remission, says he is determined to regain his place, despite Suresh Raina, Ravi Jadeja and Shikhar Dhawan's emergence.

Yuvraj said: "I am going to be 32 and I believe that I can still play in all the formats. I have had a good training during off-season and eagerly waiting for the domestic season to start.

"I have been training very hard and would now like to play a few local tournaments before the first-class season begins. I am really confident of making a comeback."

Despite his age, Yuvraj said he enjoyed watching young players come into the side, and was pleased with the way the young fast bowlers were making an impact after a lean period in that area.

He added: "It's a great thing that youngsters are getting a lot of chances and they should utilize that to the fullest. We have some good pace bowlers in Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma. Varun Aaron is also a good prospect.

"I believe that since we are playing in all three formats, these bowlers should be rotated and given enough rest."

The veteran batsman was speaking at the opening of his new youth training centre, the Yuvraj Singh Centre of Excellence, and said he wished he had a similar facility when he was growing up.

He said of the all-round venue: "I didn't have all the modern facilities under one roof when I was training to become a cricketer.

"I would practise at one place, then head off to a gymnasium located at another part of the city and then go for a swimming session. Nowadays proper training is very important and kids should get the facilities under one roof."

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