September 16, 2013 4:07:07 am
Yuvraj Singh marked his latest comeback with a blistering century that started sedately but ended with a bang. In an interaction with mediapersons after the match at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday,the burly left-hander spoke about pacing his innings,the quality of the attack and his attempts to get back in shape during the off-season. Match Report: Singh-in’ in the rain
On the century
I am feeling very good. Its always amazing to get a hundred. Its the first game of my season,and everything fell in place. Id worked quite hard in the off-season and I was looking good,I was confident. Ive been working on my batting and skills in the last couple of weeks. I just wanted to take some time at the start and attack when I needed to.
On pacing the innings
I think most of my centuries are like this. I take a few balls to get to 30-35 and then try and up the tempo. Most of my innings have been like that,because Im a middle-order batsman and I cant just go in and start hitting. I have to play with responsibility,have to see my team has a good total on the board. So I try and bat till the end,and thats how Ive batted all my career I guess.
On the bowling
It was a complete international attack. (Andre) Russell has obviously played for West Indies,(Ronsford) Beaton – that kid looks really special. He looks the future of West Indies fast bowling. He reminded me of Curtly Ambrose. I think he has a lot of potential,and I think they had a very good attack. It wasnt an easy-going attack which you get in the A side. Im very happy with the way I batted,very happy with the way I left the ball,happy with the way I hit the ball.
On shedding kilos
Yeah,I shed a few kilos. I wasnt that heavy when I went. I just wanted to get my sharpness on the field. I worked on a couple of things,running between the wickets,getting quicker,my strength. Im definitely feeling a lot stronger and quicker on the ground,Im moving quickly. So I was always a quick runner,quick between the wickets,and a good fielder. So I just worked on those aspects and,Im feeling much better.
On off-season training
I havent played much over the last four-five months. Not after the IPL. The body has gone through a lot. You just cant go through such a disease and come back and say okay,Im going to be a 100 percent. And its just getting better and better,with every off-season. The doctors said it would take me about a year to get fully fit. I was focused on training,on my weaknesses my lung capacity,diet in my off-season with Tim Exeter.
On not being in the squad for four-day games
I got an opportunity to play (in the one-dayers). Thats a huge thing for me. I dont know about four-day cricket,Test matches,Im just happy Im playing and scoring runs. I dont know whats going to happen in the future. I got an opportunity and I scored runs.
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