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I'm getting stronger on the wrist: Yuvraj

Last updated on: May 02, 2010 12:00 IST

Yuvraj SinghHaving rediscovered his touch during India's seven-wicket win over Afghanistan, left-handed batsman Yuvraj Singh said he is getting stronger on the wrist and is ready for action in the ongoing Twenty20 World Cup.

Yuvraj hit an unbeaten 23 off 22 balls but more than the runs he scored, Yuvraj was happy that his injured wrist held good in the game.

"I am getting much stronger now on the wrist and am ready for action," said Yuvraj.

The southpaw said at one point in time, he had decided to go for a surgery but later dropped the idea, as he was keen on playing the Twenty20 World Cup.

"If I had to undergo surgery it would have taken me a lot more time to recover. Definitely, I would have been out for a long time. I had been in and out for a while from the finger injury and was desperate to play," Yuvraj said.

"The physios and the specialist in Australia were okay with me to play from the first game of the IPL," he added.

The 28-year-old middle-order batsman said it is always difficult to come back from injury.

"Every time you come back from an injury you will take some time to strengthen it. When I came back from my knee injury, I struggled for the first few months. It is just that you need to be careful, make yourself stronger, be careful when to rest yourself and when not to play," he said.

Yuvraj was out of the squad for sometime after he injured his wrist during the second Test against Bangladesh in January and though he played in IPL III, he was a big disappointment as he struggled with form.

The left-hander's commitment towards the game was also questioned during that phase and Yuvraj said the last six months had been the most frustrating moments in his career.

"The last six months was really bad. I was playing really well against Sri Lanka and I got injured in the ICC Champions Trophy. It took me a long time to get back," Yuvraj said.

"Then again in Sri Lanka I played well in the Test matches and had a good T20 game and broke my finger. It is very hard to get injured, get back into the groove and start playing well and then get injured again. It gets really frustrating.

"The worst was the wrist injury. It is my bottom hand. And that is where I generate most of my power while hitting in this format of the game. Hopefully, I can get better in this tournament," he added.

Yuvraj said he needed to be more consistent with the bat. "Definitely consistency is important. I just need to take the confidence from the last ten years of my career and do better. I believe that when I get going I always put my team in winning positions.

"But you can't win the game if all the eleven players are not performing together. You can contribute towards a winning foundation but it is the performance of all the players which matter at the end of the day," he said.

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