The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 second semifinal between Bangladesh and India in itself is a big occasion for both the teams. But more so for India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, as this will be his 300th appearance in ODI cricket for India.
While Yuvraj acknowdges it as a big achievement for him, he also maintains that the team is much more important for him than any of his personal landmark.
Over his 17-year-career, Yuvraj has battled dips in form, made numerous comebacks, and even survived a cancer.
When asked whether he should be considered as a ‘role’ model for the Indian youngsters, Yuvraj said that he would rather love to be called as a ‘fighter’ as he has managed to play many games for India despite going through so many ups and downs.
“I don’t know about [being] the role model, but it’s a big achievement for me to finish 300 games in my career. It is huge honour. When I started playing for India I was happy just playing one game for India. That would have been a big achievement for me, but it’s come a long way. There have been ups and downs, and I am proud of myself. I have come through and still managed to get to 300. At one stage I was thinking if I was going to play another game,” Yuvraj said.
Yuvi also added that he is not focusing on his 300th game and just looking forward to guide his side to the finals.
“It is a big achievement for me. I am not going to do anything special. I think the team is much more important than my 300th game. We are focusing on our semi-final. I think Bangladesh have been doing really well in the tournament. We want to contribute towards our plans. We have to win this match at any cost. I am not focusing on my 300th game,” he said.
– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com