Yuvraj Singh has fitness issues, says India’s chief selector MSK Prasad

first_imgBCCI chairman of selectors MSK Prasad cited Yuvraj Singh’s fitness issues as the reason behind him being ignored from another squad selection as BCCI announced the Indian squad for T20Is against Sri Lanka and three Test matches against South Africa.”Yuvraj Singh has fitness issues. He has not played a lot of competitive cricket lately,” Prasad said in the press conference after the announcement of the squads.Earlier today, Yuvraj had admitted to failure in the press interaction but had conceded that after three failed attempts, he passed the fitness test on Sunday.”I would like to tell that I am failing. I still fail. I failed the last three fitness tests but yesterday I passed my fitness test. After 17 years I am still failing,” Yuvraj said.Yuvraj reiterated that he was not afraid of failures and that he will keep working hard as he sees himself playing till 2019.”I am still playing. I don’t know what format I am going to play. But I am pushing everyday as hard as I used to, may be harder than before because I am getting older. And I see myself playing cricket till 2019 and obviously take a call after that,” he said.INDIA SQUAD FOR THREE T20Is: Rohit Sharma(C), KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, Basil Thampi, Jaydev Unadkat.India will play three ODIs against Sri Lanka at Dharamsala (December 10), Mohali (December 13) and Visakhapatnam (December 17) and they will be followed by three T20s at Cuttack (December 20), Indore (December 22) and Mumbai (December 24).advertisementOn Monday, BCCI also announced of the inclusion of Jasprit Bumrah in the Test squad for South Africa, therefore giving him a maiden Test call-up.With five pacers and a seam bowling all-rounder in Hardik Pandya, MSK Prasad believes that the Test squad for South Africa is a very balanced one.”This is perhaps the best side to have gone to South Africa in a long long time.”Prasad went on to praise Bumrah’s consistent displays and conceded that his addition was a unanimous choice.”With regard to Bumrah if you see his performance for the past 10-12 months, he has been phenomenal. It’s a unanimous choice and he definitely adds variety.”With regards to Kuldeep Yadav’s absence, Prasad said: “Definitely feel unfortunate for Kuldeep Yadav but selecting him over the world No. 1 and 2 bowlers (Ravichandran Ashwin & Ravindra Jadeja) won’t be fair.”INDIA TEST SQUAD VS SOUTH AFRICA: Virat Kohli (C), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (WK), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Parthiv Patel, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah.India will play three Test matches against South Africa at Newlands, Cape Town (January 5 to 9), Centurion (January 13-17) and The Wanderers, Johannesburg (January 24-28).The last time an Indian team ventured to South Africa in 2013/14, they were beaten 1-0 in the two-match Test series.last_img

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