India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh aims to play 2019 World Cup in England

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Mumbai, April 22: The "passion" for the game has kept him going and he is now focused on playing in the ICC World Cup 2019 in England.

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India's experienced all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has made it clear that he wants to continue playing the game with an aim to finish with the World Cup in 2019. He will be 37 when the tournament starts in May 2019. (Yuvraj targets May 6 return)

Yuvraj Singh aims to play in 2019 World Cup

The left-hander, who won the Man-of-the-series award in ICC World Cup 2011, which India won at home, is now keen on featuring in another global tournament in 3 years time.

"2019 would be a goal for me to achieve. But for that I need to work very hard and I would have to perform very outstandingly. I will try and look forward to do that. If I can reach 2019 it will be huge for me," Yuvraj told "Reuters" news agency today (April 22).

Yuvraj, who is currently nursing an ankle injury and is aiming to return to action on May 6, said his "passion" for the game had kept him going. He is part of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) team in the ongoing Indian Premier League 2016 (IPL 9).

"I think it's the passion for the game. I don't want to sit one day and think 'Oh, I should have played a few more years'.

"I want to end where I feel this is it and this is how much I would have played. Given the opportunity, I still feel I have a few more years to excel," he said.

Yuvraj was injured during the ICC World Twenty20 and missed India's semi-final against West Indies, which the hosts lost. West Indies went on to claim the trophy by defeating England in the final at Kolkata's Eden Gardens on April 3.

Yuvraj could not make it big in Test cricket

"It was pretty disappointing. You have an injury before the World Cup semi-final and I was preparing to play the World Cup for a while," Yuvraj said.

He admitted that he did not make it big in Test cricket. "Definitely, I am a big underachiever in Test cricket. But I can't really take out anything because I didn't have many opportunities.

"We had lot of greats playing in the team. For seven years of my career I was mostly the 12th man for Test matches," he said.

Yuvraj, who made his international debut in the year 2000, has so far played 40 Tests, 293 ODIs and 55 T20Is.

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