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Middle order is a bit worrying at the moment: Yuvraj

Written by: Staff

Mumbai, Mar 16 (UNI) India's swashbuckling middle order batsman Yuvraj Singh today admitted that the middle order was a bit of worry for them at the moment.

Speaking to reporters after India's practice session here, Yuvraj Singh, who returned to the team in the second Test after missing the first following injury, however, exuded confidence that the middle order would come good in the third Test beginning at the Wankhede stadium here from March 18.

Yuvraj revealed that the team was working on dealing with the sharp bounce, which bowlers like Steve Harmison and Andrew Flintoff can get on any wicket.

On the five bowler theory, the southpaw said, ''When you play five bowlers the responsibility increases on the batsmen as we are used to playing only four bowlers. It is always there (responsibility) at the back of your mind.'' On Harmison's doubtful start in likely to miss the Test due to injury, he said that Harmison is one of the key bowlers for England and if he cannot play the Test, it would be a huge blow for them.

Yuvraj also lauded Rahul Dravid's contribution to the team, saying that playing 100 Test matches was a great achievement.

''Rahul is a tremendous example for us to follow and emulate. He is an inspiration at all times in the dressing room,'' the Punjab batsman added about his captain.

Yuvraj also said the team was now gelling very well and the coming of age of fast bowler Munaf Patel has added another dimension to their game. ''He started off with a bang a couple of years back, but with injuries he was laid low. He, however, has come back as a more mature bowler and can be a good performer for the country in the future.'' On the fielding drills he was doing along with former Indian player Yajuvendra Sigh, Yuvraj said, ''He is one of the greatest close-in fielders we have had and we were just exchanging a few tips on infield fielding.'' Yajuvendra holds the record of most catches by a fielder other than a wicket-keeper in a Test match with seven catches.


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