In a freewheeling interview with ANI, Yuvraj opened up on his hopes from the WTC last, whether or not the championship holds the similar weight as the 50-over World Cup, his expectations from opener Shubman Gill, the Indian ladies enjoying Test cricket after a whereas and his love for motorsport.
“Definitely, my favourites will always be India. New Zealand has the advantage after winning the Test series against England. They have had more time on the park, they played two Test matches. They have had more time over there and India had one practice game. I think cricket is a great sport, one day or one session can change the game around. India has a lot of match-winners in their squad,” stated Yuvraj.
“You never know. Hopefully, it would be an exciting Test match. Sometimes you feel Test cricket is dying but then you see India winning in Australia and Test cricket is revived again. We see New Zealand beat England in England. Nothing like Test cricket, probably the best format I have watched and I have played,” he added.
When requested whether or not winning the WTC could be the similar as winning the 50-over World Cup, Yuvraj stated: “I don’t know. I feel the 50-over World Cup has a lot of history, Test cricket obviously has more history but the WTC is happening for the first time. Getting the number one spot is a big thing. But I cannot really compare winning the World Cup and WTC because I have not been part of both things.
“Virat Kohli could be in a better position or Rohit Sharma could be in a better position to clarify that. I’d say Virat extra as a result of he has received the World Cup. He was in the 2011 squad, and (now) he’s the captain (in the WTC last). He would have a style of each experiences, so he could be in a better position to evaluate these two titles,” he added.
Yuvraj also echoed head coach Ravi Shastri’s opinion, saying that World Test Championship finals should be a ‘best-of-three’ contest as both the finalists should have the chance of making a comeback if they lose the first match.
“WTC ought to have a minimum of three Test matches, the different staff wants to have the alternative of coming again. What occurs in a World Cup, you get one last. The World Cup is occurring, each staff is used to the situations, they’ve performed cricket and then they’ve reached the last. If you give a three-match championship, that offers you an excellent contest.
“As I said, New Zealand has an edge because they have played in England (just before the WTC final), but three-Test matches would be the ideal championship (final),” stated Yuvraj.
The 39-yr-previous additionally stated whether or not India go in with an additional seamer in their bowling assault will ultimately rely on the situations in Southampton, however he was fast to level out how the spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin have acted as the sport-changers in the longest format.
“It generally depends on the conditions. If it is a seaming track, then you play an extra seamer. I feel that you need to pick your best five bowlers. Why India has been doing well in Test cricket is because Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin have been good with the bat as well…Two spinners and three pacers, you need to take 20 wickets to win the Test. In England, the ball moves around, so I feel you have to pick your best batters and best bowlers,” he added.
Talking about Shubman Gill, Yuvraj stated: “Shubman is very young right now and he has just started playing for India. He had good success in Australia and not so much success in India. He is learning the art of Test cricket. There is a one-off Test against New Zealand (WTC final), and then are five Tests against England. I feel if you do well in Australia, then you need to have the belief that you can bat well in any conditions. UK conditions would be a challenge, but Shubman has everything in his armoury. He has all the shots and he has a good head on his shoulders.”
The Indian ladies’s staff is enjoying a one-off Test towards England, which started on Thursday. Later this yr, the Mithali Raj-led aspect could be squaring off towards Australia in a pink-ball Test and Yuvraj is happy as he feels the ladies’s staff has some high quality gamers.
“It is pretty exciting that our women cricketers will be playing a pink-ball Test against Australia this year. Pink ball makes cricket more exciting. Whatever cricket they get to play has to be both home and away so that you are tested in both conditions. I think women’s cricket has become really exciting, there are some power-packed players and it is great to see women’s cricket doing so well,” stated Yuvraj.
Moving from cricket to the quick lane, Yuvraj will now be seen in a new avatar as the face of PUMA Motorsport in India, showcasing his ardour for quick vehicles and sports activities-impressed vogue.
Talking about his love for motorsport, Yuvraj stated: “I think motorsport is a fantastic category, probably a new category which the younger generation is getting fond of…I think people need to watch more of the sport because motorsport is more understandable when you are watching it on the screen…It is exciting, trending, elite, young and fashionable; and all these things matter to the people who know about motorsport.”