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Gautam Gambhir Feels Yuvraj Singh Is Not In BCCI's Radar For 2019 World Cup

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| August 21 , 2017 , 15:34 IST

One of the big names of Indian cricket Yuvraj Singh is missing the ongoing One Day International (ODI) and one-off T20 international series in Sri Lanka. The BCCI chief selector MSK Prasad said the southpaw was given 'rest' instead of using the term dropped.

Yuvraj Singh, who played ODI series against England and the Champions Trophy, failed to show his glitz of yesteryear batting and fielding prowess for which he had earned a reputation.

But, since BCCI introduced 'Yo-Yo' endurance test at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) 35-year-old Yuvraj Singh failed to pass the fitness parameter.

When a prolific southpaw like Yuvraj Singh was 'rested' BCCI chief selector recalled India's World Cup and World T20 winning left-handed opener Gautam Gambhir (35) for the second ODI against gutted Sri Lanka.

The Delhi dasher was asked to convey his view on selectors' decision not to pick the Punjab batsman. Gambhir in reply clearly quashed Prasad's phase saying that 'rest' wasn't the right word in this particular case.

"I don't think 'rest' is the right word because he (Yuvraj) hasn't played any cricket for quite a while and he would be wanting to play. If you want to see him at the World Cup, he should be given the maximum opportunity. Because, someone like Yuvraj, you want him in that flow, you want him in that rhythm. You can't have someone like him playing in one series and resting thereafter," Gambhir was quoted as a saying by ESPNCricinfo.

The aggressive Kolkata Knight Riders skipper also said that it would be tough for Yuvraj Singh to make a return to the Indian limited over squad.  "I feel that it's difficult now for Yuvraj to make a comeback. Hopefully, he does because he is one of the greats of the game," Gambhir said.

BCCI introduced 'Yo-Yo' endurance test among the players at the NCA in Bengaluru following Indian players' sloppy fielding performance in the Champions Trophy 2017. The 'Yo-Yo' endurance test is the advanced version of the 'beep' test that was used by the Indian teams of previous generations.

BCCI introduced the 'Yo-Yo' endurance test to bring a revolution in Indian fielding. India is known for acrobatic fielding skills in cricket.

As per the test a player has to score 19.5 and upwards. Among the Indian players skipper Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja and Manish Pandey, who scores 21 in the test, are among the fittest players in the Indian team. Currently, Australian players' average fitness score is 21.