Updated June 2nd, 2024 at 14:16 IST

'I think if India...': Yuvraj on how Rohit Sharma and co. can end the ICC trophy drought in T20 WC

Yuvraj Singh expresses hope that Rohit Sharma and the team can help India break the ICC trophy drought in the T20 World Cup.

Reported by: Aryan Suraj Chadha
Yuvraj Singh wish Rohit Sharma to win t20 world cup 2024 | Image:instagram
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In a warm-up match for the ICC Men's T20 World Cup, India posted a commanding total of 182/5 in 20 overs, with notable contributions from Rishabh Pant (53 off 32 balls) and Hardik Pandya (40* off 23 balls). In response, Bangladesh struggled to keep up, managing only 122/9 in their 20 overs, resulting in a comfortable 60-run victory for India. Arshdeep Singh and Shivam Dube stood out for India with 2 wickets each, while Mahmudullah top-scored for Bangladesh with 40 runs. The match, which took place at Nassau County International Cricket Stadium.

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Yuvraj Singh on how India can win the ICC T20 World Cup 2024 and end the international trophy drought 

Yuvraj Singh optimistically believes that India has the potential to end their ICC trophy drought in the T20 World Cup by capitalizing on their strengths instead of dwelling on their vulnerabilities in the face of the opposition. He emphasized the abundant skills and self-assurance present in the squad. The last major global tournament victory for India was the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 under the leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, following Yuvraj's pivotal role in the 2011 ODI World Cup win. Additionally, India emerged as the champions of the inaugural T20 World Cup, during which Yuvraj famously struck six sixes in an over against England.

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Asked about the absence of a silverware in more than a decade, Yuvraj said,

 "I just feel that we played the World Cup 2007 final and we've been the qualifying semis and I think it's just a matter of time…

"I believe we have the self-belief of winning big tournaments. I think if India believes and backs themselves and play to their own strengths, I'm sure they'll go all the way. And that's what I believe in." An ICC Ambassador for the T20 World Cup, Yuvraj was present at the opening of Fan Park at the Oculus Trade Centre in New York.

The former all-rounder added, 

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"... I think that's the reason why we won. We focused on where, how we are good and the things that we need to do rather than thinking of where the opposition is going to harm us. We have the match winners.

"You know, IPL has been a great platform to get ready for the ICC Men's World Cup and I hope it's a better tournament.

"For us, it will be a great moment if India win. It's been a long time that India won an ICC trophy. Hopefully, the boys will do the job." 

The USA and the West Indies are jointly hosting the T20 showpiece.

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Yuvraj, who has had a hand in moulding people like Abhishek Sharma into an explosive batter, said he is not up for full-time coaching job at the moment.

“I would love to do that but with my state players, it gives me time. I can do according to my time. My kids are young. When they get a bit older, I would like to get into a bit more coaching and mentoring. I'm just taking my time.”

Speaking about the favourites to make the finals, he said, 

"I'm hoping India, probably West Indies. Pakistan 3, and no Australians (laughs)." And one player to he's looking forward to watch? "I would say Rishabh Pant. I am looking forward to the return of Rishabh, he is coming back from a massive injury.

"And leading run-getter seems like Virat Kohli, he's had a very good IPL."

 Yuvraj is also certain that his record of six sixes in an over will not be matched in this World Cup.

"I think it's very much possible, but I don't think it's happening in this tournament." 

(With PTI inputs)

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Published June 2nd, 2024 at 14:08 IST