Yuvraj Singh lashes out at cricketers prioritizing IPL over domestic cricket
Published - Apr 26, 2016 9:13 am | Updated - Apr 26, 2016 9:13 am
34-year old Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh has lashed out at the younger generation of cricketers for prioritizing the cash-rich IPL over domestic cricket. The IPL, while bringing some of the best youth players to the fore, has also been a problem as they have begun putting the IPL before their domestic cricket commitments.
Yuvraj Singh, who has come from the generation that made their mark on domestic cricket, claimed that the younger generation certainly needs to calm themselves. Yuvraj also added that the attitude towards playing cricket would also have to change significantly.
Yuvraj claimed, “This generation is a bit outspoken, at times the things they do look inappropriate in public. But, that’s the way the younger generation is going. I think they need to calm themselves.”
He affirmed, “I see plenty of younger players in the IPL. After hitting a boundary or a six, they behave as though they have won the game. It is not right. Only once you have won, you should enjoy the way you want to.”
“I feel many guys are looking forward to playing just the IPL. They give less importance to domestic cricket. Even in our Punjab Ranji team, they want to play T20.”
Having been out injured since the World T20 encounter against Australia, Yuvraj added that it would certainly take time for him to find his feet in the IPL. The southpaw sustained an ankle injury against the Aussies and is expected to make a return to cricket when the Sunrisers take on the Gujarat Lions on the 6th of May.
“Obviously, your game changes, the situation changes. I always try and take my time when I go to bat and then start hitting. I’m playing international cricket after a year-and-a-half, so it takes a while before I find my groove.”
He added, “I can still do what I’ve been doing and prove myself. I remember Tendulkar telling me that it’s all about that one cover-drive you hit. That stroke gives you so much confidence.”