Yuvraj Singh needs to focus more to cement his Test place: Kapil Dev
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Former captain Kapil Dev today said Yuvraj Singh, who played his first Test since recovering from a rare germ cell cancer in Ahemedabad, needs to be more focussed to establish himself in the longer format of the game.
"I hope he plays well in Test cricket, which is his passion. In one-dayers and Twenty20, there is no better stroke player in the world like him. But he needs to establish himself in Test cricket. He needs to focus better," said Kapil at the launch of the book 'Yuvi', penned by senior journalist and columnist Makarand Waingankar, here.
Former chief national selector Dilip Vengsarkar, at whose academy Yuvraj played in his initial days, rued that the left-handed batsman did not play enough Test matches.
"Over the years he didn't play many Test matches, which, I feel very bad about," Vengsarkar said.
The former captain, and member of the 1983 World Cup winning squad led by Kapil, said he put faith in his former ward when he became the chief selector and ensured that he played a Test series.
"When I became a selector, I made sure that he played a Test series. He played against Pakistan in Bangalore, where he scored 169. It was one of the finest innings, I have seen in Test match cricket.
"But unfortunately, he got injured in one of the training sessions, because of which he couldn't play for a year. That I feel was a let-down for him because he is such an outstanding cricketer. The shots he executes would make (West Indian legend) Garry Sobers proud," he said.
Vengsarkar said he had spotted exceptional talent in Yuvraj who would clear the boundary line with ease.
"The talent we could see was exceptional. He could clear the ground and would clear 120 metres boundary lines at Oval maidan. He was very obedient, very disciplined and extremely focussed," he said.