Yuvraj Singh needs to focus more to cement his Test place: Kapil Dev

Yuvraj Singh

The former Test middle order batsman also recounted the incident when Yuvraj first came to his academy and could not cope up with travelling in crowded Mumbai local trains.

"He was 15 years old and stayed with Makarand in Andheri.

When he came to the academy at Oval maidan for the first time, the session was at 3 pm and Yuvi reached there at 5 in the evening. He was very upset and I asked him what happened.

"He told me ...uncle I want to go back. I don't want to stay here. I cannot handle the train journey from Andheri. I missed three trains because they were so crowded. I couldn't get inside, wasn't allowed to get inside. In the fourth train when I boarded, I was thrown out at Dadar station. Later at Bombay Central station."

"So he reached at 5 in the evening. I called Yograj (former cricketer and Yuvraj's father) and he said, Yuvi you stay there because Mumbai will teach you cricket, how to be competitive and you will be a different player.

"That same evening I told players who were staying in Andheri like Ramesh Powar, who was slightly bigger than what he is today, and asked him to take him home safely. I then overheard their conversation," Vengsarkar recalled.

"Ramesh told Yuvi the moment the train enters you need to push people out. When you get inside the train, just stand at one of the corners. The next day Yuvraj reached on time and said he used the technique told to him by Powar.

"He said ....today I boarded the train but there was one problem. The moment I got into the train, two people fell out from the other side on the platform. He travelled for a month or two," Vengsarkar said.

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