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Thought of quitting last year, says Yuvraj

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New Delhi, Feb 4 (PTI) India middle-order batman YuvrajSingh today revealed that he almost thought of quittinginternational cricket when he was dropped from both the Testand ODI teams last year.

Yuvraj said it was the toughest phase in his 10-year-longcareer and his parents helped him overcome that lean period.

"It was tough time for me. I think that was the toughestperiod for me in last 10 years. There was time when I askedmyself do I want to continue. Seriously I thought do I want toplay anymore or not. There was lot of negativity around me,"he said.

"Everytime I hit the field, I was getting injured. Thattime was really bad for me. I just came out of it with thehelp of few good friends, my strong father and mother. Someamount of self motivation and hard training," said Yuvraj.

The 29-year-old left-hander was dropped from the squadthat was picked for the Test series against Australia inOctober at home and from the ODI squad for the Asian Cup inSri Lanka in June last year.

Yuvraj said he is confident to hit form in the forthcomingWorld Cup.

"My form is all great at the moment as compared to lastcouple of years. Last year it was tough because of injury. Iam ready for the World Cup," he said.

The Chandigarh-born player''s role has increased as apart-time bowler in the side and Yuvraj said it was because ofthe absence of a left-arm spinner.

"I have been bowling quite frequently and I try to bowlfull 10 overs because you don''t have main left-arm spinner inthe side. I know that my role has increased as a bowler," hesaid.

With youngsters like Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina around,does it make Yuvraj feel insecure or push him to do better?

"I am not insecure. I have played for 10 years. When Iwas young kid I always thought of playing ODIs and now I haveplayed more than 250 ODIs. So no insecurity," Yuvraj toldNDTV.

He said like all other Indian teammates, he would like towin the World Cup for veteran batsman Sachin Tendulkar, whowill be making his sixth and likely his last appearance in thequadrennial event.

"I would give anything for the World Cup and would liketo win it for him (Sachin). For India it will be dream cometrue," he said.

Story first published: Saturday, February 5, 2011, 0:30 [IST]
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