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Yuvraj has attitude problems: Rajput

Melbourne, Dec 31 (UNI) Yuvraj Singh was lucky to escape a fine from International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee ike Procter for showing dissent to an umpiring decision, but might not be lucky enough to save his place in the team for the second Test against Australia following his 'attitude' problems with the team members.

His scores of 0 and 5 in the Boxing Day Test and Rahul Dravid's inability to adapt to the opening position might just be the reasons that the Indian team would give if it drafts in Virender Sehwag or Dinesh Karthik in place of Yuvraj Singh.

But there's more to it than just this.

Team India's assistant coach Lalchand Rajput was quoted as saying by 'The Age', ''Yes, there's a problem with Yuvraj's attitude.

''We will have to have a one- on-one with him in Sydney,'' he said.

During the first Test, Yuvraj was also called by the ICC match referee after he lingered at the crease long after Billy Bowden adjudged him caught behind for a first-innings duck.

But he was later let off after Procter ruled Yuvraj's actions amounted to shock, not dissent.

Rajput added the the 337-run drubbing at the hands of Aussies does reflect poor application of the team and there could be a few changes in the squad.

He conceded that India's opening problems have raised a few concerns but was sure that Dravid will come good in the coming matches.

''I'm sure he'll bounce back because he's a tremendous cricketer, everybody knows it.

''He was the 'Wall' of the country and it's only a matter of time that he's going through a lean phase,'' he added.

Rajput, showed confidence in the team and said India will come hard at the Australians in the second Test at Sydney.

''We will definitely be coming back very strongly next game. In the first Test we were a bit defensive, but definitely we will come back very strong because we have some strategies, which I cannot tell you now, but we will be back strongly.'' UNI

Story first published: Monday, December 31, 2007, 11:09 [IST]
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