Although the star cricketer has served India in all three formats but after his selection he said that he feels like he will play his first match for India.
The ace batsman has recovered from a nine-month long battle with cancer and was declared fit to play by BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) doctors yesterday.
Today, the national selectors picked him in the 15-member squad for two T20 matches to be played at home against New Zealand on September 8 and September 11 and for the ICC T20 World Cup beginning on September 18 in Sri Lanka.
Expressing his joy about the selection, the star cricketer posted on blogging site, twitter, “Can’t explain how I feel ! Feels like I’m going to play for india for the first time! want to thank a lot of people. Specially BCCI and selectors for showing their faith in me my friends and family my fans and media ! It’s a special day for me.”
He later spoke to media and said: “I always believed I’d come back. I’m going to give it my best and try winning matches for India. After the 2011 World Cup, I have not really played any ODI or T20. Everybody is just happy that I am back.”
When asked if he is match fit, Yuvi said: “I will be playing a few practice matches in Bangalore. And then will play two matches against New Zealand. So I will be prepared for the World T20.”
“Apart from physical fitness, I needed to have mental fitness. I am confident I will be 100% fit when I play,” he added.
He also said his body may not be prepared for longer versions of the game as of now. “I don’t think I am prepared for Test cricket because it will be too tough on my body. 50-over game and Tests are tougher on the body. Starting with the T20 format is ideal for me,” he said.
Yuvraj also hailed friend and teammate Harbhajan Singh’s selection. “Harbhajan and I have been playing since we were kids. Like me, even he struggled in the last one year. I am happy he’s back. I hope we both do well,” Yuvi said.
The 15-member squad announced for T-20 series against New Zealand and World Cup T-20 include:
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Gautam Gambhir ,Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan, R Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, L Balaji, Ashok Dinda, Rohit Sharma, Piyush Chawla, Harbhajan Singh and Manoj Tiwary.