Yuvraj Singh is all set to play in his 300th One-Day International (ODI) for India. India’s Champions Trophy 2017 semi-final against Bangladesh will allow Yuvraj to reach the milestone. The left-hander will be the fifth Indian player to play 300 or more ODIs.
Sachin Tendulkar (463), has played the most ODIs for India followed by Rahul Dravid (340), Mohammad Azharuddin (334) and Sourav Ganguly (308). Interestingly, Yuvraj made his ODI debut during the inaugural Champions Trophy (then ICC KnockOut) in 2000.
On being asked if he has any regrets on the eve of his landmark 300th ODI appearance, Yuvraj Said: “Sir zindagi bach gayi humari, who sabse badi baat hain (I am alive and that is the biggest thing for me).” Also Read- 2019 World Cup is on my mind, says Yuvraj Singh
“I don’t want to talk about my regrets when I am in a good zone. I am playing well and would continue for a few more years. As long as I am performing, I would like to play,” he added perhaps giving an indication that he might continue playing till 2019 World Cup.
The talented left-handed batsman reflected upon his journey and looked satisfied with what he has achieved.
“I don’t know whether I am a role model but it’s been a big achievement for me to get to 300 games. It’s a huge honour. When I started playing, I was happy playing just one game for India. That would have been a big achievement for me but here I am now. Also Read- Meet ‘Yuvraj Singh’ the magician in a video shot by Virat Kohli
“I have seen ups and downs. I am proud of myself that I have come through and still managed to get through to 300 games. At one stage, I was thinking whether or not I will play again, but here I am.”
Meanwhile, Indian captain Virat Kohli congratulated Yuvraj for achieving the feat.
“His contribution to Indian cricket has been outstanding. He has been a total match winner for India and has won us so many big tournaments and big series. This is just a kind of testimony to the kind of talent he posses, he obviously needs to have all things in place to be able to play 300 games for India. I congratulate him and I wish him all the very best and hopefully, he can play a lot more for us and get in that match-winning performances all over again. I hope tomorrow (June 15) is a special one for him,” Virat said in a pre-match presser.
In 299 ODIs, Yuvraj has scored 8622 runs at an average of 36.84. He has 14 centuries and 52 half-centuries against his name. In the ongoing Champions Trophy, Yuvraj has notched scores of 53, 7 and unbeaten 23.