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

Nov 20 2012, 21:59 IST
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SummaryOver the years Yuvraj didn't play many Test matches, which, I feel very bad about: Vengsarkar

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.

Waingankar, who has been associated with Yuvraj's family since 1979, said that once Yuvraj returned from US following his treatment for cancer, he had asked him not to seek sympathy.

"When I spoke to him when he came back from America, I told him don't seek sympathy if you want to perform on the cricket field. You have to go out to that 22 yards and just perform. Cricket is a simple game don't complicate it.

"When I met him at CCI (Cricket Club of India during the warm-up game against England), I saw a distinct change in his approach. The youth had matured," he said.

Waingankar said he did not agree with Yograj, a former fast bowler and hard-hitting lower order batsman, when he put enormous pressure on his son when Yuvraj was a boy to excel in cricket.

"Yuvraj was 12 years when his father used to bowl at him from 15 yards and it used to hurt him. Yograj used to say ...let it hurt. In future also you will have the ball hitting you and and you will have to bear it.

"I was very angry at Yograj. He said what I was unable to achieve, I want my son to achieve it.

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