New Delhi: Dashing batsman Yuvraj Singh, who was instrumental in crowning India Cricket World Cup in 2011 after the 28 long years, marks the comeback to international cricket with the first of the two Twenty20 Internationals against New Zealand in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.

Yuvraj is coming back to international cricket after winning his battle against a rare germ cell cancer. His last International appearance was in Kolkata Test against the West Indies in November 2011, while it was more than a year ago when he last played a T20 (against South Africa on January 9, 2011).

Earlier when Yuvraj’s name was included in the national squad for the World T20 Championship and the preceding two-match T20 series against New Zealand, he said, “It feels as if I am making my debut. I have always believed that T20 is the best format for my comeback.”

The T20 series is also seen as an ideal warm-up and enable India to make required adjustments in the team before the World Cup begins in Sri Lanka Sep 18.

The Indian team is also looking forward for the good performance from Yuvraj Singh but upset over the unnecessary media hype given to Yuvraj.

While speaking to the media in a press conference, Indian team captain M S Dhoni said, “I feel we need to keep it normal as possible. Don't create much hype around Yuvraj, The whole world is talking about his comeback in a manner as if they are helping him out.”   

Harbhajan Singh, Laxmipathy Balaji and Piyush Chawla are also making their comeback with T20 series against New Zealand after a long gap.

Both Yuvraj and Harbhajan were part of India's successful campaigns in the ODI and Twenty20 World Cup (in 2007 and 2011).

(Agencies)

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