Same old Yuvi on display in comeback match: Ganguly

Kolkata: His fight against cancer might have kept him away from cricket for close to 10 months, but it was a vintage Yuvraj Singh who was on display in his comeback match against New Zealand, former India captain Sourav Ganguly said.

“Despite lack of match practice, there were glimpses of vintage Yuvraj in the match. He looked fit and his performance will only improve with time. It was a very satisfying knock…It is incredible to say the least,” Ganguly told media here on Thursday evening.

Yuvraj struck a quick fire 34-run but only to see India lose by one-run against the Kiwis in the second Twenty20 International in Chennai on Tuesday.

He said the comeback for the 2011 ODI World Cup hero was ideal and fans would look forward to see the stylish left-hander shine at the biggest stage for the ICC World Twenty20 beginning in Sri Lanka from September 18.

“He would spend only 3-4 hours on the field in the T20 format. The mental and the physical exertion will be less when compared to the longer formats of the game. So it would be ideal for him,” the former India skipper added.

“He is a proven performer and expectations have always been high from him. Not only the fans but the team will also expect consistent performance from him. He has played for a long time to be bothered by the burden of expectations,” Ganguly said.