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Home Yuvraj: 'India legends hold the key'
Yuvraj Singh believes India’s batting ‘legends’ have the experience to help their side overcome swing-friendly conditions for the upcoming tour of England.
Yurvaj, player of the tournament during India’s ICC World Cup victory earlier this season, is hoping to make the starting XI for the first Test at Lord’s - which starts on 21 July.
He is battling with Suresh Raina for a place at Lord’s in a batting line-up which will also include Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and the great Sachin Tendulkar.
India are ranked number one in Test cricket and beat England in their last home and away series meetings.
However, since that defeat in India in 2008, England have lost just one Test series and, in home conditions, are many people's favorites for the series.
Yuvraj - who is yet to play a Test in England - is confident India’s prolific top six can negate the swing and seam movement which is sure to aid England’s bowling attack.
He said: “I was part of the team that won the Test series under Rahul Dravid, and the legends in the team – Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman - are always around to help.
“The swinging conditions are bound to be quite difficult and challenging but at the same time we are aware of those conditions.
“Most of our batsmen have played in England and are fully aware of the challenges that lie ahead, as do I.”
Yuvraj was named in a strong India squad for the tour of England despite missing the current trip to the West Indies with a lung infection.
The left-hander hasn’t played a Test match since July 2010 – missing matches against Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
He faces competition from Suresh Raina, who is currently in action in the West Indies, for a place at number six in the side for the opening match at Lord’s.
One aspect of his game which might add to the case for Yuvraj playing at the Home of Cricket is his left-arm spin – and more specifically his record against England’s Kevin Pietersen.
Pietersen once famously described Yuvraj as a ‘pie chucker’ but the 29-year-old retaliated by dismissing the then England captain for just 1 in India’s first Test victory in Chennai in 2008.
Yuvraj added: “I know Pietersen well and I am really keen to throw some more pies at him and others around him.
“And if my pies can contribute and get Pietersen's and some other valuable wickets, I would be really delighted.”