Yuvraj Singh picked up a finger injury © AFP
Yuvraj Singh picked up a finger injury © AFP

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) mentor VVS Laxman has praised Yuvraj Singh for his inspirational effort of deciding to bat, despite suffering a finger injury, in match 48 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 against Mumbai Indians (MI). SRH were up against the table-toppers Mumbai Indians (MI) to keep their play-off hopes alive and chased down the target of 139. Yuvraj had injured himself while fielding in the first innings and had to go off the field immediately, as his fist had got stuck in the ground as he put in a dive. However, he decided to carry on with batting as SRH desperately sought a crucial victory in the match. He scored 9 runs, including a boundary batting at No. 4. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) vs Mumbai Indians (MI), IPL 10 match 48

Laxman said in the post match conference, “Credit to him [Yuvraj] to go out there in spite of that pain, taking that responsibility that ‘I’ll go and I’ll bat and try to win the match for franchise’, that is something which I am really proud and as a franchise we are proud of, because that’s what you expect from a senior pro. Like Moises [Henriques], even Yuvraj is a leader within the group and that is what you expect from the leaders. They overcome the pain-barrier and that’s what he wanted — to just overcome the pain-barrier and play his natural game.”

“It’s bound to happen because there is pain, no doubt about that. But to mentally not think about it and go out and telling to himself and telling to the team that ‘I am fine and I am going to go out and play my natural game in spite of the pain shows that he is in the right frame of mind and that’s really good for us,” Yuvraj said.

He also mentioned that Yuvraj has ample time to recover before SRH’s next game. “The hand got jammed into the ground while he was fielding and so there is definitely some contusion and I am sure that he should be okay. Luckily, we are playing a match after four days. So there is enough time for him to recover,” he said.