Team manager denies problem with Yuvraj

The Indian team management has now clarified on the reports saying that Yuvraj has an attitude problem.

updated: January 02, 2008 08:47 IST
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The Indian team management has now clarified on the reports saying that Yuvraj has an attitude problem. The team manager Chetan Chauhan has said that no single player was blamed for the loss in Melbourne.

He also went on to say that reports of team management having a problem with certain player's attitude are not true. "Such reports doing the rounds in the media are unhealthy," said Chauhan.

One of those Indian batsmen who failed to make an impression in Melbourne is Yuvraj Singh but it seems his twin flops in the first Test are the least of his problems right now.

After his batting performance, it's was now his attitude, reportedly being questioned.

After a dismal performance in the first test, Yuvraj will be under the scanner to hold his spot because of his attitude within the Indian camp.

An Australian newspaper has quoted India's interim manager Lalchand Rajput as saying that the team has a problem with Yuvraj's attitude.

Rajput is also reported to have said that the team management will have a discussion with Yuvraj regarding the same. But Rajput has denied these reports, saying this is just the Australian media creating trouble.

Yuvraj scored only seven runs in the first Test and is under pressure to retain his place, given that Rahul Dravid, who was made to open so that Yuvraj could be included in the side, hasn't looked too happy with that scenario.

"I have always played for team"

Yuvraj Singh's attitude may have come under the scanner yet again but the flamboyant middle order batsman on Monday sought to put an end to the issue, saying he has played for the "team's cause" right through his cricketing career.

"I have always played for the team's cause whether it is my junior teams, Punjab, North Zone, India or whatever team I have picked up my bat for. And till the last day of my cricketing life I will continue to serve the needs of the team-management. I have always done whatever the team management has asked me to do and will continue to do so," Yuvraj said.

A section of the Australian media reported yesterday that assistant coach Lalchand Rajput has questioned Yuvraj's attitude claiming the "team management will speak to him one-on-one" on the matter in Sydney where the team play the second Test on Wednesday.

These reports were vehemently denied by Rajput and team's administrative assistant manager MV Sridhar on Monday, saying the Australian media were playing "mind games".

A couple of senior colleagues of Yuvraj too said there were no problems whatsoever with Yuvraj's attitude.

"I have known Yuvraj for over 10 years now and he has never been this focused as he is now. He really wants to do well in the Test matches and that too against Australia in Australia," said one of players on condition of anonymity.

"I saw him during the Twenty 20 World Cup as well," said another senior colleague.

"On the day of the semi-finals against Australia in Durban we were having breakfast together and Yuvi could barely lift a spoon but he wanted to play that match. It was only after a pain-killer injection was administered that he batted in that game. It is really disappointing if the attitude of such a committed player is questioned."

Yuvraj, who could be accommodated in the playing XI in Melbourne only after a change in the batting line-up, failed with the bat in both innings.

The Indian ranks are believed to have really closed in and captain Anil Kumble has called for a complete rest.

"We are going on cruise today to relax and stay away from the game. Controversies like these are being created to further demoralise us but hopefully they will not have their desired effect. We will give a better fight in the next Test in Sydney," said a member of the Indian team.

(With PTI inputs)