We have plans for Sachin: Yuvraj Singh

Kings XI Punjab skipper Yuvraj Singh said his team had plans ready to tackle Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar in case he plays Friday's match.

updated: April 24, 2008 16:22 IST
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Looking to open their account in the Indian Premier League, Kings XI Punjab skipper Yuvraj Singh on Thursday said his team had plans ready to tackle Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar in case he plays Friday's match here.

"If Sachin plays, we have plans ready for him," Yuvraj told a pre-match news conference which he addressed jointly with team coach Tom Moody here this evening.

He said as both teams had lost the two matches which they had played so far "it should be a good fight.

"They have players like Shaun Pollock and dangerous batsman like Sanath Jayasuriya. We have prepared well for tomorrow's game," 26-year-old Yuvraj, whose team will be looking for a win in front of the home crowd, said.

Asked if he had any information about Tendulkar, who has been recuperating from a groin injury, playing in the match which is crucial for both teams, Yuvraj joked, "I hope he doesn't play.

"But jokes apart, we are concentrating hard on how to win tomorrow's game," he said and wished the master batsman as he turned 35 today.

Yuvraj also said that he would be looking for a better performance from his strike bowlers, S Sreesanth and Brett Lee, while a decision would be taken if off-spinner Romesh Powar would be brought in place of Piyush Chawla, who has not impressed so far.

He said it was "tough" captaining a side though he was liking the experience.

"It's been tough. Nothing comes easy in cricket. It has been my first tournament as captain, but it has been a good experience," he said.

Yuvraj also said that he was looking forward to a contest with Mumbai Indians stand-in skipper Harbhajan Singh, who he said is going to go "all out" tomorrow like him.

Asked about some controversy surrounding the cheerleaders with some comments coming from Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi and a minister in the Maharashtra government as well, Yuvraj said their presence was "always exciting".

He, however, said they were not there to watch cheerleaders perform, but their job as players was to concentrate on their game and win matches.

Yuvraj felt sad about foreign players who were in the squad but could not be accommodated in the playing eleven and added he hoped things will change from next season.

Tom Moody said the young Indian players were learning a lot from foreigners and well as the top Indian players.