Far away from the public eye, Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan are sweating it out to make a comeback to the national team. India's World Cup stars have hired private trainer Tim Exeter and spending hours in a southern French town to regain peak fitness. Their target: the 2015 World Cup, Down Under.
Yuvraj last played for India in an ODI series against England in January, where he scored just one half-century. He was ignored for the ICC Champions Trophy in England in June due to fitness and form. The 32-year-old left-hander is now attempting to play for India in the limited-overs series against Australia in October-November this year.
"My immediate goal is to acquire prime fitness. This long lay-off has given me enough time to assess my fitness and game and work on the areas I need to improve. Currently Zaheer and I are working with Exeter. He has created a world-class setup for individual training and it has worked very well for me so far. It's a beautiful, isolated place. Natural surroundings inspire you to work hard and keep you fresh," Yuvraj told a leading newspaper in an email interview.