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Ganguly surprised at Yuvraj's selection into T20 WC squad

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Yuvraj has not played competitive cricket since India's World Cup triumph in April last year after he was diagnosed with a rare germ cell cancer.

"I am a bit surprised. I just wish he physically stays well because you know he has come out of a...What can I say, a big disappointment. He has recovered, which is the best thing that can happen, but it has not been a long time and I wish and pray he sustains," an apprehensive Ganguly told reporters during the sidelines of a function.

The former skipper, however, welcomed the decision of selectors to pick off-spinner Harbhajan Singh for the T20 competition.

"He is a class act. When you play for a long time you have hiccups. But I am happy that he has made a comeback," Ganguly said.

Shukla while welcoming the decision of the selectors to consider Yuvraj for the World T20 said that his inclusion will be a big boost for the Indian players.

"It is a very courageous effort on part of Yuvraj Singh and everybody should welcome it. It would lift the morale of other players in the team," Shukla said.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin expressed his happiness over Yuvraj's inclusion into the team and expected the left-hander to announce his comeback with a big bang.

"What I am today is partly because of of Yuvi. The first time I broke into some kind of great cricket it was when yuvi was the captain of Challenger side and he actually encouraged me and motivated me a lot to move ahead in my career.

"I am very pleased that he is back and I will be very very happy if he comes back with a bang getting some runs for the team," Ashwin said. MORE


First Published: Fri, August 10 2012. 18:20 IST