Veteran batsman Yuvraj Singh today defended the poor show of the Indian bowlers in the Asia Cup, citing new field restrictions as one of the reasons, but hoped for a triumphant return to form in the upcoming ICC World T20 in Bangladesh.
Their morale dented after losing the opener, India would be desperate to end their disastrous tour on a positive note when they take on a sprightly New Zealand in the second and final Test starting here on Friday.
He stood tall with a sparkling hundred before India self-destructed in the opening match against New Zealand and vice-captain Virat Kohli said his fellow batsmen will have to produce a more "responsible" performance for the side to stage a comeback here from Wednesday.
Two of the most technically sound batsmen in the current India squad – Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli stitched another brilliant partnership on day 3 of the first Test match to give their side a huge lead of 320 runs.
In the first ODI match between India and West Indies, Virat Kohli slapped James Holder for a six over deep midwicket to complete 5,000 runs in ODI cricket and equalled Vivian Richards record to score fastest 5,000 ODI runs in 114 innings.
India`s vice-captain Virat Kohli on Thursday reached a rare milestone when he became the joint fastest batsman along with Viv Richards to reach the 5000-run mark in ODI cricket but the flamboyant right-hander said it was just the beginning and he still has a long way to go.