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ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Yuvraj Singh joins Team India post illness

India TV Sports Desk New Delhi 30 May 2017, 14:47:09 IST
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Star all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has joined the Indian team after a bout of brief illness which kept him out of the team's first warm-up game of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 against New Zealand. The 35-year-old, who was suffering from viral fever, was a notable absentee in India's opening warm-up game against New Zealand, which the defending champions won by 35 runs (D/L method) at the Oval on Sunday.

Yuvraj had also missed the first two warm-up sessions.

However, on Tuesday, the BCCI confirmed his recovery by tweeting a picture of Yuvraj, who was the Man of the Tournament in ICC 2011 World Cup.

Yuvraj's return will be a big boost for India ahead of their marquee clash against arch-rivals Pakistan on June 4.

Meanwhile, it would be interesting to see if captain Virat Kohli picks Yuvraj for the team's second warm-up game against Bangladesh on Tuesday.

Yuvraj has been in decent form recently, scoring 252 runs for his franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad in the recently-concluded Indian Premier League. He also struck two fifties, including an unbeaten 70.

Yuvraj, who has a penchant of performing well in big tournaments, will be a vital cog in India's title defence. Underlining Yuvraj's importance to the team, Kohli had recently said: "Yuvraj is a big match player and India know they have to be at their best if they are to defend the title. Therefore the whole team would want him to be fit as early as possible."