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'Rest' not right word to justify Yuvraj exclusion: Gambhir

New Delhi: India's chief selector MSK Prasad might have told the media that all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has been rested for the ongoing limited-overs series against Sri Lanka in the Island Nation, but former India opener Gautam Gambhir feels that 'rest' is not an appropriate word as Yuvraj has not played for quite some time and a player like him likes to stay in the flow and in rhythm.

"I don't think 'rest' is the right word because he (Yuvraj) hasn't played any cricket for quite a while and he would be wanting to play. If you want to see him at the World Cup, he should be given the maximum opportunity. Because, someone like Yuvraj, you want him in that flow, you want him in that rhythm. You can't have someone like him playing in one series and resting thereafter," Gambhir said.
"So, I feel that it's difficult now for Yuvraj to make a comeback. Hopefully, he does because he is one of the greats of the game," Gambhir said.
Earlier, Prasad has said that Yuvraj hasn't been dropped and he was still in the scheme of things as far as the national team was concerned. "Yuvraj has been rested. Doors are never closed on anybody. Everybody has got a right to play cricket. It's their passion. They are chasing their passion. In terms of selection, we try to select the best possible team.
"Discussions happen about everybody. It is not just MS Dhoni (or anybody else). When we pick, when we talk about combinations, we talk about everybody," he said.
Prasad went on to compare Yuvi to Andre Agassi. The chief selector said that if Yuvraj delivers, he can keep playing.
"Whenever a player keeps ageing, for example, I was just reading Agassi's book, Open, his life actually started after 30 years. Till then he won two or three titles. His actual life started after that. He lived with media pressure, 'When are you going to retire?' But he played till 36 and he won so many Grand Slams. So you never know," he said. "We don't say it is an automatic thing but we are all stakeholders."

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