Yuvraj Singh singled out B Brainder Sran as Punjab's biggest asset this season.
Uday Kaul (112), Mandeep Singh (109), Gurkeerat Singh (201*), Gitansh Khera (102*), B Brainder Sran 6-61 and Varun Khanna 8-97, were the architects of Punjab's win by an innings and 126 runs against Railways in the Ranji Trophy season opener. Mumbai meanwhile, drew their opener against Andhra Pradesh and had nothing much to show on the scoreboard. Plainly going by form, Punjab appear to be a better organized side and come in with a lot of confidence against hosts Mumbai.
Mumbai skipper Aditya Tare, however, insisted that the team has learnt its lessons and promised to dish out an improved performance against Punjab in the Round Two encounter which begins at the Wankhede today . "Obviously we have to learn from our past. Else things won't go right. Last season was a pretty up and down one for us. But it's important that we learn our lessons quickly and move on and get better at our game," Tare said. Tare also touched upon the subject of attitude and the importance of playing for Mumbai.
Yuvraj Singh, who has not played an international match since 2014, heaped praise on his batting unit but singled out Sran as this season's biggest asset. "Our batsmen have been playing well for a while now. Manan (Vohra), Mandeep Singh, Jiwanjot Singh - these guys have been performing well for a while - but our biggest strength has been Sran this year. He bowled really quickly in the last game," Yuvraj reckoned.
The stylish southpaw however conceded that Gurkeerat (away on national duty) would be missed.
After several ups and downs and playing a stellar role in India clinching two World Cups (World T20 in 2007 and ICC World Cup in 2011) what motivates him to keep playing despite getting snubbed repeatedly by the selectors and the Indian team management?
"I just want to play and enjoy my cricket," was his philosophical response.