Gambhir welcomes inclusion of Yuvraj and Harbhajan in T20 squad

The Indian selection committee of late has been playing the game of 'musical chair' by rotating the post of vice-captaincy between Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli but the former seemed unperturbed after being handed back the position for the World T20 in Sri Lanka, says a report in Hindustan Times. "Your responsibilities and commitment towards the team don't change with change in designation. I am not in the team for my vice-captaincy. I am in the team to score runs and win matches for my country," Gambhir retorted when asked for his reaction after being reinstated as Mahendra Singh Dhoni's deputy.

Gambhir welcomed the inclusion of Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh in the squad. "Yuvraj has been a match-winner and it is great to see him back in the team. As to whether the mood of the dressing room will be upbeat with Yuvraj coming back, I believe it's not dependant on any particular individual. It is about collective effort which constitutes of each and every member of the team," the left-hander said.

On Harbhajan, Gambhir said, "I am happy that Harbhajan is in the squad because in big tournaments, you need players like him. It's just not like that he has played 98 Tests and 229 ODIs. He is a big-occasion man."

Meanwhile according to a report in The Times Of India, it was an emotional day for Yuvraj Singh and he literally had to hold back tears when the news of his selection for the World T20 Championship reached him on Friday. "It's an emotional moment for me," said the dashing batsman. "I'm feeling elated. It's always been a dream to play for India and I am grateful to the BCCI and the selectors for reposing their faith in my ability once again."

It was a battle for him and his family which they have won. "The day I was diagnosed with cancer, I told myself that I am going to make a comeback into the Indian team. It's a huge victory for me and my family, especially my mother who has been a pillar of strength. I am going to celebrate this day with my family and friends. I have also got some phone calls from my teammates. It feels really great." Yuvraj's mother Shabnam Singh was short of words. "I am ecstatic," she said before rushing to a temple.