Cricketer Yuvraj Singh revealed on Thursday that he did contemplate retirement at one stage after his fight with cancer but it was skipper Virat Kohli's trust that kept him going, which made it important for him to repay that faith.
Yuvraj is back in form with his career-best knock of 150 against England in the Cuttack ODI.
"Self-confidence is always there when you have the backing of the team and captain. I think Virat has showed a lot of trust in me and it was very important for me that people in the dressing room trust me," Yuvraj said after India's victory in the second ODI.
"There was a time when I was wondering whether to continue or not to continue. I think a lot of people have helped me throughout this journey. So, never giving up is my theory. So I never gave up, kept working hard. I knew times will change," he said.
His last international hundred came way back in the 2011 World Cup in Chennai.
"It feels great. It's been a while since I got a hundred. I came back after recovering from cancer, the first 2-3 years were very hard. I had to work hard on my fitness and I was in and out of the team. I was not able to get a permanent spot," Yuvi said.
"I've been batting well in the domestic season. And I've been hitting the ball really well. I wanted to make it big on my day," he said.
"I don't think about who's reacting to what nor do I read newspapers. I don't watch TV either. I try to focus on my game and prove a point to myself that I'm still good enough for international cricket. So I guess I was good today," Yuvraj said referring to the mixed reactions after his inclusion in the team.
"Definitely, 150 is a huge score in one-day cricket. It's my highest and taken a long time to get there, but I am very happy it happened today. Hopefully, in the coming time I can contribute more consistently," Yuvraj added.