Kolkata: Sachin Tendulkar, who has been an inspiration for a generation of cricketers, at least, has expressed happiness at the India comebacks of Yuvraj Singh and Ashish Nehra.
Both Yuvraj, a former vice-captain in the shorter formats, and Nehra, have been named in the India squad for the three-match T20I series in Australia next month.
Yuvraj is 33, but Nehra is not too far away from his 37th birthday.
While Yuvraj's last India appearance was during the 2014 World T20, in Bangladesh, Nehra hasn't played for India after the 2011 World Cup.
Clearly, Nehra's comeback would boost the hopes of any cricketer past 35 still hoping to make a return in the national colours.
Getting back to Sachin, in an SMS to The Telegraph shortly after 10.00 pm on Saturday, he said: "I am happy that both are back... They deserve it and this is the result of their hard work... I wish them and the team all the success in Australia."
Yuvraj and Nehra would, of course, be hoping for the same warmth in the India dressing room once they land in Australia ahead of the first T20I, in Adelaide, on January 26.
With the next edition of the World T20 around six weeks after the end of the T20Is in Australia, strong performances there from both Yuvraj and Nehra would only enhance their claims.
Yuvraj, it may be recalled, was the star of India's phenomenal World Cup campaign, at home, in 2011.
The Telegraph, Kolkata