Yuvraj Singh’s illness and his eventual exit from the Indian team after his return is possibly one of the biggest modern tragedies of Indian cricket. He clearly looked out of sorts when he was picked to play for the Indian team last year and it must be said that his ouster from the team was a sensible thing to do, however Yuvraj Singh’s perseverance as a cricketer seems to have paid off and his innings against the West Indies A in the first unofficial ODI was a proof that the spark is back.
We all know that Yuvraj Singh is a player who can light up any game with his scintillating stroke play and when he returned to the fold last year, there was a distinct lack of energy in his game and in addition to that those strokes were missing from his armoury, which made him one of the world’s most dangerous batsmen not too long ago. In the game against the West Indies A, Yuvraj Singh well and truly turned the clock back and unleashed the full range of his strokes on the hapless bowlers. It is a well known fact that when he is on song then no bowler in the world has an answer.
India A were in a spot of bother at 47-2 in the 12th over when Robin Uthappa departed but Yuvraj, who is also the captain of the A team, took it upon himself to steady the ship and take the team to a respectable score. However, he did it in the only way in which he can and that meant a brutal assault on the bowlers which simply pummelled the opponents into submission. He studied the bowling for sometime but once he had gauged the pace and bounce of the pitch he simply tore into the attack and carved the West Indian bowling attack to all corners of the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
He scored 123 runs in an astonishing 89 balls and hit 8 fours and 7 sixes to help India A reach an imposing 312 in their quota of 50 overs, which eventually proved to be a match winning score. However, the highlight of the day was Yuvraj Singh’s superb innings and also the fact that he showed ample proof that he is now completely fit and has the ability to play a long innings without losing any of his famous strokes.
It is indeed unfortunate that he was written off by many cricket fans due to his lacklustre performances for India after returning to the fold but what they seem to forget is the fact that it is simply impossible to hit the field running after recovering from such a terrible disease. Additionally, he was picked to play too soon and hence, it can also be argued that the Indian selectors missed a trick by rushing him into the team. However, there is no point in dissecting it further since it is clear for all to see that the Prince is well and truly back.
By Soham Samaddar