Well, that would have been a very cruel headline to write in relation to one of the India’s greatest ever limited overs cricketers and the man who was perhaps the first among equals in terms of direct contribution towards India winning the World Cup in 2011, after a painful wait of 28 long years.
All great sporting careers come to an end in different ways- some end in a blaze of glory, some with much fanfare while others just peter out indefinitely although the writing is on the wall. Yuvraj Singh will most probably end up in the 3rd category due to his continued absence from the Team India squad in all forms of the game and although it is an unfortunate development for someone who brought so much joy to every cricket fan in the world; it’s worthwhile to take a look at why this freakishly talented cricket can’t get into the Indian team.
Waning Batting Skills
In his pomp Yuvraj Singh used to be a batsman who could simply blow the opposition away with his breathtaking hitting that combined his gift of timing, quick reflexes, great eye, fast footwork and in some cases the use of brute force. He was the complete limited overs batsman and indeed it is a tragedy that he has not been able to continue is the same fettle post his illness that would have broken most sportsmen.
All the unique qualities that made him the batsman that he used to be have been affected due to his illness and although from time to time you might see it them surfacing in one odd game in the IPL; there needs to be some sort of consistency in order to warrant a national call up. Many say that Ravindra Jadeja is not as good a batsman as Yuvraj, which might as well be true but that does not warrant the inclusion of a 33 year old Yuvraj Singh whose powers are on the wane as a batsman. India should look into the future and blood youngsters like Axar Patel or Karn Sharma in the ODI side if they need a spin bowling all rounder.
Bowling Is Not As Good Either
Under the present ODI rules it is not possible for any team to carry a passenger in the bowling attack and at this point of time Yuvraj is not the sort of bowler that he was during that memorable World Cup campaign in 2011, when he ended up as the player of the tournament. If you have followed the IPL then you would have noticed that even though Delhi Daredevils play on a sluggish sort of pitch Yuvraj hardly ever bowls for them even though they often play with 2 spinners and with JP Duminy as back up. Even Dhoni stated during the World Cup that Yuvraj’s brand of bowling wasn’t suited to the current nature of ODI cricket and in that
Even Dhoni stated during the World Cup that Yuvraj’s brand of bowling wasn’t suited to the current nature of ODI cricket and in that regard he was absolutely correct, in spite of the repeated rants from Yograj Singh stating that Dhoni had an ulterior motive.
He Cost India the World T20 Final
India were 64-2 in the 11th over and were well set to put up a competitive score against Sri Lanka in the World T20 final but Yuvraj Singh’s shocking innings of 11 off only 21 balls put paid to India’s chances in that game as they could score only 130. Sri Lanka knocked off the runs comfortably, but there was no denying the fact that it was Yuvraj Singh’s incredible innings that made sure that India simply did not have a chance in the 2nd innings.
The behaviour of the Indian fans, who threw stones at his house is unpardonable but that night in Mirpur, Yuvraj Singh’s limited overs career for India seemed to have come to an end. A player who plays such an innings in the final simply can’t be trusted to do the job in a big game again.
By: Soham Samaddar
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