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Will We See The Yuvraj Of Old In The World T20?

February 18, 2016


How do we remember the finals of the ICC World Cups? We talk about the 2003 World Cup final and we find Ricky Ponting’s name written all over it. Moving forward to the Caribbeans one will see Adam Gilchrist thrashing the Sri Lankan bowlers all round the park. Moreover advancing further to the city of dreams you can obviously recall the dreamy night at Wankhede where MS Dhoni made it his. When it comes to any world cup final, we always associate the same with the player to whom it belongs, isn’t it? Oh wait, it’s not! Because every time we talk about the final of the World T20 2014, we rarely say anything about how well Lasith Malinga bowled or Kumar Sangakkara batted, rather a lot more is spoken about the one who consumed too many dot balls leaving Virat Kohli, the player of the tournament, helpless at the non striker’s end. Of course, it was a night to forget for India’s 2011 World Cup hero – Yuvraj Singh.

Every player has ups and downs in his career and Yuvraj is no exception. He has proven in past that he falls only to rise again and rise higher. But honestly speaking, the Yuvraj of old has been highly due for quite some time now. He has been an in an out player and rightly so. Yes, he has scored runs under the domestic circuit and shown some occasional sparks in IPL, still one has to say it is far behind when compared to his old standards. And now as the Indian team is shaping up nicely for the upcoming World T20, perhaps the only concern peeps from the side of Yuvraj Singh. Question remains where to fit him and what will his role be.

The Prince of Punjab is one of such rhythm players who start to look more and more dangerous with every shot coming off the middle of the bat. For that reason it’s not hard to understand the problem he is in. This is something which happened in the World T20 finals two years back. When the ball is not quite coming onto the bat and runs are also hard to come by, an out of form stroke player often looks for the odd ball to score against. That’s because he feels that he can gain momentum with a couple of well timed strokes and till then he must not throw his wicket away. But with the situation demanding more from him, he often gets caught in the corridor of uncertainty where the body wants to go hard at the ball but the mind prevents it from doing so. That’s where the mind stops functioning, feet stop moving and the forearms turn extremely weak making your batting look horribly wrong altogether.

Form and luck are the two entities which often come in pair. When you are in form while the others can see the fielders on the field, you can only see the spaces between them. Even the inside edges go past the stumps, outside edges don’t carry to the slip cordon and so on. But when you are not, all the things start to go against you. What could easily have been a six another day, fielder takes a blinder at the boundaries to turn that six into a dismissal. Under these circumstances the best thing you can do as a batsman is to get the basics right, something what Yuvraj is not doing at all. His feet movement has been next to nothing, his head is not going under the ball and the body has become stiff, hence it is reaching nowhere near to the line of the full length wide deliveries. A Yuvraj of his peak would have got down on one knee and crashed it through the covers for four.

As far as the forms of the other Indian batsmen are concerned, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are batting in the form of their life. Shikhar Dhawan has joined the party of scoring runs as well. Raina being the most consistent player in the IPL remains the best bet at number 4. So we can hardly see Yuvraj coming ahead of any of these players. Hence it is most likely that he comes in to bat with 5-6 overs left from where with wickets in hand the batting team looks at a rate of 11 or 12. So if Yuvraj continues to be tentative as he has been, there’s no point in sending him even at no 5. But having said that it might just be the most likely case, holding him back doesn’t make much sense either. I believe he might still be an asset who is needed to get involved more with the game. Of course as the first and foremost criterion is that he has to come out of his shell and play his natural game.

Keeping the Indian conditions in mind, Yuvraj Singh can also be considered as a joker card with the ball in his hand. Remember his form with the ball in the 2011 World Cup where MS Dhoni could pull out 7-8 overs of him in every game. Not only he did wonders with the ball, but also allowed his team to play an extra batsman in form of Raina or Yusuf Pathan and we all know how it paid off. Although India have quite a few who can chip in with a couple of overs, Yuvraj still remains the one with a golden arm who has an uncanny ability of picking up wickets.

I have been a long time admirer of his indomitable determination on and off the field, the ability to overcome the adversities. He has got the stick of people in the past as well, but again he has eventually proved his critics wrong and come out on top fighting against all the odds. Perhaps it’s not quite the time to write him off as yet, because it’s important both for him and his team that he replicates his past performances once more at the grand stage of World T20. He has been a champion cricketer and one of the finest allrounders of this generation. We all want him to rule the field again.

  1. What a inning by virat in that match but all spoiled by one…

  2. Hope So. Yuvi Will Definitely Come Back With His Golden Form.

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