Supremely stylish left-handed batsman Yuvraj Singh made his intentions clear in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as he made his debut for the Mumbai Indians with a brilliant half-century. Though his innings wasn’t enough to give Mumbai their first victory of the tournament, the innings did win all the hearts of the Indian fans who dearly want Yuvraj Singh to make a comeback in the national team.
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After his knock yesterday, Yuvraj said that he is not ready not end his career yet and will take the call whenever he feels he is not enjoying the game. Despite indifferent form in the recent [ast, Yuvraj wants to keep playing at the highest level till the time he is enjoying the game. The veteran southpaw has come under scrutiny in the last few years.
Yuvraj Singh reveals his retirement plans
He stormed back to the national team early in 2017. Yuvraj registered his highest ODI score and went onto be a part of the Indian squad for the 2017 Champions Trophy. However, lack of run-scoring form in that mega event and in the next series in Windies forced the selectors to drop him yet again. The southpaw last played an international game in 2017 during the Windies tour.
He was picked up at his base price of Rs 1 crore in the IPL Auctions by the Mumbai Indians. Yuvi had a relatively poor time with the bat for the Kings XI Punjab last year. However, Mumbai bid for him and got him at a very low price. Yuvraj’s fifty yesterday was his first in IPL since May 2017.
“When the time comes, I will be the first one to hang up my boots,” he said at the post-match conference.”Last two years have been up and down. [I] couldn’t decide what I wanted to do but main thing was [remembering] why I played the game when I started playing the game.
I played the game because I enjoyed playing cricket. That time, I was not playing for India. I was playing for the under 14s, under 16s. So till the time I enjoy playing cricket, I will play.”
Yuvraj Singh further added that he has been taking advice from Sachin Tendulkar who had been in a similar sort of a situation as his career had prolonged for a massive 24 years.
“I spoke to Sachin [Tendulkar] as well and he has gone through such a time when he was 37-38-39. Talking to him makes things easier for me.”
Yuvraj Singh came into the crease with Mumbai in a precarious situation. They were always playing the catch-up game as Delhi Capitals had scored a massive 214 after batting first. Yuvraj struck 5 fours and 3 sixes during his knock. He was a bit shaky to start with but that’s understandable given the fact he has been out of action for a long time. After a good start yesterday, Yuvraj Singh will surely look to maintain his form and fitness all through the tournament.