While the selectors are giving no indications of recalling Yuvraj Singh soon into the Indian team, the veteran batsman has not helped his cause either as the Punjab skipper flopped with the bat in both the innings of the ongoing Ranji Trophy tie against Vidarbha at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali.
In reply to Vidarbha’s mammoth first innings total of 505, Punjab were all out for a paltry 161 with Yuvraj making just 20. Asked to follow on, Punjab’s batsmen failed to perform once again and had already lost six wickets with only 200 runs on the board, still needing 144 runs to make the visitors bat again. Yuvraj showed promise early on in the second innings, hitting six fours and two sixes but could not continue for long and was dismissed by Akshay Karnewar on 42.
Meanwhile, the ongoing game is Yuvraj’s first competitive appearance since the ODI series in West Indies following which he was dropped from the Indian team for his poor form.
The World Cup-winning star was picked for the limited-overs series against England this year and he justified the selection with a career-best 150-run knock in his very second match after comeback. However, things started going downhill for Yuvraj after he had a poor Champions Trophy where he aggregated 105 runs in four innings before not touching 40 in the West Indies and being dropped thereafter.
With the selectors now banking on the likes of Kedar Jadhav and Manish Pandey to solve India’s middle-order woes and also recalling the experienced Dinesh Karthik, the road ahead is only tough for Yuvraj and unless he gets back to his best with the bat, it is highly unlikely that he will return to the team again.