Yuvraj Singh has been one of the biggest names in Indian Cricket, having brought several laurels to the country. The southpaw from Punjab used to have a Midas touch during his prime. From being the Man of the tournament in Under 19 World Cup in 2000 to win the same award 11 years later in ICC Cricket World Cup, Yuvraj Singh has seen every crest and trough in between. The classy left-hander has been a giant in the Indian middle order for over a decade and has turned many matches on his own. His performance reaches a new high whenever he plays in a big tournament like the World Cup.
Why Picking Yuvraj Singh In The World Cup Squad Will Be The Right Call?
Off late, Yuvraj has lost the rhythm and has been out of the team for the last couple of years. His last recognisable innings was against the English team when he scored his best score of 150 in a gigantic partnership with MS Dhoni. Since then, Yuvraj has lost his colour and even seen to skip domestic matches for his state. His stature in the T20s also took a beating until Mumbai Indians bought him in this year’s auction at the dying moments. As the World Cup is near, and the selection for the Indian squad is around the clock, a surprise call for Yuvraj won’t be a bad call. Since Yuvraj was shown the door, India has struggled to find the perfect replacement for Number 4 spot.
The top three has scored the bulk of the runs and whenever there was a need of number to 4 to handle the innings India found themselves in a spot to bother. Last 12 months have been a kind of audition for the Indian team to hunt the perfect player to fill the shoes of Yuvraj. India tried many combinations in the form of Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, and even MS Dhoni but none has been able to impress. Either the run rate dropped down or there was a flurry of wickets without any stability. The promotion of Dhoni meant the lower order was left with no experience to finish matches. The inclusion of Yuvraj would add the experience of handling crisis and also the part-time spinning option from which India benefitted massively during the 2011 World Cup.
Yuvraj knows every bits and piece on how to win a World Cup. He has done it in U19 World Cup, T20 World Cup and the 2011 Cricket World Cup as well as won gold in under 14 National Skating Championship, fought Cancer and won the Man of the Tournament award. Adding to this, he has over 8700 runs in ODIs along with 111 wickets. His World Cup stats are even better- scored 738 runs at an average of 52 and also 20 wickets. He looked in good touch in the first few matches of IPL and his selection would be a worth to gamble. The world has never seen a warrior to give up his fight and Yuvraj has been a Champion Warrior for India.
Moreover, his fighting fifty against Mumbai Indians and three consecutive sixes off Yuzvendra Chahal sent out a reminder that he has still got it. With India struggling to find a number four batsman, picking a proven campaigner like Yuvraj will not be a bad call at all.