Yuvraj Singh, the former Indian swashbuckling all-rounder may have achieved a lot of success during his celebrated 19-year-old career but if there is one thing that he still regrets about and would like to change, it given an opportunity, is playing more Test cricket.
Yuvraj Singh, who announced his retirement from international cricket last year, recently gave an interview to timesnewsnow.com, where he opened up on a wide range of topics with respect to his international career and Indian cricket in general.
When he was asked about one thing that he would like to change in his career, Yuvi immediately pointed to the fact that he would have liked to play a lot more of Test cricket.
‘I would have liked to play more of Test cricket,’ Yuvraj Singh said.
Yuvraj Singh’s Test career- A tale of misfortune and missed opportunities
Test cricket is a true reflection of life and an ultimate test for any cricketer. This is because no other format of the game tests patience, skill, attitude, character, and versatility than the five-day game.
Yuvraj Singh, who made his ODI debut back in the year 2000, unfortunately, played in an era where the Indian middle-order was packed with legends like Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman, meaning that there was no permanent place for the southpaw in the set-up. But that is not to say that the stylish southpaw didn’t have his moments in Test cricket despite not being a permanent part of the team.
His 129-ball 112 at the Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore during the 2004 Test series against the likes of Umar Gul, Shoaib Akhtar, Danish Kaneria and Mohammad Sami was an absolute masterclass, considering the fact that none of his more celebrated compatriots failed to get going in the Test which India eventually lost. His partnership against Sourav Ganguly in Bangalore Test of 2007 against Pakistan and that epic stand against Sachin in the Chennai Test against England are the other two shining moments of Yuvraj’s stop-start Test career.
Yuvi had his fair share of success at home in Test cricket during the 2000s. In 31 Tests at home, the southpaw scored 1545 runs at an average of 36.58 which also included three hundred and eight half-centuries. Post the retirement of Sourav Ganguly in late 2008, an opportunity opened up for Yuvraj to cement his place in the Test team but a combination of poor form and then cancer meant, he was never really able to achieve that dream.
Yuvraj, who played his last Test against England in 2012, featured in just 40 Tests for the country, in which he managed 1900 runs at an average of 33.93.