A few months back Yuvraj Singh was in Chandigarh to pass on his valuable lessons to the young Punjab cricketers and he thoroughly enjoyed the stint. However, the 2011 World Cup winner, has now confirmed to reverse his retirement only to make a comeback for his state team Punjab in domestic cricket.
Yuvraj Singh took the decision of making a comeback after he found out that he is still hitting the ball well in a few net sessions with the Punjab youngsters. With the comeback, the southpaw, now aims to help his state team win the championship. He also praised the young Punjab talent Shubman Gill, who has already played for India.
“I enjoyed spending time with these youngsters, and talking to them about various aspects of the game, I realised that they were able to pick up various things that I was telling them,” Yuvraj, 38, told Cricbuzz. “I had to get into the nets to show them a few other elements, and I was pleasantly surprised at how well I was hitting the ball even though I hadn’t held a bat for a really long time.”
“Initially, I wasn’t sure that I wanted to take up the offer,” Yuvraj admits. “I was done with domestic cricket, though I did want to continue to play in other domestic franchise-based leagues worldwide if I got permission from the BCCI. But I also couldn’t ignore Mr Bali’s request. I gave it a lot of thought, for nearly three or four weeks, and it was almost as if I didn’t even have to make a conscious decision in the end.
“The motivation is to help Punjab win championships. Bhajji (Harbhajan Singh), myself, we have won tournaments, but we haven’t done it together for Punjab, so that was a big factor in my final call,” Yuvraj points out.
“Obviously, Shubman is already playing for India, and I feel there’s plenty of potential in the other three boys. If I can contribute in any way to their development and to the development of Punjab cricket, then that will be wonderful. After all, playing for Punjab is what paved the way for my international career.”
The all-rounder, after deciding to come out of retirement, had sent out a mail to board president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah to seek permission about the same. He has also clarified in the mail that if he can play for Punjab again, he will obviously not pursue his options of playing outside the country.
Yuvraj Singh, out of favour from the national team, had decided to call time on his glittering career on June 10, 2019 at a specially arranged press conference in Mumbai. It was his last press conference as a player.
Yuvraj Singh was instrumental for India in the 2007 T20 World Cup and who can forget his all-round role in 2011 World Cup for which he was named the man-of-the-series. He was once the poster boy of Indian cricket team and brought down the curtains on his career spanning nearly 19 years and 400 matches.