One name which has made more headlines in Indian cricket than any other is none other than the flamboyant Yuvraj Singh. He was dropped from the One Day and T-20 squad that has been selected for the tour of Sri Lanka. While MSK Prasad said in his statement that doors are not closed for the veteran and that he can win back his place in the squad. Though larger question remains is does Indian team as of now needs his services?
Let’s try to figure it out:
- He is arguable one of the best One Day batsman that India has ever had. A veteran who is carrying an experience of 300+ ODIs to his name should be in the side no matter what.
- A cricketer of his stature who has already proved his mettle after the comeback by scoring 372 runs in 11 matches at an average of 41 which is better than his career average of 36.
- Having a senior arm around is always a nice thing and with him and Dhoni at number 4 & 5 the gap is filled with experience.
- Undoubtedly a big match player, looking at his record at the ICC events he remains too good a player to be left out.
- The voices came from all around to assess the future of Yuvraj and Dhoni and especially Yuvraj because he is definitely lost some points on fitness.
- On various occasions during the champions trophy bowlers were hard done just because of his sloppy fielding.
- He was arguably India’s best fielder back in the days but it seems like age is catching up with this southpaw.
- There are other incumbent players who are fit enough for that number 4 spot. With the likes of Manish Pandey returning to the team who proved his mettle time and again couldn’t be ignored. The only reason why Dhoni has still been able to hold on to his position is because the front-runners for Dhoni’s job such as Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik and Sanju Samson haven’t matched Dhoni’s level. The selectors after the selection of Indian team warned Dhoni that he can’t take his place in the team for granted.
- One of the main reasons why Yuvraj missed out on selection is that selectors are looking for a bunch of players who will be representing India in the ICC World Cup in 2019. Yuvraj is already 36 and in two years time he will be 38 and at that age, the selector’s are not sure whether he will be able to match the fitness of youngsters like Manish Pandey, Suresh Raina or others for that matter.
This might not be the end of the road for this southpaw but he will have to toil hard at gym and nets to fight his way back into the team.
Article by navneet.