Yuvraj Singh made a comeback to the Indian ODI side after a long time and justified his selection as he scored a scintillating century in the second game of the series. Few of his shots evoked memories of Yuvraj of the past. His sheer elegance, poise and balance were all on show as he destroyed England’s bowling in the process. When on full song, there are few players who can enthral the crowd the way Yuvraj Singh does. The Punjab batsman has been the heartthrob of Indian fans for quite some time now. But the question is – should he be considered for the Champions Trophy after a below par showing so far in the IPL?
Is Yuvraj Singh’s selection in the India squad justified?
As the fight between the ICC and BCCI intensifies, India’s participation in the Champions Trophy seems to be in doubt. The BCCI are yet to announce the squad for the tournament even as the other countries have announced their squads, and have also ignored ICC’s squad announcement deadline. While many of the BCCI members want the board to boycott the Champions Trophy, Indian fans would hope India play the Mini World Cup and defend the title they won in 2013. Fans are also eagerly waiting for the squad to be announced.
While players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni etc. are a sureity in the eleven, a few players’ names would be discussed and there is sure to be some debate over them. One of those names is of dashing batsman Yuvraj Singh.
Yuvraj led Sunrisers Hyderabad to a victory in their first game of the season with a brilliant half century. He displayed his wide range of shots in that innings, and was dazzling to say the least. But since then his form has dipped a bit, and while he hasn’t looked entirely rusty on the crease, he also hasn’t managed a half century. With players like Manish Pandey and Sanju Samson doing extremely well, the selectors would like Yuvraj to do better in the upcoming games.
But the question is should he be considered for the Champions Trophy, despite his inconsistent form?
The answer is YES. Simply because of the experience he has, and his ability to take away games from the opposition. Yuvraj has won everything there is to win, and has played a major role in all of India’s biggest triumphs. He was the Man of the Tournament in the 2011 World Cup which India won, and was also the biggest star in the 2007 T-20 World Cup triumph. He has what it takes to perform on the biggest stage, and as Navjot Singh Sidhu calls him, he is a “Sherdil” player. While it is difficult for Yuvraj to be the same player as he was when he was 25, he is still a valuable asset to the team.
There is no doubt Yuvraj needs to step up more for SRH in the IPL to justify his selection, but even if he has a rough patch in the remaining games, the selectors should select him in the squad, just because of his ability to perform on the biggest stage of them all.