I still remember the debut series of Yuvraj Singh i.e. 2000 ICC Knockout Trophy. It was the quarterfinal match against Australia and India was struggling with it’s the Great Trio back to pavilion after scoring only 71 runs collectively.
Crowd was upset the way India was performing and wasn’t impressed when a tall 6’2″, lean left handed batsman walked down the pitch with a high backlift stance. At least commentators knew he is a talented batsman having lifted the Under-19 World Cup 1999-00 Man of the Series trophy recently. He showed the class in his debut match itself and scored 84 runs from 80 balls with the help of 12 boundaries against the fierce pace attack of McGrath, Brett Lee, Jeson Gillespie and the rest is history with him being the protagonist of many crucial wins.
After his indelible performance in 2011 World Cup he was diagnosed with a Malignant Tumour between his lungs and heart. Man of the Tournament Trophy, 362 runs and 15 wickets in World Cup, no cricketer would have asked for more but the luck just wasn’t on his side. He had to leave the field when he was on the top of his career and form both. The critical treatment kept him off the field for a good one year. He came back with a promising performance of 34 off 26 against New Zealand in a T-20 but later struggled to perform consistently in World Cup T-20 and against England and Pakistan. He didn’t got any chance to play international cricket after that.
Warrior again came into the news after hitting 3 consecutive centuries and over 500 runs in Ranji Trophy recently. Eyes of the fans like me twinkled again with hope that he may get a spot in 2015 World Cup final 15. But reasons best known to selectors, they chose to select injured Ravindra Jadeja and Ishant Sharma who haven’t played any cricket in a while, Stuart Binny who is an inexperienced 30 years old (played only 4 one days till date) all rounder but Yuvraj Singh.
If injured and inexperienced players can have a chance to play in the “World Cup” on the hopes of performing well again, then why not a player who is in excellent form, proven track record of performing exceptionally well and winning high voltage matches for India should be given a chance.
God knows whether it’s the end of road for Yuvraj Singh in international cricket or not but I’m missing his classic sixes, his impossible catches and his incredible performances in close nerve-wracking matches big time. The man who was vomiting blood throughout the world cup and never cared about his health only to win World Cup for INDIA.
It’s hard for a man like me who is the bigger fan of Yuvraj than Cricket to digest the facts that Man of the Tournament of previous World Cup is not playing the next World Cup despite being physically fit and in unstoppable form.
I wish good luck to TEAM INDIA for WORLD CUP 2015.