Yuvraj Singh has had rough decade alright but it’s impossible to put the man down. Eight summers back, he won India the World Cup, battled cancer, won and came back into the Indian team. But gone was his magic. Gone was his power and gone was Yuvraj Singh’s ability to turn a match on its head.
But IPL teams still did not hesitate to spend millions on the man advertisers, fans and players never forget to love. Yuvraj Singh, however, has had to endure another rough patch now. He was dropped from the Indian team in the middle of 2017 when India decided to get more serious about plugging those holes in the middle-order. A disastrous IPL season in 2018 with Kings XI Punjab looked like he would throw in the towel and move on.
Yuvraj Singh has won bigger battles in life and he was not going to let a slump in form affect him. Once worth crores on the IPL market, he was bought by Mumbai Indians for his base price of Rs 1 crore in the player auction. He turned up at the Wankhede Stadium looking fitter than he did for KXIP and if Zaheer Khan and Rohit Sharma are to be believed, Yuvraj Singh is far, far more determined this time.
There’s plenty at stake here. Yuvraj Singh is possibly playing for pride but he surely has one eye on the World Cup. India have little comfort and little cushion after the Big 3. Who will fill up Nos 4 and 5? What if Yuvraj Singh turns on the heat for Mumbai Indians? He will reunite with some of his closest mates – Rohit Sharma, Zaheer Khan, Sachin Tendulkar. Who knows what that can do?
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Yuvraj doing everything possible to make it count: Zaheer
Zaheer Khan is one of Yuvraj Singh’s best friends. He also happens to be the Director of Cricket Operations for Mumbai Indians. And Zaheer is convinced Yuvraj is the best man to control the middle-order.
“We needed an experienced batsman who controls the game in the middle. Who is better than Yuvraj Singh to do this? Yuvraj is looking forward to this season. He’s doing everything possible to make it count. This is great news for all his fans,” Zaheer Khan told the media on Tuesday.
When Rohit Sharma played a poor shot and got out in the first Test in Australia, Yuvraj Singh warned him against throwing away starts again in a cheeky social media post. Rohit listened and played a blinder in Melbourne. Months later, Rohit will lead Yuvraj on to the field as Mumbai Indians seek to produce a good season.
Eight years ago, Yuvraj Singh dedicated his World Cup heroics to his hero – Sachin Tendulkar.
Tendulkar is now an icon with Mumbai Indians.
Yuvraj Singh is back with his own people in a city which holds special memories. A summer of runs, a few wickets and maybe, just maybe, India might be forced to go back to a hero who deserves another chance.