It was a hot and humid evening in Chennai evening when Yuvraj Singh walked off the field after scoring a splendid century against the West Indies in the final group stage fixture of the 2011 world cup.
The left-hander walked in for a press conference after that match. Yuvraj, wiping off sweat from his forehead, got irritated when somebody mentioned the threat of facing the defending champions Australia in the Quarter Finals.”you can’t be the world champion without defeating the world champion…bring them on,” Yuvi thundered, and in a few days’ time,Yuvraj was seen hammering the Aussie bowlers all around the park at Motera in the high voltage quarter final of the 2011 cricket world cup.
we celebrated when he hit 6 sixes in a row against England’s Stuart Broad, we danced and partied hard when he played a cracker of an innings against Australia in the high voltage semi-final of the 2007 world Twenty-20. Yuvraj was team India’s trump card during the 2011 world cup. The Left hander scored 362 runs and scalped 15 wickets in the tournament and was named the man of the tournament. Four years down the line, the BCCI did not include him in the list of 30 proboables for the upcoming Cricket World Cup.
Yet,on the day of selection, Yuvraj was the talk of the town. MS Dhoni was the force behind Yuvraj Singh’s return to the squad for the 2014 world Twenty-20. Dhoni played Yuvraj in every single game of the tournament and all was going on well, but everything turned upside down in the final against Sri Lanka when the left hander struggled to put bat to ball after India had reached 100 for 2 in 12 overs. India lost the match and Yuvraj Singh was highly criticized by fans and the media for being the biggest reason behind India’s defeat in the final.
The star all rounder from Punjab has been able to defy a few odds after his dismal outing against Sri Lanka in the final. The injury to Ravindra Jadeja and the need of a genuine all rounder up the order once again shifted the spotlight on Yuvraj. Yuvraj has had a prolific Ranji trophy season, scoring 3 consecutive centuries. But the team management and the selection committee thought otherwise. The fact that both Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel are left handed batting all rounders has gone against the unlucky Yuvraj Singh.
” This could well may be the end of a spectacular sporting career”
” Just one bad game and the people forget who you are”