The man who was central to India’s World Cup triumph in 2011 is finding it hard to get going in Bangladesh. After being thrown a rope by the selectors, Yuvraj Singh is yet to hit the ground running at the ICC World Twenty20.
Returning to the side after being ignored for the tour of New Zealand and for the Asia Cup, Yuvraj has looked a shadow of himself – dropping catches in the field and finding it hard to find the middle of his bat.
The man who is known for his Man-of-the-Series performances at the 2011 World Cup and the six sixes in an over during the 2007 World T20 was recalled to the squad despite a lackluster domestic season. But still Yuvraj was eagle-eyed at the 2014 IPL players’ auction, where he became the costliest player after being bought for a whopping Rs. 14 crore by Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Yuvraj has been viewed as a limited-over specialist throughout his career, and he has proved that time and again – both with bat and ball. But nothing seems to be working for the allrounder on his return.
Scores of 1 and 10, along with an over costing 13 runs, is all Yuvraj has to show so far. To make it sound worse, once India’s best fielder, Yuvraj dropped two catches – Chris Gayle and Mohammad Hafeez – that luckily didn’t cost India as they went on to comfortably beat Pakistan and West Indies.
Surely when you are doing all things wrong – batting, bowling and fielding, it can’t be something entirely technical.
Skipper MS Dhoni concurs with that thought, saying that Yuvraj is feeling the pressure of a comeback. “It becomes tough when you are dropped from ODIs and then you make a comeback in the T20s. So there’s a bit of pressure on him … When an individual comes back into the squad, there is bound to be pressure on him. It takes one or two matches. Hopefully, he will get his rhythm back as we know how good a match-winner he is,” Dhoni said.