Asia Cup 2010 June 7, 2010

A wake-up call for Yuvraj Singh

There is no way India can have thrown Yuvraj out of their World Cup plans, but if a message was to be sent it had to be sent early enough
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His sweet timing has earned him most of his paycheques, but it seems to have gone off during what has somehow become the worst phase of his career.

A night before he was dropped for the first time from the one-day side since cementing his place, news channels had Yuvraj Singh dancing with a pop star. Now that picture and video are all over, on channels, channels' websites, and other websites. As if dancing is a crime. That, however, goes with the image we have of him: an irresponsible brat not serious about his game. Convenient, but often unfair.

A night before he was dropped, Star Cricket ran the highlights of the Lord's final from 2002 when this 20-year-old, along with Mohammad Kaif, was providing Indian limited-overs cricket with the final missing pieces. He flew across at point to almost pull off the most outrageous of catches. He dropped the ball at his feet and ran. With Kaif he took an overthrow off a soft ricochet from Alec Stewart's gloves. He looked lithe.

He now has a dodgy shoulder and knee; the latter needs surgery, which he has been putting off since 2006. Still, he has managed to remain a single-handed match-winner in one-day cricket. Add some canny left-arm spin, and he's been MS Dhoni's go-to man until recently. Yuvraj didn't disappoint either. What he brought to the side is not taught in coaching clinics, the ability to run away with matches before you can spell momentum. In as late as 2008, he was put under pressure when not picked for Irani Cup, with youngsters - Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli - breathing down his neck. He turned it around spectacularly, walloping England and continuing that form until the Champions Trophy last year.

Since then he has had to pull out of three series. He perhaps rushed back from a wrist injury to play in the IPL: he had missed the ODI series against South Africa barely a week before that. The Yuvraj that came back looked bulkier around the waist. He has played 11 innings for an average of 24.7 since that Champions Trophy; not in itself a statistic that warrants a drop, which is what makes this an interesting choice.

The selectors, as usual, won't even say if they have dropped him or if he is injured. However, since the BCCI release gives a reason for resting Sachin Tendulkar and not Yuvraj, it is pretty clear the latter has been dropped. "I'm not going to speak about any individual player," said the ever-mysterious chairman of selectors, K Srikkanth. "A lot of stress was given on the fitness of a player. Fitness and fielding are very important. In recent past, we lost some matches or struggled in some matches because of poor fielding. So the selectors put lot of stress on fielding."

Yuvraj the batsman still has more quality than Raina, Kohli and Rohit. There is no way India can have thrown him out of their World Cup plans, but if a message was to be sent it had to be sent early enough. Ideally India will want to start zoning in on a XV by the time Australia visit for an ODI series in November.

If the selectors thought his fitness was bringing the rest of the team down, there were two ways to go about it: keep him in the side and put him through a tough regime, or go for the old kick up the backside. Perhaps the selectors felt they had tried the first and it didn't work. It is a move that can be debated, but can also be understood. Srikkanth has known Yuvraj from his Under-19 days, and one can hope he knows best how to rescue this match-winner.

For Yuvraj, though, it must come as a harsh indictment. To be dropped for the first time, and that too on fitness issues. And at the age of 28. There is already a school of thought that a batsman of his talent should have worked harder and made himself a Test career. Only last week he said in an interview that he hoped his average run didn't continue into Tests. Now even his ODI place is not certain.

Yuvraj the batsman is not known to fight his way through a slump. He either hits out of it or gets out. He lives by aggression, dies by it, which is part of his charm. Now, though, is time for Yuvraj the athlete to slog it out, because there is no easy way out. There is every chance India will come back to him at least once before the World Cup. How ready he is then, and after that, might just define his career.

Sidharth Monga is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • hemanofindia on June 11, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    I think something or many is wrong in the whole process. How could it take so long to come to a decision. Yuvraj et al were given many chances. And why Uthappa is not selected. Remember before zimbabwe tour they said.. team had already been chosen. Now, what can they say this time. Is the selection solely on performance or is it biased? I remember it is Srikaanth who used to echo in pre-match program Fourt Umpire on DD National: "There is no player better than Robin Uthappa to utilize the powerplay" At that time he was not in good form too. Now he is in excellent touch and it is perhaps not evident to the same person being chief selector. Where is the transparency. When people get power their actions get biased because in that way they get more power. A swimmer can swim better downstream but when he reaches the destination going upstream his self-belief is far to combat any obstacle. Learn from it selectors. Select for your country. Or hand over your job to Vengsarkar again.

  • on June 10, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    Hi,

    The phrases "The selectors, as usual, won't even say if they have dropped him or if he is injured" and "the ever-mysterious chairman of selectors, K Srikkanth" ring so true.

    When dropping players, selectors need to adopt corporate rules of communication:

    1. Give the player clear and explicit feedback. Yuvi may have read between the lines here but was clear and explicit feedback given to him?

    2. Be transparent about the decision. One may debate about the pros and cons of the decision ad nauseum but by being transparent about their process and decision making the selectors would be sending out a message of fairness and confidence in their processes.

    Instead the selectors here have adopted a politician-like vagueness that smacks of CYA. And here I certainly go with chokkashokka's description of the Chairman of Selectors, K.Srikkanth, as a circus clown.

    Thanks and Regards,

    D.Pramod

  • fusionsun on June 10, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    India has more talent than anyone else, but lack of descipline is the issue... Yuvraj hit 6 sixes in an over from SCJ Broad. Since then he has become a superstar, but success went the head instead of heart. See now, Broad is one of the top ten bowlers/alrunders in the world, and gifted batsman Yuvraj is out of India XV. England have never been a great side in last 15-20yrs. But we can learn from the fact that, ST Finn after an excellent series is made to work out in training and Broad has just finished the same. we need to learn quickly

  • sashi94 on June 10, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    I think the whole issue is with BCCI and its inability to manage an organization and its players properly. They need to ensure that players such as yuvraj and bhajji cant go around slapping people. They need to have in their contracts with their players a clause which says that if they gain too much weight, they will loose their contract and their spot in the team. BCCI also needs to pay the players well and have a cap on how many commercials and ads they can do in a year(MS Dhoni). The idea now with the BCCI and players is to make the most amount of money in the shortest time, not how to deal with the short balls!! If you want to make money, please pursue a different career... leave the Indian cricket team as the billion fans in India are sick of a team which keeps looooosing and has recurring problems!!

  • Easwar76 on June 10, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    I think that irfan will better choice in the position of allrounder than jadeja. Because we already have the part time spinners like viru, raina, rohit. So we need irfan in the XI. He is best in all department of fielding, bowl and bat in any position. This is the right time to yuvi to wakeup and think himself which one he want-to play for country or dance with models in pup.

  • on June 9, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    we wish him all the best and hope he will recover his form.1 for the fact is rarely do we ever see form like his when he is in full flow, an elegance of timing, unique in ability and maybe lacking the faith of the selectors in his haphazard form but a subliminal and devastating touch when he's in the mood.

  • chokkashokka on June 9, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    Finally we see some spine from the circus clown ie. Srikanth. The media in India tends to idolize guys like Yuvraj and most players don't have the maturity to deal with the attention. BCCI needs to provide that guidance to the players from a young age - not everyone player has the level-headed qualities of Tendulkar, Dravid or Kumble. For players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Jadeja etc. guidance with dealing with the attention could be critical so they don't turn out into a Yuvraj. Yuvraj still has time and he needs to get his head in the right place and his priorities straight. Hope he does not waste his talent

  • rkannancrown on June 9, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    Yuvi is an incredible batsman when he gets going - the problem is he has a loss of form. He can comeback before the WC. The good thing is the batting has a good look allowing selectors to leave out Yuvi. The break will do him good. With Sachin, Viru, Gambhir, Kohli & Raina ceratin in the line up , the toss up is really between Rohit Sharma & YUvi for the last slot. Thequestion really is how good is Rohit. He has had a couple of good innings but has repeatedly failed against quality attacks.Another issue which needs to be sorted out quickly is the position at which MSD & Gambhir will bat. The bowling appears to be the problem as we have only Bhajji & Zaheer as the certainties. We are yet to have a good quality spinner though Ojha, jadeja & Ashwin show some promise. The selectors have forgotten Murali Kartik who has generally performed well against quality opposition. The pace bowling depptt looks barren - and selectors have to zero in on core candidates quickly.

  • on June 9, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    I personally feel dat he is got more talent then dhoni or other young players but da thing is getting carried away or distracted by other things!!!!!!!!This guy is blessed wid blend of amazing timing n power in his stroke !! a very rare quality.i wonder y he is not able to show his true potential may b he is should learn from dhoni or others..dhoni is gud but he always punched abov e his weight whuch makes him betta or on a same par 2 yuvraj!!May b yuvraj lacked that x factor of never giving up!!!!!

  • Nampally on June 9, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    The dropping of Yuvraj is fully justified on his "on Field" attitude alone. Once a brilliant fielder is now just a shadow of himself. His batting is lapsidazical. Get Real Yuvi - Your poor attitude is also rubbing off on the younger members. So this is more than just a "wake Up" call. Show us by your performance on the field and by getting serious about it or you are OUT. I congratulate the Selectors on this hard line. Talent has to be converted into performance like Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman & Sehwag did and more recently Dhoni. Nobody's place is guaranteed with performance such as that of Yuvraj 's during past 2 years. Jadeja is a bad replacement for Yuvi (poor bowler & average batsman) - Irfan Pathan is considerably better than Jadeja. Yusuf Pathan & Jadeja had too many chances and performed poorly especially Yusuf. The side for Asian cup is better than the side sent for World 20/20 in WI. Ashwin & Tiwary are great addirions. Ashwin must be in 11 to improve V.poor Indian bowling.

  • hemanofindia on June 11, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    I think something or many is wrong in the whole process. How could it take so long to come to a decision. Yuvraj et al were given many chances. And why Uthappa is not selected. Remember before zimbabwe tour they said.. team had already been chosen. Now, what can they say this time. Is the selection solely on performance or is it biased? I remember it is Srikaanth who used to echo in pre-match program Fourt Umpire on DD National: "There is no player better than Robin Uthappa to utilize the powerplay" At that time he was not in good form too. Now he is in excellent touch and it is perhaps not evident to the same person being chief selector. Where is the transparency. When people get power their actions get biased because in that way they get more power. A swimmer can swim better downstream but when he reaches the destination going upstream his self-belief is far to combat any obstacle. Learn from it selectors. Select for your country. Or hand over your job to Vengsarkar again.

  • on June 10, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    Hi,

    The phrases "The selectors, as usual, won't even say if they have dropped him or if he is injured" and "the ever-mysterious chairman of selectors, K Srikkanth" ring so true.

    When dropping players, selectors need to adopt corporate rules of communication:

    1. Give the player clear and explicit feedback. Yuvi may have read between the lines here but was clear and explicit feedback given to him?

    2. Be transparent about the decision. One may debate about the pros and cons of the decision ad nauseum but by being transparent about their process and decision making the selectors would be sending out a message of fairness and confidence in their processes.

    Instead the selectors here have adopted a politician-like vagueness that smacks of CYA. And here I certainly go with chokkashokka's description of the Chairman of Selectors, K.Srikkanth, as a circus clown.

    Thanks and Regards,

    D.Pramod

  • fusionsun on June 10, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    India has more talent than anyone else, but lack of descipline is the issue... Yuvraj hit 6 sixes in an over from SCJ Broad. Since then he has become a superstar, but success went the head instead of heart. See now, Broad is one of the top ten bowlers/alrunders in the world, and gifted batsman Yuvraj is out of India XV. England have never been a great side in last 15-20yrs. But we can learn from the fact that, ST Finn after an excellent series is made to work out in training and Broad has just finished the same. we need to learn quickly

  • sashi94 on June 10, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    I think the whole issue is with BCCI and its inability to manage an organization and its players properly. They need to ensure that players such as yuvraj and bhajji cant go around slapping people. They need to have in their contracts with their players a clause which says that if they gain too much weight, they will loose their contract and their spot in the team. BCCI also needs to pay the players well and have a cap on how many commercials and ads they can do in a year(MS Dhoni). The idea now with the BCCI and players is to make the most amount of money in the shortest time, not how to deal with the short balls!! If you want to make money, please pursue a different career... leave the Indian cricket team as the billion fans in India are sick of a team which keeps looooosing and has recurring problems!!

  • Easwar76 on June 10, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    I think that irfan will better choice in the position of allrounder than jadeja. Because we already have the part time spinners like viru, raina, rohit. So we need irfan in the XI. He is best in all department of fielding, bowl and bat in any position. This is the right time to yuvi to wakeup and think himself which one he want-to play for country or dance with models in pup.

  • on June 9, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    we wish him all the best and hope he will recover his form.1 for the fact is rarely do we ever see form like his when he is in full flow, an elegance of timing, unique in ability and maybe lacking the faith of the selectors in his haphazard form but a subliminal and devastating touch when he's in the mood.

  • chokkashokka on June 9, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    Finally we see some spine from the circus clown ie. Srikanth. The media in India tends to idolize guys like Yuvraj and most players don't have the maturity to deal with the attention. BCCI needs to provide that guidance to the players from a young age - not everyone player has the level-headed qualities of Tendulkar, Dravid or Kumble. For players like Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Jadeja etc. guidance with dealing with the attention could be critical so they don't turn out into a Yuvraj. Yuvraj still has time and he needs to get his head in the right place and his priorities straight. Hope he does not waste his talent

  • rkannancrown on June 9, 2010, 19:22 GMT

    Yuvi is an incredible batsman when he gets going - the problem is he has a loss of form. He can comeback before the WC. The good thing is the batting has a good look allowing selectors to leave out Yuvi. The break will do him good. With Sachin, Viru, Gambhir, Kohli & Raina ceratin in the line up , the toss up is really between Rohit Sharma & YUvi for the last slot. Thequestion really is how good is Rohit. He has had a couple of good innings but has repeatedly failed against quality attacks.Another issue which needs to be sorted out quickly is the position at which MSD & Gambhir will bat. The bowling appears to be the problem as we have only Bhajji & Zaheer as the certainties. We are yet to have a good quality spinner though Ojha, jadeja & Ashwin show some promise. The selectors have forgotten Murali Kartik who has generally performed well against quality opposition. The pace bowling depptt looks barren - and selectors have to zero in on core candidates quickly.

  • on June 9, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    I personally feel dat he is got more talent then dhoni or other young players but da thing is getting carried away or distracted by other things!!!!!!!!This guy is blessed wid blend of amazing timing n power in his stroke !! a very rare quality.i wonder y he is not able to show his true potential may b he is should learn from dhoni or others..dhoni is gud but he always punched abov e his weight whuch makes him betta or on a same par 2 yuvraj!!May b yuvraj lacked that x factor of never giving up!!!!!

  • Nampally on June 9, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    The dropping of Yuvraj is fully justified on his "on Field" attitude alone. Once a brilliant fielder is now just a shadow of himself. His batting is lapsidazical. Get Real Yuvi - Your poor attitude is also rubbing off on the younger members. So this is more than just a "wake Up" call. Show us by your performance on the field and by getting serious about it or you are OUT. I congratulate the Selectors on this hard line. Talent has to be converted into performance like Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman & Sehwag did and more recently Dhoni. Nobody's place is guaranteed with performance such as that of Yuvraj 's during past 2 years. Jadeja is a bad replacement for Yuvi (poor bowler & average batsman) - Irfan Pathan is considerably better than Jadeja. Yusuf Pathan & Jadeja had too many chances and performed poorly especially Yusuf. The side for Asian cup is better than the side sent for World 20/20 in WI. Ashwin & Tiwary are great addirions. Ashwin must be in 11 to improve V.poor Indian bowling.

  • dj_dhananjay on June 9, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    Well the only way someone can regain form is by "PLAYING"(prime example- T.Dilshan !!)...I dont see how keeping him out is gonna help either his cause or that of the team....This strategy would make sense if it were some reatively un-proven talent but not for some one of Yuvraj's caliber and Proven potential...The Selectors have gotten it terribly wrong again (no suprise with KS as the head).....

  • satyachowdary on June 9, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    IPL IPL IPL is the sole reason for players like yuvraj... I mean look at india's performance since the ipl started in odi's and 20-20 they have generally been down and out. Test matches the likes of ever professional Rahul dravid and VVS laxman paint a different picture. For players like Yuvraj, Rohit, Y Pathan, Raina.... IPL is ruining their ODI & test careers.

  • porsh on June 9, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    We all know how he can turn matches up side down.. No need to quote instances.. We also know his current form. Let him get this drop and get back much stronger in the world. I personally want to see yuvaraj fire. When not in form and fitness all we should to is give him time to sort it out himself.....

  • on June 9, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    still yuvraj got class and he is a better batsman than the other players like dhoni, raina and rohit. He needs a break and will come back strongly as ever into the team. He is the core of indian middle order since he came into the side. India can't think about the world cup campaign without yuvi...........

  • on June 9, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    I don't think he will be too much worried about this drop issue. These Cricketers are more worried about IPL than National Service. Yuvi never had a level head on his shoulder. Success always went into his head. But this IPL has made him more ignorant about National Duties.

  • Scube on June 9, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    The apathy of current Indian ODI team is best illustrated by the presence of Jadeja as the "All-rounder"! What a misnomer! I've even seen Yusuf winning a match for India and also make a few handy contributions once a while though he is far from Intl quality! But, this guy is an embarassment to the team and the role! Someone who can't bat, can't bowl & can't catch! Not that he's a great fielder! He will score when everyone is sure that India will lose the match in the guise of giving some respectability to the defeat! But, put him in a critical situation where India might win if played hard and he'll run like a headless chicken! Bhajji is a better allrounder than this guy! Warne's biggest blunder is to call him the next superstar and India is paying dearly for it! Probably Warne meant that he'll run b/w wickets like Rajnikanth, Chiranjeevi, etc. and everyone misunderstood!

  • spinkingKK on June 9, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    The article is written well and as a result, I could only agree with whatever's been said. But, when I think back, one thing is definitely wrong. India's world cup campaign will not get boosted by the inclusion of an out of form unfit player, whether it is Yuvraj, Rohit or even Tendulkar. So, Yuvi can be given chances in the future. But, not necessarily before the world cup. If someone's not good, let them come good before another chance can be given. In my opinion, a player can only be given a chance if he looked to be a bright prospect. So, one or two chances will not suffice. Give them enough chances. But, if a player is proven to be a liability, then, let him do the hard work and make the selectors rethink. The selectors will have no obligation to try Yuvraj again. He got to make them select him with his attitude, fitness and performance.

  • on June 9, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    If Yuvraj is not in form, it is better to give him rest and let him work hard to be again in the national side. I do not know everybody is worried, like Kiran More, DADA, and lot of others. Do not let him out for ever but give him a chance to be inform again and play for his country. Cheers guys.............. but do not dance

  • missileh on June 9, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    Anybody seen ACC cement ad of Yuvraj??? It has brett lee too in it. And it was shown just after the T20 WC. In that ad, Yuvraj bats against brett lee and faces a bouncer... !! :)

  • theswami on June 9, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    This should augur well for yuvraj ..... it will put him in his place & make him harder ... he should undergo some mental & physical conditioning and time to introspect ... he will return a better, sophisticated player ....... all the best yuvi ..

  • RHARKI on June 9, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    I found this piece very well balanced in its criticism and content. Yuvi has to be a part of India's WC team, if they are to get anywhere close to winning it. I think this move had to be made at such an early stage only, for he needs to be drafted back into the team also latest by November.

    I just hope for everyone's benefit that the best ODI player in the world (till about an year back) returns to his peak and once again, proves that he is still the best around. Will miss him in the Asia Cup but that's a sacrifice one of his biggest fans is willing to make :)

  • on June 9, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    I think this is just a strategy by the selectors to get Yuvi to face reality. I think he will be in the team for the season which starts after the Asia cup. Hope this strategy works for both Yuvi and Team India.

  • jumbo33 on June 9, 2010, 3:48 GMT

    you know guys...it's not now in Indian cricket. no one discuss about Jadeja's selection!!! on which performance they keep selection him!!? he cant bat, not effective with boll, even agents Zimbabwe!!, and still get his place and more frustrating is MS Dhoni include him in playing XI.....it's long list of selection comity victims UV, Yusuf, Irfan, so on...

  • on June 9, 2010, 2:52 GMT

    if he would have been dropped when he should have been then if he would have utilized himself to heal himself and train hard MAYBE WE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT HIM BEING DROPPED. Also NO ONE IS CEMENTED INTO ANY SIDE, REMEMBER WHAT HAVE YOU DONE LATELY!

  • kingkarthik on June 9, 2010, 1:03 GMT

    Good ridance of arrogant rubbish. Yuvraj not only has to work on his fitness, but also his attitude. His character and personality are what parents will show to their kids on how not to be.

  • on June 8, 2010, 23:01 GMT

    yuvi I've got a suggestion for go n work in movies like ur father did, we dont need u anymore.....

  • CricketJournalist on June 8, 2010, 22:47 GMT

    Yuvraj is a fighter. He has always taken challenges personally. Everytime the media or the selectors criticized him, he has come back stronger and played match winning knocks. Always remember the wonderful site of Yuvi pumping his fist towards the media box after hitting a century immediately after any criticism. This is Yuvi - one of the best match finishers India has seen in a long time. This is Yuvi - a batsman who let India believe that early fall of three or four wickets does not necessarily mean end of the game. He will rise again and he will prove himself.

  • on June 8, 2010, 22:37 GMT

    politics inside team can be a issue,I think team is devided now in dhoni and yuvi group .....

  • AnthoniJi on June 8, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    Leave the players alone, media. News flash for you....they are humans too and just like every other human they have their own ups and downs. NOBODY IS PERFECT...and media will perhaps ignore this fact always, as they are too busy looking for a spicy story.

  • on June 8, 2010, 19:12 GMT

    i don't agree with yuvraj being dropped but if he is not in good form or has fitness issues then you can't consider him for selection.he ia a world-class player and this will only make him stronger.

  • satu on June 8, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    we should not blame the selectors for dropping yuvi from Asia cup... the selectors are under pressure about the fitness of all players.. as gary said before, he feels well fit when compare to some indian players.. It might be a good chance for yuvi to improve his fitness level and come back with a talented aggression

  • Rajesh. on June 8, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    This was long over due.....

  • on June 8, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    This has to be the strategy of selecting players. Players should realise that nobody's place has been taken for granted. Bhajji should be the next one to come under the scanner. How many of you are aware of the fact that he remained wicketless in the recently concluded T20 WC? Being the main bowler of the team, he is supposed to take wickets along with containing the batsmen. I would have definitely taken Ojha ahead of Bhajji who can deceive the batsmen with his flight more than anybody.

  • on June 8, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    i think dropping yuvraj is perfectly fine ,he failed to perform from last so many months . he should concentrate on his fitness and try to compete with other players to get his position back. No player should be given a sure shot on the team if a player fails to do the job he is given others should get a chance. there are over a billion people watching these players , there should be some consistency in their game

  • deedas5 on June 8, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    Hi Yuvraj!

    You will surely there in Indian Team and you will bring us the World Cup glory this time. I believe in you! Kris Srikanth should be dropped from the BCCI. He is doing injustice to the Indian Cricket and its fans!!! He himself does not know to play cricket and had become a Selector, shame on his part for selecting players like: R Jadeja and Murali Vijay for ODIs and T20 matches. Yuvi will surely rock in World Cup 2011 and India will certainly lose the Asia Cup this time.

  • on June 8, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    This is the first time in 10 years that Yuvraj has been dropped from the Indian side. Which means atleast for past 9 years he was playing quite gud. Now he failed in a few games and people are saying that he is arrogant I would like to ask all of you to think and tell me the name of any cricketer except sachin and sehwag who is not arrogant what about Dhoni I believe he is the most arrogant player. Wht abt his form? He has forgotten to play the way he used to. Yuvi is a key to Indias success in the World Cup 2011. He should have been sent to zimbabwe so that he could have tried to regain his form. So whatever anyone would have to say Yuvraj will play the 2011 world cup and play a crucial role in the performance of the team. Since I strongly believe India do not have a equally talented replacement for yuvraj singh. My wishes are wid u Yuvraj, I hope u give answers to ur critics with ur bat and then I will ask some questions to people on this same forum.

  • wanderer01 on June 8, 2010, 15:43 GMT

    YUVI, THE PRINCE HAS BEEN THROWN OUT OF THE CASTLE! so why the fuss? haven't we always been criticizing the selectors for their inadequacy of taking tough decisions... and here if something has been done for the betterment of the team, and for the prince charming in the long run, then why point our guns at them??? We should remember that Australians are the leaders only because they have administrators who never flinched from axing players of the stature of steve waugh or even a micheal bevan. And anyway yuvi has been more interested in attending functions and fashion shows... its high time that he learns from some saner seniors like sachin, rahul and kumble for that matter, that humility is a trait that even geniuses need to value... BRAVO CHIKA!

  • ToTellUTheTruth on June 8, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    Good, good. Rest him up and get the painful kinks out of his body. He will be fresh and really ready for the WC. Plenty of time before WC. We need Yuvi at his best for WC, for there is no better finisher in the Indian team.

  • KEJ4ever on June 8, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    High time this was done yuvraj right thru his career played for the camera he was more interested on showmanship than anything else and now he thinks he is bigger than the game this is great news i hope he is kept out for long and even after being taken in the team made to carry drinks for a while that will be good for him and indian cricket

  • on June 8, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    Sidarth, you have really missed the point here. You speak of Yuvi's 'talent'. I am an Australian born, Indian supporter. But I, along with the rest of Australia cannot understand India's obsession with 'talent'. A young player cannot emulate talent, but he can be inspired by work ethic and attitude. Yuvi, once athletic and agressive is now over weight and lethargic in the field. He is a poor role model. India should have dumped him a long time ago. In cricket talent is overrated. Technique and positive atttudes should be rewarded. You're talking about 2002 in this article. For heaven's sake this is 2010. Time for a new chapter.

  • SettingSun on June 8, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    Never mind Yuvraj, you'll be able to fit in a lot more pies now.

  • on June 8, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    The selectors have not dropped Yuvraj Singh... He was never going to play the Asia cup, it was already decided he is going to take care of his fitness. He is at the National Cricket Academy, Bangalore ... He has been there since end of May, training with the physio-trainer team of Paul Chapman & Paul close. Nobody is a machine. He is eligible for breaks Everyone needs a breather...

  • on June 8, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    Yuvi Droped is the msg to other player, if dint perform well they also trouble and drop from Indian team.

  • getgopi on June 8, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    An injured shoulder can severely curtail physical activity. Even walking can be a painful effort. Add to that a wrist or knee injury, etc. and you are going to have sleepless nights owing to raw physical pain. I am not sure of the extent of Yuvi's injury but shoulder injuries might explain why guys like Sehwag, Yuvi and Zaheer have looked a bit heavy/pudgy on and off in recent years. But Sehwag did the right thing by opting out of the T20 world cup to recover from his shoulder injury. Well, this is as good a time for Yuvi to take his time about making a recovery back to full fitness. 'luck, Yuvi!

  • on June 8, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    I guess Yuvi will also know that this is a temporary step so i am afraid this move would not do much good - best would have been to keep him in the team and not play him in a few matches. He is still much much better in his present form than Ravindra jadeja. He bowls better and obviously bats better

  • raj040686 on June 8, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    Everyone has a bad phase...Rocky had it too...But it remains to be seen whether Yuvi can fight through this phase. That's what distinguishes boys from men.. All The Best Yuvi!!

  • jayaprakaash83 on June 8, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    Well, Yuvraj is out of the team... No big deal... He's in poor form, whatever may be the reason.. He is a definite match winner... But I think he need some time to think and regroup himself... And the selectors just did that... We have enough players to fill his shoes... Definitely Yuvraj will get another chance to prove before the world cup. And if he proves to be fit and inform, its very good for the team and for him... Failing to do so, please drop him from the world cup team as well... Out of form Yuvraj is definitely not better than an new emerging player...

  • on June 8, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    It is a good time for Yuvraj to gain on some fitness. He has been 'rusty' after he was out with injury.

    He will now feel the heat of making it back into playing XI, and "That's What You Call The AXED effect"

  • on June 8, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    i dont thnk its a gud move,it is a one of the most talented cricketer india have ever had.India selectors have done dis to save thier faces.

  • on June 8, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    I GREE with that 110 %. he thinks that he is a hero. Believe me we got more and more good players than him in INdia. So good to drop him and give others chances who can perform better than him. A cricker who plays for the country must be good human being , rather than a good player. I dont think he is such one

    Thanks Nishanth And Hats off to the selectors

  • udayms on June 8, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    I think selectors have done the right thing by dropping Yuvraj... Leave alone his form and fitness he did nt look in the right frame of mind for an international match.. This will give him time to Look back @ his game and get back his hunger.. Given the talent he is I am sure he ll be back with a bang the next time... This drop will do good to him than harm i feel... Hope to C the old Yuvi back soon

  • ashankar on June 8, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    @Varundude well said, only Player to be picked for any team is SACHIN. But let us support Yuvi. Let him go thru a rehab or something and come back as a Cricket Player and not as a PLAYER, if you know what i mean!

  • cricket_ftw on June 8, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    Its the attitude and lethargic approcah to the game that is troubling him now more than his injuries... No team wants a unfit player be it any record he have ... Sachin is fit than most of the youngsters in the team ... thats the state of indian cricket now ...

  • nahan on June 8, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    Let UV & YP enjoy the ramp & Bollywood Night parties They could score more runs there rather than cricket field.

  • rajib_1986 on June 8, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    ""I think its the best decision but have come a little late...""yuvi is great dynamic player but his attitude is ruining his game..he needs to have mental conditioning camp""just take example of our batting maestro"Sachin""and our wall"Dravid"".these players need to learn the basic fact of game like fitness,attitude and pride for playing for the country.But at the same time frame players like rohit sharma,virat kohli should be amde aware of their roles and fitness issues""Hope Indian team is revieved and revamped..go go India

  • Aubmic on June 8, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    As an Aussie I have always enjoyed watching Yuvi bat, but he has always come across as a spoilt brat, a lot like how Clarke came across a while ago. The selectors dropped clarke & made him prove himself at first class level again & it did him the world of good. I hope the same happens to Yuvraj.

  • on June 8, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    its a very good move, he now have so many other things to concentrate and last preference is cricket... so let him fight on top and show that he is able to get back into the team all others does.. just think about Ganguly and many others.. Fame is hitting all these players and once they become senior players they become more arogant... and in fight starts who is better than who, its not a team work it not representing a country it all becomes a way to show off...

  • on June 8, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    clearly fame isn't everything is it Mr yuvraj!?!?!?. well one of the reasons Australia is a world class team is because they put sport ahead of sentiment. when Steve was going through a bad patch they asked him to retire! the tolerance levels of the Aussies is so low. where as in India its the other way round. granted yuvi is a gifted and talented player!!! but team India sent him the wrong signals by supporting him unconditionally!! and now they have dropped him!! a player if given many chances can always make a comeback! but during that period the team has to bear the blunt!! thats why India has so many STAR PLAYER but not a STARR TEAM. right way to go Krish!

  • on June 8, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    this was really a good step taken by indian selection pannel. yuvraj was a liability more than an asset since one year.he failed in IPL and his performence is under par.at present he is perfect candidate for a tv show in star plus.i think if he continues in drinking and partying he will end up like symonds.too arrogant and iresponsible.

  • vibh_ch on June 8, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    You have assessed the situation in the best possible way for Yuvraj.His first mistake was to delay the surgery in 2006 which would have kept him out of action for a few months.But it was worth going for at least after 2007WC.This might well make him retire much earlier than he actually would.No denying him being more capable bat than other youngsters.Going for surgery now is not advisable as he would be rendered unavailable for WC.Interesting to see whether he will be selected for SL tests.If not,and someone else in that position happens to do well in that position,then his test career might be jeopardised.He himself says that he wants to be a great test player but this would test him to the hilt.He should have cemented his spot in tests by now,since its been 2yrs since Saurav retired.If everything goes as I said,he might well see the end of his career as taking it in principle,he would find tough.He is facing the toughest challenge of his career,for sure.

  • on June 8, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    in my view the selectors have made a bit of a mess of this issue they should have sent yuvraj to zimbabwe so that he could find his form just like its been the case with dilshan also they should have made him the captain of that side he is a 100 times better captain than raina also why was rohit sent their he is not very fit i guess now he should look to gain back full fitness and show the world who is the best batsman in this indian team all those who say that he is now not good enough should keep their mouth shut and partying is a part of his personality if he hit sixes and then goes to parties the news channels say "bindaas yuvraj" now when he is out of form they are looking to go fter him even the austratlians praise him for his sheer talent so all those who want to run after him should keep their moth shut bcoz i guess they never played cricket they never shot him while practising but are always their when he is partying

  • Shumbu on June 8, 2010, 6:04 GMT

    It is a good move by the seleors.They have to focus on the TEAM than individuals. And this is a good message to young Indian cricketers. Players should understand the fact that they are representing a country which has more than 1 billion population. So, the players have to give more than 100%.... no choice! They will have to sacrifice their interest over night clubs, parties, alcohol, drugs, smoking etc to give their best to the game of cricket... It is just like students avoiding TV shows, movies, games etc for their public exams.... simple!! No player will be a STAR if not playing for his national team!

  • varundude on June 8, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    I used to like yuvaraj for he was a class act then. Now he is just an arrogant and a spoilt guy who does not set his priorities right. Think with dhoni both yuvaraj and harbhajan singh are taking their places for granted and that they don't care if they perform or not. Its high time someone does some whacking in the back to these guys. Good way to go mr.Srikanth. But would have been happy if u had named someone like manish pandey, uthappa and some more deserving players in the squad. Axing of yusuf pathan is a good movie but u could have done the same with ravindra jadeja who is fit for nothing. The only player who deserves to get selected automatically into any team is SACHIN TENDULKAR. All others must be chosen on merit. if not indian team will rot to hell.

  • zak123kaif on June 8, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    It was necessary to drop Yuvraj which is good for both him and team India.

  • on June 8, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    its just a matter of time before we see yuvi in team..

  • on June 8, 2010, 5:09 GMT

    i think this a positive step taken by the selectors.. its a harsh call but perhaps the best call... yuvi was getting out of hand.. its a much needed reality check for him and for some of the others who got dropped.. you cannot take your place for granted in the team and yuvraj's recent attitude showed that he was doing exactly that.. fielding was his main forte but now he looks like a shadow of the fieldewr he was five years back.. getting dropped brings the best out of the best players as we saw with sourav ganguly... hope to see something similar happening to yuvi because he still remains one of our match winners.. at 28 he still has a long way to go and i hope he makes a strong comeback and allows his bat to do the talking..

  • on June 8, 2010, 4:54 GMT

    yuvraj needed a knock on da head ! even if he wud have been selected for the ASIA CUP , SHOAIB AKHTAR might have given him that KNOCK , but it wud have been a very brutal one then ! so its good 2 preserve him !

  • Jahanpanah.alamgir on June 8, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    Yes, this is the right decision. Seems harsh on the face, but this can prove to be blessing in disguise for Yuvraj. A source of negative motivation for him certainly, but he is too good a player to neglect himself and his career for too long. This might spur him on to iron out his deficiencies and come roaring back to the team with vengeance. No doubt that the selectors would consider him for the hectic schedule ahead after the Asia Cup in all the formats of the game as you simply can't ignore a player of his ability for too long. All depends on our Yuvraj now to announce himself once again on the world stage as one of the undisputed kings! Come on Yuvraj! We are with you!

  • HundredPercentBarcelonista on June 8, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    Dropped for the first time in his career? Gee Siddharth you clearly don't remember him being dropped soon after his debut and making a comeback in an ODI series against Zimbabwe in 2002. He was dropped on one more occasion so this is the third time he's had to be told to shape up. One can only speculate on whether he's been dropped on form or fitness but his fitness has been a concern for over a year now. Watch highlights of the 2009 T20 WC and he was fat even then. Ofcourse most people conveniently ignored it because in our country it's OKAY for a player to get fat and clumsy as long as he can bat or bowl well. Zaheer Khan is another example.

  • sili on June 8, 2010, 4:34 GMT

    Nobody could forget that six 6's in 6 balls,,,, yuvi common we would like to see you soon... bounce back...

  • MaheshSPanicker on June 8, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    Yuvraj Singh has not done justice to his abilities. recently, his fitness has dropped to terrible levels, and one of India's best fielders had to be kept away from the ball. he does need some time out of the game so that some sense comes back to him. India needs Yuvraj, but only a fit and firing, and a commited one, not the pretender who has been turning out recently.

  • on June 8, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    They should have sent him to Zimbabwe. He needed the practice. But if he's injured maybe it's time for him to take stock of himself, recover and make a comeback in style.

  • on June 8, 2010, 4:26 GMT

    Yuvi has won many matches for us...He will do it again and am expecting it for another 6-7 years...I love his cricket...However, the current move by Srika is perfect...

    May be Yuvi should talk to Viru, Prince of Kolkatta about come back, take some tips on yoga...may be get marry during the break and come back as perfect man.

    I believe, Yuvi should and will be in world cup squad...but he need to prove himself back with more vigor and hunger to hit 7 sixes an over. I guess, Broad may bowl a no ball this time...Sorry Broad.

  • Joby_George on June 8, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    Sidharth Monga, First of all a big congrats to you for a very well written article. From my point of view, removing yuvraj was a very good decision, atleast to prove that no player is above cricket. Fitness is a must and yuvraj should maintain that. No doubt about his caliber, let him work hard on his fitness and come back to the side before world cup.

  • Gupta.Ankur on June 8, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    I really cannot understand how on earth is Yuvraj a "Match-Winner" ? I mean please tell me or give me a list when and how he has won matches for us?

    He has been playing for almost 10yrs and people still only remember his 2002 heroics with Kaif..........

  • on June 8, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    well said.it is the exact way of looking at it...we want yuvraj firing in the WC2011

  • saurabh.somani on June 8, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    written more like a yuvraj fan than a balanced journalist. yes it's true that he was once a match-winner, but its apparent to everyone that he does not bring the same level of commitment to his game that a tendulkar, dravid, kumble did. and that is why he needs the kick up the backside treatment, since nobody doubts his talent. saying that it is 'unfair' to brand him as a party boy sounds ok if u read it on a yuvraj fan blog - not on an article in cricinfo.

  • Farce-Follower on June 8, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    Good-bye to the World's most over-hyped cricketer. Let's hope we don't see him until his IQ and average converge : somewhere around the upper 40's.

  • Anant.Sonthalia on June 8, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    I am a huge yuvraj fan but I feel it is right to drop Yuvraj since he is playing very badly at the moment which I feel is because of overconfidence and a very selfish attitude. I think he should prove himself at the domestic level before he is given a call up to the Indian squad

  • on June 8, 2010, 3:55 GMT

    this is good,somethin going right in indian selection.dropping a player of yuvi caliber sends a message to players that playing for india is not a cup of tea.you cannot just remain in top 15 because of your past performance.this is a strong and clear message to yuvraj singh that dancing with girls and partying around instead of working hard on his fitness may be fun a/c to him.but BCCI is very particular and serious for world cup prepration.cricket is a game where perfection reaches infinity only when you are sachin ramesh tendulkar.so wark hard to be there...yuvi just play tough cricket and feel the cricket.all the best..

  • Uchistha on June 8, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    Wake Up Yuvraj.....and guys lets not Diminish the talents in Kohli Raina And Rohit thay are some brillinat player true that they all have different approch and techniques...they can ball part timers and they all are preitty good fielders...and on top of that they hv earned their spot guys,,,,lets not be harsh on them...this what happens elsewhere...in australia south africa and england or elsewhere....Not fit for playing International cricket or if ur performance is running out...Then you sit out ..plenty players to come in....look at Australia The best example...not only the team plays with aggression..the whole country The BOard the Selectors and The Audience Full of agression thats why they doin well.......if People thing bcoz robin uthappa or yusuf played so well in IPL and is fearsome...wat abt BOLLINGER for australia ..i thnk this eg wud be enuf.....

  • on June 8, 2010, 3:00 GMT

    I am very glad he is dropped - it was high time. I am guessing it has more to do with his attitude than talent. He needs to sit down and focus on his game and contribute to Indian cricket - not how many women he bangs.

  • eyaniv on June 8, 2010, 2:39 GMT

    This is the right message for Yuvraj. He's a good player -- he will get time to rest, reflect and come back even stronger for the Sri Lanka tour...... This is good timing. It's better he gets the message now rather than later when we really need him in the WC.

  • ajikar on June 8, 2010, 2:36 GMT

    Perfect decision by Indian selectors. But YV is the best. YV just rested to see what is going on around him. There is no way that he will not play world cup. But this time he just gain his confidence and come on to the middle and slam your stylish strokes which not every body can do. YV you are the best and you will taste the world cup next year in our own ground. GO INDIA

  • on June 8, 2010, 2:34 GMT

    i am a very bi fan of yuvi, yes selector are right he is not fit to play cricket, is fileding also getting poor, lot of work have to done by him to get fil and slim, then he will get is no 4 position in indian team,

  • JustIPL on June 8, 2010, 1:42 GMT

    UV is one of the seniors who may be eyeing captaincy while Dhoni has already proved time again that he is very capable captaincy material. Therefore, selectors are keeping UV out of the team. Apart from Sehwag there are no seniors left in the Asia cup squad. Sehwag does not care who is the captain and plays his innings whether it be sucess or failure. I am sure if a junior takes Yuvi's place(e.g. Jadeja or Ashwin) he will find it very difficult to come back.

  • bustermove on June 8, 2010, 1:27 GMT

    Yuvraj is just plain frustrating.It is clear that he is very talented,a beautiful striker of the ball and, when fit, a lithe and dangerous fieldsman.However, as an Australian,I can tell you that if he was an Aussie he would have been given the boot from our team a long time before this.There is simply no room in the modern game for someone whose mental attitude or enthusiasm for fitness is lacking. Players of the calibre of David Boon,Mark Taylor and even the amazingly talented Rod Marsh would struggle to find a place in our national setup now.I think that's unfortunate but that's the way it is.Mark Cosgrove is a fine young talent but he can't even get a go with a state team,let alone our National squad.South Australia basically asked him to leave. Yuvraj is clearly talented but fragile. His record against less well credentialled teams is great. His record against the best team of his era, Australia, is ordinary. 6 sixes in a 20/20 is fine but I'm not sure he's a substantial player.

  • boris6491 on June 8, 2010, 1:26 GMT

    My apologises Sidarth but I think this article demonstrates the problem, Yuvraj is just thought of as India's performer but in reality, he is a talent who has never lived up to the hype. If Yuvraj was injured, he should have sat out rather than hanging around as a liability to the team. He has become unfit and a blundering liability compared to the 'outrageous' fielding we used to see. The world cup is a year away and if Yuvraj continues on the way he is, it would be shocking if he is selected. There should be no guarantees for him. On song, he is destructive and if this is the case, he should certainly be selected. However, his inconsistency means that he will go down in history as the biggest wasted talent considering just how incredibly talented he is and how little he has proven. Yuvraj may have more quality than the younger prodigies, but that counts for nothing. Their numbers are better than his and that tells the story.Nobody is searching for excuses. The numbers say everything

  • on June 8, 2010, 1:07 GMT

    that is good for yuvi to tune himself, and this sort of rest is needed as poor form can lead some other calculations, he is a match winner in all accounts, let himself prove with and if the surgery is needed let him undergo the same without loss of time, so that he can prove one or two point against the Aussies in Nov,

  • on June 8, 2010, 1:03 GMT

    sehwag, zaheer, gambhir, raina, nehra, dravid, ganguly, harbhajan.....the list goes on.....all these players were dropped at one juncture or the other...and they all came back the better for it....so i think it is the perfect time to drop yuvi.....one can only hope that he finds his mojo in time for the World Cup...as much as the sachins and dhonis are important, india cannot win the world cup without yuvi's contribution....

  • VisBal on June 8, 2010, 1:01 GMT

    Can Yuvraj return fit without addressing the postponed surgery on his knee? Without fixing that, his fielding will always be an issue.

  • on June 8, 2010, 0:55 GMT

    What took so long? India will be better off without him and his ego, for now, but they'll need the old Yuvraj if they wanna win the World Cup.

  • on June 8, 2010, 0:26 GMT

    i hope he has his surgery and can be selected before the world cup.. you all know we need him!!

    as for that dance thing.. let him live!! he's a human too, and there's nothing wrong with what he did.

    i just hope he comes back focused and fit

  • vakkaraju on June 8, 2010, 0:23 GMT

    The teams always have to be picked on fitness and form. It is a good message to send not only to Yuvi but also others. I hope this brings out the true professionals who are in it for the game first, money and stardom being incidental. When a young athelete loses this focus it certainly spells the beginning of the end. Yuvi may have been distracted, maybe his injuries are more serious, maybe he has neglected his fitness, because he is afraid of losing his place in the team. It is time for him to take a real break, do whatever it takes to get fit. Then he has too much talent to be ignored.

  • on June 8, 2010, 0:22 GMT

    What has Gautam Gambhir done in his last 15 odi's or so to warrant a place in the team ??? ..n does the Author think that the cricketers should not have a personal life ?? MR Sidharth ..what do u do (in your FREE TIME) when there is a promotion about to be announced in yer office ?? go out wid yer friend or sit on the floor besides yer superiors ???

  • on June 8, 2010, 0:03 GMT

    Excellent article. Extremely well balanced. i am a huge Yuvraj fan, and I feel he deserves this little time off or a kick on the butt whatever you it. There is no way India is playing the World Cup without him, but he needs to understand how important he is to the team. Lets just keep everything aside for now Yuvi and show the world how big of a comeback you can make !! The whole of India loves you and we want the PRINCE back the way we know him.

    We believe in you !!

  • on June 7, 2010, 23:19 GMT

    i know many of you wont believe me but: 1) yuvi's best has been long behind him (since the inaugral t20 world cup) 2) hes nvr gonna cement his place in the side ever. he might make temporary comebacks but thats it gameover for this guy

  • nag88 on June 7, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    Good to see that almost the enire section of comments made here single handedly support this omission. That means a lot of us don't want to lose him but yes we want him to do some thing about it. Yuvi bhai!!! a drop is always good to come back hard and show you still have it in you or otherwise.

  • on June 7, 2010, 23:01 GMT

    Well, I think Yuvraj should go back to first-class cricket and get back his form there, and then come back fresh for the 2011 World Cup. That, I feel, would set things right for him, because he can get to play the longer-format of the game as well, and he can pro-long his career in all the forms of international cricket (i.e. Tests, ODIs and T20s).

  • on June 7, 2010, 22:29 GMT

    Yuvi should never have been dropped!!

  • royalg on June 7, 2010, 22:20 GMT

    in everyones heart u r a hero yuvi, cause of all the great things u hav achieved for the country espcially the world 20/20 . plzzz get fitter and be strong mentally

  • royalg on June 7, 2010, 22:14 GMT

    brillaint article, yuvi plzzzz read this article, dnt take this drop as a bad thing, prove it to the selectors and the indians fans tat u will fight and cum bak stronger and it cud prove a defineing moment in ur career, trust us all in this. cause i am 100% sure before the world cup there will be a situtaion were the selectors will cum bak to u and u cud be the hero tat day or in tat series :D..... i was watching the highlights of tat 2002 match against england still gives me goosebums lolz, i was 10 then watching frm the stands and ever since tat day yuvraj singh has always been a fighter to me and we want to see a magical cumbak frm u. tc god bless loads of luv

  • MatrixRealoded on June 7, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    India & Pakistan have lot of bastards and their assignment is to select a team who can lose or ability to lose. where is Ishant, Irfan, Uthappa, RP, Sreesanth etc ( from India) and Yasir Hameed, Asim Kamal, Muhammad Irfan (7ft+), Ahmad Shehzad (from Pakistan). Thanks God Ashwin and Shahzaib Hasan, Umar Amin got a chance

  • sunilnair_m on June 7, 2010, 20:55 GMT

    Along with Sachin and Sehwag he forms the backbone of Indian Cricket.His talent is beyond question and it will be a matter of time before he returns to form.

  • ABP235 on June 7, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    Well written, well balanced article. If we need Yuvraj for the world cup, then this is the right time to send the message to the prince - wake up, focus on cricket, leave all else behind.

  • on June 7, 2010, 20:31 GMT

    he will be back , still the best match winner in limited overs game!

  • rohin_72 on June 7, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    I am a big Yuvraj fan, but I agree that something needed to be done to make sure his career didn't just fade away. I think its is the right call, but lets hope he is back for the Australian series. We also need Sachin to play some more games so our batting line up can gel before the world cup, and we can see who is the better player out of kholi/rohit/raina in the lower middle order position. I hope Yuvraj returns fit enough to field like he used to as well, as he was easily our best fielder. I think a lot of the criticism is unfair for Yuvraj, as he has struggled with injuries in recent times. If the media want India to do well, they shouldn't criticise him as much as they do, and should instead encourage him. Whats of more concern than Yuvraj is our bowling which is awful in one-day cricket. One of the fast bowlers needs to put his hand up and soon.

  • ElectronSmoke on June 7, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    Second that! There would be the lynch mob convicting him for irresponsible shots, disinterested body language, wasting his considerable talent, partying with starlets or even milking his Durban night. Not without reason. In the same vein though, he has been the centerpiece of some of the finest Indian ODI victories in the past decade. Before his knee and shoulder issues - lest we forget, he's been one of the best fielders in the side as well. Unlike Raina, Rohit Sharma or Yusuf Pathan - he didn't make his name scoring against Hongkong, Zimbabwe or in the IPL... he took on the best of Australia, SA and Pakistan. He is generously gifted, lets hope this episode lends his innate aggression the touch of humility; he has to prove like another left handed sweet timer of the cricket ball - who he has been heir-apparent to - that there isn't a substitute for passion and desire to represent your country :)

  • SajidMirza on June 7, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    I am a Pakistani fan but as far as cricket concern, yuraj is my one of the fvt left hander attacking batsman, he has great ability to turn the match in his favor, now days he is not in greatest form but i hope he will back like terminator and shut them all.. he is a batsman of pure class and timing. We are waiting for you yuraj on field ... all the best ....

  • on June 7, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    I m very big fan of yuvi.. But i think this is right decision..

  • gatta44 on June 7, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    I am confident that, this is a wake-up call for Yuvraj and, he will get fit and come back to Indian team. He is very talented and should play in the world cup.

  • manasvi_lingam on June 7, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    Ever since around 2004 until the Champions Trophy Yuvraj Singh was one of India's finest ODI batsmen and a good fielder and had many great partnerships with Dhoni. Ever since the Chamions trophy he has become a poor fielder, ordinary batsman and useful bowler. Yes, Yuvraj the batsman is slowly turning into Yuvraj the bowling all rounder. I really doubt if Yuvraj can overcome his injuries, his lack of form and his poor fitness. There are many, many batsmen waiting to seal a spot: Rohit, Kohli, Dhawan, Pujara, Rahane, Tiwary, etc, etc. Unless Yuvraj finds his mojo... fast... it might very well be his farewell

  • chanduroyals on June 7, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    great article... couldnt be better than this to describe yuvraj current situation. thanks sidharth

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  • chanduroyals on June 7, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    great article... couldnt be better than this to describe yuvraj current situation. thanks sidharth

  • manasvi_lingam on June 7, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    Ever since around 2004 until the Champions Trophy Yuvraj Singh was one of India's finest ODI batsmen and a good fielder and had many great partnerships with Dhoni. Ever since the Chamions trophy he has become a poor fielder, ordinary batsman and useful bowler. Yes, Yuvraj the batsman is slowly turning into Yuvraj the bowling all rounder. I really doubt if Yuvraj can overcome his injuries, his lack of form and his poor fitness. There are many, many batsmen waiting to seal a spot: Rohit, Kohli, Dhawan, Pujara, Rahane, Tiwary, etc, etc. Unless Yuvraj finds his mojo... fast... it might very well be his farewell

  • gatta44 on June 7, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    I am confident that, this is a wake-up call for Yuvraj and, he will get fit and come back to Indian team. He is very talented and should play in the world cup.

  • on June 7, 2010, 19:43 GMT

    I m very big fan of yuvi.. But i think this is right decision..

  • SajidMirza on June 7, 2010, 19:56 GMT

    I am a Pakistani fan but as far as cricket concern, yuraj is my one of the fvt left hander attacking batsman, he has great ability to turn the match in his favor, now days he is not in greatest form but i hope he will back like terminator and shut them all.. he is a batsman of pure class and timing. We are waiting for you yuraj on field ... all the best ....

  • ElectronSmoke on June 7, 2010, 20:04 GMT

    Second that! There would be the lynch mob convicting him for irresponsible shots, disinterested body language, wasting his considerable talent, partying with starlets or even milking his Durban night. Not without reason. In the same vein though, he has been the centerpiece of some of the finest Indian ODI victories in the past decade. Before his knee and shoulder issues - lest we forget, he's been one of the best fielders in the side as well. Unlike Raina, Rohit Sharma or Yusuf Pathan - he didn't make his name scoring against Hongkong, Zimbabwe or in the IPL... he took on the best of Australia, SA and Pakistan. He is generously gifted, lets hope this episode lends his innate aggression the touch of humility; he has to prove like another left handed sweet timer of the cricket ball - who he has been heir-apparent to - that there isn't a substitute for passion and desire to represent your country :)

  • rohin_72 on June 7, 2010, 20:13 GMT

    I am a big Yuvraj fan, but I agree that something needed to be done to make sure his career didn't just fade away. I think its is the right call, but lets hope he is back for the Australian series. We also need Sachin to play some more games so our batting line up can gel before the world cup, and we can see who is the better player out of kholi/rohit/raina in the lower middle order position. I hope Yuvraj returns fit enough to field like he used to as well, as he was easily our best fielder. I think a lot of the criticism is unfair for Yuvraj, as he has struggled with injuries in recent times. If the media want India to do well, they shouldn't criticise him as much as they do, and should instead encourage him. Whats of more concern than Yuvraj is our bowling which is awful in one-day cricket. One of the fast bowlers needs to put his hand up and soon.

  • on June 7, 2010, 20:31 GMT

    he will be back , still the best match winner in limited overs game!

  • ABP235 on June 7, 2010, 20:35 GMT

    Well written, well balanced article. If we need Yuvraj for the world cup, then this is the right time to send the message to the prince - wake up, focus on cricket, leave all else behind.

  • sunilnair_m on June 7, 2010, 20:55 GMT

    Along with Sachin and Sehwag he forms the backbone of Indian Cricket.His talent is beyond question and it will be a matter of time before he returns to form.