Bangladesh v India, 2nd Test, Mirpur January 23, 2010

Yuvraj Singh's internal battle

There are two Yuvrajs. The confident one that turns up for ODIs and the imposter that stutters out for the Tests. Who will turn up in Mirpur?
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It was a full toss and Yuvraj Singh charged down the track with his bat raised. You thought of a possibility of a six but the bat rotated in his hands just before the moment of impact and the ball only reached as far as mid-on, right into the waiting palms of Rubel Hossain. You couldn't escape the feeling that in one-day cricket, he would have hit it over long-on. Yuvraj let out a weary smile as he walked away. The smile was open to interpretation and there was something poignant about the moment.

It has been said before that Yuvraj doesn't grind his way through tough periods, that he is not willing to look ugly. That unlike MS Dhoni, who has converted himself from an attacking warrior to a foot solider, Yuvraj continues to fall prey to his "natural game". In the second innings in Chittagong, he tried to graft. Rubel pinged him on the neck with a bouncer and hurled quite a few other short ones. It was a flat track and even as Yuvraj was struggling, Laxman seemed to possess ample time to play dismissive pulls. Yuvraj hopped, looked ungainly, and the experience could have hurt his ego but he didn't throw away his wicket. It was a start but he then gave it all away with a soft push straight to short cover.

There are two Yuvrajs. The confident one that turns up for ODIs and the imposter that stutters out for the Tests. And even in ODIs where the ball does something, surprisingly, the same mistakes still persist. Unlike Rahul Dravid, he doesn't move forward quickly towards the ball. Unlike Virender Sehwag, he doesn't stay still and wait for the ball to come. Mostly, he is caught in between those two approaches. The right foot stutters out, he misreads the length or picks the length late, the back foot gets stuck on the leg stump line and the front leg swivels towards leg stump to maintain balance. The bat is already pressing down from the high back lift and he has almost no option but to chase the ball, away from the body. It happened in the tri-series final in Mirpur. It has happened on numerous occasions on seaming tracks. And one is yet to start talking about his much-publicised troubles against quality spin.

Apart from the Bangladesh Tests, India are to play at least eight Tests this year. There are a few youngsters who are pushing for a spot. The noose is slowly tightening on Yuvraj. "When there is pressure on individuals due to a good bench strength, the competition brings the best out of the players," Dhoni said today when asked about the pressure on Yuvraj to hold his Test spot. "It's really good that players are pushing each other to get a slot in the middle order in the longer format. So it's good. The more the competition the better it is." There was no mention of Yuvraj to a direct question but the message was there between the lines.

However, just when you think he is in a real peril, Yuvraj surprises you with a charming innings, like it happened in Bangalore against Pakistan, and against England in Chennai. On such days, everything looks imperious - the high back lift, the astonishingly clean swing of the bat, the gorgeous sense of timing and the sheer audacity to pull of breathtaking shots just makes you gasp. Then, very quickly, the imposter returns. Who will turn up in Mirpur?

Sriram Veera is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • sarit on January 24, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    Its not just about averages ... batting at number 5/6 is mostly about batting in pressure at a decent run rate ... India had 2 very experienced natural stroke makers for a long time ... Yuvraj so far hasn't played any innings which stands out in that position, specially outsidethe country.

  • Vinit_Sharma_Singh on January 24, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    Yuvraj Singh is the most over-rated player in the history of cricket. Only in India could a complete & utter pretender be given a spot in a test match side and worshipped like a God despite showing a total lack of any class whatsoever. A player like VVS Laxman scores 281 against the best bowling attack in the world when his side is following on- yet Indians worship Yuvraj because he scored 12 runs off 8 balls against Bangladesh on a batting paradise :| In any other country in the world Yuvraj wouldn't even make a club side let alone the national team. Pathetic.

  • ashsachin on January 24, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    yuvi should play well in test match to cement his place in current indian side.he should play like one day match,rather than playing like a test match.south africa series will be very important for him to cement the permanet place in indian side.

  • ogu999 on January 24, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    @rohan24, I knew you were kidding my man! You see you get this whiplash on your naive comments and then you got to duck for cover mate! Yuvraj is 20/20-ODI material who belongs in IPL, 20/20 internationals, and ODIs. Whereas, Dravid is class, a true batsman and a genuine number 3 in any form of the game! There is no comparison! Mate what was that again about Yuvraj at 3 in tests?! Blimey!!!

  • balajik1968 on January 24, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    I always thought Yuvraj had dubious Test credentials. He was badly exposed in Australia by Brad Hodge. What's appalling is that his problems with the moving ball and good spin are known for the last 6 years and he is still to address the issue. Also he has become a little overweight. The talent was always there. It is a question of temparament.

  • Sampdoria on January 24, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    Mohammed Kaif was a better batsman from Yuvraj's "time" more suited to test cricket. However, Yuvraj finds himself in the test team more on the merit of being in the ODI team rather than performance. It's time to bring in and use promising prospects like Vijayan and others..

  • sewd on January 24, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    Yuvraj must be given the free rein to bat in Tests like he does in one dayer. He is an instinctive player like Sehwag. If he starts analyzing the ball after it is delivered, whether he has to grind it like a Test match, he comes across as an average player. Gary Kirsen has to give him the licence along with Dhoni to attack from the outset like Sehwag. He is a genuine match winner and the range of his strokes and timing is awesome. Anybody listening?

  • Nipun on January 24, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    Yuvraj Singh is just too talented to miss out.He'll hit back.Just give him an assurance that he'll be persisted with,& see what happens.

  • karthikvlk on January 24, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    ///ere is one and only one problem with Yuvraj Singh in Tests and it is his batting position. For the man of his age and his abilities, he should be allowed to bat at no:3 where he can be in the thick of things//

    like what going back to pavilion as soon as he comes

  • stunningseshu on January 24, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    better yuvraj should concentrate in odi s and 20-20 s , so he cant hit sixes..

  • sarit on January 24, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    Its not just about averages ... batting at number 5/6 is mostly about batting in pressure at a decent run rate ... India had 2 very experienced natural stroke makers for a long time ... Yuvraj so far hasn't played any innings which stands out in that position, specially outsidethe country.

  • Vinit_Sharma_Singh on January 24, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    Yuvraj Singh is the most over-rated player in the history of cricket. Only in India could a complete & utter pretender be given a spot in a test match side and worshipped like a God despite showing a total lack of any class whatsoever. A player like VVS Laxman scores 281 against the best bowling attack in the world when his side is following on- yet Indians worship Yuvraj because he scored 12 runs off 8 balls against Bangladesh on a batting paradise :| In any other country in the world Yuvraj wouldn't even make a club side let alone the national team. Pathetic.

  • ashsachin on January 24, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    yuvi should play well in test match to cement his place in current indian side.he should play like one day match,rather than playing like a test match.south africa series will be very important for him to cement the permanet place in indian side.

  • ogu999 on January 24, 2010, 6:16 GMT

    @rohan24, I knew you were kidding my man! You see you get this whiplash on your naive comments and then you got to duck for cover mate! Yuvraj is 20/20-ODI material who belongs in IPL, 20/20 internationals, and ODIs. Whereas, Dravid is class, a true batsman and a genuine number 3 in any form of the game! There is no comparison! Mate what was that again about Yuvraj at 3 in tests?! Blimey!!!

  • balajik1968 on January 24, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    I always thought Yuvraj had dubious Test credentials. He was badly exposed in Australia by Brad Hodge. What's appalling is that his problems with the moving ball and good spin are known for the last 6 years and he is still to address the issue. Also he has become a little overweight. The talent was always there. It is a question of temparament.

  • Sampdoria on January 24, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    Mohammed Kaif was a better batsman from Yuvraj's "time" more suited to test cricket. However, Yuvraj finds himself in the test team more on the merit of being in the ODI team rather than performance. It's time to bring in and use promising prospects like Vijayan and others..

  • sewd on January 24, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    Yuvraj must be given the free rein to bat in Tests like he does in one dayer. He is an instinctive player like Sehwag. If he starts analyzing the ball after it is delivered, whether he has to grind it like a Test match, he comes across as an average player. Gary Kirsen has to give him the licence along with Dhoni to attack from the outset like Sehwag. He is a genuine match winner and the range of his strokes and timing is awesome. Anybody listening?

  • Nipun on January 24, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    Yuvraj Singh is just too talented to miss out.He'll hit back.Just give him an assurance that he'll be persisted with,& see what happens.

  • karthikvlk on January 24, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    ///ere is one and only one problem with Yuvraj Singh in Tests and it is his batting position. For the man of his age and his abilities, he should be allowed to bat at no:3 where he can be in the thick of things//

    like what going back to pavilion as soon as he comes

  • stunningseshu on January 24, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    better yuvraj should concentrate in odi s and 20-20 s , so he cant hit sixes..

  • IPL_is_Thrash on January 24, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    I read somebody saying yuvi has to come at one down! I couldn't stop laughing at it even now! Rahul Dravid is the savior god who is batting at number 3 even Ponting cannot challenge Rahul Dravid's exhibition at that position.

    As far as Yuvi's Test position is considered he should not burden himself by taking additional pressure. Whatever the condition is, he should back himself and play his natural game by adapting to Tests. If he succeeds its okay otherwise he should accept things.

    Yuvi should immediately quit BORING, MEANINGLESS IPL and concentrate on honing his skill for Tests. He should play more on spinner friendly tracks against exceptional spinners at all levels (Domestic, A Tours, etc) and also play more on Seaming, Bouncy and Swinging tracks against good bowlers.

  • Rahul_78 on January 24, 2010, 4:39 GMT

    I really cant see yuvraj making a fighting fifty on south african green tops against sateyn and co or against murali and co on subcontinent dustbowls. He is a touch player. You will come to know how much he is going to score within first 10 deliveries of his eanings. If he is in good touch he will blast everyone or else he will just struggle and make a ordinary bowling attack on flat pitch look extrordinary. Really not the stuff good test batsmen who average in lat 40s or 50s made up of. 32 test matches that too in the middle order comprising of dravid, tendulkar, laxman and earlier ganguly is too much. I cant recall a single eanings of difance in his test career. I doubt amongst the current lot even Kohli who isyoungest and most exciting of the lot geting these many chances. And the irony is that you cant expect him to change 360 degrees and become an all round potent test match player in future. He is no greenhorn anymore.

  • Edassery on January 24, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    He has been given enough opportunities but has proved time and again that he is not fit for test matches. He does not have the technical abilities to stay there and build runs. His temperament is pathetic and always keep poking at the outswinging balls. For that matter even Gautam Gambhir is not that great technically but somehow things have worked for him at least in the sub-continent - due to a good mix of aggression and patience.

    Wonder what will happen to Indian test cricket once the Big 4 disappears! There's nobody like Rahul Dravid coming up - I thought Rohit Sharma could be a candidate but he is one of the laziest around.

  • Farce-Follower on January 24, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    @rohan024 : This article talks about Test Cricket. Not ODI. Your asking Yuvraj to replace Rahul Dravid as # 3, sounds, well to put it charitably, incredible. Yuvraj facing Mohammed Asif or James Anderson or Dale Steyn should be a brief affair. Tempo in Test Matches depends on match situation and who better than Rahul Dravid to judge it.

  • dpkhbk on January 24, 2010, 3:52 GMT

    @rohan024 :what a load of rubbish !i have never heard anything stupid like that !when people like ian chap are saying that he should not be in the test team you are asking him to play at no 3 ! come out of your dreams yuvraj will never be a world class test batsman and you are trying tobe condescending to dravid! we will tour sa the year end and we shall all see how the openers score runs there and then dravid is killing the tempo !there will be no tempo in sa from the openers only rahul will have to set it!i say rohit sharma or dinesh karthilk in place of yuvraj

  • ogu999 on January 24, 2010, 2:44 GMT

    @rohan024, are you kidding me about Yuvraj at 3 in tests instead of Dravid? You must be joking about tempo set by Sehwag in tests becasue we are not talking about 20/20 here. In 20/20 anyways it's the confident Yuvraj that shows up...right? In Mirpur he is getting pinged on the neck by Rubel and ending up in a tangle so I shudder to think of Yuvraj at 3 against Steyn and Morkel on a hard top or against Asif and Aamer on a green top!!! No your are kidding... right? Dravid is king at 3 and so are Kallis and Ponting.

  • gitapat on January 24, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    Yuvraj has been given enough opportunities in Tests.He is no doubt a geat ODI player but is not good for Test cricket.It has been accepted that Dravid and Laxman are Test batsmen and not good enough for ODIs.The converse is true in Yuvraj's case.The selectors would have done well to try out other middle-order batsmen like Badrinath against Bangladesh so that these batsmen can play against better teams like South Africa.And it will also help the selectors plan for the replacement of Laxman,Tendulkar and Dravid when their time is up. If India is to retain the No.1 ranking in Tests and work towards becoming No.1 in the ODI formats it is necessary to build teams for each format depending upon strengths of each player. Amit Misra is a decent bowler but it is time to look at Piyush Chawla as well.

  • raveekoomar on January 24, 2010, 1:53 GMT

    well sachin plays middle order in tests and opens in one dayers so why cant yuvraj do the opposite, oh no place in top order sorry, to improve game u have to take the bait and gamble, look at sehwag, in south africa on debut made century then according to team needs kept opening and just loves to make 150s or more thats the spirit of batsmanship. i think its high time chetaswar pujara or a seasoned murali vijay should be groomed now on, in 2-3 years time dravid and laxman will be gone anyway, so its time for bracing up to the changes and groom new seasoned middle order men now itself. yuvraj ji its time u relish ur place yourself. see the right spirit for the sake of the team.

  • Percy_Fender on January 24, 2010, 1:24 GMT

    Yuvraj is 27 or thereabouts. He is a tremendous instinctive batsman but he cannot read the length of the ball easily which I think is what ails his batting. He is courageous no doubt but you can do only that much when you falter about judging the length of the ball coming towards you. It is too far fetched to think of him batting at No 3 in Test matches. Someone suggested that he resembles Lara in some ways. As far as a high backlift is concerned, maybe but there ends the similarity. I would say he is closer to Kambli in his mindset and is only likely to fail.His time is limited now and it is more likely that he will lose his place with a return quite unlikely given the number of good batsmen around who have better technique and common sense.It is indeed time for Yuvraj to wonder whether he was ever meant to be king.

  • paramthegreat on January 24, 2010, 1:05 GMT

    so??? look at dhonis avg in tests ...hardly 40 and that too on being the captain?? this means he should not be the captain in tests?? ridiculous ....mid 30's is good enough when ur top 4 are firing and with india thats almost the case 90% of times

  • ssaker on January 24, 2010, 0:23 GMT

    Yuvraj's form has been under scrutiny (at least media's) of late. His average like one of the comments claim does not appear a real cause of concern fr me as statistics dont reflect the complete reality but yes time and age are. At 28 you cannot expect to make mistakes and yet be given oppurtunities. There are parallels to be drawn with Ashraful but the talent pool in Bangladesh is no where close to the one in India. Manish pandey has announced himself. Badri, Murali Vijay, Rohit are all there fr the last few years. Virat's temprament may also ring alarm bells for Yuvraj. Its about time that he tightens up . I agree with Sriram about the different player the stylish southpaw looks in the different formats. May be the captain should allow him to play his natural game and when the runs come flowing, adaptations will be easier.

  • explorer18 on January 24, 2010, 0:23 GMT

    It's all in the head. Professionalism is about bringing the right approach and discipline to the task. The guy has the talent - he just needs to wrap his head around the challenge, and relish every opportunity as the last. No one can help but himself.

  • maxxum on January 23, 2010, 23:53 GMT

    Responding to vineetphysics2006: You said "but he has done enough for the country, u can put questions about his technique on seeming wickets and quality spin bowling but technically sehwaag is also not sound" I am sorry, I disagree. Let yuvraj hit even a double (leave alone TRIPLEs) and go anywhere near the average of 52+. I used to be a big Sehwag critic, and he frustrates me quite often even now, but it is hard to argue against a man with his kind of a test record. I think he is a better test player than an ODI player. I don't know technique-vechnique, if one scores runs, all is forgiven. If you don't score runs, you could be a Manjrekar and have a shortened career. Apologies Sanjay ji.

  • SoupOrSalad on January 23, 2010, 23:28 GMT

    Let's be honest and accept that Yuvraj is not cut out for test matches. Not because he does not have talent, but the mental set up. Also, whoever complaining about dravid (apparent loss of "tempo") and sehwag (technically "not sound"), got a news for you, please do not even think of comparing them with Yuvraj.

    Yes, there is always certain amount of romanticism attached to Yuvraj's batting, and people fall for that. But that is not test cricket.

  • Lahori_Munde on January 23, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    Cricket_Fanatic0001, Very good thoughts and I agree with you. I just can't believe the comment above yours. Yuvraj bat at #3 and remove Dravid? Are we talking about Test cricket here? To me, Dravid is the backbone of Indian batting in the Test cricket. He is a legend

  • srb3md on January 23, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    @rohan.. your statement about Dravid makes me feel sad.. you are telling me Yuvi is better equipped to play the seaming deliveries if an early wicket falls or he is equipped to play quality spin if the openers provide a good start..

    "Dravid kills the tempo" - Are we talking about one days or test matches here...

    anyways.. the problem with yuvi is still his technique.. he needs to tighten his technique.. he is a real talent but he needs to learn to curb his instincts.. if he can do that he should be an awesome replacement for Ganguly in the team..

  • Optimistix on January 23, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    satya17, I think it's about time we all acknowledge that Sehwag is a big star (and a senior). So there'll be 3 big stars, and Gambhir is and has been in better form than any of them for a long time now. Furthermore, if all of these guys fail, the rest had better step up and perform - if not even against BD, then when? Much improved as BD are - and I hope they keep improving like SL did in the 90s - if the others can't step up, then we have no hope of remaining no.1 in tests for long.

  • frommoonman on January 23, 2010, 21:34 GMT

    Dravid to retire at the end of 2010 and SRT to retire at the end of Australian tour in 2011 - Indian team will be - Gambhir, Sehwag, V. Kohli, C. Pujara, R. Sharma, M. Vijay, MS Dhoni - rest bowlers (Yuvi, Raina, Badri will be back-ups) and it looks safe.

  • DalesGuy on January 23, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    I know it is still early 2010. Yuvaraj for no.3 is already one of the big jokes of 2010. If he works hard he can take Laxman's place but not definitely any higher position. I think that he already had many chances and he is one of the many reasons for the failures in Melbourne and Sydney.

  • PSCH on January 23, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    DROP HIM! Yuvraj and several of his type amongst men-in-blue are glamour boys, not cricket athletes. Unless and until BCCI enforces a rotation policy along with incentives tied to performance, Indian team will never reach consistent dominance, despite billions of dollars at their disposal.

  • Tijara on January 23, 2010, 20:52 GMT

    A very good analysis, but I wonder if such analysis should not be only between trainer and player. Why discuss weakness of the players to such an extent in public? It does not help Yuvraj Singh!

  • sarit on January 23, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    The batting contribution of Sehwag, tendulkar, dravid, laxman and Ganguly has significantly helped india being #1. Ganguly is the missing link in this team. He was steady and scored runs with a very good pacefor test cricket. Yes, one had to compromise with his fielding, but it makes a lot more sense in test cricket. Looking back , ganguly's retirement ( which was the perfect time for him) was a little early. Yuvraj couldn't learn which Gambhir did surprisingly very easily i.e. batting in test cricket

  • Neel.S on January 23, 2010, 20:24 GMT

    i agree that yuvi is goin bat at tests but each player has his time.u just cant say tht mr yuvi ur avaerage is not gud enough to stay in the indian team n simply take him off,cauz he has served a lot for the nation.U cant just tell a player like yuvraj singh that ur techniques r wrong n u r not selected cauz on the basis of the same techniques he has hit 3 centuries,8 fifties in tests n holds the record of the fastest half century in odi's. i think so they should give him a little more time of about 3 to 4 tests n still if he is not doin well then the selectors n decide accordingly.

  • Nampally on January 23, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    Yuvraj needs to improve his defence & foot work to be successful in Test Cricket.The field placing in the tests is different from that in the ODI which demands that batsmenn focus on survival till their eye is in. It is different with Sehwag who can pulverize any bowling in any form of Cricket which puts the bowlers on the defensive. Unfortunately Yuvraj is not Sehwag. So first thing Yuvraj must do is to play himself in thru' correct defensive technique. Runs will come once he gets to judge the pace of the wicket.Ideal batting position is #5. Vijay should bat #3 after Dravid retires and Kohli or Raina should bat #4 after Tendulkar retires. In the second test against B/Desh, I expect Sehwag to bat well to silence the local critics who consider him to be big headed. He needs to get a big score. Gambhir needs his 6th century. I am sure Sachin & Rahul would be hungry too. I expect a big total from India with Mishra & Harbhajan routing B/Desh twice for an innings defeat. Lets go India.

  • TwitterJitter on January 23, 2010, 20:00 GMT

    There should be a competition for Yuvraj's place. He is shaky outside the off stump earlier on in his innings. He also needs to apply himself once he gets set. Can't understand how he can't learn that batting with Dravid for so manyt years. Its been a long time since he had a big century (150+). Infact, having an average of just 35 after 32 tests should put his place in jeopardy. Vijay, Kohli, or Badri should be given a chance for about 10 tests and Yuvi should fight back for his spot.

  • tombaan on January 23, 2010, 19:59 GMT

    It is time yuvraj just stays in one dayers and leave test matches to better players like Kohli. Poor Badrinath what else has he to do get a break while Yuvraj is afforded this luxury.....

  • ElectronSmoke on January 23, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    For all the talk about easing out the seniors which first raised its head in 2006 - it's an apt reminder about our heir-apparents. It'd probably take 2.5 guys to replace Sachin. Only Gambhir and Kohli look capable of batting long, mixing tenacity with prolific scoring as Dravid did in his glorious peak. Yuvraj, arguably the replacement for Ganguly has got enough opportunities and after 32 tests his batting avg. resembles a very "average" test batsman, a shame given the quality of bowling, tracks and Yuvi's generous gifts of timing and power. But it also shows us what we have missed - that essential steel which Ganguly brought to the No.5/ No.6 slot. Forget No.3 , with Cheteshwar Pujara, Shikhar Dhawan, S Badrinath doing their bit he'd be tested to nail down the No.6 slot first.

  • Ranbir302 on January 23, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    For all those who are hitting on Yuvraj for his failures and that person who is counting his 32 tests. Lets be clear out 32 test, he's been regular only from last 10 test matches or less and in those matches his average is over 45 and what else do you want him to do at number 6??? If you guys are talking about Ganguly, his average was about 42 or so and lets take Laxman, his average is 46 as well and at his moment Yuvrah is matching with Laxman and doing better than ganguly. So guys stop expect centuries from Yuvraj at number 6. At this position we don't need a guy with a 50+ average.SO, Stop ripping on him and let this guy play. Dhoni averages 40 in tests as well.Just give Yuvraj some time.

  • Ranbir302 on January 23, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    For all those who are hitting on Yuvraj for his failures and that person who is counting his 32 tests. Lets be clear out 32 test, he's been regular only from last 10 test matches or less and in those matches his average is over 45 and what else do you want him to do at number 6??? If you guys are talking about Ganguly, his average was about 42 or so and lets take Laxman, his average is 46 as well and at his moment Yuvrah is matching with Laxman and doing better than ganguly. So guys stop expect centuries from Yuvraj at number 6. At this position we don't need a guy with a 50+ average.SO, Stop ripping on him and let this guy play. Dhoni averages 40 in tests as well.Just give Yuvraj some time.

  • SillyPointer on January 23, 2010, 19:37 GMT

    @rohan024: What? Yuvraj should bat at #3? Dravid kills the tempo? This is Test Cricket you are talking about, right? You know the one they play for 5 days and are not required to have any fielding or bowling restrictions. A steady overdose of limited overs Cricket and flat-pitched thick-batted carnage has resulted in people like rohan024 to lose perspective on Test Cricket and a little something called Test Match Skill. The fact is, Yuvraj is a flat-pitched bully - a great player in one-dayers, but a proven failure in Test Cricket. He neither has the skill, nor the temperament to play Test Cricket, and there is nothing wrong in accepting that and focusing on limited overs version. With all the competition in the ranks and many competent players never even getting a chance, it is unfair to gift a slot to Yuvraj in the Test side because of his contributions to the shorter version. Any other player with his numbers would have been drop kicked out of the side by now.

  • mrwho on January 23, 2010, 19:26 GMT

    Yuvraj has great talent. His stats show that over the past 2 years he has averaged over 40 but him batting at no. 6 doesn't make any sense. If India choose to keep their top order the way it is, it won't make sense to play Yuvi as a batsman as he gets very few oppotunities. Instead, they can find an allrounder to add to their bowling attack, or keep Yuvi as a spinning allrounder which could happen if he improves his bowling.

  • Chaitu_236 on January 23, 2010, 19:01 GMT

    @ rohan024 i was rolling on the floor after reading ur comment.. the guy doesn't has the right technique..and u r asking him to promote to No.3..? U guyz juss can't understand the importance of Drvaid at No.3.. What were u saying..momentum? Wake up..this is not T20 or ODI

  • amped1000 on January 23, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    @Rohan024, Just because Yuvraj hits sixes in t20s and odis doesn't mean he has the technique or temperment to just move up the lineup, you have to be able to prove that you can consistently make runs in the test lineup. Let me get this straight, you want to replace a guy who averages over 50 in over 100 tests with over 10,000 runs with a guy who has played 32 tests with an average of 35 and 1,500 runs. Great Plan. Why aren't you a part of the Indian decision making staff yet? Other players like Badrinath who toil away in domestic competitions with averages pushing 60 need to get a look in, they will be more a test players than Yuvraj has been.

  • philco on January 23, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    High time Yuvraj was dropped. How many chances must he be gifted? Pujara and associates are knocking on the door. They should be let in.

  • truthspeaker on January 23, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    Yuvraj is hughly suspect against genuine pace, swing and top class spin - Yuvraj was mesmerazied by Murali, and Warne - Yuvraj was dismissed by McGrath and gang many times cheaply - India needs to bring in M Vijay for Tests and put Vijay in place of Yuvraj

    The North Indian lobby and Mumbai lobby has stood for too long - time to open the merit quota for Tamilnadu youngsters

  • Rahul-Sun on January 23, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    Rohan024,

    I disagree with your opinion. If Yuvraj is promoted to bat at 3rd position, team will suffer highly. He can not play quality fast bowling or spin. Its a proven fact.

    I think he needed to think more about his batting and get his mind set to play long innings. Remember how Gambhir struggled with getting out as LBW in the begining and he was a compulsive hooker. He changed them and became successful.

    32 test matches is a long time to correct you. Please give opportinuty to players like Badrinath.

    Problem with indians is, we like hard hitting players mostly. Just because of this Rohit Sharma got so many chances.

  • Cricket_Fanatic0001 on January 23, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    satya, No longer 2 big stars. without Laxman already 5 big stars there. Gautam Gambhir is no 1 ranked test player (that the mighty Tendulkar could never achieve after the ranking system came into effect). Virendra Shewag is the most intimidating opening batsman world has ever seen (even Hayden is no match!). and he has already scored more than 6000 runs, and then Captain Cool MS Dhoni (India's best ever wicketkeeper batsman, with no. 1 ranking in ODI batting and his average in test matches also ascending.

  • jassimtisekar on January 23, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    I don't think he has to necessarily change his natural game to fit into the the test side.Even in the Sri Lanka series he did get a few 50+ scores which means his not completely out of form but has to play confidently,convert starts to hundreds and obviously curb his sometimes instinctive-sometimes silly aggressive shots to score bigger and to remove the doubts on his place in the team.

  • tashan007 on January 23, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    i still dont angry wid the article the 2 innings are worth mentioning lets not forget ithat he came after a long injury so its becomes too match tedious to adjust,so lets concentrate on future to see yuvraj singh matching up his style and sparkling performances.

  • rohan024 on January 23, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    There is one and only one problem with Yuvraj Singh in Tests and it is his batting position. For the man of his age and his abilities, he should be allowed to bat at no:3 where he can be in the thick of things, which he always likes. Rahul Dravid anyway kills the tempo setup by Sehwag & Dravid so team will be far better served by promoting Yuvi to No: 3. Its not a favor, he deserves his position in test matches. Allow him to set up a match and he will be match winner but force him to be a cog in the middle order wheel where he comes to bat when India is 400+ and he will be a failure.

  • Cricket_Fanatic0001 on January 23, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    32 matches , Avg 35.95, 3 centuries and 8 fifties that's Yuvraj in test matches. Pleople may argue that in his early carrier he didn't get enough opportunities. But after playing as many as 32 test matches one can not give any more excuses. A team that is no. 1 in test ranking and aspires to hold that rank in future can not afford to have a batsman with batting average in the mid-thirties. There are many exciting new batting talents knocking on the door and the selectors must not ignore them any more.

  • vineetphysics2006 on January 23, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    no doubt yuvi is facing some troubles in longer version of the game, and the dismissal in first innings at chittgong was horrible but he has done enough for the country, u can put questions about his technique on seeming wickets and quality spin bowling but technically sehwaag is also not sound, he may be breathtaking on his days, so is yuvi but he makes mistakes( his dismissal in first innings) also and there are some talented openers also in the queue, if technique is the benchmark then team need to be rebuilt for tests, as 20-20 and odi's don't give time to players to tighten up their techniques

  • hollandindian on January 23, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    Lets hope he will change his game for the longer version. Tommorow we will see an Indian side with only Sachin and Dravid amongst the seniors.( i dont know if anybody noticed this as Lax is out) This will put pressure on others because they have to learn to play without their big three. So it will be a good test for the Indians. And I hope that the top order will fall apart and that guys like Murali, Yuvi and Dhoni will step up. It is really a test for them.Only 2 of the big stars. How long ago was that?? Anybody know??

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  • hollandindian on January 23, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    Lets hope he will change his game for the longer version. Tommorow we will see an Indian side with only Sachin and Dravid amongst the seniors.( i dont know if anybody noticed this as Lax is out) This will put pressure on others because they have to learn to play without their big three. So it will be a good test for the Indians. And I hope that the top order will fall apart and that guys like Murali, Yuvi and Dhoni will step up. It is really a test for them.Only 2 of the big stars. How long ago was that?? Anybody know??

  • vineetphysics2006 on January 23, 2010, 17:18 GMT

    no doubt yuvi is facing some troubles in longer version of the game, and the dismissal in first innings at chittgong was horrible but he has done enough for the country, u can put questions about his technique on seeming wickets and quality spin bowling but technically sehwaag is also not sound, he may be breathtaking on his days, so is yuvi but he makes mistakes( his dismissal in first innings) also and there are some talented openers also in the queue, if technique is the benchmark then team need to be rebuilt for tests, as 20-20 and odi's don't give time to players to tighten up their techniques

  • Cricket_Fanatic0001 on January 23, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    32 matches , Avg 35.95, 3 centuries and 8 fifties that's Yuvraj in test matches. Pleople may argue that in his early carrier he didn't get enough opportunities. But after playing as many as 32 test matches one can not give any more excuses. A team that is no. 1 in test ranking and aspires to hold that rank in future can not afford to have a batsman with batting average in the mid-thirties. There are many exciting new batting talents knocking on the door and the selectors must not ignore them any more.

  • rohan024 on January 23, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    There is one and only one problem with Yuvraj Singh in Tests and it is his batting position. For the man of his age and his abilities, he should be allowed to bat at no:3 where he can be in the thick of things, which he always likes. Rahul Dravid anyway kills the tempo setup by Sehwag & Dravid so team will be far better served by promoting Yuvi to No: 3. Its not a favor, he deserves his position in test matches. Allow him to set up a match and he will be match winner but force him to be a cog in the middle order wheel where he comes to bat when India is 400+ and he will be a failure.

  • tashan007 on January 23, 2010, 17:35 GMT

    i still dont angry wid the article the 2 innings are worth mentioning lets not forget ithat he came after a long injury so its becomes too match tedious to adjust,so lets concentrate on future to see yuvraj singh matching up his style and sparkling performances.

  • jassimtisekar on January 23, 2010, 17:45 GMT

    I don't think he has to necessarily change his natural game to fit into the the test side.Even in the Sri Lanka series he did get a few 50+ scores which means his not completely out of form but has to play confidently,convert starts to hundreds and obviously curb his sometimes instinctive-sometimes silly aggressive shots to score bigger and to remove the doubts on his place in the team.

  • Cricket_Fanatic0001 on January 23, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    satya, No longer 2 big stars. without Laxman already 5 big stars there. Gautam Gambhir is no 1 ranked test player (that the mighty Tendulkar could never achieve after the ranking system came into effect). Virendra Shewag is the most intimidating opening batsman world has ever seen (even Hayden is no match!). and he has already scored more than 6000 runs, and then Captain Cool MS Dhoni (India's best ever wicketkeeper batsman, with no. 1 ranking in ODI batting and his average in test matches also ascending.

  • Rahul-Sun on January 23, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    Rohan024,

    I disagree with your opinion. If Yuvraj is promoted to bat at 3rd position, team will suffer highly. He can not play quality fast bowling or spin. Its a proven fact.

    I think he needed to think more about his batting and get his mind set to play long innings. Remember how Gambhir struggled with getting out as LBW in the begining and he was a compulsive hooker. He changed them and became successful.

    32 test matches is a long time to correct you. Please give opportinuty to players like Badrinath.

    Problem with indians is, we like hard hitting players mostly. Just because of this Rohit Sharma got so many chances.

  • truthspeaker on January 23, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    Yuvraj is hughly suspect against genuine pace, swing and top class spin - Yuvraj was mesmerazied by Murali, and Warne - Yuvraj was dismissed by McGrath and gang many times cheaply - India needs to bring in M Vijay for Tests and put Vijay in place of Yuvraj

    The North Indian lobby and Mumbai lobby has stood for too long - time to open the merit quota for Tamilnadu youngsters

  • philco on January 23, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    High time Yuvraj was dropped. How many chances must he be gifted? Pujara and associates are knocking on the door. They should be let in.