West Indies in India 2011-12 November 1, 2011

Yuvraj wants to resurrect Test career

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Yuvraj Singh, the India batsman, has said this is the right time to focus on his Test career as he is finally injury-free after a three-month break following the broken finger he sustained in England. He has played just two competitive games since he was hit on the left index finger by Tim Bresnan during the Nottingham Test, and returns to the India squad for the home Test series against West Indies. Yuvraj, who has not enjoyed the same success in the longer format as he has in ODIs, said he wanted to rejuvenate his Test career.

"It's the right time to focus on my Test career," he told PTI. "I want to be remembered as a good batsman in the longer format of the game. I have always tried to give my best shot whenever on the field but unfortunately injury issues were there. In the upcoming series against West Indies and Australia, I want to score big and make a mark in the Test format. I want to restructure my Test career and I'll raise the bar this time."

The 35 Tests Yuvraj has featured in have been played over eight years. For a large part of his career, he was kept out of the Test side by a strong middle order that included Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. Once Ganguly retired, he was given an extended run in the side but couldn't cement his place. He fell ill before the second Test in Sri Lanka in 2010, and a century from Suresh Raina on debut in that game meant Yuvraj was once again relegated to the sidelines. His Man-of-the-Series performance in the 2011 World Cup put him back in contention for a Test place, but an injury kept him out of the tour to the West Indies and his series in England was cut short by the finger injury.

Yuvraj said his Test career had been blighted by the number of injuries he has had but he still had time to change things. "My best years are yet to come. After a long injury layoff, I am fully fit and raring to go. My career has been marred by a lot of injury issues but I think it's on the right path now. After coming back from England, I trained hard. My body has taken a beating in the past year but there are no more injuries now."

The first Test between India and West Indies starts on November 6 in Delhi, and Yuvraj could be in a contest with Virat Kohli for a place in India's middle order.

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  • POSTED BY on | November 4, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    yuvi and kohli both r the good choice i think

  • POSTED BY timus6778 on | November 4, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    @formerminer: i agree...so cruel is the world of cricket...u can't keep all the stalwarts in one list and that's the reason why people come up with a list of their own...so true...nice analysis,by the way.

  • POSTED BY starincricket on | November 4, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    i believe dhoni picks yuvi bec of more experience in tests with a good avg 35+. but kohli is yet find chances and chances he had is with avg of 15 only. but he ll be the first choice replacement in case reqd.

    i appreciate srikkanth's genuine selection for team india in all formats since he started with the focus of future. This is the way we shd be going by letting juniors to take the responsibility and see how they will perform with the help of many senior batsman in the squad.Am sure if squad picked with juniors and seniors .. obviously seniors ll be picked for playing 11. and test match ll help any new fast/spin bowelers or even new batsman to shape them well.

  • POSTED BY Aashish_goyal on | November 4, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    I will put Yuvraj at # 7 Indian cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar,Kapil dev,Gavaskar,Dhoni ,Kumble and Dravid

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 4, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    @FormerMiner - You wrote, "Just because someone does not make a top 10, does not mean they are deemed horrible". You are absolutely correct and I said Yuvraj Singh is a very good player. Thanks for the invitation to Texas. I might be there sometime next year. Let's discuss cricket over some beers then. Cheers! :)

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | November 3, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    @Nampally agree with you totally re Chawla and Mishra. To say Cric Ind has treated these 2 players badly is a massive understatement. If they had been the same chances that Harbajan has been given we will never know what they could have achieved and in fact may have incentivised Harbajan. And now they're making the same mistake with Ohja. The obsession for a bowling allrounder is in IMO what led to the problems with Irfan although Chappel was primarily responsible for that and looks like they're trying to do the same with Jadeja although with Jadeja he did bowl really well in the last 2 ODIs. Would like to see more of him with the ball before making any judgement about long term prospects. With the amount of cricket Ind is playing there should be opportunities for all the spinners but I would like to see the best 2 in tests seleted on their bowling only and if they can bat fine, if not then we need to ask why have the batters failed that we have to rely on the spinners to score runs.

  • POSTED BY FormerMiner on | November 3, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    (continued from previous post)

    Considering above, Yuvraj Singh's executive summary reads: He is an extremely popular and dominant (88 career strike rate) Indian batsman that has been integral to two world cup wins. He is among India's top 5 winning agents (MOMs) ever, who has the extraordinary feat of hitting six sixes off a mainline bowler in a match of consequence. He is backed by formidable statistics in a career spanning 11 years and counting.

    Quite top 10 in India if you ask me. Now that does not mean Dravid does not make it or Tendulkar does not etc etc. They very likely will but you have to pick 10 in the end and no more. Of course you can blow holes in my top 10 as much as I can into anyone else's top 10. So remember, it is my top 10. If you want to discuss yours, come on over I'd be happy to serve you cold ones brewed off the best hops in Texas. But I doubt I, you and anyone else will ever agree on the same top 10. Cheers!

  • POSTED BY FormerMiner on | November 3, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    (Continued from previous post)

    "Winning" ranks very high in my book. Winning or shining on a world stage where stakes are high, makes it even better (examples Lloyd, Richards, Ponting, Gilchrist, Imran Khan, Jayasurya have been awe-inspiring in WCs). Never-Say-die fighting qualities in career are high (Botham 81 Ashes, Laxman 281 and 10th wkt partnership with Ishant). Utter domination of opposition in career (Marshall, Richards, Gilchrist, Sehwag) is important. Extraordinary feats (10 wickets, six-sixes, 200 in ODI) gives you marks. Consistency gives you marks. Leadership gives you marks. Statistical records give you marks (remember it is one among so many I am listing, before anyone can accuse me of statistical bias). Longevity has marks. And Finally public adulation and charisma give you marks. People like Tendulkar, Shane Warne, Richards, Nadal/Federer, Pele, Maradona, Senna, Jordan have transcended their sports and therefore I value a player's image in the public.

    Continued..

  • POSTED BY FormerMiner on | November 3, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    Dravid_Gravitas: As much as I like them, Dilip Vengsarkar and Gundappa Viswanath do not make my top 10.

    Reasons:

    1. Only 10 can make the top 10. Just because someone does not make a top 10, does not mean they are deemed horrible. Two parts of my own self can argue that my own #11 should make my own top 10. But alas we have ten spots.such is life.

    2. It is my top 10. I have my own set of attributes that I consider important. I am sure you have yours and if I were to judge yours by my standards, we could come with drastically different results. So a little respect please.

    (please see next post)

  • POSTED BY sukh21 on | November 3, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    hello everyone i personally fell , all of sudden we are seem to be obsessed with younger players , it's ok to make future players but all of sudden throw out players like juvraj singh , harbhajan singh, ashish nehra, does not make any sense BCCI should follow rotation policy to groom talents , you cannot replace players like yuvraj singh with raina or kholi or i wonder some say ravinder jadeja, he recently crowned man of the series in wc, and to quote i can'nt remember any series in which above kids raina, kholi, jadeja crowned as man of series.

  • POSTED BY on | November 4, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    yuvi and kohli both r the good choice i think

  • POSTED BY timus6778 on | November 4, 2011, 13:16 GMT

    @formerminer: i agree...so cruel is the world of cricket...u can't keep all the stalwarts in one list and that's the reason why people come up with a list of their own...so true...nice analysis,by the way.

  • POSTED BY starincricket on | November 4, 2011, 9:18 GMT

    i believe dhoni picks yuvi bec of more experience in tests with a good avg 35+. but kohli is yet find chances and chances he had is with avg of 15 only. but he ll be the first choice replacement in case reqd.

    i appreciate srikkanth's genuine selection for team india in all formats since he started with the focus of future. This is the way we shd be going by letting juniors to take the responsibility and see how they will perform with the help of many senior batsman in the squad.Am sure if squad picked with juniors and seniors .. obviously seniors ll be picked for playing 11. and test match ll help any new fast/spin bowelers or even new batsman to shape them well.

  • POSTED BY Aashish_goyal on | November 4, 2011, 3:46 GMT

    I will put Yuvraj at # 7 Indian cricketer after Sachin Tendulkar,Kapil dev,Gavaskar,Dhoni ,Kumble and Dravid

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 4, 2011, 1:40 GMT

    @FormerMiner - You wrote, "Just because someone does not make a top 10, does not mean they are deemed horrible". You are absolutely correct and I said Yuvraj Singh is a very good player. Thanks for the invitation to Texas. I might be there sometime next year. Let's discuss cricket over some beers then. Cheers! :)

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | November 3, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    @Nampally agree with you totally re Chawla and Mishra. To say Cric Ind has treated these 2 players badly is a massive understatement. If they had been the same chances that Harbajan has been given we will never know what they could have achieved and in fact may have incentivised Harbajan. And now they're making the same mistake with Ohja. The obsession for a bowling allrounder is in IMO what led to the problems with Irfan although Chappel was primarily responsible for that and looks like they're trying to do the same with Jadeja although with Jadeja he did bowl really well in the last 2 ODIs. Would like to see more of him with the ball before making any judgement about long term prospects. With the amount of cricket Ind is playing there should be opportunities for all the spinners but I would like to see the best 2 in tests seleted on their bowling only and if they can bat fine, if not then we need to ask why have the batters failed that we have to rely on the spinners to score runs.

  • POSTED BY FormerMiner on | November 3, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    (continued from previous post)

    Considering above, Yuvraj Singh's executive summary reads: He is an extremely popular and dominant (88 career strike rate) Indian batsman that has been integral to two world cup wins. He is among India's top 5 winning agents (MOMs) ever, who has the extraordinary feat of hitting six sixes off a mainline bowler in a match of consequence. He is backed by formidable statistics in a career spanning 11 years and counting.

    Quite top 10 in India if you ask me. Now that does not mean Dravid does not make it or Tendulkar does not etc etc. They very likely will but you have to pick 10 in the end and no more. Of course you can blow holes in my top 10 as much as I can into anyone else's top 10. So remember, it is my top 10. If you want to discuss yours, come on over I'd be happy to serve you cold ones brewed off the best hops in Texas. But I doubt I, you and anyone else will ever agree on the same top 10. Cheers!

  • POSTED BY FormerMiner on | November 3, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    (Continued from previous post)

    "Winning" ranks very high in my book. Winning or shining on a world stage where stakes are high, makes it even better (examples Lloyd, Richards, Ponting, Gilchrist, Imran Khan, Jayasurya have been awe-inspiring in WCs). Never-Say-die fighting qualities in career are high (Botham 81 Ashes, Laxman 281 and 10th wkt partnership with Ishant). Utter domination of opposition in career (Marshall, Richards, Gilchrist, Sehwag) is important. Extraordinary feats (10 wickets, six-sixes, 200 in ODI) gives you marks. Consistency gives you marks. Leadership gives you marks. Statistical records give you marks (remember it is one among so many I am listing, before anyone can accuse me of statistical bias). Longevity has marks. And Finally public adulation and charisma give you marks. People like Tendulkar, Shane Warne, Richards, Nadal/Federer, Pele, Maradona, Senna, Jordan have transcended their sports and therefore I value a player's image in the public.

    Continued..

  • POSTED BY FormerMiner on | November 3, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    Dravid_Gravitas: As much as I like them, Dilip Vengsarkar and Gundappa Viswanath do not make my top 10.

    Reasons:

    1. Only 10 can make the top 10. Just because someone does not make a top 10, does not mean they are deemed horrible. Two parts of my own self can argue that my own #11 should make my own top 10. But alas we have ten spots.such is life.

    2. It is my top 10. I have my own set of attributes that I consider important. I am sure you have yours and if I were to judge yours by my standards, we could come with drastically different results. So a little respect please.

    (please see next post)

  • POSTED BY sukh21 on | November 3, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    hello everyone i personally fell , all of sudden we are seem to be obsessed with younger players , it's ok to make future players but all of sudden throw out players like juvraj singh , harbhajan singh, ashish nehra, does not make any sense BCCI should follow rotation policy to groom talents , you cannot replace players like yuvraj singh with raina or kholi or i wonder some say ravinder jadeja, he recently crowned man of the series in wc, and to quote i can'nt remember any series in which above kids raina, kholi, jadeja crowned as man of series.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | November 3, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    @itsthewayuplay: Dhoni always feels that an all rounder is better than a specialist bowler.When the Selectors have given SIX top ranked world class batsmen, the All rounder concept should be dropped for "Specialist" bowlers.Ojha is the best left hand Orthodox spinner in India. He gets shafted at the expense of all rounderes - Jadeja, Yuvraj or Pathan each time. Even when he was bowling so well in England for Surrey & India had no bowlers, Ojha was not recalled & Aaron benched for all 5 ODI's.Rahul Sharma is facing the same fate.His potential as a leg spinner needs to be tested by playing him not by benching him for 6 games in a row.Dhoni's tactics are inexplicable.While WI have developed young Bishoo into match winning leg spinner, Dhoni is discarding leg spin. Mishra & Chawla were discarded & now it is Rahul. Why? Leg spinners have always been India's forte.India has excellent trio in Ashwin,Ojha & Rahul - all steady & wicket takers.On Indian wkts. Spinners Win. Dhoni, Pease Note.

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | November 3, 2011, 13:37 GMT

    Yuvraj has been saying these for long time now, if he can't prove himself this time and get injured again, he should seriously do something about it, either quit Test cricket for ever, or skip IPL session to play county cricket to resurrect his Test career, Yuvraj you better get ready to face SHORT pitched FAST bowling from Fidel and Roach.

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | November 3, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    @Nampally I don't know enough about Dhoni but he doesn't come across as a guy as having 'favourites' but I agree with you it's a mystery that why Ohja is not given more chances as Dhoni himself has said the more players play the better they will become. I always struggled with the concept of all-rounders in the Indian team especially with Dhoni there because if the 1st 6 batsmen of the standard of Indian batsmen are not good enough to score runs then we shouldn't have to rely on the ones that follow. Better to have 4 specialist bowlers, even 5 on flat wickets, who will give you the best chance of taking 20 wickets. The problem for Dhoni is that other than Zaheer he doesn't have any bowlers he can rely on.

  • POSTED BY True_Indian-Cricket_Fan on | November 3, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    What will India do when Sachin,Dravid & Laxman retire? It has been 4 yrs since Ganguly retired...& no one really cemented their place in no.6 position after his retirement. Yuvraj & Raina are not consistent enough in tests...even pujara failed in africa..its time to look at other players the likes of Kholi,Rahane,Rohit,Manoj Tiwary,Mandeep singh etc. & give them chances in this format(dont know when..but soon)..but hope the best for Yuvraj..hope he scores some big runs..& India find a good no.6 after Ganguly.

  • POSTED BY NRI- on | November 3, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    A test average of 36 when half the matches are played in India is not mediocre, but it is below average. 45+ is required for a specialist batsman. Even wicketkeepers go above 40, Prior goes above 45. The Indian top 5 all have that 45+ comfortably (4 are above 50). Yuvi's first class average is well below 50 and simply does not warrant so many chances ahead of Rahane (avg 68), Rohit (avg 60+), Mukund (60) and Kohli (58). Just nonsense. Even for ODIs, his position should be now suspect especially if the ODIs are being played in SA, Oz, NZ or Eng. All new Indian batsmen should debut in one of these four countries and should stay only if they can succeed over there.

  • POSTED BY on | November 3, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    I dont think Yuvi's pblm is wid short pitch stuffs.. If Sehwag can hav a successful Test carrier, Yuvi too can.. The main diff between these 2 is handling spin.. While Sehwag looks @ ease against all kinda spin, Yuvi seems to lacks it.. I dnt consider him as a failure in Tests. He has done reasonably well. He still has minimum 4/5 years left in him. And if he cant set it right, he wil b a very valuable player to hv in squad. And all those who claim for retirements of seniors.. pleasee.. first lets find a proper replacement for Kumble and Ganguly..

  • POSTED BY Aashish_goyal on | November 3, 2011, 5:19 GMT

    Yuvraj Singh is a wonderful cricketer.I hate people when they say irrelevant statements about him,Respect the legend who has 8000+ runs averaging 37 @ strike rate 88 and around 60 scores of 50+,more than 100 ODI wickets...Avg of 36 in test matches.Who else is close to him among any Indians cricketers?anybody can count .

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | November 3, 2011, 2:38 GMT

    LOL can you believe a so called cricketing powerhouse is still persisting with duds such as Raina and Yuvraj. Add to that the inability to drop money hungry stars like tendulkar and laxmann, for a country with 1.2 billion people the future is looking very very bleak!

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 3, 2011, 2:28 GMT

    @FormerMiner, if Yuvraj Singh can be cosidered as one of the top 10 to have donned the Indian uniform, then consider these 10 players and tell me which one of them can be removed to put Yuvraj Singh in the top 10? Kapil Dev, Gavaskar, Gundappa, Sachin, Dravid, Vengsarkar, VVS, Sehwag, Ganguly, Vijay Merchant. Yuvraj Singh is a very good player. But please keep things simple. Don't elevate him to the top 10 all-time greats of India.

  • POSTED BY playitstraight on | November 3, 2011, 1:37 GMT

    @hitu_81 - I understand your frustration, but the last thing I would expect the BCCI to do is give the captaincy to Gambhir, he is also returning from an injury and slowly returning to form. Giving the captaincy to him is just like SL gave the captaincy to Dilshan, look what has happened to him, batting & captaincy is very bad. We don't want the same thing to happen to our priceless Gambhir, now do we? Also, there are not many captaincy options, Harbhajan captained Mumbai Indians through a successful CLT20 leagure, but he has never really captained India so it would be an unnecessary risk asking him to captain. Right now, Sehwag is the best choice we have, he has captained a few times and has the support of seniors and former captains Dravid & Tendulkar. I'm sure he'll do a good job if Dhoni doesn't play. Plus, the fact that we are playing on our home pitches makes it easier for Sehwag. If he suceeds, it is a big plus for India and himself. Good luck India!!!! May the best team win!!!

  • POSTED BY coldcoffee123 on | November 3, 2011, 0:22 GMT

    Can not believe that the selectors are contemplating giving captaincy to Sehwag if Dhoni is rested for WI series. This is a case of brain-fade for the selectors. Instead of letting Sehwag graduaaly ease into international cricket, they want to straight away put a truck on his shoulders. A person who is just returning after a serious surgery, being considered for the role of leading the national team. WOW.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | November 2, 2011, 23:54 GMT

    @itsthewayuplay;Your comments are right on.When Yuvraj started about 8 years ago, he was a brilliant fielder, great batsman and a useful bowler.But then he had an " attitude" problem. He neglected his physical fitness which resulted in a lot of serious injuries. As Yuvraj himself says his body took a lot of beating at the same time he says his best years are ahead of him.I wonder when he is so injury prone now, how can he have his best years ahead of him. Yuvraj worked out and was good in the WC. But with his new set of injuries & his out of shape body, can he reproduce his form when he was 21 & sprightly! Right now Yuvraj is an unknown & unproven guy. He will have to train very hard, get fit, practice hard, get in form & put some good scores on board. He was lucky to be in the first test squad.If he gets in as an all rounder he has to displace "in-form Ojha",as a bowler.Personally I do not believe he can.But Dhoni has his own personal favourites - Ojha & Rahul are not amongst them.

  • POSTED BY nyc_missile on | November 2, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    There aint much difference b/w sehwag and yuvi in terms of technique,its all in the mind and hand-eye co-ordination and Viru is a giant when ti comes to putting those two together and his record shows that.In Tests,Yuvi however just does not seem to have the required application to pull it off as well as his ODI career.Of course he's been unlucky with constant shuffling and changing.Hope for India's sake,he comes good in WI tour for he is too precious a talent to be wasted and just confined to ODIs.Same with Rohit Sharma if these two can harness their skills ,India's future batting is in more than safe hands!! Kohli,Raina&Pujara don't need as much motivation as they are already full of it!

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | November 2, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    @FormerMiner whilst you may be correct statistically a player's performance can only be truly measured in the context of which they are made which is not reflected in the stats eg Sachin's centuries against top quality bowlers when he first started his career is reflected in the total number of centuries he has scored. The same with Gavaskar and his achievements against the great Windies bowlers on fast bouncy wickets. Dravid's 2 half centuries in the 4th test in Sabina Park in 2006 was the basis of India's first series win in the Windies in 35 years in a match in which Lara also played. Stats will never show that he was the difference between the sides. Are you really putting Yuvraj in same class as Gavaskar, Azharuddin, Kapil Dev, Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly, Kumble etc?

  • POSTED BY abiindia on | November 2, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    @ sachin_vvsfan, shewag to carry water in aus tour and pujara to replace?? i think you must check with a doctor. where is shwag's ability and !.....! and who is pujara? is that a man playing in indian flat wicket?

  • POSTED BY FormerMiner on | November 2, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    (cont from previous comment)

    Yuvraj Singh has not been as redoubtable in test matches. However he can simply not be considered mediocre by any standards. His average in his injury interrupted first 35 test matches is 36. To give a perspective, Ross Taylor, New Zealand's premier and arguably #1 batsman averages 41 in 30. What is more remarkable is that in these 35 test matches, Yuvraj Singh has employed his ODI instincts very effectively. There is a saying that when Yuvraj Singh scores 50+ in an ODI, India always wins. Largely this is due to his batting position and bringing India home in a run chase. Similarly, in test matches, he averages 47 in team's second innnings and 46 in the match 4th innings! This is the most obvious statistic that should point out to his detractors that, not only is he cut out for test matches, but also must be primed to be the bulwark of the middle order in the post Dravid-Tendulkar-Laxman era!

    Good luck one of India's finest!

  • POSTED BY FormerMiner on | November 2, 2011, 15:13 GMT

    I consider Yuvraj Singh among the top 10 players ever to have donned the Indian uniform. To his merit, he is a proven match-winner. His integrally valuable contributions have led to two of India's biggest triumphs, the T20 World Cup 2007 and the 2011 ICC World Cup. He is among 5 most awarded Indian players in ODIs(MOMs). Along with Anil Kumble's 10 wicket in an inning haul in bowling, he has scaled the batsman's pinnacle of six sixes in an over - arguably the best of the only four in record as unlike the othersm this was off a mainline bowler against a formidable opposition at a time of great consequence.

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | November 2, 2011, 15:02 GMT

    Contd Yuvraj also states that now is the right time to focus on his test career...after having won the WC. I would prefer test batsmen who focus on tests and then ODIs rather than the other way round because they are the ones more likely to succeed in tests. Indian cricket is at a cross road now with India's golden generation retired or soon to retire and whilst I don't think there will be another Dravid Tendulkar, Laxman, Ganguly, Kumble or Zaheer that's ok because the next generation can find their own feet rather than try to fill the shoes of their predecessors. It's interesting Yuvraj says he wants to remembered in the longer format when really he should be thinking about what can he can offer Ind cricket and not what Ind cricket can offer to his legacy at the age of 29. Can I suggest he take a leaf out of Dravid's book on how to be a great individual and team player.

  • POSTED BY itsthewayuplay on | November 2, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    Would be interested to understand Yuvraj's definiton of 'fully fit'. When he first came on scene he was a gun in the field and I was sorry to see he turned up in Eng in the physical condition he did. He's only 29 years old and has physique of a someone twice his age and nowhere near good enough to compete at the highest level. He has been an outstanding ODI batsman and had a good WC with both bat and ball and but I'm afraid Yuvraj does not have the technique to succeed in tests outside of India. This was ruthlessly exposed in Eng against a newish hardish ball and on previous outings. IMO Yuvraj will be useful in ODIs subject to form and fitness and in tests in Ind when Cric Ind wants to rest players. However seeing India's middle order has either been rested or are fit enough I'm not sure Yuvraj can justify a place in team against Windies unless BCCI wants to attract viewers and spectators.

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | November 2, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    if fit Pujara should be ahead of Kohli, Yuvraj, Raina, Rahane in pecking order

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | November 2, 2011, 14:35 GMT

    Ajinkye Rahane should be played in all 3 test matches by resting Dravid, Sachin and Laxman in 1 match each. Varun Aaron should be played in all 3 matches as well.

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | November 2, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    this has to be Yuvraj's last chance to prove himself as test cricketer, he and Raina needs to quit IPL and play county cricket to resurrect their Test career

  • POSTED BY gitapat on | November 2, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    The selectors have bowed to the wishes of Dhoni who favors Yuvraj who is as unfit for Test cricket as Dhoni himself.And the selectors continue to be a bunch of jokers which now includes Mohinder Amarnath.

  • POSTED BY natmastak_so-called on | November 2, 2011, 12:55 GMT

    if with his one day form he is getting in the squad, then you might ask for ravindra jadeja too to come to party. ideally one from pujara or kohli needs to be picked up.

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | November 2, 2011, 11:35 GMT

    I cannot believe someone like @Thandi is suggesting that yuvi should replace laxman in AUS(laxman not in AUS cant imagine that).Yuvi was just a waterboy in SL.Is he better than that in AUS. If there is any one who deserves a chance for num 6 it is kholi.Next chance should go to pujara in place of sehwag who desrves to carry water in AUS and SA.

  • POSTED BY AlanHarrison on | November 2, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    I wish Yuvraj well, I admire him as a player and he was clearly outstanding in the world cup. Opposing bowlers however will have been watching his difficulties against the short-pitched bowling of the likes of Bresnan and Anderson in test matches. It will be an interesting contest to see if Yuvraj succumbs to this strategy elsewhere or if he can successflly adjust.

  • POSTED BY on | November 2, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    I think India should play with this line as i consider .. 1.Varinder Sehwag 2.Gautam Gambhir 3.Rahul Dravid 4.Sachin Tendulkar 5.V.V.S Laxman 6.Yuvraj Singh 7.M.S.Dhoni 8.Ishant Sharma 9.Varun Aaron 10.R.Ashwin 11.Rahul Sharma

    I have taken Rahul in the squad because he along with the ODI's vs England But did't Got any game N more over is a youngster still to Debut So this is a great chance to Try his abilities so that he should be a thinkable person for selectors for Australian tour...

  • POSTED BY annys on | November 2, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    Inclusion of yuvi and rahane in test squad is being unfair on badrinath,mukund and rohit sharma. In Australia they need Rohit for sure, i would say the following should be the elevn in australia-- sehwag,gauti,dravid,sachin,laxman,rohitdhoni,aswin/bhajji,ishanth,zaheer,umesh/aaron

  • POSTED BY Mianwali_12chak on | November 2, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    i think fear of fast bowler gone now(harmisen,finn,broad,anderson)...why u gys cant paly outside India..this announcment is only for India Pitches...

  • POSTED BY ShankarAnand on | November 2, 2011, 6:12 GMT

    I would consider the following people in that order for filling up vacant middle order slots: 1. Pujara 2. Badrinath 3. Kohli 4. Rohit Sharma 5. Raina 6. Yuvraj Singh

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | November 2, 2011, 4:56 GMT

    OhhhhMattyMatty - They can still do the job in home matches.. You can lol during Australian squad selection..

  • POSTED BY saikarthikg on | November 2, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    The whole point is to produce a competetive side, that is how INDIA can be named a good side. As an Indian cricket fan, I really wanted a few players to compete for their places in the test team. Raina, Kohli, Yuvraj, Rahane, Pujara... This lot really impressed in some or other situation in some or other way... Of course, India always have good batting line up, the department of focus now should be Bowling Dept.. West-Indies sure is getting stronger and stronger... This will be a delightful and competetive series to watch out for before facing the Mighty Aussies in their BackYard...

  • POSTED BY on | November 2, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    For me, it is Kohli over Raina and Yuvraj Singh. Kohli brings to the team a solidity of a Rahul Dravid and the fluency of a Sachin Tendulkar. Early days for him, but the signs are there. Play 2 spinners, Ojha and Ashwin and 2 pacemen in Sharma and Yadav.

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | November 2, 2011, 2:58 GMT

    India may have some of the best players, but they seem very weak and injury prone to me. Laxman has had back problems, Tendulkar always has a problem with his wrist, Zaheer is injured on and off, Sehwag is frequently injured, Nehra/Sreesanth have lots of injuries, and Yuvraj also gets injured quite frequently. This makes up more than half the full strength team..... I don't think any other team in the world has this much problems.... Then again, the Indians do seem to have a lot of old timers on their team

  • POSTED BY True_Indian-Cricket_Fan on | November 2, 2011, 2:57 GMT

    Its really a tough call between Yuvraj,Kholi & Raina..in the no. 6 position in tests.. I think Raina should focus of odi cricket for a while..& Yuvraj deserves a chance 35 is not that bad average..he can also take wickets with the bowl too.. & India even lacks a left hander in the middle order so Yuvraj is must..would be very happy to see him scoring runs!..but sad for Kholi..he is still young..he will get his chances soon!!

  • POSTED BY 9ST9 on | November 2, 2011, 2:49 GMT

    @OhhhhMattyMatty - Raina playing tests in Australia should be an absolute treat to watch LOL.

  • POSTED BY on | November 2, 2011, 1:03 GMT

    Country Vs Club is not the real issue, for Indian Cricket." Money Now" Vs "Future of Indian Cricket is". They are still playing the golden oldies just to ensure today's money flow, hurting the future. Keeping half a dozen potential future pillars waiting... and... waiting, when they are ready to be picked, and also still in their early or mid twenties is the surest way killing their spirit and hurting the future of Indian Cricket.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | November 2, 2011, 0:39 GMT

    India must go with 6 specialist batsmen & 5 specialist bowlers.The 6 batsmen in the prest squad against WI is already fixed - Gambhir, Sehwag, Dravid, Tendulkar, VVS Laxman & Dhoni. India has to decide whether they go with VVS or alternate @#6. That is the only ? spot.India should go with 5 bowlers( 3 spinners + 2 pace) because that is India's weakness. During this experimental stage the #7 spot should not go to a battng Allrounder but to a bowling all rounder like Rahul. Moreover the 6 named batsmen are experienced & reliable.India does need a bowler who can keep one end blocked with long spells of bowling. Ojha can do this best with Ashwin close second.Rahul Sharma will have to be the wicket taker. spinners have to bowl 65 overs/day betwn. them. it leaves 25 overs by2 pacemen - 15 overs out of first 80 and 10 over after 80 with the second new ball. India needs to follow this approach in India & 3 pacemen + 2 spinners in Australia. If Yuvraj moves in, can he do Ojha's bowling job?

  • POSTED BY playitstraight on | November 1, 2011, 22:13 GMT

    Yuvraj has proved his worth with the Man-of-the-Series award for the WC, but with an average of 35 in tests, the decision to keep him in the middle order should be reconsidered. If Kohli does not perform, then they should definitely put Yuvraj in (Raina cannot get a chance after failing on England tour). Once the big three (Sachin, Dravid, Laxman) retire, then the transition period will be easy to go through with these youngsters instead of the transition that Aus/SL are going through right now. Kohli should get only one chance, if he does not get at least 50 in either innings, then Yuvraj should come. This is how strict the BCCI should be with cricketers, not IPL and CLT20 carnival all the time, going to night clubs and hitting sixes and fours.

  • POSTED BY OhhhhMattyMatty on | November 1, 2011, 21:34 GMT

    Please pick Yuvraj and maybe bring Raina in too please! LOL!

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 1, 2011, 21:19 GMT

    @crikbuff, to answer your question - this series is in India not outside the sub-continent ;) (o_O)

  • POSTED BY crikbuff on | November 1, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    Yuvraj Singh's test record outside sub-continent: M=12, Runs=353, HS=62, 100s=0, 50s=2, Avg=19.61. Can anyone explain why he should be in the test team?

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | November 1, 2011, 20:31 GMT

    @Yuviyash: Yuvraj has got more than fair treatment. He got an A grade contract + got in the squad. If he can show he has fitness & form, he will play in the XI. But honestly speaking Yuvraj is out of shape and is lacking in practice. He should wait for his turn. Even if he were fit I feel there is room for just 6 batsmen & even so Kohli has better credentials..It is ojha's turn for orthodox left hand spin bowler. Yuvraj will be a poor choice for that role in his present out of practice & shape condition.Also Rahul harma has warmed the bench for 6 matches in a row. Does he not deserve his chance? If I was in the selection committee I wouold lay down minimum requirements for Physical fitness, record & form.Yuvraj due to his injury & absence from cricket has none of these. So he deserves to be benched. But Dhoni will find a way of getting hiom in XI.

  • POSTED BY mrmonty on | November 1, 2011, 20:28 GMT

    It seems like deja vu again. Yuvraj will play WI and score runs to be on the flight to Oz and will be the weak link like he was last time and help India lose the the first two games. I can't understand how somebody can be given 35 test games to see if they are worth it! He has had his chances. Make way for Kohli and Pujara please. Be content with your ODI, T20 and IPL contracts.

  • POSTED BY puneet_usa on | November 1, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    @Vpx23- I completely agree with you- But as much we hate to see these folks coming up against weaker teams- the truth of the matter is that- they attract more crowds, more viewership and more sponsors- In the end cricket has turned out to be a bunissesmen's game instead of Gentlemen's game- Not that it's a bad thing to commercialize sports but there needs to be balance in between- Seems like greed has taken over most of the sports around the world- IPL is the biggest example in the name of "Globalizing Cricket"- These event planners have given such an overdose of cricket to its fans- That religious followers of cricket fans from Kolkata turned their backs on these players and still excuses were given like- Oh it was due to festive season of Diwali,etc- But Believe me or not- If it continues that way- Then the chances of its survival is slim- we as fans need to be aware of its damaging consequences- can't put a blind eye to this ever growing threat-Someone up high needs to act honestly.

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2011, 16:47 GMT

    @Thandi: How many time VVS laxman has saved India? You cant even begin to count. When India tour Australia and South Africa, Laxman and Dravid and are gonna hold our middle order. Yes they are old but as long as they are fit to play why not have them in the team. It has to be a gradual change.

  • POSTED BY yuviyash on | November 1, 2011, 16:11 GMT

    Yuvraj was unfairly removed from the test team the last year.He has been unlucky with his injuries,but he should be given a chance to play in the test team just becos he is a match winner in his day.virat can wait for some more time.

  • POSTED BY Vpx23 on | November 1, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    The big 3-4 is still in the side for what.???!! We have already got the junior fire power to take on sides having...mostly all youngsters...Correct??. Fine if there was a Mcgrath or a Gilly or a Murali or a Waugh or even a Flintoff or a Warney still in the opposing teams to be wary off.

    Tell me is it fair to see the greats of Indian cricket still playing with pride (for what really??) against opponents consisting of new comers and wannabees..

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    @ M David Wesley. Wish you are one of the Indian selectors, that too an influential one. Rahane, Mukund, Kohli, Pujara, Raina, Yuvraj, Dhoni & four bowlers( the mix of which depending on the surface, conditions, and series situations)... Seems to look like the Indian test XI for the future

  • POSTED BY puneet_usa on | November 1, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    It's very good to see that India is finally producing fast bowlers who can constantly bowl in excess of 140km/hr plus- We have a good group of at least six of these bowlers around for a while now- Now it all depends how fit we can keep them and rotate them wisely in pursuit of another World Cup crown in few years time at Auz/Nz-Batting wise India has got the ideal bench strength going now who can perform at different pitches and conditions- Now we should fully focus on fast bowling- BCCI should introduce a scheme of rewarding budding cricketers who take up express fast bowling as a career option and guarantee them enough chances so youngsters are not getting disheartened- we have to be patient with a lot of these folks- We as Indians Fans have a uncanny knack/habit of being over critical of our bowlers- No Wonder no one wants to be a fast bowler in India…Cheers..!!!

  • POSTED BY Naikan on | November 1, 2011, 15:03 GMT

    Personally, I like Yuvraj as he brought to Indian Cricket one aspect that was always given low importance - High standards in Fielding. However some how he never really capitalised on his opportunites in Test cricket and one cannot blame the Fab Four for that - because Yuvraj did get many chances as compared to some one like Vinod Kambli (17 tests, ave= 50+). If you ignore Yuvi's performance against Pakistan, he has played 28 Tests against the rest of the teams and has yet to score a century with an average below 30. This average drops to around 20 when you consider only overseas matches. Now there are many younger players knocking on the doors (Virat, Raina, Pujara to name a few). So under such circumstances he will be lucky to get into the team at all. However if does get in - I hope he does manage to do well, for he can easily be around for at least 5 years in Test Cricket and especially considering that Sachin, Dravid and VVS will probably retire some time in the near future.

  • POSTED BY S.Jagernath on | November 1, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    If the pitch of the first test is good to bowl on,the should pick Rahane or Kohli to bat at 6,4 bowlers will be enough for the Windies,but India really need to phase in the youth,namely Rahane,Mukund,Rohit,Pujara,Kohli,Aaron,Yadav,Unmukt Chand,Ashok Menaria,Iqbal Abdulla Menaria can fill the allrounder's role easily,but he needs the experience thats being wasted on Yuvraj & a slogger like Raina I really hope Sehwag,Gambhir,Dravid & Tendulkar capitalises on the Windies with a few centuries

  • POSTED BY chapathishot on | November 1, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Some of the comments about fielding gives clear indication about the lack of knowledge about test cricket .In test cricket you don't need a fielder who fields in backward point or cover but expert close fielders like VVS ,Dravid and Shewag in Slips and Gauti in shortleg etc not a Kholi who is an agile fielder not a very good close in fielder.Kholi is a good player but need to see how well he adapts to Test Cricket as patience is not his strength.Yes VVS should have been "rested" for Rohit if he is fit.But dropping him based on the performance in England is not correct then even Sachin should be dropped.It was VVS and Zaheer who kept India in No 1 spot for two years.And I am sure that he will come good in Australia once more for a final time and may retire after the tour

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | November 1, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    Before this ambitious announcement, Yuvraj shouold ask himself after a 3 month lay off- how fit is he. Has he proven his form. Is he not depriving a youngster of a spot if he is physically unfit and is out of form due to lack of practice. These are some of the questions Yuvraj needs to answer. He is veryinjury prone beside his lack of temperment for 5 day test match. Hewas a fine fielder when he first came into theteam.But now he is out of shape. Raina, Kohli,Jadeja are brilliant in the field & better than him. So he has to compete against these guys for a spot. Luckily Raina & Jadeja are not in the squad. So he has just got to fight against Kohli. My preference is for Kohli who is keen, young, fit & in form. Yuvraj should prove himself before he can get in the XI. Use Ojha for left arm orthodox & Rahul (leg spin), Ashwin (off spin). 2 Seamers should be Ishant & Aaron.Gambhir, Sehwag (if fit), Dravid, Tendulkar, VVS LaxmanéKohli, Dhoni - 6 specialist batsmen backing 5 bowlers.

  • POSTED BY Midonoff on | November 1, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    if the wesxt indies team is mediocre what is india team,can't hold on to a n0.1 spot for 1 year. people keep saying all kind of stuff before a start of a series then when their team lose gone hiding why india couldn't white wash them in the caribbean in the last series? west indies is an improving team and on the way up. west indies does not need gayle in my opinion to do well. India have some good players and will be tough in their own back yard but i think west indies can give them a tough time

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    well yuvraj in has done well in notingham where bowl was coming to wasit height where that suresh raina was dancing he will do well jsut give him a fair run he was unfairely dropped after sri lanka after he got injured and that flat track bully for test cricket (the only in india right now) suresh raina got a century century on which even a club cricketer would have got ac entury against that bowling attact agreed ravid and laxman failed but they have got runs on pitches where raina cant touch the bowl yuvraj can bat on tough pitches against tough bowlers but please give him kholi sharma pujara rahane whoever of thest you select a fair run so that we can be same as force as we were/are with dravid sachin laxman and dont forget dada(sourav ganguly)

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2011, 13:04 GMT

    @SamRoy I cannot believe you r telling Kohli has better technique than Yuvi!! Kohli anyway is a very hard-handed player!! The young players hav to b made to cut out their flashiness, Yuvi can himself do it using his experience!! Don't forget he has played some tough inn in ODIs and his outing in Eng was a bit positive too!! He has to play well in Aus, which is a tough but ideal place for him and his career will get on it!!

    Rohit looks very good, agreed but he is not doing his own case good!! He got the kick, came back with responsibility but is unluckily out now!!

    Pujara is superb!! More than anything else, his fight in SA has impressed immensely!!

    Mukund should hav been thr, but at the moment only a few youngsters are being tried out at a time!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    If Pujara wasn't injured, he would have an automatic choice to play in the xi. Rahane or Kohli wouldn't have been in the squad. And Mukund should have been given a chance. He played well in WI and England. Just a little bit unfair. But he is young. We never know, Rahane and Mukund could be the future openers with Pujara and Kohli following in the middle order.

  • POSTED BY Thandi77 on | November 1, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    How much longer are the selectors going to let the big 3 prolong there careers? It is surely time to (with all due respect to them and there records) make not let them decide when to retire. I would have dropped 1 from this WI series that 1 being VVS, due to his poor form and age of course add to that his poor fielding i think this would be a justified decision. The other 2 Dravid & Tendulkar need to for the sake of future of india team (not there own records) retire in a year max year & a half. Kohli will definetly need to play in first test cos if he doesn't what a shambolic fielding team we will have...Sehwag,Gambhir,Dravid,Tendulkar,Laxman,Yuvraj, remember it's not all about just batting catches win matches too plus great fielding gives a huge lift to the bowlers too. Yuvraj is also on last chance in tests if he fails its time to bring in Rohit & Pujara. Team 4 1st test...Sehwag,Gambhir,Dravid,Tendulkar,Yuvraj,Kohli,Dhoni,Ashwin,Aaron,I Sharma,Yadav.go on hit them with pace!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2011, 12:00 GMT

    last time he talked about making a mark in tests, he was injured in england, he's giving another statement here, lets see what happens in coming series. Plus i dont get it why india are playing england n wi twice in 1 year!

  • POSTED BY satish619chandar on | November 1, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    The decision to make.. Will they try the in form Kohli or Waiting for long time Yuvi or Great in domestic Rahane? Yuvi alone provides the backup spin option but if u play two spin, no need for backup spinner in the 11.. Of course(unless one is injured).. BTW< saw Viru bowling in the domestic T20 matches.. Will he be able to play the spinner role and allow Virat/Rahane to play? Team composition is the key thing to watch out..

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | November 1, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    @samya1980. you should take care of your sl team which hasn't won a single test after the retirment of great murali.

  • POSTED BY indianpunter on | November 1, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    @SamRoy.. wow! you took the words out of my mouth ! I second every word you said.

  • POSTED BY the_wallster on | November 1, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    convenient as now india are playing at home against a mediocre test team in WI, that he emphatically resurrects his test career. the reason he's not good enough for test match cricket is that he can't play the short ball. simple as. england sorted him out this summer, that's why he was poor, not because he was injured. for me it has to besehwag, gambhir, dravid, tendulkar, kohli and dhoni.

  • POSTED BY sehwag-is-king on | November 1, 2011, 10:35 GMT

    Team for first test should be Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Sachin, Laxman, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Ashwin, Ishant, Pragyan & Varun.

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2011, 10:34 GMT

    Kaif what are u doing to revive your test career.

  • POSTED BY samya1980 on | November 1, 2011, 10:28 GMT

    yap, harvajan is not there, yuvi will be required...india desparately needs a SPEENER, ha!

  • POSTED BY 9ST9 on | November 1, 2011, 10:23 GMT

    ah the 'water boy' wants to resume duties. Yes good time for him to get back to the side and score tons and tons against the poor windies the Aussies will put him in his place. @venu2409 - agreed he is too talented to play in a team like India, maybe he should play for Bradman's 1948 invincibles.

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    Ashok Menaria should have the oppurtunity

  • POSTED BY harish-cricket-mad on | November 1, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    Can someone explain to me why success in ODI's is an indicator for selection in the test side? Yuvraj has had more than his fair share of chances. After 35 tests he has an average of 35- not good enough. Give Rohit Sharma, Kohlu,Raina, Pujara a good run in tests and keep Yuvraj for the ODI's

  • POSTED BY NRI- on | November 1, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    Everytime the bowling is good quality or the pitches difficult, Yuvi gets into trouble. Ganguly was forced to retire to make way for Yuvi at a time when Ganguly was batting more fluently than Dravid, SRT or VVS - did you see his century at the Gabba, perhaps the only Indian to ever achieve that feat? Rohit Sharma, Pujara and Rahane average >60 in first class cricket and can handle short bowling. Kohli averages 58. Yuvi averages well under 50. Even for one dayers, Jadeja is a BETTER ALLROUNDER, an equal batsman and a better bowler by far. Forget this fatso Yuvraj now. Nowadays even his ODI scoring is not fast, his strike rate has dropped even on the flat Indian pitches. For ODI's, Raina, Yusuf, Kohli and Jadeha are FAR better than Yuvi.

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | November 1, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    Problem is Indian selectors are blind.. Otherwise any sane man will pick Yuvi and Raina only for ODIs.. they will fail in the test series down under (Australia)... And there will be talk of what will happen after the big 3 retires. I am getting sick of this.. one should play only good solid players in test matches (like Kohli, Rohit, Pujara and Rahane) and ask them to kick out the flashiness out of their games rather than picking charismatic and habitually flashy players like Raina and Yuvi who cannot survive without being flashy. But our selectors........

  • POSTED BY venky2010 on | November 1, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    I respect yuvi as a good player, but how is he selected in the test squad after being getting injured? He has not played any competitive cricket, domestic matches or even club games.

    How does the selection comitee believe he is fit? just see what happened to Sehwag at england, simply ridiculous. The same applies to great Sachin too.

    It happens only with Indian Board.

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2011, 8:52 GMT

    @amit7701, how many chances you want for rohit sharma. Yuvraj always done good whenever he got chance in test squade may be not his best but was good. He will surely show his class in tests also.

  • POSTED BY gandabhai on | November 1, 2011, 7:49 GMT

    Sing Yuvi Singh ...........................

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | November 1, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    A player with so much potential. He and Sachin were the some of the stars of the ODI world cup series. He has played many a great winning innings - although few and far between. Not sure whether he is the right guy for tests. Please prove to us. Players of tall build are important for India when facing bouncy,tall, pace bowlers of Australia, England,South Africa, NewZealand,Pakistan and West Indies. Success versus Windies could cement a place versus Australia.ANother such player is Rohit Sharma who could be the next Sachin for India.

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    Raina should have been given another chance. I dont see any youngster as dedicated as him... he will comeback for sure!

  • POSTED BY Shhy on | November 1, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    He has been saying this for the past decade.. He always begins his comeback well in India.. But fails in the overseas conditions.. Now again he will play well against West Indies and then will falter against Australia..

  • POSTED BY nachiketsamant on | November 1, 2011, 7:38 GMT

    Personally, I don't think Yuvraj is naturally a Test player - his style and temperament suit the Limited Overs formats better. But years of strong performances in ODIs and hierarchy should - like it or not - earn him a Test spot ahead of Raina and Kohli. May be in the new-age Test pattern, where aggressive batting and fast run-scoring is essential, Yuvraj could add value in the middle order. Plus, in the upcoming series, he'll be cushioned by home condition advantage and a non-scary Windies attack, which should be enough for Yuvraj to prove his mettle and grab that elusive Test spot. But in spite of these advantages, if he fails in this series, then the selectors should really look beyond him...for Test Matches...at the likes of Kohli, Pujara and Sharma. May be then, Yuvi can let go of his Test dream and concentrate on T20s and ODIs. Either way, some 'experts' are harping on the need to concentrate on one form of cricket.

  • POSTED BY Pankaj_INDIA on | November 1, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    yuvi, please be serious at least this time.. we don't want repeat of 2008 when you scored against pakistan at home and did nothing in australia... instead rahane and pujara should be proper chances, these two are our future stars in Test cricket.

  • POSTED BY venu2409 on | November 1, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    yuvraj singh is one of the best talents India has seen..he just has to play his natural game and i am sure he will be a permanent fixture in the Indian test team as well..he is just too talented.

  • POSTED BY venu2409 on | November 1, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    yuvraj singh is one of the best talents India has seen..he just has to play his natural game and i am sure he will be a permanent fixture in the Indian test team as well..he is just too talented.

  • POSTED BY vatsap on | November 1, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    Ha ... ha ... haven't we heard this from Golden boy before. The same statement before the 2007 Australia tour. The WI tour will be good, (hopefully Edwards and Roach not firing) for the likes of Yuvi and Raina (maybe more chances). Then they will head to Australia, where a fresh/raw Australian fast bowler will make Yuvi dance. How many more chances to the likes of Yuvi.

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2011, 7:21 GMT

    They Should have been given a chance to Ravindra Jadeja.

  • POSTED BY adetya on | November 1, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    yuvraj provides a more than useful left arm spinner and a left handed option is tests.he is good and i really hope he does well..and he should given virat kholi,pujara,rohit sharma and even to an extent raina breathing down his neck.if not virat should be given a chance cause he provides a seam bowling option and if taken care of properly could develop into a gud all rounder..

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | November 1, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    Yuvraj seems to have realised at last that he is in the past tense, no matter how good he was or he was thought to be. He is talented without a doubt but his priority is a good life not the grinding hours of cricket. No one grudges him that though. It is just that he should'nt think that the country waits for him to succeed now as they did some years ago.There are others waiting to trample over him in their hurry to occupy vacant slots in the team. He is still good for limited over games though. That is where he can make a permanent name for himself with no-one threatening him for his place. History will see him as a great one day player who just did not have it in him for the sterner stuff needed for Test matches. He is a fair enough bowler, a shadow of a great fielder that is still good enough to give him a berth at the highest level of the limited over format and is a batsman who can blast the best bowlers when in the mood. I really wish he had had the motivation though.

  • POSTED BY vinjoy on | November 1, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    Yuvraj singh never had the temperament or technique to succeed at test level. Whenever he had clicked in 2-4 tests, it was purely on one-day style batting. he has been given too many chances... I recall that he and Kaif both played against Australia in 2004. Kaif batted far better but was ignored. In 2006 tour to West indies, Kaif scored 146 and showed better test cricket temperatment and technique, still he was ignored.

    Australiancs never tried to push Bevan into test cricket, or Langer into ODIs, but BCCI and indian selectors lack basic common sense. I forsee that Yuvraj will score around 200 runs and will pick up few wickets against WI at home, and will again block space for middle-order in Australia and will fail miserably. Badri, Kohli, Rohit Sharma, will just warm the bench for this arrogant Yuvraj. True. Expected. but no alternative. This is how it has been going for years now.

  • POSTED BY hassan13 on | November 1, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    Only if the ball is low and flat anything above waist and sharma, UV and raina become tailenders. Give it to Pujara!

  • POSTED BY MSDonLSD on | November 1, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    Talent can rarely match the mental toughness required for a successful test career that yuvi is aiming for and sadly the likes of yuvi raina pathan will never have a successful test career as a result thats just the truth so we might as well groom the likes of virat pujara rohit etc who have shown potential of the toughness required

  • POSTED BY SanjivAwesome on | November 1, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    This one act play has done his season. He should be thinking of writing his memoirs of a life less-achieved despite natural potential.

  • POSTED BY Amit_4_Sachin on | November 1, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    Only if he was good enough. Wastage of slot, I believe Rohit Sharma deserved a chance. He, alongwith Rahane, Pujara & Kohli are going to form our middle order in future.

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    yuvi-unarguably one of the best all rounders...he is senior now, has to guide India to newer heights along with the likes of sehwag, dhoni...

  • POSTED BY guru1438 on | November 1, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    go yuvi go not to your home to the ground to smash the west indians.

  • POSTED BY kingcobra85 on | November 1, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    this is his final chance! If he cant score runs in India he has no chance in anywhere else in the world! All the best Yuvraj...You are a great player i hope you make the cut...

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  • POSTED BY kingcobra85 on | November 1, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    this is his final chance! If he cant score runs in India he has no chance in anywhere else in the world! All the best Yuvraj...You are a great player i hope you make the cut...

  • POSTED BY guru1438 on | November 1, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    go yuvi go not to your home to the ground to smash the west indians.

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    yuvi-unarguably one of the best all rounders...he is senior now, has to guide India to newer heights along with the likes of sehwag, dhoni...

  • POSTED BY Amit_4_Sachin on | November 1, 2011, 6:46 GMT

    Only if he was good enough. Wastage of slot, I believe Rohit Sharma deserved a chance. He, alongwith Rahane, Pujara & Kohli are going to form our middle order in future.

  • POSTED BY SanjivAwesome on | November 1, 2011, 6:56 GMT

    This one act play has done his season. He should be thinking of writing his memoirs of a life less-achieved despite natural potential.

  • POSTED BY MSDonLSD on | November 1, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    Talent can rarely match the mental toughness required for a successful test career that yuvi is aiming for and sadly the likes of yuvi raina pathan will never have a successful test career as a result thats just the truth so we might as well groom the likes of virat pujara rohit etc who have shown potential of the toughness required

  • POSTED BY hassan13 on | November 1, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    Only if the ball is low and flat anything above waist and sharma, UV and raina become tailenders. Give it to Pujara!

  • POSTED BY vinjoy on | November 1, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    Yuvraj singh never had the temperament or technique to succeed at test level. Whenever he had clicked in 2-4 tests, it was purely on one-day style batting. he has been given too many chances... I recall that he and Kaif both played against Australia in 2004. Kaif batted far better but was ignored. In 2006 tour to West indies, Kaif scored 146 and showed better test cricket temperatment and technique, still he was ignored.

    Australiancs never tried to push Bevan into test cricket, or Langer into ODIs, but BCCI and indian selectors lack basic common sense. I forsee that Yuvraj will score around 200 runs and will pick up few wickets against WI at home, and will again block space for middle-order in Australia and will fail miserably. Badri, Kohli, Rohit Sharma, will just warm the bench for this arrogant Yuvraj. True. Expected. but no alternative. This is how it has been going for years now.

  • POSTED BY Percy_Fender on | November 1, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    Yuvraj seems to have realised at last that he is in the past tense, no matter how good he was or he was thought to be. He is talented without a doubt but his priority is a good life not the grinding hours of cricket. No one grudges him that though. It is just that he should'nt think that the country waits for him to succeed now as they did some years ago.There are others waiting to trample over him in their hurry to occupy vacant slots in the team. He is still good for limited over games though. That is where he can make a permanent name for himself with no-one threatening him for his place. History will see him as a great one day player who just did not have it in him for the sterner stuff needed for Test matches. He is a fair enough bowler, a shadow of a great fielder that is still good enough to give him a berth at the highest level of the limited over format and is a batsman who can blast the best bowlers when in the mood. I really wish he had had the motivation though.

  • POSTED BY adetya on | November 1, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    yuvraj provides a more than useful left arm spinner and a left handed option is tests.he is good and i really hope he does well..and he should given virat kholi,pujara,rohit sharma and even to an extent raina breathing down his neck.if not virat should be given a chance cause he provides a seam bowling option and if taken care of properly could develop into a gud all rounder..