West Indies in India 2011-12 November 1, 2011

Yuvraj wants to resurrect Test career

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • dummy4fb on November 4, 2011, 14:29 GMT

    yuvi and kohli both r the good choice i think

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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! :)

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.


  • 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.


    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)

  • 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.

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