India A v West Indies A, 1st unofficial ODI, Bangalore September 15, 2013

Brutal Yuvraj hundred seals 77-run win

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India A 312 for 4 in 42 overs (Yuvraj 123, Yusuf 70*, Mandeep 67) beat West Indies A 235 (Deonarine 57, Nurse 57, Narwal 2-28) by 77 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

A sure-shot way of putting bums on seats for the relatively low-profile, non-international games played at capacity venues like the Chinnaswamy Stadium is the presence of big stars. While India A's Test squad has three of them featuring in two of the games, the limited-overs had one big drawcard - Yuvraj Singh. Without meaning any disrespect to the rest looking to make a mark, the attention among the media and the fans was on one man. It's possible that what Yuvraj delivered on Sunday exceeded everyone's expectations, probably including his own. Four months after his last competitive match, he bludgeoned 123 to power his side to 312 in a shortened game. West Indies A lacked the willpower to pose a serious threat and fell short by 77 runs in what was a rude initiation to their tour of India.

That Yuvraj had the hunger to make a return to the Indian side since his last international match in January was evident with a rigorous six-month rehab programme he underwent with Zaheer Khan in a small town in France. If doubts still persisted, his A coach Lalchand Rajput allayed them. He was lighter by a few pounds, he assured, looking fitter than ever. While his fitness and attitude were in the right place, the question remained if one could say the same of his batting.

The western stands at Chinnaswamy were not packed to capacity, but the numbers were encouraging despite the knowledge of a delayed start. During the two-hour delay, the decibel levels shot up each time Yuvraj appeared in his training gear, for throwdowns and then for the toss. The expectations surged, when India were inserted. As did the restlessness when the openers looked circumspect against a pacy spell by the West Indies seamers.

The wait ended when Yuvraj walked in at the fall of the second wicket at 47 in the 12th over. Andre Russell greeted him with a bouncer straight up. No flashy opening statements. Yuvraj began with the intent of biding his time, waiting for the opportunity to find the boundary. He was languid between the wickets, jogging the odd single as if conserving energy for the long haul. Mandeep Singh's positive energy at the other end would have relieved the pressure off Yuvraj. Off his 39th ball, Yuvraj struck the first of his 15 boundaries - a precise cut off Ronsford Beaton that beat backward point and the sweeper. Prior to that, he showed signs of breaking free, pulling short deliveries by the spinners but straight to the fielders.

The first real sign of Yuvraj of the old came as a result of frustration. Hunched at the crease having failed to put away a free hit, Yuvraj took an off-stump guard. As Miguel Cummins approached the crease, Yuvraj covered the stumps and launched a full delivery over long-on. Timing, placement and power clicked in unison as Yuvraj unfurled a series of boundaries after his fifty, including pulls to deep midwicket and lofted drives over extra cover. A century seemed a very realistic possibility.

Yuvraj's first fifty came off 60 balls. He needed just 20 for his second. He capitalised on a weakness even the senior West Indies bowlers have been guilty of in recent months - death bowling. Ashley Nurse and Nikita Miller were torn apart by Yuvraj and Yusuf Pathan who ransacked 125 for the fourth wicket in less than ten overs. Yuvraj began the assault with a slog off the left-arm spinner Miller sending the ball at least 20 rows back.

Yuvraj moved from 67 to the 90s in one over off Miller with consummate ease, pulling the second ball over deep midwicket, skipping down the track and launching the third over the bowler, bludgeoning the next - a full toss - several rows over deep midwicket again before depositing the fifth over long-on.

Yusuf bullied the offspinner Nurse in a similar manner after an over, smashing 28. As a fitting statement to the character of his innings, Yuvraj reached his century with a six - using Beaton's pace to launch him over the sight screen. It was a muted celebration by his standards - a simple raise of the bat - a far cry from his roar at Ahmedabad during the 2011 World Cup though the pressure there was of an entirely different kind. The shot of the innings, though, was another straight six scooped off a yorker length. The follow through recoil of the bat, often associated with MS Dhoni, would have made a terrific still picture.

Ironically, a full toss ended Yuvraj's knock. He failed to get the distance over long-on, giving Beaton a simple catch many yards in front of the rope. Yuvraj walked back with a satisfied smile, congratulated by Kieran Powell, and faced the stands to his right that had cheered his every move.

Narsingh Deonarine, speaking after the match, said the bowlers had plenty to learn from this experience. The seamers failed to get the yorkers in and the spinners failed to control Yuvraj and Yusuf.

"We missed our key bowler [Andre] Russell to injury and we had to get someone to fill," Deonarine said. "The part-time bowlers really felt the pain of Yuvraj and Yusuf's batting. The variations by the bowlers wasn't up to standard and nevertheless it was the first game on the tour and we have two more to play."

The chase, in contrast, was tepid. The West Indians were already spent after the hammering from Yuvraj and Yusuf and the lack of sizeable partnerships let them down. Deonarine was the only specialist batsman to convert his start to a half-century. The result was a foregone conclusion when they had lost their third wicket at 58. The one-sided nature of the contest, though, was the sore point. Still, it was a day well spent for loyal fans who witnessed a player look another challenge in the eye and conquer it.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on September 15, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    It is a cliched saying..but I firmly believe in it..Form is temporary and class is permanent!!! in form or out of form Yuvi shud be batting for India at no 4 instead of Karthik. I have never seen a guy control the flow of an innings better than him not even MSD. Kohli at 3, yuvi at 4 followed by Raina, Dhoni and Jadeja..Wow!!!u need some bowling to get thru them!!!

  • on September 15, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Yuvaraj's class was never in question. What was in question was whether his body would be able to deliver, the foot movement, reflexes & stamina. To that extent, I would say he is at least on the way back, if not back already basis the innings today. If he is able to regain his batting composure prior to his cancer & bowling composure during the WC, he gives Dhoni one more option. ODI batting options would now read - Dhawan, Sharma, Raina, Yuvaraj, Manoj Tiwari, Kohli, Robin Uthappa, Rayadu & Karthik. Plenty of good options.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on September 17, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    Young Miguel appears a little too sharp for the Indian batsmen :-)

    Nice spell by the young speedster today.

  • Chris.Maverick.McFly on September 16, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Come on Yuvi - we need you in ODI's and T20's. Yuvi should come in place of DK, since Yuvi can play an all rounder role and from the last set of international matches he played, it is apparent batsmen were struggling against his bowling.

    Moreover, once yuvi is back in form it will be a nightmare for any quality bowler across the world. He has proved that in the past and will prove it future too. He has not done any mistake, all that he did his played a wonderful in 2011 WC with all the pains. It would be absolutely rubbish, if BCCI ignores him for all the pains he has gone thru.

  • ProdigyA on September 16, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    @BrutalAnalyst - Its a shame that you call a professional team bunch of school boys, a direct insult on those gentlemen playing the game. It can only come from a person who is either full of hatred or somebody who has only played cricket in front of a computer and never faced the leather in real life.

    Its Yuvraj, whose batting, class and determination made these players look like school boys, as he has done so often in the past including the WC2011 where he made Bret Lee, Tait and many others look like kids. He just fought cancer, totally out of shape, goes on to improve his fitness with determination and comes back with a bang. Any other mortal would have quit long back, but not Yuvi, show some heart to respect this fighter.

  • on September 16, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    So often we have seen that one good innings and the supporters start chanting the name of a player that he is back. Okay only a player of some class can play such scintillating innings but then u got to look for the future. Yuvi has been playing cricket since 2000 but failed consistently to prove his tremendous talent. He is a dangerous ODI player but never been a proven test match player. So if there is any chance of him making it to the national team it will be in one dayers and t20s. But we must not forget the fact that the current players are doing a great job both in test and odis. If we will start bringing old war horses time and again then it will put pressure on the youngsters and perhaps will put a doubt in their mind about the fact that they will loose their place if they fails in couple of matches. India can't afford this. As a team they became the force when they gave chances to the youngsters rather than depending on the veterans.

  • on September 16, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Granted I haven't read all the comments, but I am amazed to see so many jumping on Yuvi bandwagon based on just one performance, which was against a side whose best bowler seemed like Andre Russel who can't even make his national side on a regular basis. I honestly hope he shows some consistency before being considered for any higher role.

  • Naresh28 on September 16, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    @karthik - Selectors will be spoiled for choices now. I have always believed that Yusaf is a good option for ODI/T20's He should be part of the team together with Uthappa. Thus Dhawan, Uthappa, Yuvi, Yusaf - these guys are explosive ODI cricketers and are making us fans forget about the great Viru. Now we need ZAKS to fire - waiting on him. Menaria could be groomed for the future as well. It looks like the selectors are deciding on ODI and Test teams. Some players fit both and others are ODI specialists. If you look at the recent tours - players like Zol, Lokesh, Juneja could also be in the reckoning.

  • on September 16, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    A brilliant & timely innings from yuvi & yusuf sealed the match for india against an hapless attack on every count. Now that yuvi has fired,the debate of his comeback has already started at least for the shorter & shortest formats. Its an early call but the battle for sole/two middle order berths is getting very tight with quite a few contenders. Its competition & should be the way. Of this whole, its heartening that rohit has moved to top order or else he too would have got caught in this murkier battle of middle order.

  • on September 16, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    I think everyone has silently forgotten 32 ball unbeaten 70 runs by Yusuf Pathan at twice the strike rate of Yuvraj's century!! How 100 milestone can make a difference!! ??

  • on September 15, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    It is a cliched saying..but I firmly believe in it..Form is temporary and class is permanent!!! in form or out of form Yuvi shud be batting for India at no 4 instead of Karthik. I have never seen a guy control the flow of an innings better than him not even MSD. Kohli at 3, yuvi at 4 followed by Raina, Dhoni and Jadeja..Wow!!!u need some bowling to get thru them!!!

  • on September 15, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    Yuvaraj's class was never in question. What was in question was whether his body would be able to deliver, the foot movement, reflexes & stamina. To that extent, I would say he is at least on the way back, if not back already basis the innings today. If he is able to regain his batting composure prior to his cancer & bowling composure during the WC, he gives Dhoni one more option. ODI batting options would now read - Dhawan, Sharma, Raina, Yuvaraj, Manoj Tiwari, Kohli, Robin Uthappa, Rayadu & Karthik. Plenty of good options.

  • SNIFFLEATHER on September 17, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    Young Miguel appears a little too sharp for the Indian batsmen :-)

    Nice spell by the young speedster today.

  • Chris.Maverick.McFly on September 16, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Come on Yuvi - we need you in ODI's and T20's. Yuvi should come in place of DK, since Yuvi can play an all rounder role and from the last set of international matches he played, it is apparent batsmen were struggling against his bowling.

    Moreover, once yuvi is back in form it will be a nightmare for any quality bowler across the world. He has proved that in the past and will prove it future too. He has not done any mistake, all that he did his played a wonderful in 2011 WC with all the pains. It would be absolutely rubbish, if BCCI ignores him for all the pains he has gone thru.

  • ProdigyA on September 16, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    @BrutalAnalyst - Its a shame that you call a professional team bunch of school boys, a direct insult on those gentlemen playing the game. It can only come from a person who is either full of hatred or somebody who has only played cricket in front of a computer and never faced the leather in real life.

    Its Yuvraj, whose batting, class and determination made these players look like school boys, as he has done so often in the past including the WC2011 where he made Bret Lee, Tait and many others look like kids. He just fought cancer, totally out of shape, goes on to improve his fitness with determination and comes back with a bang. Any other mortal would have quit long back, but not Yuvi, show some heart to respect this fighter.

  • on September 16, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    So often we have seen that one good innings and the supporters start chanting the name of a player that he is back. Okay only a player of some class can play such scintillating innings but then u got to look for the future. Yuvi has been playing cricket since 2000 but failed consistently to prove his tremendous talent. He is a dangerous ODI player but never been a proven test match player. So if there is any chance of him making it to the national team it will be in one dayers and t20s. But we must not forget the fact that the current players are doing a great job both in test and odis. If we will start bringing old war horses time and again then it will put pressure on the youngsters and perhaps will put a doubt in their mind about the fact that they will loose their place if they fails in couple of matches. India can't afford this. As a team they became the force when they gave chances to the youngsters rather than depending on the veterans.

  • on September 16, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    Granted I haven't read all the comments, but I am amazed to see so many jumping on Yuvi bandwagon based on just one performance, which was against a side whose best bowler seemed like Andre Russel who can't even make his national side on a regular basis. I honestly hope he shows some consistency before being considered for any higher role.

  • Naresh28 on September 16, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    @karthik - Selectors will be spoiled for choices now. I have always believed that Yusaf is a good option for ODI/T20's He should be part of the team together with Uthappa. Thus Dhawan, Uthappa, Yuvi, Yusaf - these guys are explosive ODI cricketers and are making us fans forget about the great Viru. Now we need ZAKS to fire - waiting on him. Menaria could be groomed for the future as well. It looks like the selectors are deciding on ODI and Test teams. Some players fit both and others are ODI specialists. If you look at the recent tours - players like Zol, Lokesh, Juneja could also be in the reckoning.

  • on September 16, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    A brilliant & timely innings from yuvi & yusuf sealed the match for india against an hapless attack on every count. Now that yuvi has fired,the debate of his comeback has already started at least for the shorter & shortest formats. Its an early call but the battle for sole/two middle order berths is getting very tight with quite a few contenders. Its competition & should be the way. Of this whole, its heartening that rohit has moved to top order or else he too would have got caught in this murkier battle of middle order.

  • on September 16, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    I think everyone has silently forgotten 32 ball unbeaten 70 runs by Yusuf Pathan at twice the strike rate of Yuvraj's century!! How 100 milestone can make a difference!! ??

  • jv_r-10 on September 16, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    I'm sure Yuvi would do the same in whites against the red cherry too! He desrves a palce in the Test team as he has regained his form and confidence.

  • on September 16, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    Yuvraj should replace Dinesh Karthik and Gambhir should replace Rohit Sharma. By giving chances and on test basis, Rohit completed 100 ODI's which is more than enough.

  • on September 16, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    Completely overshadowed another brutal innings. That of Yusuf Pathan's. I like cricket.

  • Sushant_H on September 16, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    It is one of the rare pleasures of life to watch a batsman like Yuvraj in full flow. His timing is world-class & strokeplay incredible. He looks leaner & fitter, and with this innings he has surely made a claim for a spot in the ODI team (specially when the no. 4 spot can still be called 'half-vacant'). And with India likely to play as many as 13 back-to-back ODIs (7 vs Oz, 3 vs W. Indies & minimum 3 vs S. Africa), the selectors will definitely have an eye on him....at least as an additional option, if not a starter in the 11. Going by recent times, the team looks almost incomplete without Jadeja, and so Yuvraj coming back into nick cannot be better news as we then have a good cover in case Sir Jadeja gets injured. Congrats to Yuvraj for regaining prime fitness & bringing back the 'Yuvraj of the old'! (& special thanks to star sports for broadcasting the 'A' game)

  • jango_moh on September 16, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    great innings by yuvi, i hope he is fit, if he's fit i wud pick him in india team, bcos even when he came back earlier this yr, he was still timing the ball pretty well!!!

  • Pathiyal on September 16, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    the only question is whether he is timing the ball well or not? if he times well, he should be in the side as he is the most devastating batsman in team India. tests are a different story, though!

  • Smack-DAT on September 16, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    Ditched my bed on a cool sunday morning and reached stadium to get close view of some of the veterans and some fresh talents from both the sides, and it was totally paid off, breath taking stuff from Yuvi and similarly Mandeep also looked very promising, Unmukt need to learn the art of staying in crease and rotating strike when runs are not easy to come. Yusuf getting the balls in his whacking zone and so not very sure how this tour will add value for him. But it was Yuvraj who stole the show. Way to go all the best.

  • ashfaqahmed067 on September 16, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    the two (Y) YUVRAJ & YUSUF make a big difrance both team.i hope these two back india t20 & ODI team

  • on September 16, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    Good job Yuraj but playing against boys who barely made it on the west indies first team is not much of a great achievement i would think for a high class performer like yourself.

  • ProdigyA on September 16, 2013, 2:31 GMT

    Welcome back rockstar. Thank you for the entertainment.

  • IndianCoolGuy on September 16, 2013, 2:30 GMT

    Yuvi has lots of talent. He is better player than many of India team now. He can be easily placed at DK place. The only problem with Yuvi is his attitude otherwise he is a certain match winner. I wish him all the best.

  • on September 16, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    yuvraj the fighter fighter always wins

  • on September 16, 2013, 1:53 GMT

    @Donald Edwards so how many games has russel won for west indies?? His bowling is mediocre at best and his batting uff... one good score in 20 innings is not going to win many games for the team.

  • on September 16, 2013, 1:05 GMT

    I don't know how many noticed; both Yuvi & Uthappa were gasping after quick running between wickets. The cameraman, made it a point to focus on that for a few seconds, every time it happened. Yusuf was looking bulkier than ever, definitely heavier than Yuvi, but he was managing his post-excertion breathing as well as any other guy. So, body weight and fitness are NOT one and the same.

    Yes, one thing I can agree; among fit players, the lighter players seem to be running faster while chasing the ball!

  • on September 16, 2013, 0:57 GMT

    Body weight & waistline: Fitness is very important, but I don't know why everyone is harping on body weight. Even rolly polly guys had done extremely well in the past. Look at the old videos of David Boon, Merv Hughes,Arjuna Ranatunga, our own Ashok Malhotra. Even the legendary Colin Cowdry wasn't a regular from any ballet troop.

    Yes, fitness is very important; form is even more. Of course, both should be built on the firm foundation of skills. Those who already had proved their skills, have to show both FORM & FITNESS on a consistent basis against a variety of opponents on a variety of surfaces; before they can be a regular in the national side.

  • on September 16, 2013, 0:37 GMT

    A West Indian A team without one Trinidadian ?Good luck with that.

  • YogifromNY on September 15, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    I am an Indian fan and I want to caution everyone that one swallow does not make a summer, nor one innings against a B-grade side mark a comeback. Let him display consistency against different attacks and on different wickets. Let's not rush him back into the Indian team based on sentiment and wild hope.

  • on September 15, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    deonarine trying so hard to get recalled i hope he does because he is a fighting cricketer

  • on September 15, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    yuvrajsingh is back ............

  • BRUTALANALYST on September 15, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    @PrahladKumar Over dramatic much bro ? haha Beaton was in last U19 World Cup (the guy Yuvraj hit for 24 from an over) he is 19/20 still very much could be a schoolboy albeit a talented one. He bowled well to be fair it was just that one over and he is a very promising player the other guy Bonner (30 from 2) is in his early 20's hasn't played much and more importantly as already stated isn't really a bowler and only bowled cos Russell got injured ! my point still stands, peace.

  • tanstell87 on September 15, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    Yuvraj can take Karthik's place in ODI line up....it will be bit harsh on Karthik who has been playing crucial knocks since making his comeback to Indian ODI side...but Yuvraj is Yuvraj....another slot in Indian ODI team is that of opener with Rohit not being consistent apart from last 2 series...in my view there are 3 contenders for Rohit's slot - Gambhir, Rahane & Robin Uthappa...

  • on September 15, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    singh is back

  • on September 15, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    For all my frnz i want to clarify some things from their dirty minds first of all opponent were not bunch of schoolboys or inexperienced by any means,i can tell u the name of players who were member of their international teams,i.e-Andre russel,Nikita miller,Narsingh deonaraine,Kirk edwards,Davy thomas,Skipper-Keiron powel,Andre fletcher and Even M L cummins and Bonner are their exciting players,so by mine means of calculation,7 are international players out of 11 so why u all are telling them a bunch of school boys,so plz get some knowledge of cricket and then try to comment even i am a professional cricketer,i know the quality of opposition put negligible impact on a player so plz give a value to their efforts.

  • on September 15, 2013, 17:52 GMT

    Singh is back, and back with a bang...

  • on September 15, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    happy to see Yuvraj come back with yuvi 20- 20 style ......

  • BRUTALANALYST on September 15, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    @DonaldEdwards Indeed, Russell was also unable to bowl which is why Bonner who went for the 30 form 2 overs was even bowling in the first place. There is still good positives to take away CUmmins looked very good Deonarine both batted and bowled well making case for himself in first 11 if he keeps that up the top 5 all got starts and Nurse showed he's no mug with the bat. Next game Thomas needs to be dropped and either Johnson or Cotterel in I have no idea why this wasn't already case today.If Andre is still injured one can replace him and then Carter/Walton can replace Thomas, both have way more promise with the bat than Thomas. The main thing is to play aggressive cricket and not be intimated for remaining games.

    @Cpt.Meanster Well he will get a chance to in coming weeks won't he

  • Neal_88 on September 15, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    First tym in Indian cricket history india is close to produce 2 world class team at the same tym....... we so many gud players now that our second string team is also probably the fourth ranker among the current international odi teams...... cheers

  • on September 15, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    School them Sir! apparently they do not see the name you post under. Actually while your analysis is spot on in this case its not even brutal just accurate. Moreover had Russel not been runout that 77 run deficit could have been in trouble. Thanks brutal analyst.

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 15, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    @BRUTALANALYST: Is it our problem WI A send out a bunch of school boys to India ? It is a fact that WI cricket hasn't done much to improve over the years. Except for T20, WI are poor in other formats. There isn't much talent coming through. Yuvraj is a proven match winner and a legend, he would have done this to the actual WI team if he had to. It's time people accept their respective teams' shortcomings instead of finding ways to degrade Indian cricket and its players.

  • harithavsoman on September 15, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    After one innings everyone is praising Yuvi and Yusuf.They should be consistent and be in form for a long period of time to make it back into the indian team.

  • on September 15, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    The 38th OVER! The batsman did not get beaten by Beaton. But, Beaton got beaten black & blue (4s & 6s) by the batsman, by the time 38th over was finally over. Beaton did not have to feel beaten by the batsman too long; just one more over -- the 39th. In the 40th, finally, Beaton got his 'man' beaten with a catch, though of some one else's not-so-good ball.

    The 'man' in question was Yuvi the man ('the lion' for some), who is prowling around national team's entry door, not roaring; but through some French toning!. The beaten Beaton looks a very promising seamer for WI. Of course, he got his 'intentional', though the 'A' type, cricket baptism today.

    If Beaton believes in 'omens', he can look at England's Broad and get some inspiration for his future career!

  • BRUTALANALYST on September 15, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    Sorry to rain on the "Yuvi's back" parade but beating a bunch of inexperienced schoolboys led by a 20yr old captains first outing on a flat pitch isn't much to get excited by.

  • on September 15, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    That extraordinary straight six off the yorker-length ball was the magic moment of this match. The lion is back.

  • BRUTALANALYST on September 15, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    Who's coaching this West Indies team ? WHy has he got 2 keepers in the 11 whilst the 2 promising left arm bowlers Johnson and Cotterelll are both on the bench ? sorry but Dev Thomas has no potential as an international player and having him in the 11 when Fletcher is also playing is totally ridiculous.

  • yuvi_gladiator on September 15, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    yuvi made my day... if he is fit enough would you please hand him that blue shirt now.. selectors

  • on September 15, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Seems to Yuvi of old is back. There was never any doubts about his abilities, at least in limited over cricket. In tests also, the no. 4 slot should go to Yuvi/Viru(provided he is back in form), once Sachin retires.

  • nmn11 on September 15, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Wow! what a great feeling it is to see him back. If he gets to the playing eleven, which he should now then rest of the teams beware. With Yuvi back, the Indian ODI team will be probably the best it has ever been. Good Luck Team India!

  • on September 15, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    The champion is back...n he's back with a bang!!!...the superstar YUVI...no player in the world is more entertaining than him, when on song, Yuvi is the most dangerous batsman in ODI's and T20's...eargerly waiting for him in National Squad...DHAWAN, PUJARA, KOHLI, YUVRAJ, RAINA, DHONI, JADDU, ASHWIN, BHUVI, YADAV/AARON, SHAMI/MOHIT....the perfect combo for the ODI's....7 batters + 3 allrounders + 2 medium pacers + 1 fast bowler +2 spinners...everything required for becoming champion of 2015 WC...

  • naren1983 on September 15, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Dhoni's trumph card Yuvi is back with bang. This is what selectors gave opportunity with responsibility to lead. If Yuvi joins Indian XI, it will be our best ever batting team in current situation. Every Indian knows Yuvi is going to be big plus for WC'15. Yusuf needs to perform some more games to make it to XI, but it will be tougher as the competition is huge. All the very best and back to see Yuvi soon in the Indian XI.

  • on September 15, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    It is so nyc to see yuvi performing again.. He is a match winner ... He can be a good 6th bowling option for india ,if a bowler breaks down or the bowler luks ordinary.. My squad for 7odis against australia is 1.Rohit 2. dhawan 3.kholi 4.yuvraj 5.raina 6.dhoni 7.jaddu 8.dk 9. rayudu 10. bhuvi 10.umesh 11.ishanth 12.mohit sharma 13.shahmi ahmed 14. ashwin 15.Amit mishra... This squad has a good balance of experience and talent..

  • ADI_GUNGALIYA_FANTASY on September 15, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Yuvi & Yusuf both needed in Indian Squad of Fifteen.

    3 All-rounder in Indian Squad makes Indian Team Lethal i.e Irfan , jadeja & Yusuf (Yuvi can be also)

  • on September 15, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    Yuvraj Singh was dropped a few before the WC'11 and he came back stronger. His experience will be the key to India's WC'15 campaign in Australia!

  • ADI_GUNGALIYA_FANTASY on September 15, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    "Y Power shown in first match really..

    Yuvi with his Brilliant Hundred.

    Yusuf with 70* of just 32 Balls i.e in its style along with 2 wickets.

    Yusuf & yuvi both has to be in India 15 team Squad....

  • BangbangKohli on September 15, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Beware! the lion is back. YUVI no Indian team is complete without you, #4 slot belongs to you, the real champion of champion, we are so glad that you are back with a bang, so happy for you! So now, the team should be: Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Yuvi, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhubhi, Ishant and Yadav. Good luck men in blue, sabash

  • on September 15, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    yuvi is star of the nation want to see him soon in national team

  • on September 15, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    yuvi is star of the nation want to see him soon in national team

  • BangbangKohli on September 15, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Beware! the lion is back. YUVI no Indian team is complete without you, #4 slot belongs to you, the real champion of champion, we are so glad that you are back with a bang, so happy for you! So now, the team should be: Rohit, Dhawan, Kohli, Yuvi, Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhubhi, Ishant and Yadav. Good luck men in blue, sabash

  • ADI_GUNGALIYA_FANTASY on September 15, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    "Y Power shown in first match really..

    Yuvi with his Brilliant Hundred.

    Yusuf with 70* of just 32 Balls i.e in its style along with 2 wickets.

    Yusuf & yuvi both has to be in India 15 team Squad....

  • on September 15, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    Yuvraj Singh was dropped a few before the WC'11 and he came back stronger. His experience will be the key to India's WC'15 campaign in Australia!

  • ADI_GUNGALIYA_FANTASY on September 15, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Yuvi & Yusuf both needed in Indian Squad of Fifteen.

    3 All-rounder in Indian Squad makes Indian Team Lethal i.e Irfan , jadeja & Yusuf (Yuvi can be also)

  • on September 15, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    It is so nyc to see yuvi performing again.. He is a match winner ... He can be a good 6th bowling option for india ,if a bowler breaks down or the bowler luks ordinary.. My squad for 7odis against australia is 1.Rohit 2. dhawan 3.kholi 4.yuvraj 5.raina 6.dhoni 7.jaddu 8.dk 9. rayudu 10. bhuvi 10.umesh 11.ishanth 12.mohit sharma 13.shahmi ahmed 14. ashwin 15.Amit mishra... This squad has a good balance of experience and talent..

  • naren1983 on September 15, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Dhoni's trumph card Yuvi is back with bang. This is what selectors gave opportunity with responsibility to lead. If Yuvi joins Indian XI, it will be our best ever batting team in current situation. Every Indian knows Yuvi is going to be big plus for WC'15. Yusuf needs to perform some more games to make it to XI, but it will be tougher as the competition is huge. All the very best and back to see Yuvi soon in the Indian XI.

  • on September 15, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    The champion is back...n he's back with a bang!!!...the superstar YUVI...no player in the world is more entertaining than him, when on song, Yuvi is the most dangerous batsman in ODI's and T20's...eargerly waiting for him in National Squad...DHAWAN, PUJARA, KOHLI, YUVRAJ, RAINA, DHONI, JADDU, ASHWIN, BHUVI, YADAV/AARON, SHAMI/MOHIT....the perfect combo for the ODI's....7 batters + 3 allrounders + 2 medium pacers + 1 fast bowler +2 spinners...everything required for becoming champion of 2015 WC...

  • nmn11 on September 15, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    Wow! what a great feeling it is to see him back. If he gets to the playing eleven, which he should now then rest of the teams beware. With Yuvi back, the Indian ODI team will be probably the best it has ever been. Good Luck Team India!

  • on September 15, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Seems to Yuvi of old is back. There was never any doubts about his abilities, at least in limited over cricket. In tests also, the no. 4 slot should go to Yuvi/Viru(provided he is back in form), once Sachin retires.