Mumbai v Rest of India, Irani Cup, Jaipur, 4th day October 4, 2010

Yuvraj happy to hit form

ESPNcricinfo staff

Yuvraj Singh has signalled his return to form with a blistering double-century for Rest of India against Mumbai on the fourth day of the Irani Cup in Jaipur. Yuvraj, who has lost his place in the Test side to Suresh Raina, missed out in the first innings when six of his team-mates made scores of 72 or more.

His unbeaten 204 virtually shut Mumbai out of the game, setting them the gargantuan target of 782. Yuvraj was particularly pleased with his knock as it come on the back of a period of injuries and bad form - and 12 months without an international century - which he has termed his "toughest year".

"I wanted to be back in form after long lay-off due to injury. I am happy that I did it," Yuvraj said at the end of the day's play. "I was just trying to play straight in the initial phase and had resolved to post a big score. I was trying to play on the merit of the ball. The pitch was nice and the ball was coming nicely onto the bat."

Rest of India had gained a 394-run first-innings lead but Yuvraj had decided not to enforce the follow-on, a decision which has been criticised by former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar, who felt the move was an indicator that teams on the domestic circuit don't push hard enough for wins.

Yuvraj, though, defended his decision. "The pitch is flat and I feel it was very difficult to get opponents out twice on such a surface," he said. "Our bowlers were too tired so I thought of giving them a bit of a rest and that is why we decided to bat again instead of forcing a follow-on."

Mumbai finished the day on 79 for 0, needing an outlandish 703 more to win the Irani Cup for the first time in more than 12 years.

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  • Nataraaj on October 5, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    i think A.Mukund & Rahane is getting ready for big game, Remember Rahane also score a very good hundred against Aus. Both have talent & temperament for big game. Ashwin & Chawla done well and deserve a test call soon.

  • Bala on October 5, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    yuvi sucks....if mumbai manage to draw this, yuv need to be reprimanded for his utterly selfish innings....its acceptable he came in before Badri to get some match practice but it is plain ridicluous to bat to a double with more than 700 runs...good that he is not in indian team..

  • Dummy4 on October 5, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    Not declaring with almost 400 run lead, shows one or two things about Yuvraj. This one act of selfishness has ruined the whole match. While many positives can be taken from this match, Yuvraj singh is certainly not one of them. Happy for Rahane though. The way Raina is performing harakari in Mohali, we might need his services sooner than later.

  • Dummy4 on October 5, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    @Gaurav Garg

    Who said yuraj is not a team player ?

    The result of this domestic match will be drawn even if yuvraj declared .

    But now the result made yuvraj the sensational middle order batsman ... most skilled batsman in Indian team other than Sehwag return to form .

    Also yuvraj when he is young taught all other team mates how to field like a team player . Look out all yuvis best performance came when the team India is in need .

    The persons who critisising yuvraj now is those who didnt see past matches..

    They might be just learnt to play cricket or might be with less common sense :)

  • Vinish on October 5, 2010, 5:08 GMT

    if Yuvraj cannot ask for follow-on with a LEAD of 400 runs, I wonder what kind of example he sets up as the captain for team. Can we afford to have captains of an IPL team, leave alone state team or national team. On top of that, if the strategy was to bat Mumbai out of the match, a target of 550 or 600 would have been sufficient. Instead he piled on runs NOT thinking about the game itself.

    Sadly, every tom, dick and harry cannot be a DRAVID.

  • ARVIND on October 5, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    I think Yuvraj took a right decision... India badly want inform Yuvraj in all form of the game.In his full swing he is equivalent to deadly Shewag.So before World cup this type of innings definitely boost up his confidence is good for India only why that oldy Gavaskar commenting on Yuvraj..

  • Dummy4 on October 5, 2010, 3:13 GMT

    Hahaha.... Yuvraj himself says it was a flat track! A final innings target of nearly 400 was thought to be insufficient. How does it signal a return to top international form if you belt Agarkar and co. on a flat track??

  • ranjit on October 5, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    well played ROI including yuvraj nice to see coming back to form all his critics want him to show his form n fitness in domestic games he is doing it rightway now if still thay dont like it than what they wants from there star player . I think thats why selector send him to domestic games to play and score some runs he think follow on this pitch was not good idea then he may be right still last day left

  • Dummy4 on October 5, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    mothing wrong with wat yuvi did...this match is not btween 2 teams...the irani trophy is held to valedict ranji champs and give a chance to fringe players to stake a claim..and thats how yuvi has used to win spirit must be in ranji games for sure Deepak

  • Akshay on October 4, 2010, 21:58 GMT

    The double century doesn't really matter. The pitch was a batting paradise, and when he came out to bat, they already had a lead of about 300 so there was no pressure.

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