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Waiting for Yuvi

A long-awaited comeback is at hand. How will it pan out?

Harsha Bhogle

September 7, 2012

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Yuvraj Singh has a hit, Pune Warriors v Deccan Chargers, IPL, Pune, April 26, 2012
Yuvraj at practice in April. Can he shrug the pressure off? © AFP

Ostensibly Saturday's match in Visakhapatnam will be between India and New Zealand. I suspect though that 21 of the 22 players on the field will find themselves largely irrelevant as everyone gets engulfed by the hugely emotional return of Yuvraj Singh to a cricket ground.

Though sport is normally played hard, by people unwilling to concede an inch, you can never divorce it from emotion. And I'm sure it will be that way when Yuvraj takes the field, for his sheer presence, a tribute to what modern medicine and the human spirit can combine to achieve, will stir the feelings like few events in cricket have in recent times. It will tug at the heart. New Zealand will seek to get him out first ball but they will be moved too.

It was an unusual selection, though, for Yuvraj hasn't played a game since chemotherapy ate at his strength but, by all accounts, left his resolve untouched. Ordinarily you would have thought that he needed a couple of games to show if the strength had returned and if he was hitting a ball well enough to keep another player out. It was clearly an emotional selection but also one of solidarity with someone who had played outstandingly for India. I don't think either Australia or, in the present dispensation, England would have picked him as quickly but Indians are an emotional people and you will hardly find anyone contesting his selection.

If Yuvraj is indeed fit and on his way to being the player he was, he changes the balance of the Indian team completely. He did that at the World Cup, when he became the allrounder India were looking for. By doing that he gave India an extra slow-bowling option and allowed a batsman to play at No. 7. In T20 cricket he only needs to bowl four overs, or even three or two.

I will also be watching to see how MS Dhoni handles him. Will he straightaway slot him in at No. 4, which is where he belonged in T20 cricket? Will he slot him in as the fifth bowler straightaway? Or will he let him ease his way in? Knowing Dhoni, I won't be surprised if Yuvraj bowls the first over!

That said, I will be very interested in seeing how he approaches playing for India again. He could get caught up in the moment, play the dramatic hero back from the brink, try too hard to make a statement - indeed, try too hard to prove that he is back to being the player he was. It's a tough one but I hope he doesn't, because then his head could be full of a million thoughts swirling uncontrollably, the mind jumping from one objective to the other and fatally letting the present disappear. Nobody will let him forget the significance of the moment but, peculiarly, he will need to if he has to make the best of it.

I remember talking to Nasser Hussain a couple of years ago about handling pressure, and he spoke of how the very best realise they need to do something special and yet are able to treat the moment like any other. I'm sure surgeons have to do that as they approach a life-saving procedure, engulfed by an overwhelming need to be perfect and yet not letting the pressure come in the way of achieving perfection: of knowing it is important and yet pretending it isn't. Lawyers probably need to feel that way on big days, and I know television anchors need to.

Alternatively, Yuvraj can be the kid on the park, just enjoying chasing a ball and hitting it and looking at every moment as another chance. He can play with freedom, look pressure in the eye and say to it, "Go some other place. I am only playing cricket." Keith Miller said famously after the war that pressure was a Messerschmitt up your backside, that playing cricket was just a celebration.

I hope Yuvraj looks at the rest of his playing career as a celebration, as a lifeline thrown his way. I don't know if he will ever be as good as he was, if he can get your heart racing again by the majesty of his strokeplay. But if he can play like he belongs, that's all he needs - he will tell the world a great story.

I will expect nothing from him, just will him on.

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Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

@KiwiRocker - totally disagree with you. Your stats are wrong by large margin. Yuvi may not be a good test player but he is a great ODI player all over the world. What about the tour of NZ when he won so many matches around 2009-2010. Please know your stats and then comment.

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

I think Yuvraj will make it back very well in ODIs and T20s, but I think his Test career seems to be dead and buried now, because there are too many young batsman such as Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tiwari gunning for slots in the Test Teamand then there's Unmukt Chand, Prashant Chopra, Baba Aparijith & Smit Patel on the horizon....so I think Yuvraj will not get a look in Test cricket unless all these individuals mentioned above don't perform, and Bingo, we may even see Mohd. Kaif playing again in Tests for all you know, if Cheteshwar Pujara (who is currently in the Test team) also is tested out at the big stage abroad, coz Kaif has a better Test temperament than Yuvraj....and of course Badrinath has always been on the fringes of Test selection, but selectors don't think positively about him, and due to the fact that he's an old horse!! :)

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 8:48 GMT)

My objection was to the emotion vs logic statement and the generalization/stereotyping in the article Gizza. One can find enough reason to brand either side with any of the two attributes but there's more to it. One can say a particular incident was emotional or logical but not claim the entire nation to be only one of the two!

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

@kiwirocker lets ask every writer to write about new zeland cricketers only at one moment you ask him to be unbiased and at next you claim your team's players as worth attention.oh yes write about new zeland so what if they are 8th in both test ranking and one day rankings and so what if they have only one player in top 10 if you consider every form of cricket.but there is nothing worth to write about the man who was man of the tournament in last wc,beat the hell out of a bowler in SA with six consecutive 6's and fought his way back to fit as ever after fighting cancer..

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

Yeah... All are so practical.. For the guy who actually gave you two world cups... Had Dhoni been there... you all would have been crying your heart out... What young brigade.. same which fails in abroad pitches... Show some respect to the MAN OF THE SERIES in the wins...

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 5:50 GMT)

Harsha, a well written article reflecting the mood of the nation...! However, from a pure cricketing logic and also for the benefit of Yuvraj, it would have been better to make him wait and start from 1st class cricket gradually on the international arena. It is not because I suspect his credentials ... far from it ... but, a failure here could raise more questions in his mind delaying the total rehabilation.

Posted by Ribs on (September 8, 2012, 5:15 GMT)

Personally I am wishing Yuvi for the better comeback and appreciating his tough character. But I don't agree fully with the decision to include Yuvi in the squad. It may ended in a different way. Bringing one player without much practice to the squad always not a right decision. This is not the real way to support Yuvi the best way is to give him more time to recover and participate at least one Ranji season so that he can prove his match fitness. T20 doesn't need much energy conservation is not a real fact it will take more energy from you within the short frame of time. Same thing happened Zak once he brought in to the squad with out checking his fitness against ENG finally he came back from the middle. Unfortunately we people are emotional and not really analyzing the facts. Supporting SRT to extend his career is a fine example.

Posted by SimplySoms on (September 8, 2012, 3:10 GMT)

Yuvi, we have no expectations from you. You already gave what we all needed. The WORLD CUP - dream of every Indian Cricket fan. Even if you are half fit you are much much better than so many other cricketers. Welcome back hero. thanks Harsha for such a nice article

Posted by indianpunter on (September 8, 2012, 1:50 GMT)

take the emotion away from this, and we will realise that it is a mistake to pick him in an international game- no match practice, no fitness assessment..we are setting him upto fail. i wonder how he will be on the field. will he be a good ( not grt) fielder, or will he be like Ashwin?

Posted by KiwiRocker- on (September 8, 2012, 1:31 GMT)

Harsha: This is a type of hype that has ended many cricketing careers. It may be better if you write about someone who actually has done something and desrves something written! What about writing something about Tim Southee who made God's and Walls look clueless in India? What about Trent boultt who made so called self proclaimed God take a bow...Yuvraj Singh is a flat track bulley similar to Sehwag who has over the years feasted upon bowling friendly conditions in India. This man is a sitting duck against quality bowling outside India and in test matches! I am tired of reading these biasted articles. Now lets write something more constructive and meaningful before creating all this hype for someone who should not even be in the team. I am gutted for Indian youngesters who have players like Yuvraj and Tendulya blocking their way. These players have become bigger than the game itself!

Posted by   on (September 8, 2012, 1:17 GMT)

The entire country will stand and applaud you Yuvi. The fact that you are back on the cricket field with India colors after almost looking death in the eye is inspirational to all of us. It puts life in perspective.

Go and have a ball! A billion hearts will applaud you just for taking the field!

And looking at your life's ups and downs, I personally have no doubt in my mind that picture abhi baki hai mere dost!

Posted by Gizza on (September 8, 2012, 0:19 GMT)

@Gopal Nandyala, disagree with you there (and agree with Harsha Bhogle). Brad Hogg is just old but he wasn't sick. I don't see England, South Africa or Australia selecting someone who was just suffering from a major life threatening illness so quickly. Especially with something like cancer which arguably never 100% goes away unless you remove an entire part of the body, there is always a risk. But having said that, good luck to Yuvi on his return to cricket and on his ongoing battle with the disease.

Posted by maddy20 on (September 8, 2012, 0:13 GMT)

Well its only a T20 , which is far less strenuous than Ranji or anything else. If NCA gives him a certificate that he is fit and ready to have another go, then I would not dispute it, for I have seen the rigors they go through before they are selected for a game. I wish you all the best Yuvi, and I really hope you can prove the naysayers wrong and earn a place for World T20. As for me I am Very very happy to see you back on the cricket field once more. You are the fighter who inspires me everyday!

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 23:59 GMT)

i am very happy to come back yuvi , i am happy to see india beat paki

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 23:55 GMT)

wellcome mr jubi, we all waiting for you

Posted by priyanks11 on (September 7, 2012, 23:54 GMT)

Great Article ! Amazing how Harsha Bhogle can capture every bit of our emotion in few statements...(y)

Posted by mattblacknaki on (September 7, 2012, 20:53 GMT)

Great news. I am sure he will feel no pressure. What pressure can come close to that of death! He will play with freedom and enjoyment. The sometimes cocky nature will probably be tempered now because he will be confident that he can handle anything after what he has gone through.

Australia selected Simon O'Donnell after he recovered from cancer and South Africa selected Dave Callahan after a similar recovery.

Go for it Yvi!

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 17:25 GMT)

'I don't think either Australia or, in the present dispensation, England would have picked him as quickly but Indians are an emotional people and you will hardly find anyone contesting his selection.' Couldn't disagree more Harsha. Australia recalled Brad Hogg at the age of 41 and we all know how desperate they were (probably still are) to bring back Shane Warne! England have also had the KP incident. Yuvraj is neither retired nor has an issue with the board or fellow players. This stereotyping is disappointing

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 17:12 GMT)

At 3:00 AM in Australia, I read this article, bought a tear in my eye when I read ". I don't think either Australia or, in the present dispensation, England would have picked him as quickly but Indians are an emotional people and you will hardly find anyone contesting his selection"... emotional t of me says hope Dhoni gives him first over and gets a wicket as if the batsman is KP! but realistically (wiping the tear off my eye, consoling that something fell in my eye 3:00 am in the morning causing me to shed some water from my eye) is very hard..but I am Indian!! I am emotional!! Go yuvi!!

Posted by lgnandan on (September 7, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

you're right, Harsha. Nobody is expecting much from Yuvi. Indeed it's a emotional come back who was at the door of something really bad. Majority of the Indians might be emotional however other minority which knows how to use situation commercially!

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

I dont know Yuvi if you have time to read all these comments but if you are reading this then i just wish you to be yourself and have fun on the field. Winning and making the contribution in every possible way is still the most important aspect of your return. Please take it 1 ball at a time. Good luck my hero ... welcome back ..show them you still got it.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 15:56 GMT)

agree with every part of this article for my favourite cricketer

Posted by chotaynawab on (September 7, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

A Pakistani fan waiting for one of the spectacular character of Indian Cricket Team..!!

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

Well Harsha, you have posted this article at the right time. I think, Dhoni would not go straightaway with Yuvraj Since more experinced spinners are there in the squad. His presence would surely pull India into the back of strength. Also, Dhoni would promote him at No.4, so that he can adapt to the conditions and recongnise the nature of the wicket before going for shots. Well, Yuvi waiting for a cracker in T20

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

Well, He's the only batsman i have some respect in the the entire Indian batting lineup....Always loved to watch Yuvi Batting, even when he's batting against Pakistan....and batting well....no doubt....a Great Warrior He Is...

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 14:12 GMT)

Cant wait for YUVI to take the field. I'm sure Yuvraj will do well in his 2nd innings of life. Go Yuvi !!!

Posted by StatisticsRocks on (September 7, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

It is indeed great to see Yuvi recovering fully from Cancer and to be bacok on the field. I will take half fit yuvi over Rohit Sharma or Jadeja any day as he is truly an all rounder. Having said that I still think this is an emotional decision to bring Yuvi back into the team. Chemo can take half one's life and need to ensure Yuvi is safe and healthy first and then play cricket.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

Yuvi at 70% is worth a place in India's T20 side. I therefore understand the selectors' rush to test him out (even without any games) against NZ. At best - he will start getting his bearings right, in time for the T20 World Cup we all know what that would mean to Team India. At OK - he will be found to be not ready, somebody else will perform & India will win against NZ. At worst - he will be found to be not ready, others will not be able to carry the load & India will lose a game against NZ. In the latter 2 cases, at least we know before the WC that Yuvaraj is not yet ready - somebody else will play in the WC, we will miss Yuvaraj in the WC - but for the right reason (he is not ready) rather than Selectors were not Sure.

Posted by Munafis810 on (September 7, 2012, 13:50 GMT)

I thnk Dhoni should say to Yuvi " Start with bang not tentatively. You should target atleast 3 sixes in first over he faces. His confidence will go up high if he gets 3 on target right from first over:,"..This way...the opposition bowlers all world over will get jittery that way and Indian fans and Indian team confidence will go high in space an over " . Worth risking it. IMO opinion Sehwag and Yuvi should be given licence to kill from delivery 1 and not worry about their places . We have enough other batters to still put up decent score even if those two fail. But if they get going...other teams will have lost mental game the moment they see them strike and score quick.

Posted by Yasir-Baig on (September 7, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

He is Man of Tournament Last year and most off all he fighter. He also knows that he is not alone who is waiting for comeback but millions of eyes are waiting to watch his good performance.And more over T20 against New Zeland is the right time to make a comeback. He did not went out of the team due to his bad performance. So, it may be some essay for him to perform as he like to.

Posted by premnauth on (September 7, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

I think yuvi should just enjoy the moment soak it up , the runs and the wickets will come,

Posted by Hardy1 on (September 7, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

I mean in no way to disrespect Yuvraj by saying this but what were the selectors thinking? This man hasn't played international cricket for almost a year so why is he there? Of course he will rightly have everyone's support once he takes to the pitch but here's hoping the new selectors will be more ruthless and logical in their decision making.

Posted by Siva-The-Human on (September 7, 2012, 12:37 GMT)

All best Yuvi. We are all waiting for u to hit six sxers in an over again.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

Wish him the best. Good to see him back.

Posted by Munafis810 on (September 7, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

I am sure Yuvi will be in form in 2 matches. Dhoni should promote him up order if needed to give him time in middle. Yuvi back on song will be an asset during T20 world-cup and even if he bowls 2 overs well , other 2 can be bowled by Bhaji.Then Raina , Kohli and Sehwag can bowl atleast 5 between them maybe even 6 overs if bowling well. That leaves only 10 overs to bowl between our weak bowling of Balaji,Ashwin, Irfan,Zak and I am sure at least 2 will bowl well to complete their quota of 4 over each. Whoever says India's weakness is bowling ,this is best strategy . Mix these bowlers up and keep opposition team guessing who is gonna bowl next and thus making their gameplans confusing to themselves. They wil then be forced to go after every bowler and take risks and that is our wicket taking chance.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 12:26 GMT)

all hail yuvi!!!and may be yes, dhoni shud give him d new ball....atleast that will get the spectators rolling...oderwise it has all the necessary ingredients to become a dampener....

Posted by Crazy_Pk on (September 7, 2012, 12:12 GMT)

LOVE U YUVI, waiting for you in action tomorrow game.

Posted by ultrasnow on (September 7, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

We'll not drop Sachin and pick Yuvi for purely sentimental reasons. If they perform it's a bonus. Because we are like that only. It's just a game.

Posted by passionatecricbug on (September 7, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

This is what sports is all about; about a fighting spirit; about a never to give up attitude; about an attitude that you can rise even after a great fall. Even if Yuvi dosen't score a single run, his very presence back on the ground instils this attitude in all human beings.

Posted by Naresh28 on (September 7, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

PLAY and ENJOY the game. There should be less pressure on him as this is T20 game. Even if he contributes a 35 with bat that will good. A few wickets will be a bonus. Team India needs fighters like Yuvi, Irfan, Kholi, Bhajji and Raina. Yuvi will be showing cancer patients world wide what that spirit is all about.

Posted by Jack_Tka on (September 7, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

So this is going to be his first competetive match after winning over cancer. I believe that he should just enjoy his outing without taking too much pressure. Current Indian T20 setup should allow him to do that for match against NZ. T20 WC has yet some time to start.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

would be good to see Yuvi tomorrow.. at the stadium. i just hope the rain doesn't play spoilsport!

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

This is an un-necessary emotional and childish decision. Yes, we all want Yuvi back. But we also want India to win World cup more than we want Yuvi back. Both could have been achieved. Bring him back slowly thru domestic grind for a season and reduce chances of visible failure for him. For WCT20, use some deserving youngster in the current XI. Why such a drama, which will build nothing but pressure on Yuvi? Harsha, I expected a correct article from you, not a politically correct one. Only guy who has the balls to say this is Dada. Bring him in as a coach and he may turn this team around (again)....

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

very happy to see yuvi back he is the legand player

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

No matter wat the result of the game turns out to be but the absolute resolute of the man to fight all the pain and turn up to play for his country at the highest level in such a short notice should inspire millions . His slogans aptly reads "YouWe can do it"

Posted by Rainmaster on (September 7, 2012, 8:58 GMT)

Well written once again Harsha. Indians are an emotional people, but I'm not sure that they expect nothing from him like you do.

Posted by gummadv on (September 7, 2012, 8:47 GMT)

World cup is bigger and more important than giving chance for youngsters. Yuvi brings balance to T20 team. Given the amount of time after selection yuvi gaining strength is not a big issue. 2 games with NZ, 2 worm up games plus 2 opening games in T20 world cup should be enough for Yuvi getting into form.

Posted by A.Ak on (September 7, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

Yuvi was always at best best when there was a challenge present, but lazy or not at his best when things are flat. He faced a great challenge in his life and came through well. Hope he comes back as a matured, hungry and reliable man (like Dravid). In that attitude Yuvi can be at his very best.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

Love to See again in Cricket Ground Superb Player Love From Pakistan.....

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

A fine gesture by the selectors, who have lately not been credited with much, to the chief architect of India's World Cup win in 2011, by including him in the team. In this context, the result, or his individual performance with bat or ball becomes almost irrelevant. His taking the field for his team shortly after his fight with cancer is inspirational enough for all who have been following his progress in the past few months.

Posted by Haleos on (September 7, 2012, 8:24 GMT)

Break a leg Yuvi. You will come thru. Even if you dont just relax and keep playing. You are too good a player to not make it count. Will be a great atmosphere in the ground.

Posted by Atul on (September 7, 2012, 8:16 GMT)

Only, Miller didnt say 'backside'

Posted by noitsnothim_itsme on (September 7, 2012, 8:15 GMT)

Get the Sun Screen out UV is here!

Posted by sweetspot on (September 7, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

Lifeline??!! Our warrior prince has accomplished a lot already, and most fans just have gratitude for everything Yuvi has thrown us. Whatever he does now, let him do it for his own self satisfaction, nothing more, nothing less. Incidentally, none of his cricketing skills or acumen have been taken away from him because of his illness. He was just weak physically, and is now strongly back by the look of it. I have absolutely no doubt he will entertain us like he did before, if anything with less pressure now! God forbid he plays with even more abandon!

Posted by isport on (September 7, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

I dont know why he need to play again and why so much importance is given to him. Lets give chance to the younger players. He can spend his time and money for social cause and help cancer patients.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (September 7, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

Surely the place for a comeback is at domestic level. This will help Yuvraj get his feet and hand-eye coordination going at a level that will be more sympathetic to his situation. Earning his place at international level based based on doemstic performaces will be more rewarding and justifiable.

Posted by therajpawar on (September 7, 2012, 6:55 GMT)

I belive Yuvi is true hero of Indian Cricket team after Sachin. We win two world Cups beacuase of him!!! I love way he bats and reacts in cricket feild. Best of Luck Yovi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by dgokulanand@gmail.com on (September 7, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

After All he has undergone in this one year, i dont think Yuvi will be under any pressure to perform. Nobody will demand big performances from him, ppl will be escatic just to see him play. He sure has a indomitable spirit. All the best Yuvi!!

Posted by satish619chandar on (September 7, 2012, 6:33 GMT)

@Meety : Had similar thoughts. Yuvi didn't have challenging practice but enough practice to stay through the shorter formats. Especially T20 format. Though short on good quality practice, we can still bank on Yuvi to bat well against better attacks. May be these couple of T20 games might get him back in groove. I don't expect him to be the same Yuvi in fielding or bowling immediately.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

All the Best to Yuvraj Singh....Hope Sachin Tendulkar stays around the team to motivate Yuvraj as Yuvraj thinks very highly of him.....Also it would be really interesting if DHONI also reacts emotionally and does give Yuvraj the first over of the match

Posted by straightedge on (September 7, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

Yuvraj will rock on his comeback to indian team its just that he needs to remain level headed everything else will take care of itself

Posted by cskp on (September 7, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

I say this being a Sri Lankan. Yuvi, regardless of you bowl a sinlge ball or not, regardless of you score a single run or not, you taking the feild,..... hats off to you man! You are an inspiration! Good luck and welcome back!

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

Fantastic ! And a big salute to Yuvraj. Def among the very best limited overs players of the world.

Posted by Meety on (September 7, 2012, 6:15 GMT)

I wish Yuvraj all the best! I don't believe he should of been selected without any domestic cricket under his belt. I think there are far too many negatives, such as fringe players unable missing out. Imagine if Tiwary is the man that misses out? Yuvraj has a great limited over career thus far & should be given every opportunity to get back in, but make him do the hard yards (in terms of cricket as I bet what he has been thru is tougher than a Curtly Ambrose bouncer), he needs to prove himself. This is just a feel good decision, one that is hard to be negative about, because Yuvraj is a good bloke & has done great things for India. As I said at the beginning - best wishes!

Posted by JKAgarwal on (September 7, 2012, 5:55 GMT)

As usual, Harsha wrote very apt opinion about the way Yuvi should be treated on expectations from him. If it was possible to have my way in the stadium, I shall ask all present there, to give a standing ovation when Yuvi takes the field, takes to balling or goes out for batting, but refrain from over-doing it. We should give him moments to get re-adjusted and focus on the job in hand. A pin drop silence at the time of his facing the first ball will show us all what stuff he is made of..... JK Agarwal

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 5:52 GMT)

Everybody is waiting fingers crossed. I am not a big fan of Yuvraj, but if he comes and plays the way he did before, it will be a huge inspiration for many.

Posted by kb_joker on (September 7, 2012, 5:45 GMT)

It is emotional no doubt. He has played some games at NCA and the series with NZ is a good starting point as he could play in World T20 as well. Hope he does great!! All the best Yuvi!!

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 5:42 GMT)

Exceptional Harsha.. Superbly phrased out. Just what everyone expect from Yuvraj. We don't expect him to hit long sixes, we are just happy that he has returned to cricket field.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 5:01 GMT)

Respect for Yuvraj. Indian cricket and fans owe him a lot.

Posted by parasddun on (September 7, 2012, 4:58 GMT)

best of luck to yuvi...may you conquer all the obstacles in life!!!

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 4:51 GMT)

we are all waiting for Yuvi's return. failure or success in one match can not make that much of a statement. Yuvraj as already made a great statement in cricketing career and most importantly in is life by fighting the deadly illness.....i wish him all the success he deserves and want him to hit the ball around the park as he used to do before!!!

Posted by TheOrestes on (September 7, 2012, 4:44 GMT)

Really wishing yuvraj all the very best for the comeback. As Sir Harsha rightly said, he should just go their and enjoy his game as a lifeline thrown his way ... Cheers to yuvraj, cheers to human spirit!

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 4:42 GMT)

I hope he'll give his maximum effort and will play better than ever before

Posted by shailendra.raghuwanshi on (September 7, 2012, 4:32 GMT)

Nice Article ........Yuvraj is very important player for india, If india want to win anoter T-20 WC he needs to fire.All the best Yuvi.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 4:19 GMT)

Yes,He is real hero for everyone.i salute him.

Posted by jmcilhinney on (September 7, 2012, 4:16 GMT)

Excellent news that Yuvraj is healthy and excellent news for cricket that he is back in the fold.

Posted by joseyesu on (September 7, 2012, 4:14 GMT)

Welcome back YUVI...Well who can forget his heroism onfield.

Posted by Percy_Fender on (September 7, 2012, 4:12 GMT)

Today feels like that early winter day in 2000 when a young prince came into bat against the then formidable foe. Australia at full strength.India were in trouble having lost 3 wickets I think for very little. Then came this seventy odd at better than a run a ball. Scored with as much fluency of stroke play as of disdain. It is 12 years since and the enemy now is the more acceptable Kiwis But I feel it is going to be replay of that great day.Good luck Yuvi both with your health and your cricket.

Posted by sramesh_74 on (September 7, 2012, 4:10 GMT)

It would have been ideal to let Yuvraj ease himself back into international cricket..now that the decision has been made, lets sit back and enjoy the sight of yuvraj on the cricket field. I do not expect him to get back to his marauding best from day-1. He has been a titan in the world of ODI and T20. Good luck Yuvraj..enjoy your return !!

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 3:36 GMT)

well written Harsha Garu....

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Harsha Bhogle Harsha Bhogle is one of the world's leading cricket commentators. Starting off as a chemical engineer and going on to work in advertising before moving into television, he is also a writer, quiz host, television presenter and talk-show host, and a corporate motivational speaker. He was voted Cricinfo readers' "favourite cricket commentator" in a poll in 2008, and one of his proudest possessions is a photograph of a group of spectators in Pakistan holding a banner that said "Harsha Bhogle Fan Club". He has commentated on nearly 100 Tests and more than 400 ODIs.

Late highs fail to mask wretched year

2014 in review: Save for the rout of Zimbabwe, 2014 was a year of suspensions and demoralising defeats for Bangladesh

    Enough with the on-field chatter

Ian Chappell: One of these days there's going to be an ugly altercation between players on the field

Walking up the down escalator

2014 in review: Player strikes, defeats against fellow minnows, and mountains of debt for the board marked another grim year for Zimbabwe

    The first Boxing Day classic

Ashley Mallett: Nearly 150 years ago, the MCG saw the start of a much-loved tradition, with a match starring Aboriginal players

Could McCullum win the Nobel Peace Prize?

The Beige Brigade salivate over B Mac's incredible feats and sixes, and the deliciousness that is Hagley Park

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Watson's merry-go-round decade

In January 2005, Shane Watson made his Test debut. What does he have to show for a decade in the game?

Power to Smithy, trouble for Dhoni

Australia's new captain admirably turned things around for his side in Brisbane, leading in more departments than one

Why punish the West Indies players when the administration is to blame?

As ever, the West Indies board has taken the short-term view and removed supposedly troublesome players instead of recognising its own incompetence

Rudderless Shami proves too costly

Mohammed Shami bowls a few really good balls, but they are interspersed with far too many loose ones, an inconsistency that is unacceptable in Test cricket

Australia's 50-50 lifelines

Three Australia players made half-centuries on day one at the MCG; for each of them, the innings' meant different things

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