India v New Zealand, 1st ODI, Dambulla August 9, 2010

Time for Yuvraj to turn the clock back

The tri-series is Yuvraj Singh's first chance to steer the focus back to his cricket, away from the fitness issues, away from Page 3
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At his best in limited-overs matches, Yuvraj Singh gives Indian fans and the dressing room a feeling of assurance few others can, and that is the reason he is integral to the country's dreams of a World Cup victory at home.

A case in point is India's ill-fated campaign to defend their World Twenty20 crown in 2009. Having entered the tournament as one of the hot favourites, with the country's love affair with the newest format burgeoning, India were staring at a humiliating early elimination during the second Super Eights game against England at Lord's. The top-order was floundering to a bouncer barrage and after the youngsters, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma, fell cheaply, Gautam Gambhir and Ravindra Jadeja poked and plodded at one-day pace. With the asking rate touching double-digits and the title defence in tatters, Yuvraj walked out in the 11th over and gloriously lofted his first ball for a huge six, the first of the innings. There was another nonchalant hit for six more before a brilliant, quicksilver stumping from James Foster ended his 14-minute stay. India went on to lose but for those 14 minutes, irrespective of the odds, fans believed victory was possible.

That is where Yuvraj towers over the gaggle of youngsters with whom he is now jostling for a middle-order berth. He has always been a man for the big occasion, whether it was the dazzling 84 in his first one-day innings after a top-order collapse against Steve Waugh's Australians, the star-making turn in the NatWest series final in 2002 or the jaw-dropping 70 off 30 balls in a take-no-prisoners semi-final against Australia in the inaugural World Twenty20.

There hasn't been any addition to that highlights reel in 2010. A spate of injuries, a ballooning waistline, indifferent form and those never-too-far-away questions about his attitude culminated in his axing from the one-day side for the Asia Cup. That was meant to chasten a man who had perhaps taken for granted a spot in the ODI middle order after eight years of being a guaranteed starter. And it left Yuvraj in the peculiar situation of being in the Test side and out of the one-day team.

Ahead of the Test series against Sri Lanka, he spoke of the tough training his father put him through as part of a bid to regain full fitness. It seemed to have paid off as Yuvraj, more streamlined than the butt-of-all-jokes who turned up in the IPL, started with a flawless century in the tour game against Sri Lanka Board President's XI and followed it up with a brisk 52 under pressure in the first Test.

It started to unravel again when flu forced him to miss the second Test. Raina grabbed his chance to make a debut hundred that ensured the match was a draw and elbow out Yuvraj, bringing an end to his first extended run as a Test starter in a decade of trying. And, to make things worse, he responded to taunts from visibly drunk fans provoking a flurry of unflattering headlines which reinforced the impression of Yuvraj the brat.

The tri-series is his first chance to steer the focus back to his cricket, away from the fitness issues, away from Page 3. It is his first chance to remind us of the man whom MS Dhoni calls "the main strength of our middle order". It is his first chance to add to that highlight reel.

As the most experienced player in the line-up, Yuvraj remains the proven performer India need in a middle order in which several players still have the learner's wheels. It's a middle order that looks particularly shaky if there is an injury to Dhoni, who has managed to so far steer clear of fitness troubles despite playing the triple role of wicketkeeper, key batsman and captain. It's a trick Yuvraj will love to learn after an injury-filled year.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • on August 12, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    the oly way for india is to bring RD bak...... Dhoni suks.....

  • AJGWST on August 10, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    I have just watched the match, the opener also said to be the most important match of the tri - series, I think Yuvraj, Dhoni, Sharma and Karthik should al be sacked from the team, Dhoni does not know how to captain anymore and all the other player including our captain care about only the $$$$ and the fame, they should take lessons from players like Tendu and Sehwag who get fame but also play the game. Ofcorse somtimes the have a bad match but see how Sehwag will come back. I am not big fans of any other player apart from Tendu. I used to be a huge fan of Dhoni and Yuvraj. No point in continuing to be fans of them. I am not insulting them I am simply saying that they should stop playing and stop ruining their reputation, and realise by doing this they are ruining India's cricketing name. We need better captaing like Sehwag or even Raina it does not matter if he is inexperienced i am sure he will captain better than the likes of Dhoni and atleast he knows how to play. Concluding He

  • arvin on August 10, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    yuvraj time is over... he is more of a burden on the team now... wonder how long selector and dhoni will be able to keep him in the team... now a days most indians worry when yuvraj comes to play that if he scores anything above 30-4- odd runs then he will play another year scoring those 10-15 runs every time...

  • on August 10, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    - All the best to Yuvraj ... and I feel that they should bring back Rahul Dravid .. despite whatever one says ... need some solidness ... and need to respect the legend.

  • cheeseburgers on August 10, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    Waterboy!! oops sorry!! What-a-boy!

  • BallisticMissile on August 10, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    "Time for Yuvraj to click" Can someone please try to say if India's wonder boy All Rounder R.Jadeja needs to click or not?

  • on August 10, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    Yuvraj has been recalled!One wonders whether the message has been conveyed to Yuvraj.Was a month enough for Yuvraj to work on his fitness and fielding?Was it enough for him to get his problematic knee treated?Wasn't there always a feeling that Yuvraj's return was a certainty?Perhaps giving him a long break would have conveyed the message better and a fitter, eager Yuvraj might have returned for the Australia series in November.He might still easily perform with his bat covering the other issues with a couple of match winning knocks in this series, but these shall be the knocks played to prove a point and not played by an improved player.

  • jmi.sharaf on August 10, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    Yuvraj has the potential to destroy the opponent bowlers better than other Indian batsmans. the problem is some times yuvi not taking the game as serious .he should stop other entertainments and give attention to game onlyl. then no one can fill his place.

  • kapilesh23 on August 10, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    i always thought yuv was a great limited over batsman .but his recent antiques ,plus injuries without even playing the match ,inconsistancy and low confidance has amazed me .suddenly from a fan of yuv i've become a critic of him .hope he regain his confidance and perform on par with his talent and shut the mouths of critics like me.

  • nataraajds on August 10, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    Indians should have restricted NZ for about 250. spinners gave too many runs...Batting 2nd at Dambula is not easy. Batsman has to stay & play sensibly. I think Raina,Dhoni has to paly long innings till end and 50+ scrore from Sehwag & Yuvaraj will take india home... let's see how india play

  • on August 12, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    the oly way for india is to bring RD bak...... Dhoni suks.....

  • AJGWST on August 10, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    I have just watched the match, the opener also said to be the most important match of the tri - series, I think Yuvraj, Dhoni, Sharma and Karthik should al be sacked from the team, Dhoni does not know how to captain anymore and all the other player including our captain care about only the $$$$ and the fame, they should take lessons from players like Tendu and Sehwag who get fame but also play the game. Ofcorse somtimes the have a bad match but see how Sehwag will come back. I am not big fans of any other player apart from Tendu. I used to be a huge fan of Dhoni and Yuvraj. No point in continuing to be fans of them. I am not insulting them I am simply saying that they should stop playing and stop ruining their reputation, and realise by doing this they are ruining India's cricketing name. We need better captaing like Sehwag or even Raina it does not matter if he is inexperienced i am sure he will captain better than the likes of Dhoni and atleast he knows how to play. Concluding He

  • arvin on August 10, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    yuvraj time is over... he is more of a burden on the team now... wonder how long selector and dhoni will be able to keep him in the team... now a days most indians worry when yuvraj comes to play that if he scores anything above 30-4- odd runs then he will play another year scoring those 10-15 runs every time...

  • on August 10, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    - All the best to Yuvraj ... and I feel that they should bring back Rahul Dravid .. despite whatever one says ... need some solidness ... and need to respect the legend.

  • cheeseburgers on August 10, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    Waterboy!! oops sorry!! What-a-boy!

  • BallisticMissile on August 10, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    "Time for Yuvraj to click" Can someone please try to say if India's wonder boy All Rounder R.Jadeja needs to click or not?

  • on August 10, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    Yuvraj has been recalled!One wonders whether the message has been conveyed to Yuvraj.Was a month enough for Yuvraj to work on his fitness and fielding?Was it enough for him to get his problematic knee treated?Wasn't there always a feeling that Yuvraj's return was a certainty?Perhaps giving him a long break would have conveyed the message better and a fitter, eager Yuvraj might have returned for the Australia series in November.He might still easily perform with his bat covering the other issues with a couple of match winning knocks in this series, but these shall be the knocks played to prove a point and not played by an improved player.

  • jmi.sharaf on August 10, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    Yuvraj has the potential to destroy the opponent bowlers better than other Indian batsmans. the problem is some times yuvi not taking the game as serious .he should stop other entertainments and give attention to game onlyl. then no one can fill his place.

  • kapilesh23 on August 10, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    i always thought yuv was a great limited over batsman .but his recent antiques ,plus injuries without even playing the match ,inconsistancy and low confidance has amazed me .suddenly from a fan of yuv i've become a critic of him .hope he regain his confidance and perform on par with his talent and shut the mouths of critics like me.

  • nataraajds on August 10, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    Indians should have restricted NZ for about 250. spinners gave too many runs...Batting 2nd at Dambula is not easy. Batsman has to stay & play sensibly. I think Raina,Dhoni has to paly long innings till end and 50+ scrore from Sehwag & Yuvaraj will take india home... let's see how india play

  • Veerabagu on August 10, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    I am a fan of Yuvaraj and whenever he performs, there will be a big chance for India to win because of his strike rate and demoralising the opponent bowlers. He has to work on his fitness, once a mercurial fielder now with belly showing. He can sacrifice some of his off the field fun for ardent fans like us.

  • bangladesh_blaster on August 10, 2010, 9:26 GMT

    Yuvraj was the difference between win and lose on many occasions for India, he is a standard above other Indian middle order in ODIs or T20s. But I think fame got to him, BCCI should make sure players remain level headed and deliver in field, not just in commercials.

  • on August 10, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    ya yuraj shuld come back in team and perform weelll if he perform than he would b in the world cup team ... and if he not than he must b sit down and irfan pathan shuld b given a chance ....

  • Pardeepsidhu on August 10, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    yuvraj singh is best from all the youngesters like raina,kohli

  • WhiteRaven on August 10, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    Yuvi is one of the biggest match winners India ever produced. there are number of matches he have won it for India single handed. specially his debut match. it was an awesome knock sent Aussies out. coming at #4/5 , his ability to hit the ball around the park. when if its his day, no bowler could stop him. its normal to have a bad times in a carrier. specially injuries. I am pretty sure, Yuvi will answer for all this with his BAT.

  • RAKTECH on August 10, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    @ Ankit Jain That God of Indian Cricket is skipping the timepass series only to concentrate more on important series. He is no youngster who has to prove himself neither he is partying with girls whole night after a series loss.... DONOT question the commitment of THAT GOD OF INDIAN CRICKET. Yuvraj was dropped from the ODI squard for his misconduct & fitness rather lack of it. Yuvraj is no doubt a very fine player bt he comes to no where near the GOD OF CRICKET.... The main reason being his arrogance n ego... Ganguly was arrogant bt in his approach to the opposition.. He was down to earth as a person... Yuvraj has 2 learn the basic things 2 b a gr8 player ... Being humble...

  • medner on August 10, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    Yuvi needs to brush up his attidude, tone down arrogance, cut down on parties if he has to pull the clock back. Guess its too much of an ask from the pin up boy of indian cricket. India fortunately have enough bench strength to be successful without him. Whether he strikes form or not, Yuvi will still part of world cup squad as it defies logic to drop him with worldcup nearer than ever.

  • Sahilbhatias11 on August 10, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    The destroyer needs to fir now..else there are many others banging the door of the indian team...

  • on August 10, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    Yuvraj maynot be so technically strong like sachin or gambhir or raina... but he has the strongest psychological edge over anyother batsmen in the world... yuvi, rossy, A B, freddie, they have such remarkable capability to play their natural game in any situation. they have the ability to SCARE the bowlers n make them lose their concentration and rhythm. every good innings of yuvi was built in a cinematic fashion, starting either calmly, or with a flurry of strokes.. it usually ends in a thrilling n dazzling way. he adopts a no-nonsense approach. loves to shoulder responsibility. when others smack a bowler, he ll come back harder the next ball. wen yuvi smacks, the bowlers just give up. its evident. India cant make it without him.

  • on August 10, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    Yuvraj maynot be so technically strong like sachin or gambhir or raina... but he has the strongest psychological edge over anyother batsmen in the world... yuvi, rossy, A B, freddie, they have such remarkable capability to play their natural game in any situation. they have the ability to SCARE the bowlers n make them lose their concentration and rhythm. every good innings of yuvi was built in a cinematic fashion, starting either calmly, or with a flurry of strokes.. it usually ends in a thrilling n dazzling way. he adopts a no-nonsense approach. loves to shoulder responsibility. when others smack a bowler, he ll come back harder the next ball. wen yuvi smacks, the bowlers just give up. its evident. India cant make it without him.

  • MANSUR_MUSCAT on August 10, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    UV is no doubt a good player and an able WINNER but "discipline/fitness" is more important for a good sportsman ex. TENDULKAR, JAYSURIYA etc.. Being a big fan of him, I would love to see him back in headlines winning for INDIA. V need this guy to back in track before WORLD CUP............. BEST OF LUCK INDIA & UV

  • on August 10, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    Its nice to see yuvi back for ODI series, though he was going thru a tuff time. Its a great chance for him to prove or show his talent. Becoz he is good ODI player was out of form since few months. I think he will show his Jalwa,...Today...All the best Yuvi. I want to fired up our Delhi Hero..Virender Sehwag...once he gets his rhythm no one can stop him.Once again all the best to all Indian players.

  • ashish_soni on August 10, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    real fans love you yuvi..............ROCK IT ans shut the whole world

  • Karthik_indiancricket on August 10, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    hi thala, yuvi. u know one think, till now all r trust in you... so dnt play game outside the ground... we want u to play inside the groud... i am mad fan of u from the first ODI of u, but nowadays i feel bad bcoz of ur name, u dont try to staying in the crease for long time like Ms and other doing, u play cricket like our viru, so only all are afarid of u... we need both u and viru to explore... Good luck Yuvi...We need you Mate... Again Good luck... Mainly take care of ur health...

  • BaskerUvathy on August 10, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    hello ankit.. mind ur words.. the god of cricket is not opted to rest by himself.. the team management is preserving him for odi and trying to keep him fresh,, and his slot is used for youngsters and the team to trying to find the right combination before wc.. all the cricket watchers knw this fact.. if u dnt knw,, dnt dare to post a comment abt the master..

  • on August 10, 2010, 7:12 GMT

    Gud Luck Yuvi, rock the party smashed the all opposites side blower, again hit 6 6 6 6 6 6 in an over, i know u r not fit entire year but hope u well in future. again gud luck

  • ShilajitBava on August 10, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    @ Ankit Jain SRT himself has maintained that to extend his still flowering International career and take care of the toll on his ageing body, he needs to rest for a longer period of time to be at his best in Big matches. He himself has requested this privilege and we all think he has earned his position to be able to call his presence. And he is performing fantastically too, and sparing a platform for the youngsters to come in as well. Raina and ,visibly Yuvi, have benefited the most.

  • DesiSharab on August 10, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    @Ankit Jain - What do you mean ''Guess who has been doing it for 3 ODI series now'' ?? . Tendulkar has been playing ODI's for India for 21 years and has achieved everything there is to achieve ..and more !! its the greatness of the man that he is now realised his time to retire is approaching and he is giving youngsters the opportunity to take his place , or did you expect him to play forever ? stop making ridiculous remarks !

  • on August 10, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    He is a real match winner and team man.Always supports his team in any situation.Always unlucky not to be in Test squad. when he was Man of the series against Pakistan in 2008 and still have to sit out from Delhi Test because of senior players but Raina is lucky than him.I remember when he came on the feild as a 12th Man crowd was cheering for him and asking why he is sitting out.What i am trying to say that he is always unlucky but his time will come and he will perform and become a very good Test player.I wish that he will perfrom in this series and are going to be in playing eleven against Austrailia.Best of luck Yuvi.........

  • ushakiran on August 10, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    ohhh no...dhoni=yuvi noooooooooooo.yuvi is great.

  • on August 10, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    These words- "FORM IS TEMPORARY BUT CLASS IS PERMENANT" holds good in the case of Yuvraj Singh as well, as in case of many other Indian batsmen who were in same shoes as yuvi one or the other time in their careers. Every cricket lover knows how big a match winner Yuvi is and how important he is for the upcoming WC..so its time to hope the best from this top class ODI batsmen rather than going across his negatives..

  • gromhellscream on August 10, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    Yuvi on hos day is almost unstoppable, having said that one thing that goes against him is the fact that he has not been able to silence the critics who argue that he is just a flat wicket bully. His weakness against spin is well known which itself is strange being a subcontinental player who generally feast on spin. Another thing is his inability to counter swing he had a very unsuccessful county season where the ball swung. But having said that his contribution would be vital in the coming world cup 2011 as he can sure expect some bare flat pitches in India, Sri Lanka and Banglaldesh

  • amit1807kuwait on August 10, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    It is interesting to compare the careers over the last 3 years of Yuvraj and Stuart Broad, who was a newcomer when he was tormented in 2007 by Yuvraj. Yuvi after achieving that stardom was perhaps at the peak of his powers then. He was still young, somewhere in mid to late 20s, bustling with confidence, backed by his immense talent. Stuart Broad was starting out, a rookie, and showed (and continues to show) that his temperament is not suited to big time cricket. Had Broad been an Indian, he would have been dumped. But Poms followed a paternalistic zeal and persisted with him. Broad has rewarded them by working on his game, improving his fitness and by winning a few test matches, though he continues to push the line with his behavior. Yuvraj, on the other hand, has frittered away his talent, ignored fitness, and become big-headed. Unless Yuvi realizes that its only people who continue to win games for their country will represent India on a consistent basis, the future is bleak for him.

  • Alok77 on August 10, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    Well , I really feel sorry for Yuvraj who is very good player if not great. He needs to be more disciplined and can win many more matches for India. He has to prove his mettle in the tri-series. There are certain replacements who are knocking the door of Indian playing eleven. Saurav Tiwary is one of them. So I wish Yuvraj a best of luck and hopefully Team India would be benefited hugely from his presence in the team.

  • on August 10, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    @FanCric - Well, Yuvi is not skipping ODI series and taking rest. Guess who has been doing it for 3 ODI series now? And that certain God of Indian Cricket chose not to take rest during IPL. If anything, Yuvi has more hunger in him to play for country compared to many others.

  • catalyst213 on August 10, 2010, 4:45 GMT

    There is your chance to get serious Yuvraj now that you worked on your fitness im sure the fans also would want to see some mental toughness alongside that. A great player for India has only himself to blame for the self-destruction over the last twelve months. Everyone has some patches during careers and we all hope that you are healed.

  • Percy_Fender on August 10, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    If Yuvraj is fit and free from other distractions, he can be a great match winner. There is no doubt about that. It is indeed the bulging waistline that you have mentioned, that is so indicative of the lifestyle he leads. A sportsman is not expected to be anything but slim and wiry because for such people the game they play is what gives them the ecstasy they seek. A life of immense selflesness and sacrifice.Yuvraj needs to instill some self discipline if he has to have a second beginning. There have been many like him, young people who are often at the crossroads one to sporting excellence and the other to sporting oblivion.I wish him the best of luck for the future.

  • vrazak on August 10, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    Yuvi is talented, he will be the man for this seiries. Gud luck Yuvi and India.

  • on August 10, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    Guys ..do you remember the day when flintoff made yuvraj argry in T20 game.. what was the result..6 6 6 6 6 6. He is in similar mind set nw.But this time it is the selectors n other critics who questioned his attitude.Wait and see guys ... yuvraj is going to rock!!Dhoni once said.. yuvraj is at his best when he is in angry mood!

  • Pathiyal on August 10, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    hope he will be able to pick up his form along the way during this series. whatever people say, uv is a match winner as far as one dayers or t20s are concerned but he need to be a bit more focussed and hard working. we have already seen him stealing matches away from all other teams almost single handedly. whats the point of character assassination here!!!

  • adityalsr on August 10, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    But he is much better in behavior than Jesse ryder

  • BawaTheGreat on August 10, 2010, 3:51 GMT

    Good luck Yuvi.... I am sure all the real Indian team supporters know that how important you are for our team....

    Control your off field issues and please fire on field.... We need you Mate... Again Good luck...

  • on August 10, 2010, 3:13 GMT

    Once a threat now quite ordinary and one dimensional. His agility gone after series of injuries due to lack of training and professionalism, which can pretty much said about the whole Indian squad - except for the "oldies". Just take a look at the weight gain of through fat of Yuvi, Rohit, Gambhir, Zaheer. Of course when the board throws money at them for average performance, you can't blame the players.

    It has to be simple, you don't perform, Team India doesn't need you. The selectors and the board keep giving 2,3,4 chances to guys. Jadeja is a joke - not sure what role this jack ass plays i the team average bowler, decent fielder and average bat on Indian pitches.

    Only reason India will get anywhere in the WC is due to the fact they're playing in the sub-continent. They don't have a prayer any where else.

  • on August 10, 2010, 2:25 GMT

    yuvi should get the sack his attitude and his fitness is appauling and should be playing state cricket until he gets some form

  • aditya104 on August 10, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    I have never seen any talented batsman as Yuvraj. What timing! But he has lost it. He is not willing to play good cricket. Seems he is not willing to work hard. He is not learning anything from the greats with whom he shares the dressing room. He better work on his cricket rather than his commercial ventures.

  • PandyaHimanshu on August 10, 2010, 1:27 GMT

    No time for Yuvi now. Time to get him out of the team and put him where he belongs. After spending nearly 10yrs with Team India he hasn't learned a single lesson from Sachin, Dravid, Laxman, Kumble & Ganguly. He doesn't deserve a place in the side at all. Better give youngsters a chance to perform instead of him and ask him to be there at Page 3. His lack of commitments shows why he is here? Better for selectors to show him the gate. Nothing is impossible without him, even to win world cup next year. Time to say him Good Bye from Indian team in season 4 of IPL - 2011.

  • on August 10, 2010, 1:14 GMT

    He is India's Micheal Bevan and let us leave him at that. There are more deserving candidates for test slot and it is good raina picked it from him

  • vakkaraju on August 10, 2010, 0:58 GMT

    It is always good when nobody can take their place for granted. Yuvi should come back with a bang.

  • braindead_rocker on August 10, 2010, 0:16 GMT

    He is overrated. I dont see much from him....unless he changes his ways and learns some humility..

  • on August 9, 2010, 23:32 GMT

    Thr is lean period for every cricketer ...yuvi is no exception..he need to overcome nw to rock in world cup2011 or else he can loose his place ...

  • PremZtalks on August 9, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    No way to compare Dhoni with Yuvi - Dhoni might seem to have charmed life in cricket but the truth is he earned his charm and is made worth it. "Fortune favours the brave" Not to forget Yuvi's charmed life under sourav - If yuvi made use of it in the right way by doing the basics right with proper attitude he would have been the team captain long time before. "Money and fame comes only as a combo-pack with hard work and perseverance - lacking either of those will only lead to one's own downfall..."

  • gandabhai on August 9, 2010, 21:58 GMT

    "Sing YUVI Singh" Please , Please , Please.

  • neer_allrounder on August 9, 2010, 21:49 GMT

    yeh yuvi go n do what sachin does better..n only u can beat them Srilanka n Nzland...yeh shine

  • on August 9, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    all the best yuvi, please all of you give him some space people who are kepp talking about his bad form leave him alone.

  • Rakesh_Sharma on August 9, 2010, 21:05 GMT

    Why do we need this Yuvraj . There are lot of good players in Ranji. If they are given exposure they will be as good if not better. Why are the cricket selectors shortlist two or three cricketers and than groom them only all the time.I cannot understand. This policy of grooming is ok for small countries like New Zealand, Australia England. In India the cricket playes population will probably be more than the entire New Zealand population. Give more players chance. Dont block the space for one player for 10 ,15 years. India has huge huge population . Give more players chance.. One cricket spot virtually represents 120 million people which is more than the entire population of England,Australia,NZ,WI SL taken together. Does this make sense. In a country where there are so few oppurtunities give more people chance.Otherwise oppurtunities maeant for 1.2 billion people is grabed by just one Tendulkar,dravid, Yuvraj. No player must be allowed to play more than 10 years in India.

  • IPL_is_Thrash on August 9, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    There YuviS' are more interested in IPL career than commit to National Duties. Team India and BCCI is madly obsessed with Stupid, Rubbish, Non-Sense, Obsolete, Betting & Commercial event IPL, which is selling 6s and 4s on Lifeless Pitches. IPL-Mad Team India is losing Skill, Inspiration, Motivation, Hunger, Determination, Committment and Fitness to play International or Test Cricket on lively Pitches. Curators, Commentators and BCCI Officials are working for IPL growth rather than Cricket growth. Until IPL is not thrashed, Team India is not going to perform well in International Tournaments. Test, ODI & T20 Cricket is great to watch at International level on lively pitches, unlike IPL Teams which looks like club cricket and played on lifeless pitches.

  • SnowSnake on August 9, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    Yuvraj is a talented but undisciplined player. He is one cricket player that will squander his talent for lack of serious attitude towards game. If Yuvraj gets serious then he can single handedly win any game for India. NZ and SL beware of Yuvi.

  • ushakiran on August 9, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    plz.dont compare him with MS.HE IS THE MOST PERFECT BATSMAN.WHO DOESN'T PLAY FOR AVRG.

  • ushakiran on August 9, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    WAIT AND SEE.HE WILL ROCK FROM TODAY ONWARDS...........

  • mafiasam on August 9, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    All the best Yuvi!! time to get back and shine..

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  • mafiasam on August 9, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    All the best Yuvi!! time to get back and shine..

  • ushakiran on August 9, 2010, 19:25 GMT

    WAIT AND SEE.HE WILL ROCK FROM TODAY ONWARDS...........

  • ushakiran on August 9, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    plz.dont compare him with MS.HE IS THE MOST PERFECT BATSMAN.WHO DOESN'T PLAY FOR AVRG.

  • SnowSnake on August 9, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    Yuvraj is a talented but undisciplined player. He is one cricket player that will squander his talent for lack of serious attitude towards game. If Yuvraj gets serious then he can single handedly win any game for India. NZ and SL beware of Yuvi.

  • IPL_is_Thrash on August 9, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    There YuviS' are more interested in IPL career than commit to National Duties. Team India and BCCI is madly obsessed with Stupid, Rubbish, Non-Sense, Obsolete, Betting & Commercial event IPL, which is selling 6s and 4s on Lifeless Pitches. IPL-Mad Team India is losing Skill, Inspiration, Motivation, Hunger, Determination, Committment and Fitness to play International or Test Cricket on lively Pitches. Curators, Commentators and BCCI Officials are working for IPL growth rather than Cricket growth. Until IPL is not thrashed, Team India is not going to perform well in International Tournaments. Test, ODI & T20 Cricket is great to watch at International level on lively pitches, unlike IPL Teams which looks like club cricket and played on lifeless pitches.

  • Rakesh_Sharma on August 9, 2010, 21:05 GMT

    Why do we need this Yuvraj . There are lot of good players in Ranji. If they are given exposure they will be as good if not better. Why are the cricket selectors shortlist two or three cricketers and than groom them only all the time.I cannot understand. This policy of grooming is ok for small countries like New Zealand, Australia England. In India the cricket playes population will probably be more than the entire New Zealand population. Give more players chance. Dont block the space for one player for 10 ,15 years. India has huge huge population . Give more players chance.. One cricket spot virtually represents 120 million people which is more than the entire population of England,Australia,NZ,WI SL taken together. Does this make sense. In a country where there are so few oppurtunities give more people chance.Otherwise oppurtunities maeant for 1.2 billion people is grabed by just one Tendulkar,dravid, Yuvraj. No player must be allowed to play more than 10 years in India.

  • on August 9, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    all the best yuvi, please all of you give him some space people who are kepp talking about his bad form leave him alone.

  • neer_allrounder on August 9, 2010, 21:49 GMT

    yeh yuvi go n do what sachin does better..n only u can beat them Srilanka n Nzland...yeh shine

  • gandabhai on August 9, 2010, 21:58 GMT

    "Sing YUVI Singh" Please , Please , Please.

  • PremZtalks on August 9, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    No way to compare Dhoni with Yuvi - Dhoni might seem to have charmed life in cricket but the truth is he earned his charm and is made worth it. "Fortune favours the brave" Not to forget Yuvi's charmed life under sourav - If yuvi made use of it in the right way by doing the basics right with proper attitude he would have been the team captain long time before. "Money and fame comes only as a combo-pack with hard work and perseverance - lacking either of those will only lead to one's own downfall..."