Australia v India, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur March 30, 2014

Yuvraj fulfils weight of expectations

Probably as much as Yuvraj wanted to succeed, India also dearly wanted him to. His captain's faith in him was vindicated against Australia after a string of failures
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'Matter of one innings'. 'Matter of one innings'. They kept saying it, and we kept hearing it. Didn't come against Pakistan. Didn't come against West Indies. Didn't get a chance to come against Bangladesh.

Australia was the last chance. This had to be that one innings. And Yuvraj Singh made it count. Their senior batsman finding some form has to be the biggest takeaway for the Indians from this game, although they would have also been delighted with how their spinners confounded a batting line-up for the fourth successive time in the tournament.

Probably as much as Yuvraj wanted to succeed, India also dearly wanted him to. They did what they could in training, giving him several short, sharp stints of batting practice one day, a solo, longer one the other. During their training session before the Australia match, Yuvraj had an extended batting workout, fielding coach Trevor Penny's sidearm device giving him plenty of throwdowns. MS Dhoni usually watches his players practise from a distance, and does not get too involved, but this time, he stood right behind the single stump at the bowlers' end, watching Yuvraj closely.

Australia was to be the final opportunity before the knockouts, and Dhoni wanted to make sure his premier player was getting the most attention. After seeing him time a few drives and defend solidly, Dhoni even bowled a few offbreaks to Yuvraj.

India had also thrown their weight behind Yuvraj publicly. 'We all know what he can do once he gets going,' was the refrain. But even the best batsmen can stutter and stumble when they are out of touch, and when they are under pressure. That Yuvraj was feeling the pressure was evident. You did not need to see the way he had batted, particularly against West Indies, to realise that. It came across even in the way he was carrying himself on the field - brooding and seemingly occupied with himself. It came across when he reflected in disappointment at his struggle against West Indies even as his team-mates nearby celebrated India's second win of the tournament.

Till the time he whipped Brad Hodge to the deep midwicket boundary, Yuvraj was quite nervy. There were two close run-out calls where he slipped on the pitch, there were plays-and-misses against both spin and pace. Yuvraj was on 13 off 21 when he came down the track to Hodge. He then realised he was nowhere near the pitch. He stopped, adjusted his bat-swing and whipped it, against the turn. There was a fielder at long-on, but it was timed too well and had too much power - the combination that is the hallmark of Yuvraj when he is in flow.

Now he needed some fortune. James Muirhead provided him successive short balls that sat up and were smacked for sixes over deep midwicket. Early in his innings, Yuvraj had tried to do hit a Glenn Maxwell short ball but had missed it completely. That phase was over now, the nerves had been put away, and the confidence had been restored considerably.

Dhoni said with a smile that it was one question less that he would have to answer in press conferences now that Yuvraj had rediscovered his touch. "Yuvi's innings was brilliant," Dhoni said. "The way he paced his innings, and the best part was that an innings like this was needed for him, where he can be expressive and just be himself. It was an ideal opportunity today. He went and played a few deliveries and then he expressed himself. We all know the kind of batsman he is. He can clear any ground in the world and it does not matter whether it is a fast bowler or a spinner bowling. Initially he may struggle for the first five or seven deliveries. It is your good luck if you get him out, if not, he will take you out of the game."

It was also India's good luck that Yuvraj came good just in time for the semi-finals. Dhoni probably might not be bowling offbreaks to him in the nets again anytime soon.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY shaykumar on | March 31, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    I think with all the controversies surrounding the indian cricket team, this first 4 matches has been special. I as an Indian supporter have been speechless at the ease in which we have been winning. I feel MSD has an approach of trusting in the squad for long which works sometimes and sometimes doesnt. Happy for Yuvi it worked! I dearly missed those clean hits for sixes which this powerhouse used to deliver on a daily basis for us. Glad to see that back! Unless the game between SL and NZ is rainned off India will face SA in semis. It will be a nail-biting game, I will be happy as long as we fight hard! On another note loving Bhuvanesh kumars swing deliveries!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 1, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    Happy to See Yuvi fought back again well . All the Best Yuvi

  • POSTED BY checkOnCricket on | April 1, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    yuvi is back with a bang. Those who had been mentioning that Yuvi should said adieu to cricket ,please revisit on those as the "Punjab ka puttar" is going to stay long in the cricketing field and has got more and more records to break. The Guy is a Power House and No one can replace him at present.

    Yuvi... u are a true spirited hero..

    From a Die hard Yuvi Fan...

  • POSTED BY ManojBrock on | April 1, 2014, 3:40 GMT

    Hey @charlie tea,watch out previous yuvraj's performances,and it proves you are wrong.The only guy to get more MoM awards in T20 for India,to hit most no of sixes,and hit many 50's.You can't say anything from one single performance.Hate you critics.He has faced everytime it before and made some strong replies in WC tournament.MsD is doing better.You are not a captain to adjudge to keep his performances.

  • POSTED BY Johnny_129 on | April 1, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    I always said that Yuvraj is only just coming into age where batsman peak - He has a few years of great cricket left in him. He is beginning to regain motivation (after the high of ODI WC win), form and confidence. Hopefully he continues gaining in the next (possibly two) matches in T20 WC. I do, however, believe that he is batting too high up the order - Yuvraj is not a man for stabilizing an innings - He is a basher/ finisher. Dhoni is trying hard to find the number 4 batsman as neither Yuvraj nor Raina is totally suitable for the role. Batting high up is confusing the mind of Yuvraj - He should be used the way Pak use Afridi. What an effort from Yuvraj to win the ODI WC for India and then fight back from his health issues. Best of luck to Yuvraj!!

  • POSTED BY Noni on | March 31, 2014, 21:04 GMT

    @India_boy... I am a great fan of Yuvi and loved his innings. But will not hear a word against Sachin. as you mentioned "after the 2003 WC, SRT did not serve a purpose" here is for your information.. Since Nov 2003 in 9-10 years, Sachin played 161 ODI matches, scored 15 centuries (4 of them were 150+ and a double) and 32 fifties (including 10 scores of 90+) total of 8000+ runs Compared with Yuvraj's 250+ matches, 13 centuries, 50 fifties and totoal of 8000 runs. Meaning the amount of runs, centuries, fifties Sachin scored in those 9-10 years of his so called OLD age is a total career summary for Yuvraj and many many other national and international greats. And this is just 40% of Sachin's career. People like you have really short term memory and live on what you see now. Have some respect for greats. I love it when Yuvraj plays but it cannot be compared with Sachin's batting. They both are different style players.

  • POSTED BY on | March 31, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    Vijay Mallaya will be glad of this innings

  • POSTED BY Srivasri1 on | March 31, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    Yuvi is back after a long time....... :)

  • POSTED BY Pathiyal on | March 31, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    hope he arrived finally! :-)

  • POSTED BY yuvi_gladiator on | March 31, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    he was always trying to be positive even though he was not connecting them, a missed sweep, under edged a pull. even in the past we know yuvi plays well when he starts aggressively and tries and get forward. i think sometimes he just puts too much pressure on himself during the start of the innings by trying to defend a few and then is gone within those few, defense surely not his thing and it backfires. i hope he always keeps that positive mindset at the start

  • POSTED BY shaykumar on | March 31, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    I think with all the controversies surrounding the indian cricket team, this first 4 matches has been special. I as an Indian supporter have been speechless at the ease in which we have been winning. I feel MSD has an approach of trusting in the squad for long which works sometimes and sometimes doesnt. Happy for Yuvi it worked! I dearly missed those clean hits for sixes which this powerhouse used to deliver on a daily basis for us. Glad to see that back! Unless the game between SL and NZ is rainned off India will face SA in semis. It will be a nail-biting game, I will be happy as long as we fight hard! On another note loving Bhuvanesh kumars swing deliveries!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 1, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    Happy to See Yuvi fought back again well . All the Best Yuvi

  • POSTED BY checkOnCricket on | April 1, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    yuvi is back with a bang. Those who had been mentioning that Yuvi should said adieu to cricket ,please revisit on those as the "Punjab ka puttar" is going to stay long in the cricketing field and has got more and more records to break. The Guy is a Power House and No one can replace him at present.

    Yuvi... u are a true spirited hero..

    From a Die hard Yuvi Fan...

  • POSTED BY ManojBrock on | April 1, 2014, 3:40 GMT

    Hey @charlie tea,watch out previous yuvraj's performances,and it proves you are wrong.The only guy to get more MoM awards in T20 for India,to hit most no of sixes,and hit many 50's.You can't say anything from one single performance.Hate you critics.He has faced everytime it before and made some strong replies in WC tournament.MsD is doing better.You are not a captain to adjudge to keep his performances.

  • POSTED BY Johnny_129 on | April 1, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    I always said that Yuvraj is only just coming into age where batsman peak - He has a few years of great cricket left in him. He is beginning to regain motivation (after the high of ODI WC win), form and confidence. Hopefully he continues gaining in the next (possibly two) matches in T20 WC. I do, however, believe that he is batting too high up the order - Yuvraj is not a man for stabilizing an innings - He is a basher/ finisher. Dhoni is trying hard to find the number 4 batsman as neither Yuvraj nor Raina is totally suitable for the role. Batting high up is confusing the mind of Yuvraj - He should be used the way Pak use Afridi. What an effort from Yuvraj to win the ODI WC for India and then fight back from his health issues. Best of luck to Yuvraj!!

  • POSTED BY Noni on | March 31, 2014, 21:04 GMT

    @India_boy... I am a great fan of Yuvi and loved his innings. But will not hear a word against Sachin. as you mentioned "after the 2003 WC, SRT did not serve a purpose" here is for your information.. Since Nov 2003 in 9-10 years, Sachin played 161 ODI matches, scored 15 centuries (4 of them were 150+ and a double) and 32 fifties (including 10 scores of 90+) total of 8000+ runs Compared with Yuvraj's 250+ matches, 13 centuries, 50 fifties and totoal of 8000 runs. Meaning the amount of runs, centuries, fifties Sachin scored in those 9-10 years of his so called OLD age is a total career summary for Yuvraj and many many other national and international greats. And this is just 40% of Sachin's career. People like you have really short term memory and live on what you see now. Have some respect for greats. I love it when Yuvraj plays but it cannot be compared with Sachin's batting. They both are different style players.

  • POSTED BY on | March 31, 2014, 18:53 GMT

    Vijay Mallaya will be glad of this innings

  • POSTED BY Srivasri1 on | March 31, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    Yuvi is back after a long time....... :)

  • POSTED BY Pathiyal on | March 31, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    hope he arrived finally! :-)

  • POSTED BY yuvi_gladiator on | March 31, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    he was always trying to be positive even though he was not connecting them, a missed sweep, under edged a pull. even in the past we know yuvi plays well when he starts aggressively and tries and get forward. i think sometimes he just puts too much pressure on himself during the start of the innings by trying to defend a few and then is gone within those few, defense surely not his thing and it backfires. i hope he always keeps that positive mindset at the start

  • POSTED BY Sultan2007 on | March 31, 2014, 10:27 GMT

    If somebody had asked me 2 weeks ago whether India could go all the way, my affirmative response would have been based more on sentiment than belief. The significant outage at that time was the form of Yuvraj Singh. If India were now to win he whole thing, I can guarantee that Yuvi will have a big part to play. He is the one batsmen opposition teams worry about. The fearless arrogance and swagger - backed of course, by performance- can only be an enormous boost to the belief in the Team. I can alread visualize the body language of the Team in the next game. Go Yuvi and Go Team India!

  • POSTED BY India_boy on | March 31, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    @shameek...no offence but do you know how many lean patches SRT had? His record of most runs, centuries and matches holds majorly because of BCCI's relentless craving of a poster boy of Indian cricket. Admit it, after the 2003 WC, SRT did not serve a purpose that any other Indian player wouldn't have, given that much time frame! SRT has played a no. of years on the basis of his reputation, Yuvi hasn't played that many matches on his reputation, while Yuvi has actually come good in big matches (first CT, Natwest finals, 2003 WC semis against Pak, 2007 WC, 2011 WC) albeit in ODIs/T20s. Yuvi is the kind of player who feeds on confidence, thus he won't be out of form for years at stretch, unlike the "God" of cricket! Yuvi is a match-winner for what it really means!

  • POSTED BY green_baggy on | March 31, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    It was one of those tournaments which the Aussies never looked settled and focused. Else the results would have been different. India are a highly overrated team. Their weaknesses will surely be exposed in the semis and will get knocked out.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | March 31, 2014, 7:28 GMT

    At the back of all this there is brillant fielding by Raina. He lifts the teams fielding standards - the shorter formats should have Raina in the team. Not only this we can see that the whole team was enjoying every wicket/graft of the players.

  • POSTED BY Maliduke on | March 31, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    Really good news it seems we will face RSA in the semis and yuvi wil like that attack, the ball wil com on to the bat relatively well.

  • POSTED BY anoop3301 on | March 31, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4: "brightest young spin prospect in world Muirhead" lol.. you are right.. The likes of Muralitharan, Herath and Mendis would not even have made Victoria first class team if they were born in Australia and had been Muirhead's contemporaries.. lol..

  • POSTED BY on | March 31, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    Good to see Yuraj back into form Hope him to perform best

  • POSTED BY on | March 31, 2014, 6:06 GMT

    India_boy and Xylo, I agree that people should not call for Yuvi's head after 10-12 matches out of form [actually the no. is less]. But there were no scarcity of people calling for that non performer's head whom we have carried for 3 years also. So the comparison does not hold. I can show numerous articles and comments where Sachin's all records and performances have been forgotten and people were asking for his retirement when he was going through a lean patch. So Yuvi also has to face the same.

  • POSTED BY on | March 31, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4: How many overs did the "brightest young spin prospect in world Muirhead" bowl man. Only 2 overs. 2nd over first two balls bang out of the ground and u say yuvi struggled against Muirhead

  • POSTED BY India_boy on | March 31, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    @xylo...best comment! This guy has won us 2 WCs, literally, the other one almost single handedly. When he's out of form for about 10-12 matches, we are calling for his head, this is when we have carried a non performer for more than 3 years, who goes by the name of he-will-choose when-to-leave. Sickening!

  • POSTED BY John_Mil on | March 31, 2014, 5:07 GMT

    Well played Yuvi and India.I expected that you would show your best against Aussie.You outplayed your Opponents in all the depts.Well Played according to the conditions.Good to cheer off after a couple of losses in the previous serious.India proved that they are still a stronger team.And I never expect Austalia would get out cheaply.They have the strong batting line up.Bowling is good but according to the conditions in Asian countries I would say Ausies and other teams like SA,NZ,ENG would have preferred a good spinner or spinning all rounder who could turn the game around rather than going with 3 to 4 pace bowlers.Australia Batted well in the previous two games but they still they ended up with the loosing side.But Aus is always dangerous.I believe Netherland also can be a challenging team if they are more consistent.They have the strong batting line up.But needs to choose the bowlers according to the pitches.Not sure where is Ryan Tendeshe (Good Al rounder).His inclusion would be....

  • POSTED BY on | March 31, 2014, 5:02 GMT

    In the euphoria surrounding India's good performance most of us are forgetting that this could be the last World T20 for Yuvi and Dhoni. Dhoni is the kind of person who doesn't bother about personal records, milestones etc, unlike some of the other Indian legends. He will surely retire after next years ODI World Cup in Australia.For Yuvi too age will be a factor by the time the next T20 world cup comes up and what with so many youngsters knocking at the doors. So, lets all wish that we give these two a good parting gift.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | March 31, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4. ha ha I am sure, Australia rested players for the BIG match against BD. It will be a mouth watering content and BD may beat you. What will be your excuse then? Your Strac whom you claimed as best bowler went for plenty in the match and Yuvi and Dhoni played him like a club level. What you can do now is go and cry as much as you want.

  • POSTED BY soumyas on | March 31, 2014, 4:56 GMT

    everyone is pleased with his performance, it looked like the whole cricketing world wanted him to succeed... Indian cricket is poor without him. shows if you work hard it will pay back one or the other day.

  • POSTED BY anoop3301 on | March 31, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4: Nobody is swayed by one performance of Yuvraj. We have been swayed by 2 world cups which he has won for us. He has won India more important matches than all SL players combined in their history. And did not get this non sense of Aus resting key players. Likes of Chandimal and Thirimanne won't even get to a third string Aus team.

  • POSTED BY verma14 on | March 31, 2014, 4:34 GMT

    Good to see yuvraj back in form.If India has to win this world cup yuvraj has to come good.

  • POSTED BY aravinth_gct on | March 31, 2014, 4:19 GMT

    Enough all of you so called crictics..Yuvi is here to rule for another 2 years.

  • POSTED BY on | March 31, 2014, 4:18 GMT

    I am so glad that King Yuvi got his form back. All Yuvi critics are biting the dust now. I wish he had some bowling too when Aussies were struggling. Anyway Yuvi got his form back before Semi Final and it is really awesome news now. THIS is THE WAY TO GO YUVI. Form is temporary, Yuvraj is permanent. Living Legend.

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | March 31, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    Yuvraj didn't have much of clue facing brightest young spin prospect in world Muirhead.Also had self in tangle few times v quicks. Didnt pick couple of bouncers,missed few yorks luckily missed stumps.Well done though on putting away few Watto f/t @120 ks.

  • POSTED BY on | March 31, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    Yuvraj is a true champion. Wish him all the best for future :)

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | March 31, 2014, 4:03 GMT

    Dont be swayed by 1 inngs. vs an Aus side having rested so many players and basically just exp.,giving fringe players a hit.Yuvraj was only ever a threat on flat home tracks in short forms.A bit of movement/spin and he'd flop.He's past it even.

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | March 31, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    Yuvi coming back to form is the biggest take away of the match. I saw his innings, he struggled a bit early on, then punished some lose balls before showing his class at the end. But I still think, Yuvi was only 60% in this match and if he can be anywhere near 80-90%, then rest assured the cup is going to go to India.

  • POSTED BY ManojBrock on | March 31, 2014, 3:05 GMT

    This is what he is! he likes critic i guess,getting under the pressure and proving himself once again,isnt easy,making a comeback is stronger than consistent performers.He was the hot topic and he is the hot topic.Thanks MSD for supporting yuvraj he knows the strength of yuvi,like ganguly,dravid.I would request cricinfo members not to make blog out of yuvraj's form.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 31, 2014, 1:55 GMT

    I always believed in his capabilities and talent cz he is one player who can win us any match on his own.. Form is temporary but class is permanent, Yuvi proved this adage again.. Go Yuvi! Win us this wt20 again!

  • POSTED BY BigGeorgeMehemood on | March 31, 2014, 1:42 GMT

    No asia team will win cup..West Indies will win again.

  • POSTED BY Humdingers on | March 31, 2014, 1:31 GMT

    That pick-up/lofted 6 off Watson over Midwicket was the shot of the night. And the Cover-drive (of Stark I think) was what brought the confidence back. Rahane is a waste of space (apart from his fielding) - he needs to toughen up mentally before playing at this level (he has the skill, just not the mental fortitude).

  • POSTED BY archis100 on | March 31, 2014, 0:10 GMT

    Somewhat like Mohinder Amarnath to a previous cricketing generation, Yuvraj has been the keystone to India's smaller format successes. His elegance, timing and power -- when it starts flowing -- is just spectacular. Underneath all that is the person who has a bit of steel borrowed right from the blast furnace. He just completed a circle today for India's campaign.

    Dhoni is not my personal favorite as a test captain, but his tremendous instinct and street smartness makes him the most dependable Indian captain for the smaller format. It is great to see how he has backed up two key players for this format -- Amit Misra and Yuvi. Way to go!

  • POSTED BY class9ryan on | March 30, 2014, 23:52 GMT

    As a Indian Cricket fan, there is no doubt I want to see him play well here in Bangladesh and also in the IPL. But I do not wanna see a repeat of that Australia series, where he could muster only one good innings. I wish he gets better.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 23:44 GMT

    Amazing performance by Yuvraj. It seems he has a liking for the Australian attack.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 30, 2014, 23:34 GMT

    Yuvraj's form is of prime importance to the Indian team. No replacement can ensure the balance to the team that Yuvi brings with his power hitting and off breaks on these slow, turning wickets. He is made for ICC tournaments. Indian think tank deserves to be appreciated!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 30, 2014, 23:34 GMT

    Yuvraj's form is of prime importance to the Indian team. No replacement can ensure the balance to the team that Yuvi brings with his power hitting and off breaks on these slow, turning wickets. He is made for ICC tournaments. Indian think tank deserves to be appreciated!

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 22:31 GMT

    Thanks Mr. Singh, (being a big fan of u) even i had to listen critics of a cricket player who is the best striker of the ball in the world till now. But i don't know why people are against yuvraj for failure in only 2 innings in T20, where before those 2 innings he was man of the match in 2 successive Innings. 77* vs AUS 72 vs PAK Yuvi is the T20 spec. for India having-------- 1 hit most sixes for india and fourth most---63 2 forth most man of the match----7 3 most runs for India 4 most runs in one over (all know) 5 fastest fifty 6 Third best career strike rate among those who played at least 30 innings 7 2 hat tricks in IPL 8 23 wickets in 35 Innings where he does not bowl in each match. 9 most fifty for India--- 8 10 And might be more ------------ And people are not talking about Dhawan, Dhoni(has not a single 50+ in T20), Rohit Sharma who always creates pressure on his partner in start of Innings

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 22:28 GMT

    Time and again, Yuvraj has shown that he is a match winner. Notwithstanding his run of failures, he is the one Indian batsmen who can consistently clear the boundaries after the six overs of powerplay. This capability is not matched by anyone currently in the Indian team. India needs to look for players who can clear the field once it is spread out, and there are no known replacement who can come anywhere close to the skill Yuvraj has.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | March 30, 2014, 21:31 GMT

    Indeed the Yuvraj come back was badly needed in this "Do or Die" innings. Dhoni & Yuvraj must have heaved a huge sigh of relief after that innings which was more like the old Yuvraj. His inside out SIX of Starc was the best shot of the Match- may be of this 2014 T20! It was superbly timed & only bettered by Sobers hitting Mckief with second new ball for SIX off the back foot over the sight screen in Sydney Test in 1959-60. Yuvraj scratched a bit nervously at the start but soon finished with a S/R of 139, including 4 Sixers + 5 boundaries. That was great innings once he got going. Dhoni too scratched at the start but soon made amends. A partnership of 84 in 7 overs turned the OZ Bowling upside down! With both falling, in the last 2 overs India could only manage about 8 runs. The Yuvraj's inning even boosted the whole team to produce their best bowling & fielding effort. It was unbelievable to see a strong OZ batting bundled for 86. An infectious innings which fired up the Whole Team!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 30, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    congratulations yuvi!

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    this is the way a captain should support a player... if he is talented..

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 20:46 GMT

    Indians who follow cricket should bow to him for the way he displayed in limited overs cricket..........he may not be successful in test cricket but he produced the best for us to celebrate in becoming champion of World cricket, in T20 and then beloved 50 over World cups......... it might be pretty soon that he may leave cricket but his legacy would remain along with us as along as King Ashoka is there in our memories.......

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 20:44 GMT

    I am so glad that King Yuvi got his form back. All Yuvi critics are biting the dust now. I wish he had some bowling too when Aussies were struggling. Anyway Yuvi got his form back before Semi Final and it is really awesome news now. THIS THE WAY TO GO YUVI.

  • POSTED BY reymysterio7 on | March 30, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    I'm sorry guys but Yuvi still looks out of touch to me. Yes he got the runs and hopefully that has given him confidence but that was not the only thing lacking in his game.

    He is still playing every delivery expecting the short ball and hence is always on the backfoot, thereby missing the full delivering and even failing to put the full tosses away. Even the way he was dismissed he never got really forward and that is why he could not clear the long off fielder. Until he gets his foot movement going, he is definitely going to struggle for consistency and mostly gonna get bowled. I wish I'm proved wrong though as I'm a huge fan of his. Cheers!

  • POSTED BY xylo on | March 30, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    It is funny how some writers throw up all sorts of adjectives to cover up the failures of a passenger in the team since 2011, culminating the farce by naming him the cricketer of the generation, but get riled up when a genuine team player falls out of form and call for his head like they were always true professionals.

  • POSTED BY shwetankst on | March 30, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    good innings...but he did not looked comfortable against fast bowlers..still cant imagine him performing well outside subcontinent

  • POSTED BY vrkp on | March 30, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    Very glad to see that Yuvi at last came into form. Co-incidently, his last big innings also came against Aus in a T20 match.

    But, I think Aus missed a tearaway pacer like Johnson who would have bowled few short pitch deliveries to Yuvi.

    I'm still concerned about how he is going to face Steyn who we will be facing most likely in the semis. Steyn is in red hot form. Hopefully, by the time Steyn bowls to Yuvi, he should have scored some runs by then or India is in a commanding position.

    Good luck India.

    If India wins the cup, it would be the first time ever that a same team is holding ODI WC, T20 WC and ODI CT Cup.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 30, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    Would live to see a winless Australia go home. Come on Bangladesh

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 30, 2014, 19:45 GMT

    Yuvraj played really good but he didnt finish it off well. The longer his form lasted, better it is for india. Moreover i hope there will be no dew in the remaining matches otherwise india will struggle in dew because it will negate indian spinners

  • POSTED BY subcontinent-expert on | March 30, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    Bravo YuVi... Proud of you... Proud of our team's performance till now... Still long way to go.... All the best.....

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 19:36 GMT

    Good luck Yuvi and India :)

  • POSTED BY aries31 on | March 30, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    Very well said in this article. It was a delight to watch Yuvi play the Australians with such abandon and authority and score 60 runs. May his confidence rediscovered remain with Yuvi forever. We all wish him all the very best. Dhoni too gave him excellent support to help him gain confidence.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    Way to of Yuvraj. Now you are good to go for the next 10 batting appearances of single-digit scores. Then you get another freak 50 and the selectors will keep you on the team for the next several games of poor performance.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    Way to of Yuvraj. Now you are good to go for the next 10 batting appearances of single-digit scores. Then you get another freak 50 and the selectors will keep you on the team for the next several games of poor performance.

  • POSTED BY aries31 on | March 30, 2014, 19:19 GMT

    Very well said in this article. It was a delight to watch Yuvi play the Australians with such abandon and authority and score 60 runs. May his confidence rediscovered remain with Yuvi forever. We all wish him all the very best. Dhoni too gave him excellent support to help him gain confidence.

  • POSTED BY on | March 30, 2014, 19:36 GMT

    Good luck Yuvi and India :)

  • POSTED BY subcontinent-expert on | March 30, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    Bravo YuVi... Proud of you... Proud of our team's performance till now... Still long way to go.... All the best.....

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 30, 2014, 19:45 GMT

    Yuvraj played really good but he didnt finish it off well. The longer his form lasted, better it is for india. Moreover i hope there will be no dew in the remaining matches otherwise india will struggle in dew because it will negate indian spinners

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 30, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    Would live to see a winless Australia go home. Come on Bangladesh

  • POSTED BY vrkp on | March 30, 2014, 20:11 GMT

    Very glad to see that Yuvi at last came into form. Co-incidently, his last big innings also came against Aus in a T20 match.

    But, I think Aus missed a tearaway pacer like Johnson who would have bowled few short pitch deliveries to Yuvi.

    I'm still concerned about how he is going to face Steyn who we will be facing most likely in the semis. Steyn is in red hot form. Hopefully, by the time Steyn bowls to Yuvi, he should have scored some runs by then or India is in a commanding position.

    Good luck India.

    If India wins the cup, it would be the first time ever that a same team is holding ODI WC, T20 WC and ODI CT Cup.

  • POSTED BY shwetankst on | March 30, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    good innings...but he did not looked comfortable against fast bowlers..still cant imagine him performing well outside subcontinent

  • POSTED BY xylo on | March 30, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    It is funny how some writers throw up all sorts of adjectives to cover up the failures of a passenger in the team since 2011, culminating the farce by naming him the cricketer of the generation, but get riled up when a genuine team player falls out of form and call for his head like they were always true professionals.

  • POSTED BY reymysterio7 on | March 30, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    I'm sorry guys but Yuvi still looks out of touch to me. Yes he got the runs and hopefully that has given him confidence but that was not the only thing lacking in his game.

    He is still playing every delivery expecting the short ball and hence is always on the backfoot, thereby missing the full delivering and even failing to put the full tosses away. Even the way he was dismissed he never got really forward and that is why he could not clear the long off fielder. Until he gets his foot movement going, he is definitely going to struggle for consistency and mostly gonna get bowled. I wish I'm proved wrong though as I'm a huge fan of his. Cheers!