The count down for the cricket’s shortest format jambore started as ICC announced the schedule and fixture for the World T20 2016 in Mumbai on Friday. The sixth ediiton of the tournament will be played between March 8 to April 3. India, the host, slotted out in the group of death as mighty Australia, creative New Zealand and flamboyant Pakistan will lock horn with each other in the marquee tournamnet.
India’s 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup winning hero Yuvraj Singh is celebrating his 34th birthday today (Saturday) December 12. He recently expressed his desire to take retirement after playing the World T20 at home. Yuvraj last played a T20 match for India in the final of World T20 grand finale in Dhaka against Sri Lanka, which India lost by 6 wickets. Crtitics blamed Yuvraj for his slow 21 ball 11 runs innings. Yuvi lost his form after surviving cancer called- “mediastinal seminoma,” a germ-cell tumour located between his two lungs.
Yuvi is currently toiling hard to get slected for the ICC World T20 2016 team.
Here is five reasons why Yuvraj Singh should back in the team during the World T20
Experience is an asset in a marquee tournament
He is a warrior for many gradtitude. He form his very first innings for India played as a finisher. He has expreince of five World T20 and three World Cups and many humdinger matches in which he fought and won the matches for India. His T20 performnace against Australia, with whom India will play their third match in Mohali on 27 March, is outstanding. He played 6 matches against Australia with an average of has 61.75 average and strike rate of 170.34. No doubt Australia will be the toughest opponent to India in the tournamnet as their captain Steve Smith is a seasion campigner IPL, David Warner is a showsblucking opener for Sunrisers Hyderabad. So India will need a rock in the middle order to give solidity in the rank.
Foundation of India’s T20 middle order
Yuvraj Singh has been the Rahul Dravid of India’s limited over squad for years. Dravid has been known as the wall of India’s famed batting line-up for his defensive skill. Similarly, Yuvraj has saved India from big collapse on many occasion. He is a great player of the furious fastball. His presence in the middle order will help to openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan to play aggressively. In 2007 World T20 semifinal India lost their first two wickets for 41. Robin Uthappa played a matured innings. But, Yuvraj rattled the Aussie pacer with solid stroke play. He scored 30 balls 70 that changed the course of the match as bowlers got the heavy total to defend.
The current Indian middle order lacks a middle order batsman who can scores more runs in less number of balls. During the two T20 matches India suffered defeat as they did not have a good batsman at middle order. Captain MS Dhoni is riddled with controversy lost his touch while Suresh Raina last played match winning performance against Zimbabwe in the World Cup 2015. So, Yuvraj can fill the vacuum. His inclusion will give much needed balance in the team.
In T20, all teams are needed a hard hitter. In crucial juncture of the match, when the team need a shift of gear to accumulate run quickly to pile up a big total against a quality team a batsman like Yuvraj Singh is like an asset. Who could forget that innings of Yuvraj Singh against England at Kingsmead in India’s last group match? Till 17th over of the innings India were marching towards a fighting total but within three over the world has tilted towards India as Yuvraj registered an astonishing world record- six sixes of Sturat Broad. Yuvraj Singh hit the fastest T20 fifty in the world, which is yet to be borken by any batsman. His fifty came off just 12 balls.
Yuvraj has not been considered for the Indian team since 2014. After diagnosed with cancer, he lost his touch. But now a fit Yuvraj Singh toiling hard to regain his berth in the team as he wants to bid the game adieu winning the World T20 in front of home crowd. Recently in a Ranji Trophy match for Punjab, he scored 187 against Gujarat at Mohali. He also scored 93 in Punjab first round match of Vijay Hazare trophy against Mumbai.
Yuvraj Singh is a utility crickter. He can contribute both with bat and ball. In Indian pitch, his off spin played a huge role in the middle of the innings to get India a couple of crucial wickets during the World Cup 2011. Yuvraj was the second highest wicket-taker for India with 15 wickets and sixth in the overall list. Nevertheless, his spin will be crucial for India to win the World T20 at home as the current Indian team lacks a good batting allrounder. Tried and tested Stuart Binny has no more been considered while Ravindra Jadeja’s return in the limited over team depends on his Vijay Hazare trophy. But, still India need Yuvraj Singh because nobody can replace him as India don’t have anybody who can play a dual role like Yuvraj.