One of the most experienced players for India in the current squad, Yuvraj Singh was declared unfit to take any further part in the World T20 this year after the injury he sustained during the game against Australia at Mohali.
Yuvraj Singh came into the game with the required run-rate hovering around 8 runs per over and his injury saw the Indian’s lose some ground in the chase.
He twisted his ankle playing a short delivery and as a result, the doubles turned into singles putting more pressure on the team. He eventually got out for 21 off just 18 balls and has been ruled out for the rest of the tournament.
This will come as a huge blow for any Indian fan who has seen the heroics of the 34-year old over the years.
Starting from his sizzling knock in the final of the Natwest series at Lords to the impeccable 36 he took of Stuart Broad’s over en route to India’s first T20 World Cup, Yuvraj Singh has always given the nation something to celebrate.
However, he lost his place in the squad after a series of failures and injuries and went on to battle the first stage of cancer at which point it looked like his service to the sport may have ended.
But Yuvi once again proved that he is still an important player for any team after he was snatched up by the Delhi Daredevils making him the highest paid athlete in the IPL two seasons ago.
He then came back in the national squad and has ever since played an important role in the middle order for India. He announced himself on the tour to Australia earlier this year and has looked fit and in shape to challenge for yet another World Cup.
However, his unfortunate injury will see him sit out the rest of the tournament and one cannot help but wonder if the 34-year olds love with cricket has come to a halt.
A lot of Yuvraj’s recent innings have seen him rely on his experience and know-how rather than his reflexes that have become slower by the years.
Though he is still as dangerous with the bat when he settles in, he is often beaten for pace and has not been able to provide blistering knocks India needed from him in recent times.
The Indian board replaced the injured lefty with Manish Pandey for the rest of the tournament and it now looks like Yuvraj may just have played his final innings against Australia.
With the next ICC event 3 years away, Yuvi has no real trophies to fight for and it will also be interesting to see how long he takes to recover from this ankle injury.
With IPL also on the horizon, Yuvi will not be playing as much international cricket as he did at his prime and he may well think about hanging the boots before he is asked to.
He is still a big asset to the team and is the second most experienced player in the current squad but with the vast amount of talent in the country, it might not be as bad for the Indian Cricket team to let go of the Chandigarh dynamite.
It will be a romantic end to Yuvi’s career if India can win this World T20 and dedicate it to him but they will have to be at their best to have any shot at the trophy.
Do you think Yuvraj Singh can make yet another comeback into International cricket?