India’s World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev believes that Yuvraj Singh still has a lot to offer for the country and wishes to see him in Indian colors again.
The 33-year old Yuvraj, who is also India’s sixth highest run-getter in ODIs, has not played international cricket since the ICC T20 World Cup 2014 and is currently going through a rough patch in the ongoing eighth edition of the Indian Premier League. But Kapil feels that team India requires a hero, player of a tough character like Yuvraj Singh.
During an interview with Sport360 in Dubai, Kapil quoted:
Yuvraj is the most talented cricketer we have, without a doubt. That he has survived so much in his life is an achievement in itself, it is not easy to talk about that [Yuvraj’s recovery from cancer in 2012]. He had such a rough time in life. He is a gifted cricketer. Cricketers like him bring people to the ground. That is so important.
You require heroes, a player of character. [Tennis legend] John McEnroe was a character and [football icon] Diego Maradona was a character. I find Yuvraj is one as well. He is not someone who will go out onto the ground and come back without doing something. Whether it is fielding, batting or bowling, his character is there. I watch him and think, ‘I couldn’t do that’.
Against growing concerns of limited-overs cricket taking place a lot more than the Test Cricket, in particular the T20 with such cash-rich leagues such as the IPL, Kapil Dev believes that all three formats have their places justified in today’s busy calendar, but that fans will choose what they want to watch based on their lifestyles.
There are different types of entertainment. Some people want to watch an action movie, while others want a romantic movie. Some people can’t watch Test cricket, while others think it is the pinnacle of cricket. It depends on what you want to see. Authorities have to balance it out. It depends on how they want to look after the game. Everybody wants to see action, in today’s world people cannot sit for five days. People can give a few hours, bring their kids to the cricket.