Yuvraj Singh made a remarkable comeback to international cricket (earlier this year) as in the ODI series against England, he scored 210 runs at an average of 70.00. His knock of 150 in the Cuttack match was the highlight of the series as along with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, he shared a partnership of 256 runs for the fourth wicket, not just keeping the sinking boat of the team afloat but also steering the team to a huge score of 381.
With this innings, he recuperated his deflated international career and also proved his case for the upcoming Champions Trophy.
“I needed to prove it to myself, rather than to prove it to the world, you know. I needed to prove to myself that I still have it in me, I still can deliver in the way I used to deliver in the past. It was more proving it to myself and the battle within — that I can still do the impossible. That was the belief I had and it actually came true with all the hard work I put in and the belief I had maintained over the last three years,” Yuvraj told Wisden India.
Yuvraj, who made a comeback to the ODIs after a period of three years, was quite close to returning into the Indian team for the 2015 World Cup, after the southpaw scored three back to back centuries in Ranji trophy but selectors preferred Stuart Binny over him.
This was probably the second biggest low that Yuvi went through after a poor show in the final of the T20 World Cup 2014.
“After the T20 World Cup final (in Mirpur), nothing was going right for me. I was not getting too many runs in domestic cricket also and I was out of the side. I just focussed, I took some time away from the game. I was seeing Hazel (Keech, to whom he got married last November) at that time and I focussed on the other side of my life. Just spending time with her, enjoying life, got engaged at that time. After six months, I came back to cricket again and started practicing again. I just focussed on myself, my life, not thinking about the outcome of what happened in the last year and a half. I think focussing on my life brought me back into the rhythm of playing.”
In all likelihood, he’ll be one of the key players in middle-order for the Champions Trophy 2017. Though, he still has to perform in the upcoming edition of IPL so as to book a permanent spot in the squad for the Mini World Cup.