Indian Cricket Team is currently going through some tough time. Their form going into the World Cup is not good and their four players from the World Cup squad (Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja and Rohit Sharma) are not 100% fit. Out of these four, participation of Bhuvneshwar and Ishant is very much in doubt. So, if someone is ruled out, Yuvraj Singh’s name might come into selectors mind as a replacement. So, let us take a look at the reasons why Yuvraj Singh should be selected in WC squad:
In Sparkling form this Ranji season
Yuvraj Singh has been in scintillating form this Ranji season. He has hit three centuries and two half-centuries in the six matches that he has played till now. One more good thing is that he has started to place his innings in the old manner and just because of it, he has scored the most number of boundaries by any batsmen (91) this season. He has faced a total of 970 balls which shows that he has worked on his batting a lot more than expected to get accustomed to playing long innings.
5th highest run-getter in Ranji 2014-15
The southpaw has scored 632 runs in six matches at an healthy average of 63.20 with an highest score of 182. One good thing that needs to be noticed is that Yuvraj hasn’t got out for a duck in his 10 innings till now. The determination to stay at the crease is there. In Punjab’s match against Odhisha, Yuvi scored a fighting fifty on a green deck at Mohali and looked totally in control of his batting.
Experience of three World Cup’s
Yuvraj has played a total of three World Cup’s for India till now (2003, 2007 and 2011). In the 2003 World Cup at South Africa where India reached the finals, he scored 240 runs in 11 matches at an average of 34.28 with two half-centuries. In 2007 World Cup at West Indies, where the Men in Blue got knocked out in the first round itself, Yuvi scored 136 runs in 3 matches at an average of 45.33. Now with the experience of two World Cup’s, he came out all guns blazing in 2011’s mega event and with an impressive all-round performance (362 runs and 15 wickets), he helped India clinch the World Cup title for the second time in its history. Looking at this, it looks clear that his experience will come in handy for Dhoni in Australia and New Zealand, if he is selected.
Big Tournament Player
His presence and his ability to unleash himself on the big moments at the field, especially in the big matches is actually great. The best examples of this are ICC World T20 2007 and ICC World Cup 2011. His performances with the bat and in the field helped India win the former one and his bowling also got added in the latter one and he returned with the man of the tournament trophy.