Yuvraj Singh is perhaps the biggest match winner India has produced, apart from Tendulkar in limited over formats. It is perhaps because of his single handed efforts that India won the world cups in 2007 and 2011. But it is a sore sight to see the man who once hit six sixes in an over, struggle to put bat to ball against a part timer like Marlon Samuels. Does it signal the end of a glorious career or can he return with the same vigor.
Luckily for Yuvi, he has the support of the captain. Dhoni believes that Yuvi can still win him matches and the selectors also think that he is a big match player and it is a matter of a single match. He can turn his fortunes around. We all know that once he hits his groove, his will fire in almost all the matches at an amazing consistency. We have seen it in many tournaments in the past. When he was diagnosed with cancer and could not play for a period of time, the entire India prayed for his recovery and his comeback match was an emotional moment for any Indian cricketing fan. The issue he seems to be struggling with does not seem to be technique, but motivation. He needs to start believing in himself that he can win matches and bring that swagger in his batting back. This is where the support staff like Fletcher and even his captain who has known him for a long time can help him.
The T20 world cup is a perfect platform to stage his comeback. It was here that he has played some of his outrageous innings. It is hard to believe that this is the man who was man of the match 4 times in the past six T20 international matches India has played. He is the highest run getter and also the highest wicket taker in this period. That is the reason he is there in the playing 11 even though there are players of class like Ambati Rayudu waiting in the wings. Every innings of his would be watched like hawk by the team, selectors and also his team mates. He has done all the hard work after returning from cancer by stretching himself for full fitness and physically he seems to be in a great shape. If he brings back his confidence as well, it could prove to be a great asset to the team in this big tournament.
India would be in a bit of bother against Bangladesh (which in all probability might not happen) and we might see Yuvi rescuing the team and playing an innings reminiscent of his famous blasts in the past. The whole of India is waiting for this man’s return and also hoping that he doesn’t leave the team the Virender Sehwag way.