Discount Yuvraj Singh at Your Own Peril, Says Former Selector Saba Karim
While many feel that the latest snub for Yuvraj Singh is a big blow to his already off-the-track international career, former selector and India wicketkeeper Saba Karim feels the World Cup-winning star cannot be written off.
There were bleak hopes that the southpaw would be picked in the squad for the Australia series after chief selector MSK Prasad had claimed that the veteran batsman was rested and not dropped for the recently-concluded series against Sri Lanka.
However, the comments now look like nothing more than some consoling words, as Yuvraj has been ignored for the first three-matches of the upcoming series.
Also, considering Yuvraj’s past where he fought several odds to make unlikely comebacks on several occasions including the one after beating cancer, Karim is hopeful that the 35-year-old will prove his critics wrong once again.
“Discount Yuvraj at your own peril. He is like a phoenix who has time and again shown that he loves rising from the ashes and proving critics wrong. From past experience, I would think it is too early to say that the writing is on the wall. Yes, he has a few issues he needs to work on, but then, he is a champion performer and has time and again proved that” Karim was quoted as saying by CricketNext.
Earlier this year in January, Yuvraj made a sensational return to the ODI team after a long gap of three years, but Karim admitted that even the selectors were apprehensive that the batsman would not return to the national team again.
“In fact, to be honest, we during our time as national selectors did for a short span think that it would be very difficult for Yuvraj to make it back to the national team. But I am equally happy to say that he proved us wrong and showed exemplary work ethics to make a return to the national team,” he revealed.
But at the same time, the former player admitted that Yuvraj needs to improve his fitness and score runs in domestic cricket to press his claim for a place in the Indian team.
“Yes, Yuvi need to go back to the drawing board and plan accordingly. He does need to work on his fitness and play domestic games to keep reminding the selectors that he is keen to make it back to the national team. The road is definitely not easy and trusts me; nobody knows that better than the man himself,” he said.
“I do not think he will be looking much into how the current group is doing. It doesn’t help to think much about those already out there. I am sure Yuvraj would be more interested in working on his game and waiting for the opportune moment when he gets his turn and would wish to make the most of it,” he added.
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