Champions Trophy, India vs Bangladesh: Yuvraj, After 8622 Runs And 14 Tons, Set To Play 300th ODI
It was a precocious talent store, a rare combination of grace and power, but for most of his 17-year career, Yuvraj Singh has been an enigma as well as a paradox in Indian cricket.
Standing at the forefront of its 300th day international day, it remains a difficult task to describe with Yunraj.
He is just the fifth cricket player in India – after Mohammed Azharuddin, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid – to achieve the rare milestone.
The 40 test matches he played will not tell the story of a cricket player who will invariably be one of the big winners of India’s limited games cricket. And this list is not too big.
Kapil Dev, Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni are the names that come to mind when talking about the winners of the game in the shorter versions. And this is the paradox.
At times it seemed that there were two Yuvrajs residing in a single player.
First, there was a “Yuvraj 1.0”, which, in 18 years, was not intimidated by Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie at their peak in their first ODI entries.
It was Yuvraj, who won an Indian Natwest final trophy at the “Cricket House” when everything seemed lost.
And remember in 2002, continued for 320 total was a deviation from the established norm of what was considered impossible in 50 on cricket at the time.
And it was Yuvraj, who scored a classic 139 in Sydney against an attack including Lee, Andy Gillespie and Bichel.
But there was also “Yuvraj 2.0”, which could never decipher the test code. Some attribute it to the lack of temperament, while others say that their best years coincided with Ganguly’s second coming in test cricket and could play this number.
5 places. And Ganguly at that time, was a better test player.
He showed, on occasion, shine chips, but every time the change of SG balls red SG or Duke’s cuckoo, there was nothing in the battalion Prince Yuvraj.
User doubts have slipped while facing spinners, pitchers, especially out-breakers such as Sri Lanka supermainist Muttiah Muralitharan, who took the ball to divert the left.
There was some century of proof against Pakistan, but it could never cement its place.
It was a cricket white balls where he found his mojo, and Yuvraj stood firm with his huge contribution within the two World Cup triumphs in India.
The six six of Stuart Broad during the inauguration of the World T20 in 2007 was the catalyst of Lalit Modi to sell the “Great Indian dream” in the world – IPL – that was at the height of money.
Winning the tournament helped to grow and these six seeded the seeds of another brand of cricket.
But strangely, Yuvraj could never become a legend because his T20 IPL stats can not even remotely match Suresh Raina.
But until T20 cricket is there, Yuvraj will remain in everyone’s collective consciousness. This is why Yuvraj remain an enigma!
And then came the great World Cup 2011. The six Mahendra Singh Dhoni has a memorable value – shown on several occasions – as Kapil Dev calls Vivian Richards in the 1983 final.
But, perhaps, one of the biggest reasons for the victory of India was 15 windows and 300 odd races Yuvraj has taken.
During his work, Yuvraj killed blood, could not eat, and was fully aware that he suffered from a rare germ cell cancer.
“He was an inspiration, a champion on and off the field and I respect him for that,” said captain Virat Kohli about the oldest cricket team player.
The fight against germ cell cancer was the biggest he has ever faced in his life. It was harder for Lee Yorker or James Anderson to outsank.
The phases of life through which he passed, anyone else would have been happy to survive, but Yuvraj wanted to play.
He made a comeback and it was an emotional emotional feeling. But after all the blueprints, there is a weak and Yuvraj was the T20 World Final in 2014 against Sri Lanka in Dhaka. He scored 11 of 21 balls and India lost the game because he could not accelerate.