Game Changer -Yuvraj Singh should play more matches by Sudhansu R Das

No Indian batsman today can match the graceful batting style of Yuvraj Singh. He once had the reputation of a great finisher of the game and a slug over specialist. Yuvraj still has lots of cricket left which could inspire the young generation. Though he has slowed down a bit he is still a game changer.

When Yuvraj plays he does not look like hitting the ball with much strength. He lifts the ball over mid-off, mid-on and midwicket region with effortless ease. Only batsmen with great calibre can hit with effortless ease.

He seldom gets angry and uses his strength unless somebody hurts him verbally. The English all-rounder, Flintoff had had a verbal exchange with Yuvraj Singh after he was hit by Yuvraj for two consecutive boundaries. This incident had infuriated Yuvraj who hit six consecutive sixes in the next over bowled by Stuart Broad.

Yuvraj always takes the ball on the middle of his bat and synchronises his body along with the stroke. His entire body weight is put behind the stroke to let the law of the motion work. The ball soars up and lands across the fence.

A potential match winner, Yuvraj Singh had single handedly won many matches for India. Unfortunately, a player of his stature has got a raw deal in the IPL tournament as he was dropped from the Mumbai Indians team for no visible reason.

He is far better than half of his Mumbai Indians teammate in technique, aggression and style. He scored 53 off 35 balls against Delhi Capitals in his first outing. In the next match he made a quick fire 23 against RCB. In his third and fourth outing, he scored 18 and 4. At no point of time he looked out of form. He was confident and was fully convinced of what he was doing. But, the Mumbai Indians’ team management has replaced the classic batsman with a little known player like Ishan Kishan. “It was an insult to a player like Yuvraj Singh stature,” reportedly said Gautam Gambhir, “Yuvraj did not get enough respect neither did he get enough money, he was paid less in the IPL.” Yuvraj was auctioned for Rs 1 crore only.

Money can’t belittle Yuvraj’s stature and his unquestionable commitment to the game. He loves and lives cricket which flows in his blood veins. He should be given more opportunities to show his batting prowess in the tournament.

Yuvraj Singh has fought cancer with courage and confidence. A perpetual fighter, Yuvraj Singh has made a comeback on the basis of his good batting performance. The southpaw is far cooler than MS Dhoni in temperament and is rock solid in confidence. The only problem with Yuvraj is that he gets carried away by his passion for big hits.