With 672 runs in five matches at an average of 84 and a highest score of 260, Yuvraj Singh is the fifth highest run-getter in the Ranji Trophy season. A comeback to the India T20 squad for the World Cup early this year has given him a new lease of life and the 34-year-old has gone on to get his bat do the talking in the matches for Punjab.
Fitness issues might restrict him to the shortest format, but proving himself regularly in first class cricket may just get him back in the limelight, especially in case India seeks a finisher in the ODI format. In an interview with The Telegraph, the hero of India’s World Cup triumph in 2011, said in as many words that he was not done with cricket just yet.
“I got a career-best 260 just weeks ago. I’m not through with the game,” Yuvraj said.
Yuvraj, who is busy preparing for his upcoming marriage with British-Mauritian model and actor Hazel Keech, believes Test skipper Virat Kohli is the perfect man to take Indian cricket forward.
“He’s mature now and has grown into a very fine batsman. He’s hit a good patch and this is the time for him to take India forward,” he said.
India have not lost a Test match at home since their series loss to England in 2012. In the meanwhile, they have played hosts to Australia, West Indies, South Africa and New Zealand and the only Test they haven’t won was a rain-affected draw against South Africa.
“The team’s doing really well, away and at home. But England are tougher than the other teams we’ve faced this season,” Yuvraj said.