Plenty at stake for Yuvraj as Delhi Daredevils take on Chennai Super Kings in IPL

  • Kushal Phatarpekar, Hindustan Times, Chennai
  • Updated: Apr 09, 2015 19:07 IST

Yuvraj Singh last played a one-day international in December 2013. The left-hander has been struggling to make a comeback, but one format where he has found a footing is Twenty20.

However, his last T20 international will not bring fond memories. Playing the final of the World T20 against Sri Lanka in Bangladesh, Yuvraj played a cagey innings, which saw him falter after scoring 11 off 21 balls. This cost India a chance to accelerate, thus restricting them to the lowest first-innings total in a World T20 final.

Since then, Yuvraj has spent time playing in the domestic circuit. He scored three centuries in the season but could not find a way back and missed out on a place in the World Cup squad.

Through the Indian Premier League (IPL), the batsman will look to showcase his skill as the India squad takes shape for the coming season. With the next edition of the World Twenty20 just a year away, the explosive batsman will look to push further.

A Rs 16-crore price tag demands a superlative performance, so a lot will be at stake for Yuvraj. As the Delhi Daredevils open their IPL campaign against Chennai Super Kings at Chepauk on Thursday, it will be Yuvraj who will be under the scanner.

According to Daredevils captain JP Duminy, it is Yuvraj's ability to win games singlehandedly that sets him apart.

"It does not matter if he has not been part of the Indian side. He is a match winner and a strong all-rounder," said Duminy.

"I have no doubt that Yuvraj will win games on his own. We have seen that time and again that he has put in big performances in IPL events. I know he takes lot of pride in his performance. I have no doubt we can expect some big things from him," he added.

With the IPL being the perfect precursor to the World T20 next year in the country, it has given most national teams a chance assess a few players.

It provides the perfect stage for the likes of Yuvraj to make a comeback to the national side.

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