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Yuvraj Singh’s decline: All good things come to an end, says Brad Hodge

The double World Cup-winner, Yuvraj Singh has been a pale shadow of his best, compounding Kings XI Punjab’s plight in IPL 2018.

cricket Updated: May 19, 2018 20:53 IST
Devarchit Varma
Devarchit Varma
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Kings XI Punjab cricketer Yuvraj Singh has been a pale shadow of himself in IPL 2018.(AFP)

It is entirely up to Yuvraj Singh to answer questions on his future in the wake of the Kings XI Punjab player’s poor run in the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) season, head coach Brad Hodge said on Saturday.

Once a match-winner with his power-hitting, spin bowling and fielding, Yuvraj has been a pale shadow of himself, scoring just 65 runs in eight matches. He was also dropped from the playing eleven as KXIP has gone through highs and lows.

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As KXIP face Chennai Super Kings in a must-win final league game on Sunday, Hodge told the media: “I am not here to determine what Yuvraj does after tomorrow; it’s in his hands.

“Hopefully he comes out and performs, whether it is tomorrow, the next day or in a year’s time. He is a legend in Indian cricket… we want to see him do well. Hopefully it is not (the end), but we all know sooner or later (all) good things, good times always have to come to an end. But when that is (for Yuvraj), I am not the person to answer.”

In an embarrassment for Yuvraj, during the three-run loss to Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday, bowling all-rounder Axar Patel was sent ahead of him.

Axar came to bat with Punjab needing 38 to win from 3.1 overs.

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Hodge said: “The logic is that (Aaron) Finch and KL (Rahul) batted a lot longer than we anticipated and Yuvraj’s role is to finish the innings. If he goes and gets only that amount of time to bat, then there is not much he can do the way game is structured.

“Axar Patel has probably struck the ball well in the last three games and probably more likely in our opinion to clear the fence straightaway,” he said.

Hodge admitted Yuvraj, 36, also needs time to get into rhythm and KXIP could not afford that against Mumbai. “We have seen that’s the way he likes to structure his innings, yes.”

First Published: May 19, 2018 20:42 IST