Yuvraj Singh, never-say-die, wants to win back No. 4 slot in Indian cricket team
Yuvraj Singh is working on his fitness at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore as he attempts to make a comeback to the Indian cricket teamcricket Updated: Nov 09, 2017 19:12 IST
With the Indian team struggling to find an option at No 4 in their batting line-up in One-day Internationals, it seems Yuvraj Singh is fancying his chances.
The southpaw is working on his fitness at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore and is preparing for the YoYo test, which evaluates an individual’s aerobic endurance fitness.
It has been learnt that the selectors have kept a window open for him should he get back to fitness. He is there for a month and his training will end on November 28 after which he will take the YoYo test. The Sri Lanka ODIs begin on December 10, which he seems to be eyeing.
As per earlier reports, Yuvraj Singh had failed to make it to the India squad on account of failing the fitness test. The YoYo test seems to have become a necessity in Virat Kohli’s side as the skipper is focused on fielding an absolutely fit India side in limited-overs cricket.
The veteran India all-rounder last played in national jersey on the tour of West Indies in June-July, making 39 in the third ODI in Antigua. India won that match. His last competitive cricket outing was for Punjab in the October 14-17 tie against Vidarbha where he failed to get going, making just 20 & 42 as his side was thrashed by an innings.
Yuvraj Singh, who will turn 36 in December, may have smelt an opportunity after India struggled to find an option for the No. 4 slot.
Since the 2015 World Cup, India have used 11 batsmen in that slot (see box) and are yet to find a permanent solution. Manish Pandey has failed to get going and they tried Kedar Jadhav in Sri Lanka. But he too returned poor scores. They have tried Hardik Pandya but his credentials as a proper batsman are yet to be established.
Skipper Virat Kohli, however, doesn’t want to put Ajinkya Rahane in that slot as he feels, he needs him as an option to open the innings.
Incidentally, since the World Cup, Yuvraj Singh has got the most number of runs in that position – 358. But 150 of those came in one innings against England earlier this year in Cuttack.
First Published: Nov 09, 2017 17:11 IST