The revival of Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh smashed 68 not out off just 29 balls against Delhi Daredevils © IANS (File Photo)
Following his violent 38-ball 83 and four for 35 against Rajasthan Royals (RR) at home, Yuvraj Singh has launched another assault, this time on the hapless Delhi Daredevils (DD) bowlers at the same ground. Humjee Break-Sheikh looks at the revival of a man who had been shunned and ridiculed by all a few months back.
Yuvraj Singh had scored 83 at a strike rate of 218.4 last match; he has bettered it with 68 at 234.5 against Delhi Daredevils (DD) on Tuesday. With nine sixes — four of them in the final over — he has managed to bring smile to the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) dugout. Virat Kohli’s grumpiness has reduced somewhat, and Vijay Mallya is smiling somewhere at the justification of the selection he has been so ridiculed for, not to mention the exorbitant price he had paid for the deal.
It has not been long since Yuvraj had been criticised for being promoted (in what turned out to be a blunder in hindsight) at the World Twenty20 final and being at the wrong end of one of the most novel strategies the world of cricket has witnessed in recent times. His house was stoned, he was made fun of in social media, and his cricket epitaph was as good as written.
Here is a request to the men who threw stones that night: can you please shower his house with roses tonight?
But this was Yuvraj Singh, no less. He has fought back from the greatest, steepest, toughest opposition of all: he had seen death at close quarters, has looked into its eyes, and had conquered it without much fuss. He had lost his way somewhere after his return, but the last couple of innings definitely show his return to form. Those lofted drives have started flowing over extra-cover and mid-wicket into the stands. Things have started to look ominous for the bowlers once again.
Of course, this can well be a flash in the pan. But knowing Yuvraj, knowing the fighter the man is, one can safely guess that it is not. Those who had written him off have already started apologising on social media for their earlier jibes; and the ones who had ridiculed him are going gaga over his sizzling strokeplay.
Yuvraj has been doing it big again. Here is a request to the men who threw stones that night: can you please shower his house with roses tonight?
Of course, you won’t. That would have probably classified you as genuine lovers of the sport — which is a tag that does not really go with you.
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(Humjee Break-Sheikh eats, drinks, breathes and lives cricket. Unfortunately, he does not believe in social media.)