Yuvraj Singh made a strong case for his return to the Indian national side with fine performances in the recently concluded limited-overs series against the West Indies A side. Aayush Puthran feels the other out-of-favour senior players can take inspiration from him to prove their worth and add to the problem of plenty of the Indian selectors.
It doesn’t really do a driver’s ego any good when he realizes that he just missed a right and would have to travel 200 metres further and take a U-turn to reach his destination. He is probably just hurt, especially while with co-passengers, but isn’t left with a choice to do his wrong a right!
The Indian selectors might be too tempted to take a U-turn, keeping aside the youth vision about which they were proudly bragging a month earlier, if like Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag too puts in a performance worth a merit for a recall to the national side.
As the writer had mentioned earlier, what if Yuvraj scores a ton and a two half-centuries against West Indies A — exactly what he did — would he be deserving of displacing a player from the current middle-order? Will all the future vision and youth policy be thrown out of the window or will the Sandeep Patil-led selection committee, which has done a commendable job till now, stick to their guns? And if they really have to remove a player, whom would they choose? Will it be Dinesh Karthik, as Sourav Ganguly said, who has to be sacrificed for a proven match-winner in Yuvraj?
However, while the selection matters can be left to the men at work, what the committee has done is that it has created a good pool of young players, ready for the big stage. At the same time, they have challenged the position of the senior pros and shaken them from their zone of comfort to refuel the hunger.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), too, in all its mess, has done a fine job in organising more matches for the ‘A’ team.
But has this created a problem of plenty? Will Sehwag be hard to ignore if he performs well against the mediocre West Indies A bowling attack? Is the problem of plenty something that the selectors can deal with great care? If Zaheer Khan does perform well, for how long can one rely on him, knowing well that at 35, his body is ready to break anytime?
However, this gives an excellent opportunity for the senior pros to prove their mettle once again and make a remarkable comeback. Will Sehwag, Zaheer and Gautam Gambhir take inspiration from Yuvraj and make merry of the opportunity? Well that remains to be seen.
(Aayush Puthran is a reporter with CricketCountry. Mercurially jovial, pseudo pompous, perpetually curious and occasionally confused, he is always up for a light-hearted chat over a few cups of filter kaapi!)