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Since Yuvraj Singh’s comeback, India has won 13 out of 15 matches. © Getty Images

The breaking news of Yuvraj Singh being ruled out of the remainder of ICC World T20 2016 has left the fans disappointed. Yuvraj sustained an ankle injury in India’s previous must-win contest against the mighty Australians, and was struggling to run between the wickets. Given that Yuvraj won the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 with a tumour, the ankle injury was no big deal for the belligerent southpaw. He scored a breezy 18-ball 21 as India won a thrilling match. The T20 stalwart has been a heartening aspect of India’s T20 campaign and his absence will hurt Team India. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs West Indies, ICC World T20 2016, 2nd semi-final at Mumbai

Since Yuvraj’s comeback, India have won 13 out of their 15 matches. This is not purely because of him, but Yuvraj’s T20I records speak volumes about his persistence and tenacity. He has amassed 1,134 runs in 55 T20I innings, with a strike-rate of 136.95. He has also scalped 28 wickets with an impressive economy of just over 7. Yuvraj may not be the force he was half a decade ago, but his performance in the last 2 months is a proof that there is still some gas left in the tank.

India will lock horns with the T20 entertainers West Indies in front of the boisterous Wankhede crowd. This is the same venue India clinched ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, a tournament in which Yuvraj’s genius with both bat and ball helped India win the trophy. Unlike the other tracks, Wankhede has been a feather-bed for the batters, and Yuvraj could have given the opposition a run for their money.

There are many masterful innings Yuvraj has played over the years that are etched in our memory. No one is likely to ever forget the 6 sixes off Stuart Broad’s over in the inaugural edition of World T20. In fact, his 12-ball half-century is still a record in all forms of international cricket. Such is the impact of Yuvraj’s presence!

England’s Kevin Pietersen once called Yuvraj a pie-chucker; Yuvraj may be a certified part-timer but has the knack of taking crucial wickets in crunch situations. Steven Smith’s wicket off the very first ball of his spell is proof that he is a man with a golden arm. Yuvraj will be missed  not only for his batting but also for his bowling. Manish Pandey perfect candidate to replace Yuvraj Singh in T20 World Cup 2016 semi-final against West Indies

Indian selectors named Manish Pandey his replacement for the remainder of ICC World T20 2016. Arguably, it will be an uphill task for Pandey to emulate what Yuvraj has been doing for his team. Yuvraj’s fruitful partnership in the middle overs with Virat Kohli at Dhaka and Mohali were eventually overshadowed by the latter’s sheer brilliance with the bat. Those were the innings of substance; innings you would witness only from a batsmen who has mastered the act of performing under pressure.

Not long ago Yuvraj hit a four and a six in the last over to get India over the line. Not long ago Yuvraj played match-winning innings on wickets that offered very little for the batsmen. Not long we saw Yuvraj saving runs with his athletic fielding. If Yuvraj’s replacement does not come good, his absence soon will be the talk of the town.

(Kaustubh S. Mayekar, a reporter at CricketCountry, played cricket at U-16 level. Like his idol Rahul Dravid, he often shadow-practises cricket shots. His Twitter handle is @TheCricKnight.)