Yuvraj Singh is just five runs away from his 3rd ton in this year's Ranji Trophy © PTI
Yuvraj Singh is just five runs away from his 3rd ton in this year’s Ranji Trophy © PTI

By Varun Arora

Dec 28, 2014

Mandeep Singh (154 not out) who was involved in a 227-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Yuvraj Singh (95 not out) for Punjab on Day 1 of the Ranji Trophy Round 4 encounter against Saurashtra, believes Yuvraj should be drafted in the Indian squad for the Australia series.

“If not World Cup first, he should be immediately called for the Australia series. He belongs at that level not at this Ranji Trophy stage. And if form is the criteria to get picked for the World Cup squad he should be there in Australia playing World Cup for the country. In the first game at Patiala he played a match winning knock, and in the last match at Pune it was a green top and he batted brilliantly. All three of his knocks have come on three quality wickets. He is batting really well at the moment,” said Mandeep, after Yuvraj remained unbeaten on 95 while he was batting on 154 and looked poised for a double-ton.

Mandeep and Yuvraj guided the team to 327 for three after three early wickets had fallen. Mandeep’s knock included 16 boundaries and one big six. “It was a good wicket to bat on. It was the best wicket we played on this season. It was a good opportunity and the runs kept coming. It was an enjoyable knock. We would like to play well all morning and would also keep our eyes at the run-rate,” he quipped.

About his own batting display the right-hander said, “Honestly saying, I’m not thinking about the 200 now. If I think about the milestones tend to take pressure upon me.  I’m focusing on batting well and if I will bat well 200 or maybe 300 anything is possible.”

(Varun Arora is a reporter with CricketCountry. He started as a medium-fast bowler, converted to an opening batsman but finally settled with his passion of writing about the game. His Twitter handle is @varunjgd)