It is not about scoring a half century against Delhi Capitals in Mumbai Indians’s first match of IPL 2019, it is not about hitting some powerful sixes or some miscued shots, it is not about being promoted at number 4 with a big responsibility, it is not about stopping a few certain boundries while fielding at the boundry line. It is all about a great character and determination with big promises he has shown, showcasing his arrival back into the mainstream arena of national cricket scene, lambasting critics who had discarded him as any serious contender for the last two years.
Wel’come back’ Yuvraj Singh. When you have immense natural talent and zest to deliver the best, some lean or rough patches in career are bound to occur, but what matters most, is a great comeback like the great Mohinder Amarnath, precisely, 11 times after being dropped or written off. Especially, the decision makers are awaiting for your minor failures, the detractors in disguise with masks on face, won’t let you sleep, the will to overturn their judgements on you attains the lifeline priority to you, if you believe in yourself so strongly, if a great self esteem and restoration of faith reaches its Everest. No matter in the same or even poorer scorelines, certain individuals keep enjoying permanent positions in the team and you being dropped after a few instances only, you have to talk and gather courage and will to fight from within, as, at certain junctures in life, it is only you who can make or break yourself. Rest, howsoever genuine or close they are, can only give you words of caution, concern, advise or admiration. Not withstanding the mysterious aura arround you, ignoring every adversity, only you could be your army or enemy. A very tough or ardent task when the vision could go abstract at a micro let down by noneother than the self.
Emerging as a hero in the under 19 world cup 19 years back, making it to the Indian squad in a year, showing a great class immediately against the Australian might in a one day by scoring 80 plus runs, becoming a backbone of Indian one day squad for almost 14 years, at times making it to test team and performing, though not regularly as one dayers, Yuvraj Singh has given a lot to Indian cricket. After his heroics in 2007 T-20 world cup, the highest point came in the longer format of 50 overs world cup 2011, where he reached his prime and played a very important role to see India lift the cup after 28 years. I was present at Sardar Patel Stadium Motera to write for my sports column, at the quarter final against Australia. Chasing 261 and 184 for 5, even Dhoni gone and chances became very bleak to make it to semi final, Yuvraj, having a sight on the cup, started negating the fiery spell of Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Shaun Tait and a very intellegent spell of Shane Watson. Not to forget, the mischivious deliveries of Jason Kreza. I have rarely seen such a terrific spell like Johnson that day who was firing all cylinders. Express bouncers to toe crushing yorkers, Yuvraj dealt everything very smartly and calculatively with equal and great support from Suresh Raina, to guide India to victory. Rest is history, when India defeated Pakistan in the semi and Sri Lanka in the final, with Yuvraj Singh as the player of the tournament.
Then came the news of his cancer which according to him, was detected during the world cup, but didn’t let anyone know and continued fighting on two fields. He fought and came back strongly to make it to the Indian side again, but this time, somehow, his failures were awaited instead of his success strangely, according to some and he was dropped time and again, in the same scenerio where some were continuously retained in the team with same scorelines. To add to his woes, he performed pathetically according to his own standards for his IPL teams for 5 years. From the highest selling cricketer to virtually ‘ No taker ‘ in the IPL, Mumbai Indians have not only shown a great respect in him, but also a great faith in him for their run to probable 4th IPL trophy in their cabinet by picking him. It was not surprising when the Mumbai Indians owner Aakash Ambani said that having Yuvraj in the side will be a great boost to MI’s campaign for the title.
It is too early to say or predict anything at this stage, yet, if we can see the same Yuvraj Singh again in the coming matches that we used to see from 2002 to 2014, it will be really great not only for MI, but for India too, especially after so many failed experiments at no. 4, 5 and 6 batting positions in the process to pick up the world cup squad, if the selecters have not shut the doors for Yuvraj. Wait and watch. He has shown glimpses of his class.
Curated Content, contributed by Dakshesh Pathak