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When one thinks of Yuvraj Singh, the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2011 ODI World Cup cross the mind. The architect of both the major global triumphs, Yuvraj, ever since his slaughter of Stuart Broad’s bowling, has become an emotion Indians have been high on for a long time now. That is natural, given that he has been representing India at the highest level since 2000 — 17 long years. Once a livewire and a terrific fielder, Yuvraj Singh of 2017 is on the brink of losing his place in the team permanently.
The MSK Prasad-led national selection committee on Sunday did not name the 36-year-old veteran player for the ODI series in Sri Lanka, indicating their new approach towards the ODI landscape for the 2019 World Cup in England.
Yuvraj has only 162 runs from his last seven ODI innings. And if his slump in form wasn’t enough, the waitlist in the reserves boasts of some terrific domestic performers, who can deliver on the big platform when given an opportunity.
Age may have caught up with Yuvraj, his form may also have deserted him. But every once in a while, the southpaw has shown flashes of grit and determination – which are his USP. He is the man who beat cancer, and returned to hit Saeed Ajmal for three sixes.
Earlier this year, after being recalled to the ODI squad after three years, Yuvraj hit an unforgettable 150 - his first score three-digit the since 2011 World Cup.
A man who can make a brave comeback in life, can make one in cricket too, once again. All it may take is a brilliant run in the upcoming Ranji Trophy.
India are likely to see a lot of squad rotation in ODIs in the coming months. They play three ODI series at home, before traveling to South Africa early next year. Yuvraj still has a chance to make a comeback, but with the competition from the young guns, it can be an uphill task. But again, a man who can fight cancer can fight for a place in the team too, even at 36.