One of Team India's greatest World Cup heroes Yuvraj Singh took to Twitter to share a message for the Men in Blue before the reserve day for the India-New Zealand semifinal in Manchester which will hopefully see India chase down the Kiwis' total.
Having played cricket for so many years, especially in the limited-overs formats, the recently-retired player knows how a situation like a rain delay affects the psychology and the morale of the team. Yuvi, as he is amicably called, pointed out that it is tough to stay motivated during a rain-disrupted game. But he added that the stakes of the game make it easy for the players to stay motivated and put their best foot forward. He believes playing the semifinals will generate motivation in the team naturally, but nonetheless, he wished the team good luck.
Yuvi's stellar all-round performances helped India win the World Cup after a long wait of 28 years in 2011. He finished as the 'Player of the Tournament' with 362 runs and 15 scalps in that showpiece event. The veteran all-rounder had stitched a match-winning 74-run stand with Suresh Raina against the mighty Australians in the quarterfinal after India had suffered a top-order collapse. His unbeaten 57 not only helped India reach the semis but also ended Australia's 12-year reign as the World Champions.
In his almost two-decade career, Yuvraj has been one of the biggest stalwarts in Indian cricket. He was a force to reckon with in the last decade when he was in his prime. After all, who can forget those six sixes off Stuart Broad's over during the inaugural edition of the ICC World T20 in 2007 where he had played a significant role in India's famous triumph.
After the play resumed on the reserve day, in a brief but eventful session New Zealand scored 28 runs in 23 balls and lost 3 wickets. India has to chase 239 in their 50 overs in on a pitch which experts say has 'lost pace', India will have a difficult chase ahead.