Yuvraj Singh has always been a destructive cricketer. I’ll be honest, I haven’t been one of his biggest fans. He was similar to many players in the Indian team of old, I saw him as arrogant, lazy and it was his natural ability alone that got him success, rather than him working at his game. However, coming back from his horrific lung cancer, he plays harder, better, faster, stronger.* Gone are the days of him going out to bat, clearing his left leg and clouting the cherry to cow corner. It’s not that he’s changed dramatically, anything in his arc still gets punished, but if it isn’t there to hit he’ll look for the single, dab it down to third man or use an old favourite of mine, the trusty block. His match winning 77 not out from just 35 balls is a prime example of this. Plenty of power combined with a touch of class. The Australian bowling attack however were too predictable, not changing their lengths up enough but, that shouldn’t take anything away from Yuvi. Hopefully, he’ll become a regular in the team once again, and with India’s relatively inexperienced side, he’ll be a valuable addition.
I can’t ignore the fact that one of the greatest batsmen of all time announced his retirement from all forms of cricket today. A great in the eyes of many cricket fans – Sachin Tendulkar. In India he is elevated to God status. He has broken so many records after making his international debut at just 16, and will be missed.*I was listening to Daft Punk at the time