Yuvraj, the Son of India’s Cricket Kingdom made is second comeback today. This time not from being out of form but after a long hard fought battle with a deadly disease. Hats off to him, we salute his passion for the game and love for the nation!!! The man who was one of the spearheads in team India’s successful world cup campaign last year deserves a huge round of applause yet again and today he’s won hearts of billions cricket fans all over the world.
I still remember myself following his first outing as batsman in India colors as I followed along the text commentary on Cricinfo when India took on mighty Australia at Nairobi in the ICC Knock-outs 2000. Walking in to bat at a precarious 3/90, he showed immense maturity and composure on his first innings to guide his team to a match winning total of 265. That knock of 84 gave us glimpse of the finisher in making for team India in the limited overs.
He continued on as one of the greatest finishers in the ODI middle order with some of the greatest innings like Natwest Finals at Lords, WC 2003 Game against Pakistan, and many more in India’s record breaking consecutive chases under Dravid’s leadership in 2005-06. Poor fitness and lack of form in 2009-10 caused a slump in his career that cost him his place in the squad, however, the lion hearted cricketer fought hard and made his way back in to the squad for the much important WC 2011.
We all witnessed his heroics as an all rounder in the WC 2011. What we didn’t see was pains and sufferings he went through off the field. Unfortunately himself, the training staff, and even his medical staff failed to diagnose his conditions earlier, however, thankfully the cancer was diagnosed in the nick of time and he went through a proper treatment. On the 11th day of September 2012 he made his second debut of sorts in to international cricket and played yet another gem in T20I and almost saw his team through.
I wish Yuvraj would now continue to fulfill his yet another dream of making it big in Test cricket. He has the talent, the technique, just need some temperamental adjustments. He has shown in past that he can, remember Chennai 2008 with Sachin? The sixth batsman slot that Dada vacated 4 years back is still up for grabs and Yuvi is very much capable of grabbing it!!!
Good Luck King!!!
-Nikhil Sharad Jadhav