Yuvraj Singh Is Indeed An All Rounder

Yuvraj Singh has been the star of India as he fought not only the battle of cricket but also his life. Despite the struggle he went through going through rigorous treatments for lung cancer, he did return to recover the international cricket within a year.

The dashing international cricketer Yuvraj Singh is also known for his vibrant form in addition to cricket. When he is not seen on the ground during non-match days, he is engrossed in his expansive garage, which is equipped with exotics like a Lamborghini Murcielago and BMW X6M. He was also seen using a new continental GT recently in Mumbai. The registration plate of this new car is of Dubai as he bought it from there and carried it to India.

Yuvraj Singh Comeback Soon

Yuvraj Singh has slammed the media persons for portraying his statements in a recent interview wrongly. Yuvraj was interviewed by an Indian newspaper a few days ago. He was asked in that interview about the possibilities of his comeback in the national set up.

Answering that question, Yuvraj had said, “I don’t know if I am going to be back or not. It’s very much possible that I don’t get any more opportunities. But, it’s important what I think of myself as a player and I do think that I am still capable of playing at this level. As long as I think so, I will continue working hard on my game.”

After that statement, there were reports on several television channels that the 32-year old player has himself given up on his comeback now.

The fans of Yuvraj got disappointed to see those reports and many of them even tweeted the World Cup 2011 winner; asking him if he has really said those things in the media.

Yuvraj clarified things last evening on twitter. In one of his tweets, he wrote that the media has just twisted the words and nothing else.

According to Yuvraj, he is hopeful of walking onto the 22-yards in Indian colours in future again.

Yuvraj was the hero for the Indian fans during the last ODI World Cup. He had almost won his team the tournament on his own, but, he became the villain earlier this year when he ate up 21 balls for his 11 runs in the final of the World T20 Championship.

Yuvraj’s house got pelted by stones that night. People blamed him solely for India’s defeat in that game and the all rounder has been out of the Indian team since that time.

Australia Loses ANother Game

The Australian ODI side lost another match defending a score of more than 300 as South Africa thumped them by 7 wickets the other day in Harare.

Defending in 50-over cricket has been a problem for Australia over the last one year. They have lost quite a few matches even after posting a total of more than 300 on the board batting first.

When the Australian team was on India tour last year to play 7-match ODI series, they had crossed 300-mark thrice batting first and on two of those occasions, they failed to win.

On paper, the Kangaroos’ bowling line up looks great and as an opposition; you can’t think that you would go out there and smash them all around. But, still, they find it hard to defend big totals and that’s probably because they don’t have a bowler who has variation in his bowing.

Australia has many bowlers who are of express pace and can hurry the opponent players when the pitch is fresh and there is shine on the ball, but, around the 35-over mark, when the ball gets soft and the pitch also settles down, their high speed starts helping the batsmen in playing their shots.

So, to bowl during that phase of the innings, Australia needs someone who is good at bowling slower balls and bouncers. They have Clint McKay who is exactly that kind of bowler, but, for some reason, he has started getting overlooked of late.

James Faulkner too was good with the slower balls at the start of his career, but, these days, he has turned into more of a batting all rounder and doesn’t even complete his quota of 10 overs.

The Australian selectors certainly need to look for a good death bowler in domestic circuit and get him in soon if they don’t want World Cup embarrassment.

Ponting; One Of The Best

Whenever we talk about pull shot, the one player that definitely comes to mind is Ricky Ponting.

There has hardly been any player in the modern generation who has had a better control over than shot than Ponting. The former Australian captain just used to nail it.

Generally, the players who have got good eight and physique find it easy to pull and hook the deliveries because of their reach, but, Ponting was a short fellow. His height would have been just about 5’7’’ or 5’8’’, but, he was a master of those horizontal bat shots through the leg side.

Ponting hardly left short balls in test match cricket. No matter what the pace of the bowler was, he was always willing to take the bumpers on and he was not shy of hitting them in the air. His sixes in front of square off the bowlers bowling with a pace of 95 miles per hour were eye pleasing.

The thing about Ponting was that he was very quick with his reflexes. He would always keep his eyes on the ball and would shift his weight very quickly from the front foot to the back foot. He would hardly get hurried by the pace.

Yes, towards the end of his career, as he got to his mid thirties, Ponting got out on short deliveries a few times, but, still, if ever a list of the best players of the short ball is made, Ponting would be one of the names in that list.

Ponting doesn’t play the game anymore. The Tasmanian is a commentator these days and he talks about a lot of technical stuff while being on air. A lot of people liked his commentary during the last edition of the Big Bash League.

Dravid Anger Comes Through Mentorship

When Rahul Dravid was an active player, he hardly used to show his anger on the ground. He was a very calm, composed sort of a character and even when he was frustrated, you couldn’t know that from his expressions.

But, now that he is doing mentorship, he can be seen showing his frustration at times. One such instance happened last month when his team Rajasthan Royals lost to Mumbai Indians badly in the last preliminary match of the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League.

The Royals had batted first in that match and had scored 189 runs. Thereafter, they needed to stop the opposition to score those runs in 14.3 overs. Had they been able to do so, they would have qualified for the playoffs, but, Mumbai did the unthinkable. They chased that score down in as many number of deliveries as needed and that got Dravid pissed off.

As soon as Aditya Tare hit a six over square leg to get Mumbai over the line, Dravid threw his cap away in frustration. But, just seconds later, he realized that he had made a mistake there and thus, he quickly turned to recollect the cap.

One could understand Dravid’s frustration though. His bowlers had enough runs to play with, but, they panicked and bowled really bad lengths which made it easier for the Mumbai batsmen to smash them around.

Especially, the last ball that James Faulkner bowled to Tare was an absolutely pathetic delivery. He just had to stop the batsman from scoring a boundary or a six on that ball and he could have done it by bowling a wide fuller length delivery, but, he bowled a knee high full toss instead which was sent over the square leg boundary for six.


Yuvraj Singh would play for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 7th edition of the Indian Premier League. On the first day of the players’ auction, RCB bought him for 140 Lakh Rupees.

There had already been the rumours of the left hander being on the radar of the Bangalore franchise.

RCB is the third club whom Yuvraj would represent in the IPL. He has already played for the Kings XI Punjab and the Pune Warriors India before.

There is no doubt about Yuvraj’s capability in the shortest format of the game. He is one of the biggest entertainers in world cricket and a match winner too, but, it’s also a fact that he hasn’t been at his best in the recent times. He hasn’t had a great domestic season and is currently not a part of India’s test and one day international sides.

So, spending that much money on him perhaps wasn’t sensible, but, he is a class act and he might prove his franchise owner’s decision right by having a heck of a season this year.

Also, it has been seen in the past that the players have managed to come back into their respective national sides by performing well in the IPL and Yuvraj might be the next do that.

At RCB, Yuvraj would have the company of one of his best mates Virat Kohli who is also the skipper of that team.

The Challengers haven’t won the league even once so far, but, the kind of team they seem to be building for the upcoming season, they might end up winning the trophy.

Apart from Yuvraj and Virat, the other superstars in the Bangalore side are Chris Gayle and AB De Villiers. Both these guys were retained by the franchise.