While Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh struggles to land a permanent place in the Team India's playing XI list, he finds himself in an uncomplimentary Top Ten grouping of 'sports egos' of recent times.
A leading British newspaper awarded him the dubious distinction in tribute to his declining international career. Yuvraj, who failed to make the cut for India's Test squad over the last year and finds himself in and out of the One-Day team, was described as a talented cricketer whose ego has been inflated by the moolah from the Indian Premier League.
"Wonderfully talented teenager got lost in the 'tamasha' which accompanied the Indian Premier League. Ego, bank balance and waistline have all swollen in recent years, but his performances have deserted him. Lost his rag completely last summer when, as India's 12th man in Colombo, Sri Lankan fans mocked him as 'waterboy'," the newspaper said.
But Yuvraj is not the lone cricker in the list. English middle-order batsman Kevin Pietersen, has also been plonked in after claiming on Thursday, Dec 31 that his selfless resignation from the job of captainingt the English team was the reason for England's Ashes victory.
"Switch hits and tattoos, Lamborghinis and Liberty-X, Kevin Pietersen is a very different type of English cricketer. "The walking ego" is how Shane Warne described Pietersen earlier this winter.
"There's no doubt that Pietersen's flamboyance and arrogance have contributed to his downfall on a number of occasions, most notably when he reaches 94 and starts looking for the photographers," the newspaper said.
Others who made the list include boxing legend Muhammad Ali, current Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, basketball great Michael Jordan and golf legend Nick Faldo.