Yuvraj Singh to be passed up for Suresh Raina?

Published: Monday, July 18, 2011, 11:37 [IST]
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Yuvraj Singh to be passed up for Raina?

London, July 18: Yuvraj Singh might have set his sights on the England tour to foment a place in India's Test side. But the southpaw is likely to passed up for the opening Test staring July 21 for another left-hander - Suresh Raina.

Raina, who struck up an unbeaten century in India's warm-up game against Somerset, appears to have staked his claim for the No. 6 slot (against Yuvi's duck in the same game) and may be well in the reckoning to play at Lords - an honour which has evaded Yuvraj in his 9-year Test career.

However, Yuvraj has left his mark at this very ground when in 2002 Natwest Series, he helped India run down a formidable 326 against England, with a crucial knock of 69.

Yuvraj was declared the most valuable player in the 2011 World Cup with 362 runs at an average of 90.50, added to his 15 wickets at an average of 25.13.

Raina, meanwhile, has relentlessly trained his guns on the middle-order slot while fending of initial criticism that he was vulnerable to the short-ball.

The rising delivery had threaten to nip his fledgeling Test career in the bud when he was dropped for the remaining two Tests against South Africa after making 5 and 1 from the two innings of the Centurion Test in the 2010-2011 series.

In Yuvraj's favour one could argue that his most decent Test streak was in 2006 when he played 9 consecutive Tests. But he only returned a paltry 391 runs, a far cry from what his potential had promised.

A flu attack on Yuvraj helped pave the way for Raina in the series against Sri Lanka last year and just last month, Yuvi contracted a lung infection which coerced him to forgo a shot at reclaiming Test glory on India's Caribbean tour.

Furthermore, Yuvraj's robust aggregate of 276 against England at an average of 46 fails to bolster his cause as all four Tests were played in India.

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