Yuvraj Singh axed, Rohit Sharma in

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Published: Friday, November 18, 2011, 11:04 [IST]
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After Harbhajan, its Yuvraj's turn

Kolkata, Nov 18: India's middle order batsman Yuvraj Singh currently out of form has been replaced by Rohit Sharma for the third and final test against West Indies at Mumbai starting on Nov 22, Tuesday.

Yuvraj has been struggling to score runs off late. His slump in form has forced selectors to include Rohit Sharma, another talented youngster, who has impressed the selectors with a brilliant performance in Ranji Trophy 2011.

Yuvraj Singh, could not convert good starts to big scores as he managed to score only 23,18 and 25 in the series against West Indies so far. While Rohit Sharma's match-winning knock of 175 against Railways and a consecutive hundred against Rajasthan in Mumbai's first two matches in the ongoing Ranji Trophy season earned him a berth in the Indian Test team.

After the Kolkata test, skipper Dhoni said, "It does not matter where you score runs. Yes, he [Yuvraj] is going through a tough phase but it's important to show confidence in him. We all know he is talented.

"One more reason is that he has been in and out of the side. It's very difficult to back yourself. You have that bit of tentativeness. It's a bit tough on him. But hopefully he will recover and do well for India", he added.

Since his debut in 2003 against New Zealand, Yuvraj has played only 37 tests that point out he has been in and out of the side often. India's famous batting line-up included Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly which meant, he was not considered as the line-up was very strong. But after Ganguly's retirement, the stylish left-hander was considered but Yuvraj, could not cement his place in the Test squad.

In his absence, Suresh Raina, played an amazing innings on his debut, ensuring the selectors to retain him in the team. After an impressive debut, Suresh Raina was preferred ahead of Yuvraj Singh.

Yuvraj on the other hand, has been playing very well in the limited overs format, after the man of the series award in 2011 World cup, he was again in contention for a place in the Test team, but due to injury he missed out the tour of West Indies. While he was back for the England tour, he could not play the entire series as he injured his finger, which kept him out of the squad again.

The stylish batsman, disappointed the selectors again by not scoring big after getting good starts in all the three innings. His vulnerability to short balls is definitely a cause of worry now, as he was outplayed by the bowlers every time he was bowled a short ball.

The ongoing tour of West Indies has shown that he has struggled a lot to face such deliveries making it look prominent. Having got numerous opportunities, in a career spanning 8 years since his Test debut, has not been able to cement his place in the Test team though he is the most sought out batsman in the limited overs format.


India: MS Dhoni (capt), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma, R Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Umesh Yadav, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Sharma, Varun Aaron.


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