Can Yuvraj's double ton earn him a Test recall?

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Updated: Thursday, October 18, 2012, 16:52 [IST]
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Following Yuvraj Singh's success in the domestic circuit, looks like it is time for the left-handed batsman to cement the No 6 slot in Tests. Though it is very early to conclude that, it looks like the World Cup hero has all the reasons to be happy, especially after his recent double ton in Duleep Trophy against Central Zone, as he has made his intentions clear, being highly focused, concentrating on one game at a time and mainly the change in attitude, not worried about a Test recall would definitely fetch him a desired outcome.

Can Yuvraj cement No 6 slot in Tests?

Yuvraj Singh, who has been the drawing a lot of attention especially after battling cancer, as he made a strong comeback playing extremely well in World T20 and in Duleep Trophy.

Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma who have been the contenders for the No 6 spot in Tests, haven't impressed the selectors yet, as the spot is remaining vacant since a long time.

Raina, having played his first Test against Sri Lanka in 2010, the left-hander has not cemented his berth in the Test team yet, as he has recorded just 768 runs off 17 matches, at an average of 28.44, which includes a century and 7 fifties.

While Rohit Sharma, who is awaiting his Test debut, has been struggling to find form in ODIs since a year as he performed quite well in Sri Lanka during the World T20, that concluded on Oct 7.

Out-of-form Rohit, uncertain Raina could as well make way for Yuvraj Singh, provided he excels in the domestic circuit as selectors are impressed with the World Cup hero's successful comeback.

Yuvraj Singh, has been fabulous since his return, claiming 8 wickets off 5 matches and scoring 66 runs with a highest score of 21 in the recently concluded World T20, and followed it up with a double ton against Central Zone in Duleep Trophy earlier this week.

Though it's just the beginning of a new phase in the left-hander's cricketing career after battling cancer, he has been promising, to say the least.

With Subramaniam Badrinath, Manoj Tiwary, Ravindra Jadeja also in the fray, only Badrinath has played two Tests for India while others are still waiting to play their first Test.

Though he scored 63 runs off 2 matches, with a highest score of 56, failed to impress selectors, which could go in favour of Yuvraj Singh, as the latter is more experienced and far more matured after making a comeback.

With India playing a four-Test series against England starting from November 15 at Ahmedabad, selectors are keen on selecting the best team in order to forget the embarrassing 0-4 loss at the hands of England when India toured England last year.

Moreover, since India is scheduled to play a five-match ODI series and 2 T20 Internationals against England starting December 20 2012, selectors would like to include an all-rounder like Yuvraj Singh probably in all the formats of the game, as he has the ability to change the fate of the game in India's favour.


Story first published:  Wednesday, October 17, 2012, 14:24 [IST]
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