Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Why Yuvraj Singh is not getting tired?

By John Cheeran
One Indian cricketer who is not going to complain of getting tired, definitely, is Yuvraj Singh.
Yuvraj started staking his claim for a Test spot much earlier than many of the selectors’ chosen ones who have made into the Test squad for the Sri Lanka tour.
Look at the irony of it.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni cries that there is more than he can play. At the other end of the spectrum Yuvraj Singh curses his luck for again missing out on the real cricket. Yuvraj too cries.
It is no small thing to be at the right place at the right time. Dhoni walked into Indian cricket at the right juncture. Yuvraj came on the scene when four Indian batting greats – Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly – were making runs. And to India’s blessing, these Fab Four are still in the business.
There is no guarantee now even if one of them fades Yuvraj will be able to get into the Test bandwagon.
Already signals are there. Rohit Sharma has been rated quite high as a middle order batsman suited for the sterner Tests compared to the prince of Twenty20. Being schooled in Mumbai batting tradition will indeed help Sharma to get a look in, especially the way the power equations are drawn out in Indian cricket now.
May be Yuvraj should learn to enjoy his holidays.

Indian Test team for Sri Lanka tour: Anil Kumble (captain), Virender Sehwag (Vice-captain), Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Vangipurappu Laxman, Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh, Ishant Sharma, Zaheer Khan, Rudra Pratap Singh, Munaf Patel, Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Pragyan Ojha, Parthiv Patel.

The Tests will be played in Colombo (July 23-27), Galle (July 31-Aug 4) and Colombo (Aug 8-12).

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