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The Chink in India’s Armour – YUVRAJ SINGH

 

Yuvraj Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni, India, World T20
Yuvraj has rarely shown glimpses of his once devastating abilities with the bat, and what’s more has not been used once as a bowling option by MS Dhoni thus far.

While India pulled off a thriller at the Chinnaswamy Stadium versus Bangladesh, a critical review on its performance would portray one player in poor light – Yuvraj Singh.

It seems as if southpaw’s place in the Indian team is up for grabs here after at the World T20, having performed miserably with the bat time and again when his team most needed him.

Having been dismissed cheaply for 4 in the opener against the Kiwis, Yuvraj didn’t make the chance at an easy target versus Pakistan count, departing 35 runs short of the target for a near run-a-ball 24. On Wednesday night versus Bangladesh Yuvraj once again flashed and slashed and eventually fell to part-timer Mahmudullah for a miserable 3 off 6 deliveries.

Yuvraj has rarely shown glimpses of his once devastating abilities with the bat, and what’s more has not been used once as a bowling option by MS Dhoni thus far.

YUVRAJ’S DISMAL RUN WITH BAT CONTINUES

4 off 5 v/s New Zealand, Nagpur

24 off 23 v/s Pakistan, Kolkata

3 off 6 v/s Bangladesh, Bangalore

YUVRAJ OUT, RAHANE IN?

Let’s face it, this is not the Yuvraj of 2007 or 2011, and if Dhoni thinks Raina is a better option with the ball than the Punjab southpaw, then he adds little value to this otherwise dynamic team which has been falling short with the bat. If it’s a batsman that MSD needs, then Rahane has to be the man. He’s been one of the most consistent IPL batsmen, having notched up 17 half centuries and one ton in the T20 tourney. Rahane can come in at number 5 or even shake up the order by coming in at the opener’s slot if Dhoni wants to mix things up. With a virtual quarter-final clash coming up versus the Aussies on Sunday, Rahane with his ice cool temperament might just be what the doctor order as far as the Indian batting is concerned and ironing out the chinks in its armour.

This Indian side boasts of all-round depth and balance – but it’s Yuvi that looks the weakest link, and hence must be done away with if Team India would like to add a 4th World Cup star on its badge.

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