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Yuvraj Singh’s injury is a blessing in disguise for India

It’s never a nice feeling when a cricketer gets injured, ruling him out during the midst of a major international tournament. However Yuvraj Singh’s forced absence for the semi-finals and possibly the finals of the World T20 tournament could be the best thing for India’s chances of winning their second crown.

Prior to and leading up to the tournament Yuvraj Singh’s form has been abysmal. His almost guaranteed spot in the starting XI of the India’s Twenty20 side is a mystery and it looks like he is merely there based on reputation as opposed to actually deserving of his place.

In the virtual World T20 quarterfinal against Australia, Yuvraj injured his ankle. His stubborn refusal to leave the field injured almost cost India the game and it was only due to Virat Kohli’s magnificence that India have reached this stage.

Yuvraj’s scores in the World T20 read 4, 24, 3 and 21. He’s only bowled in one of the games as well, and is currently adding no value to the Indian side at all. His injury means he has been replaced by Manish Pandey in the squad but it is more likely to have his place taken by Ajinkya Rahane in the playing XI.

It is shocking that a player of Rahane’s calibre can’t find a place in this squad. Yuvraj is a clear liability and Shikhar Dhawan is not faring much better either. Rahane has experience of opening as well, for the now-suspended Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.

Ideally both Rahane and Pandey should fit straight in to the playing XI. It is very likely that Rahane will open and Manish Pandey will take Yuvraj’s place in the middle order. Dhawan, despite recent struggles with form, is likely to remain in contention for a place in the Indian squad. Whether Yuvraj will ever be considered for selection again is a whole other matter.

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