Yuvraj Singh’s selection has been quite the polarizing pick. While there were a large number of fans who welcomed the move, a number of columnists felt his selection was a backward step. Let’s take a look at some of the reactions across the web.
First up, the Chairman of Selectors MSK Prasad explains why Yuvraj was picked. As expected, Yuvraj’s strong Ranji numbers contributed to his selection – his last few innings have been scores of 85, 260, 22, 26, 177 and 76
Let’s take a look at what some columnists felt about Yuvraj’s selection.
‘It’s staggering, therefore, that he’s back, again, and not just in the T20 squad but for the ODIs as well. Going back to Yuvraj would be a fair call if Indian cricket were struggling to produce young batsmen. That, though, is simply not the case.’
Cricinfo’s Karthik Krishnaswamy believes Yuvraj’s selection is a ‘backward step’.
‘The first impression of the Indian squad, as soon as the names came through the internet, was that the Indian selectors had opted to field a dad’s army for the ODIs and T20Is against England. There were just a handful of youngsters amidst a sea of veterans, for what are essentially formats of cricket ideally suited for young legs.’
FirstPost’s Vedam Jaishankar is more scathing, terming the current Indian team as a ‘dad’s army’
‘Even though no one can dispute his prowess against the spinners, a fair bit of uncertainty does exist over his ability to rediscover his magic touch against the pacers. In many ways, this could well be his last chance saloon considering he is 35 years old. But if Yuvraj can manage to prove his doubters wrong like he had managed before, there will be no need to try and forge another comeback.’
Cricbuzz’s Narbavie R strikes a more optimistic note, and gives us a little more insight on Yuvraj’s performances in the Ranji Trophy.