Yuvraj Singh’s career to hit oblivion, hints a BCCI source

Yuvraj Singh’s career to hit oblivion, hints a BCCI source

According to BCCI sources, Yuvraj is no longer in contention for the 2019 World Cup.

Yuvraj Singh of India
Yuvraj Singh of India. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Yuvraj Singh, who had a topsy-turvy career for almost a decade-and-half, won’t be a part of the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales. India’s hero in the 2007 World T20 triumph and later in the 2011 World Cup is no longer in contention for the upcoming world cup, PTI has revealed.

The 35-year-old left hander thumped his way to the limited-overs side earlier this year, by registering a century. He played a match-defining innings against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy group match. However, Yuvraj’s consistency has eluded him, and subsequently, the panel of selectors dropped him from the squad when they announced the team for Sri Lanka ODIs.

India will be an aged side when they take the field in 2019 World Cup. Starting from skipper Virat Kohli to the current members of the squad such as Dhwana, Ashwin, Jadeja will all be over 30. And last but not the least, ex-captain MS Dhoni will also be a shade over 38. Thus with the average age already high, it wouldn’t make sense to have two 38-year-olds going into World Cup. KL Rahul has been deemed the favourite to replace the left hander by BCCI faithfuls.

Rarely bowls

A senior BCCI official, privy to the selection policy, told PTI that Yuvraj is no longer in contention for the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.

According to PTI, the official said, “His batting has lost sting. He rarely bowls and his fielding has gone down a few notches. If we have to prepare a team for 2019 World Cup, we had to take a call now. In the case of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, we still don’t have a replacement but Yuvraj’s place has multiple contenders.”

Yuvraj was a product of the Under-19 India’s success in the World Cup in 2000. Perhaps it is time to further look into that. In all likelihood, we are looking at the end of one of India’s finest limited-overs cricketer. But with Yuvraj, we never are sure of the end.