2011 has been eventful year for Indian cricket. Having topped table in test arena , India were considered to be one of favorites to lift world cup 2011 which was held in subcontinent region. Pakistan unfortunately could not held matches due to ill fated attack on sri lankan cricket team while led ICC to take away matches from Pakistan. Pakistan cricket board was compensated though and world cup was jointly organized by sri lanka , India and Bangladesh.
As world cup was about to begin , one name was most discussed . The name was yuvraj singh. He had terrible year of 2010 and he was doubted , his ability was questioned and he was considered to be entry based on past records.
Interesting thing about Media , especially hindi media is that they make heros and zeros very easily. They add tadka of drama to make news spicy . Cricket being one of their favorite subject , fall of yuvraj was much shown news. His girlfriends , his party loving life style, his fitness , all came under scrutiny .
But fortunately for India , yuvraj was different player as soon as world cup started. Not only he was fit , he was at his best . The same old match winner yuvraj was back and he was back with addition of skill and that skill was bowling. Yuvraj has been part time bowler since long but in vanvaas (when he wasn’t picked) , yuvraj focused on being wicket taking bowler and he delivered on the big platform.
Yuvraj played very important role in entire series. He chipped him with his bowling , he scored runs , he saved runs. The match against Australia which was quarter final saw yuvraj in role which suits him well and that is role of match finisher which he played to perfection.
He saw India home and the match saw Australia pack their bags and end the event earlier than what they would have liked to. The team which had won three consecutive world cups , was finally defeated and man at center of the story was yuvraj singh. Later he said that he used to visualize scoring winning runs against Australia in world cup finals.
Yuvraj singh also gave media much needed sound bites by his statement . He said that he is playing for a special person in the world cup. Media made 2 hours story from this statement which was shown 20 times!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
In finals yuvraj singh , the man in form was demoted down the order , while dhoni himself came to bat at fall of kohli. Dhoni pulled out one of best innings and India went on to win the world cup and yuvi was made man of the series. Who was special person that yuvraj singh mentioned , well he was sachin tendulkar …
There are many lessons to be learnt from yuvraj singh. It is never easy to be criticized by all quarters and still manage to keep believing in one self. It is not easy to be under immense pressure and still perform that too on ultimate stage. Yuraj singh did exactly that and we must applaud his focus, his determination and his dedication. Wishing him more success in the future…