Not many people were too upset with the squad that was announced to face Australia in the upcoming ODI series. While the omissions of Ashwin and Jadeja raised a few eyebrows, most people were quite pleased over all.
But not Saba Karim. The former Indian keeper feels that the selectors missed a trick by omitting Yuvraj from the squad, as he feels that the left hander has always found a way to defy his critics.
“Discount Yuvraj at your own peril. He is like a phoenix who has time and again shown that he loves rising from the ashes and proving critics wrong. From past experience, I would think it is too early to say that the writing is on the wall. ”
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“Yes, he has a few issues he needs to work on, but then, he is a champion performer and has time and again proved that.” Karim said
“In fact, to be honest, we during our time as national selectors did for a short span think that it would be very difficult for Yuvraj to make it back to the national team. ”
“But I am equally happy to say that he proved us wrong and showed exemplary work ethics to make a return to the national team,” he added.
“Yes, Yuvi need to go back to the drawing board and plan accordingly. He does need to work on his fitness and play domestic games to keep reminding the selectors that he is keen to make it back to the national team.”
“The road is definitely not easy and trust me, nobody knows that better than the man himself,”.
“I do not think he will be looking much into how the current group is doing. It doesn’t help to think much about those already out there. ”
“I am sure Yuvraj would be more interested in working on his game and waiting for the opportune moment when he gets his turn and would wish to make the most of it.” he added.
“You cannot say A fits the bill or B fits the bill on a permanent basis. It all changes from situation to situation and you never know when the team management feels that the experience of someone like Yuvraj would suit the bill perfectly. Surely too early to say that the writing is on the wall,” he concluded.