Yuvraj Singh’s inclusion in the team was questionable, especially after having a lukewarm IPL season, and then going not playing any of the warm up games before the main event. Karthik looked in good touch and it felt like he might just get the nod ahead of Yuvi. But the ICC Tournament specialist was drafted into the XI, and was given the onus to give some impetus to the Indian innings, when we was sent in at number 4, after Rohit Sharma was dismissed following a painful 40 minutes at the crease.
And Yuvi didn’t disappoint one bit. The bat flow was there, the timing was there and most importantly the belief was there. Yuvraj scored a match winning 50 to guide India to ta total of excess in 300, which was just too much to get for the inexperienced Pakistan batting line up!
Yuvraj Singh upped the ante, helping Kohli settle down when he wasn’t striking the ball as well, and toying with the opposition with his supreme boundary hitting ability. He went on to score a delightful 53 of 35 balls to tilt the balance in India’s favour!
Yuvraj was very humble during his post match interview, acknowledging the fact that he got lucky initially, as he was dropped when he was batting on 8 and needed some luck to get through the initial part of his innings.
After the game, Yuvraj went onto the dedicate his man of the match award to Cancer Survivors and to the London attack victims in a heartwarming tweet.
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) June 4, 2017
“My innings on
#CancerSurvivorDay is dedicated to all the heroes & survivors. Also my thoughts & Prayers to all impacted in #londonattack”
Hopefully Yuvraj can continue his good form throughout the tournament, as India’s middle order is heavily dependent on his big hitting skills.