Dropped or rested, the fact is that Yuvraj Singh is not part of the limited overs series in Sri Lanka. Many feel this is the end of the road for the veteran left-hander.
Meanwhile, former India opener Gautam Gambhir, who has himself run out of favour with the Indian selectors owing to poor form, has an interesting take on the Yuvraj saga.
“I don’t think ‘rest’ is the right word because he hasn’t played any cricket for quite a while and he would be wanting to play. If you want to see him at the World Cup, he should be given the maximum opportunity. Because, someone like Yuvraj, you want him in that flow, you want him in that rhythm. You can’t have someone like him playing in one series and resting thereafter,” Gambhir was quoted as telling ESPNCricinfo.
Gambhir admitted that it would be difficult for Yuvraj to make a return to the side. “So, I feel that it’s difficult now for Yuvraj to make a comeback. Hopefully, he does because he is one of the greats of the game,” Gambhir added.
Earlier, chief selector MSK Prasad had said Yuvraj was rested and not dropped. “Yuvraj has been rested. Doors are never closed on anybody,” he had told the media.
Yuvraj has been one of India's greatest match-winners in the shorter formats, playing a stellar role in India's 2007 and 2011 World T20 and World Cup wins respectively.
--By A Cricket Correspondent