Friday, January 14, 2011

Opinions On...Yuvraj Singh



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Yograj Singh was once watching on television, old, grainy videos of Donald Bradman batting. He called his wife and said. Look dear, this guy's batting reminds me of our son.

Of course I am making this up but that's how Yuvraj's father sees him. No wonder Yuvraj made it to the list of top 10 sporting egos.

Yuvraj Singh
The general perception is that Yograj Singh is the Punjabi Mike Agassi. I highly doubt Mike Agassi had anything kind to say to Andre. Yograj, on the contrary proclaimed his son is the best batsman after Bradman. He had just belted baby faced Stuart Broad for 6 sixes in a single over in cricket match. It wasn't even real cricket.

Yuvraj Singh is the original Kieron Pollard. The first cricketer who became a star without playing real cricket. Yes, there was Michael Bevan before him but he was a specialist not a star.

Yuvraj is also the oldest 29 year old ever. Physically. Mentally there isn't much evidence that he's anywhere close to 29. For the amount of cricket he plays; which isn't a lot compared to today's standards; he seems to be carrying a battered and bruised body.

His career seems to be going nowhere either.

He started off as an ODI specialist with potential to mature into a Test player. Now he is an ODI player with a lot of accumulated resentments and disappointments. He seemed to have aspirations to be India's captain in the shorter format but was blind sided by the suave and clear thinking Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Nowadays he only sulks.

Once a spectacular fielder in the point, gully region capable of pulling off stunning stops and catches, he now fields at third man making effeminate faces.

Its like Becker playing from the baseline at Wimbledon and emoting like Venus Williams.

His Test performance has been patchy. While he has to his credit a 100 on a Lahore green top and a memorable 86 not out in a famous run chase in Mohali, the way he let India down in Australia in 2007-08 is what will always count against him.

He made his debut with Zaheer Khan in the first batch of post match fixing debutantes. Zaheer Khan will retire as India's greatest left arm pace man.

Yuvraj will probably retire without becoming news.


When the pitch is flat. When the ball isn't moving around. When the skies are clear. That's when Yuvraj roars. He becomes a bully. The begins to resemble the Micheal Holding of batsmen. And India begin to look unbeatable.

The coming World Cup will be an ideal setting for Yuvraj to make something of his career again. An ODI specialist with Test potential.

16 comments:

Pavilionopinions said...

Who's got the worse temperament, Yuvraj or Afridi? Tricky one...;) Hope YS performs at the WC. His six sixes off Broad still give me nightmares, but nice ones. Looking forward to the ODI tom, tho your record in SA isn't pretty. I've done a little stats preview if anyone wants a look...http://tinyurl.com/6j76f56

Naked Cricket said...

Even if he doesn't come off in SAF, he will play the World Cup, more matches than not - and that is fucking tricky. He plays in the hope that he will win games, still better him than Nohit Sharma or Yusuf Pathan but not at the cost of Kohli

Golandaaz said...

PO,

I would say Afridi has better temperament but has no control over his appetite. He starts seeing an apple instead of a ball

Golandaaz said...

NC,

I agree, would love to see Kohli play in the X1 in the world cup

straight point said...

i think the role is changes a bit... or should be seen that way...

now on current form... he is the missing all-rounder we are searching in jadejas and pathans...

tracerbullet007 said...

did his dad really say that yuvraj is the next best after bradman, after the six 6s against broad? can't think of a more insane quote, than that...
can you imagine if Dhoni hadn't come along and Yuvraj had been appointed skipper...cannot see India reaching their present highs..

Golandaaz said...

tb, yes he did. he was on on one of the news channels..

live cricket said...

I Yuvi is great player of india an also very dangerous player for other team because Yuv Raj singh is stroke player

Anonymous said...

What the Fuck!!

Anonymous said...

i think he's back !

Rohit said...

Now he will go down as an all-time great. It will definitely be big news when he retires. The man of the tournament when India won the World Cup.

Sridhar Loke said...

Care to change your opinion or at least adjust his retirement prediction after the "Man of the tournament" performance?

Golandaaz said...

Not many ODI specialists retire with fanfare. Look at Bevan. So for now I will stick with the words in the post :-)

But what a game! and what a performance by Yuvi.

puneet said...

Take that asshole... Yuvi shouldve showed the middle finger to short memoried ppl like u.

vikas said...

He is one of best left hander in this world, alwayls anytime better than dhoni, rohit and pathan raina

Vidooshak said...

Panjoos love Yuvraj...like Bengalis like Sourav...Gods can do no wrong...Puneet...let me guess...you are a Bengali with a Punjabi name?