Previously in the Indian cricket team, Sourav Ganguly marked a memorable comeback in the 2006 when he was dropped from the team a year back under the coach ship of Greg Chappel. After his comeback in 2006, Ganguly scored 1000 runs in both ODI and Test cricket. Also he was recalled into the Indian team which played the 2007 World Cup.
Yuvraj Singh seems to follow the footsteps of his former Indian captain when it comes to making comebacks. After helping India win the 2011 World Cup with his all-round brilliance, Yuvi had to sit out the team owing to his treatment of a cancer which affected his health badly.
He finally won his battle with cancer but that was the start of his in and out season with the Indian cricket team. Yuvraj wasn’t dropped till 2010, the spot he quickly regained a year later on his way to becoming the player of the 2011 World Cup. If there were any doubts about his resilience, he recovered from a rare from germ cell cancer, and made his appearance in blue in 2012, after nearly a year and a half layoff.
He was dropped in January 2013 as he averaged just 20 in eight ODIs. He was then recalled in October 2013 only to be dropped again as he averaged less than 19 in 11 ODIs. Then came the ultimate embarrassment for a batsman so pure, as he was recalled for the 2014 World T20 in Bangladesh, when he pottered around in the final. The entire country believed that India could not win the final because of a certain Yuvraj Singh.
He was again back in the Indian T20 side for a three match series in Australia and was part of the 2016 World T20 squad. Perhaps, the tournament being played in India, and the successes of Yuvraj from the last time at a global cricket tournament that was held in India, swayed the judgment of the selectors.
In four innings, he averaged a measly 13 runs with a strike rate of exactly 100. He would then soon be dropped from the limited overs squad to Zimbabwe, and that brings us to January 2017, when he is back not just in the T20I side, but also the ODI squad for the home series against England.
England is an opposition against whom he has fair numbers and memorable performances in the past. Perhaps this was what hooked the Indian selectors to give him another go before he finally hangs his boots up. Yuvraj on the other hand, still thinks that he is fit enough to play and play well in the team.
Now that he is back in the squad, this inclusion has given Yuvraj a new lease of life with the weight of expectations again on his shoulders and the country expecting from him once again. More often than not, Yuvi has successfully stood on the expectations from his fans, and he can take this as one more opportunity.
Yuvraj married, the lady luck of Hazel Keech might just favor him. Also that he has a new captain in the form of Virat Kohli who looks up to him as his big brother, gives him enough chances to express himself out on the park.
Once upon a time it was MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh together finishing matches for India and now with the Dhoni era of captaincy making an end, it will be interesting to see how MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh plays beside each other.
Yuvraj didnt have a comeback to remember in 2016 and his stats prove the same (15 T20Is, 166 runs, SR 104, 5 wickets; 10 IPL T20s, 26 runs, SR 131.8; 0 wickets) and he is making a comeback to the Indian ODI team after 2013, which is almost after a long gap of 3 years.
We wish that 2017 holds something really special for Yuvraj Singh and once again we get to see the vintage Yuvraj Singh of old.