June 08, 2010

Should Yuvraj have been dropped now

It should not have come to this, Yuvi should have been rested much earlier. I recall chats with SP way before this IPL, when we thought there was no way Yuvi was fit, leave alone match fit.

In the past, some seniors, esp Sachin, prefer a break when the going's not too great. At no time in his career, can I recall Sachin being dropped. He usually rests himself. And it's often after failed world cup campaigns.

Each team has at least one, if not two players, that they refuse to drop no matter what - they are the star players, the cricketing face of the nation. It is the cricket board's job to shepherd these players through rough times. Btw do you recall Ponting being dropped in the last ten years?

While Yuvi is nowhere near Sachin's stature, maybe not even level with MSD, but he's definitely No. 3 when it comes to the commercial face, however warped, of Indian cricket.

That doesn't bother me either. I'm all for dropping anyone and everyone, call it rest, drop, just clear the furniture. That's been the problem with Yuvraj, he's been costly furniture for a while, and it's cost India plenty, esp in the T20 World Cup. Add to Yuvi, the luxuries of having Yusuf Pathan in the side, and you know, the Indian team had an expense account eating into its performance.

I don't think dropping Yuvi was easy for the selectors, they just could not hold on to him any more. With similar showings, lesser mortals like Sehwag have been dropped many times over in the past.

In Yuvi's case, more than dropping him, it's like dropping the market forces that allow him to levitate in the field. The thud-landing was coming, it's a shame it took so long. Now why am I thinking of Ishant Sharma....

On Bored: What Yuvi did...

6 comments:

Rishabh said...

The problem now, is that there isn't a whole lot of cricket before the WC. No Asia Cup for him, he isn't a certainty for a Test spot, which leaves the tri-series against SL and NZ.

Oddly, the fixtures on Cricinfo show nothing for India between August 13 and the WC.

straight point said...

I don't think dropping Yuvi was easy for the selectors, they just could not hold on to him any more.

indeed... even a crane can't hold on to such weight...

vmminerva said...

The selectors had no choice, NC. There was a lot of negativity around Yuvi in the media. Who is really bother whether he is fit or not? That they should have looked at several months ago. Yuvraj has finally gotten what he deserved. He needs a year in Ranji; needs to (be made to) fight it out for that spot in the Indian line up. If he doesn't fight hard enough, maybe we don't need him.

Naked Cricket said...

Rishabh, I think with Yuvi, his mind and girth had both started to wander - this is merely to arrest both.

Naked Cricket said...

Ha! Good one SP!

Naked Cricket said...

VM, the way I see it, this is a gentle reprimand. He'll be back sooner than you think. Hopefully fitter, sharper.