A day after captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni remarked that Yuvraj Singh’s chances of selection in the Test side will depend on whether he can deal with the rigours of Test cricket, the left-hander’s mother retorted that these matters should be best left to the selectors.
After excelling in the Duleep Trophy and the tour game against the visiting Englishmen, Yuvraj has staked a claim for a spot in the first Test starting in Ahmedabad on November 15.
“It’s for selectors to take a call on Yuvi’s fitness. They saw him playing in the Duleep Trophy,” Yuvraj’s mother Shabnam told AAJ TAK.
Dhoni had on Wednesday said that Yuvraj, who is making a comeback after recuperating from cancer, will be the best judge of his fitness. “We have to understand that the five-day format has its own uncertainties, unlike ODIs or T20s. In Test cricket, there may be a situation that a team might bat for one-and-a-half to two days. We have to assess whether Yuvraj is ready to field for two days,” the skipper had said.
“Having said that, it is Yuvraj who is the best judge about how he is feeling. He has played a few domestic games and it is up to him to reflect on his game.”
Yuvraj, who made a comeback to the Indian team during the recent ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, scored a double century for North Zone in the Duleep Trophy match against Central Zone and followed it up with a 59 for India A in the warm-up match against England. He also claimed five wickets in the tour match.
Shabnam said that Yuvraj has worked hard on his fitness. “He has worked hard on his fitness and the results are showing,” she said. In his Duleep Trophy innings innings, Yuvraj scored 208 off 241 balls and batted for five-and-a-half hours spread over two days.
She felt that earlier Yuvraj could not make a mark in Tests because the batting line-up was full of stars.
“It was tough for him to find a permanent place in the Test side. India had players like (Rahul) Dravid, (VVS) Laxman & (Sourav) Ganguly and it was hard to replace them. But now that he has got a chance I am sure he won’t let it go. His performance will speak for itself.”