New Delhi: India discard Yuvraj Singh came out on top with a well made 136 runs in the ongoing Ranji Trophy match between Punjab and Maharashtra on Monday. Yuvraj helped Punjab to gain a sustainable lead and put his side on the driving seat against Maharashtra on Day 2.
This was his second century in two Ranji games after he scored 130 and 59 against Haryana earlier this month. Yuvraj has been in good touch recently and if his performances continue in the same vein, he could well make a claim to be back for India in the near future.
The southpaw who hasn't been selected in the upcoming 30-man ICC World Cup probables, to be held in Australia and New Zealand in 2015, is showing why he is still determined and has got the spirit and hunger to fight.
Yuvraj who steered India to the 2007 Twenty-20 and 2011 World Cup wins, has been a sheer match-winner all his life. The Punjab lad also fought his way back from tumor in his left lungs to make an India comeback in 2012. But he couldn't make his bat do the talking after scoring just two fifties in 18 ODI matches.
Yuvraj hasn't found the India nod in ODIs after the series against South Africa in 2013 and since then has been left out in the cold.
The chance of Yuvraj to make a comeback still isn't over and for that he needs to make the outings for Punjab count. With the BCCI favouring a much youthful and performance oriented team, it's the latter amongst the two that could see him find a place.
Yuvraj has been in the receiving end of late. After having a decent outing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore last season in the Indian Premier League, scoring 376 runs in 14 matches, Yuvraj got a cold shoulder before this season's auction. The RCB management released him for the upcoming season citing lack of consistency.
Ironically on the day of his ton n Monday, he was also dropped from BCCI's contract list. Yuvi was in the Grade B list but hasn't found his name to make the cut even in Grade C.
It will be interesting to see which franchise picks Yuvraj, as he will look to show why he is still a force to be reckoned with. A good outing in the IPL alongside the Ranji Trophy is something his fans would hope for before he could don the India jersey once again.