New Delhi: After being omitted by Indian national selectors from the recently picked 30-member list of World Cup probables, India discards Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh played impressive knocks for their respective Ranji sides on Sunday to take their teams to a respectable totals.
The Delhi skipper, Gambhir, led his team from the front and scored an unbeaten ton. In his innings of 123 (not out) he consumed 270 balls and smashed 14 boundaries and two sixes.
The centurion added 88 crucial runs for the fifth wicket with Rajat Bhatia (47) on Day 1 at the Roshanara Club Ground while playing against Saurashtra, to take their team to 260 for six.
However, Virender Sehwag's poor form continues as the veteran got run out when he was on nine.
Nevertheless, the dynamic Punjab batsman, Yuvraj too played a sensible knock of 59 runs against Haryana, where the southpaw used 99 balls and hit six boundaries and a six. He remained the highest scorer for his team in the first innings and his fifty-run knock gave his team's total some respectability.
The omission of 'World Cup 2011 hero's' – Yuvraj, Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan and Sehwag from the recently announced 30-member list of World Cup probables, disappointed many cricket fans.
In fact, omission of Yuvraj, who played the role of the protagonist in Indian's victorious World Cup campaign in the 2011 World Cup and was eventually rewarded with Man of the Series, raised many eyebrows.
But the way Gambhir and Yuvraj played today proved that they still have lot of cricket left in them.