Yuvi has matured into utility cricketer, says father

Chandigarh: Yuvraj Singh is now an "utility cricketer" who can craft his innings as per the situation, feels his father and mentor Yograj Singh.

Hailing his son for a brilliant overall performance, which saw India run home with a five wicket win over spirited Ireland on Sunday, Yograj said, "He (Yuvraj) has matured into a very good utility cricketer and I see that as a great change in him."

The 29-year-old etched his name into the record books after becoming the first player in the history of World Cup to take five wickets and score a half century in the same match.

On the superb bowling effort of his son, Yograj said, "I have been working with him for long now and keep having discussion with Bishen Singh Bedi. I think what the world does not probably realise is that Yuvraj has worked so hard all these years."

The mercurial left-hander who is known for some big hitting struck a patient 75 ball unbeaten 50 with just three hits to the fence after claiming five wickets for just 31 runs to restrict Ireland to a total of 207 on a wicket that seemed to be conducive to spin bowling.

Witnessing the change in Yuvraj`s batting his father, a former Test cricketer said, "In games, where we are chasing modest scores like the one against Ireland, there is no need to hit 90m and 100m sixes. He finished the game and that was important."

Emphasising upon Yuvraj`s recent spate with the injuries Yograj said,"From ligament to wrist injury, any cricketer in his place would have struggled. But he is mentally so tough that he has put these odds behind faced the challenges head
on."

Yograj feels that Yuvraj has habit of "gifting his wicket" to the bowler rather than getting out to good deliveries.

PTI