New Delhi: Yuvraj Singh's chances of playing in the upcoming World Cup is all but over with younger players performing well for Team India. Known for his flamboyance batting and more than handy bowling, Yuvraj was once an integral part of the team.
But having stayed away from the national team for a long time and limited opportunities coming his way, chances of him making a comeback to the team look rather dim. On top of that, according to reliable sources, the all-rounder may find himself out the central contract when the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) releases a new list for the 2014-15 season soon.
As of now, Yuvraj is enjoying Grade B class, which has the likes of Gautam Gambhir, Pragyan Ojha, Ishant Sharma, M Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Umesh Yadav, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rohit Sharma. And they get an approximate sum of INR 50 lakhs from the BCCI.
If sources in the BCCI are to be believed, the flamboyant player – who was once known for his power hitting and taking crucial wickets – may well be out of reckoning in the new list, or downgraded. Despite his illustrious past records, the Indian all-rounder has failed to impress the selectors and was not included in the ODI squad announced for the upcoming Sri Lanka series.
Yuvraj, 32, last played for India against South Africa December last year. The famed all-rounder did scored a half-century against the visiting West Indies side a month earlier, in November but a series of lacklustre performance with both bat and ball have forced the selectors to snub him.
In his last ten innings for India, he returned four times without opening his account and for a long time has failed to live up his reputation as a match winner.