Wasim Akram happy to see Yuvraj Singh back in international cricket
September 20, 2012
Legendary cricketer and former Pakistan captain, Wasim Akram, is delighted to see Yuvraj Singh successfully battling against cancer and making a return at the global arena.
The all-rounder from Punjab was out of international cricket since the series against West Indies last year and also missed the Indian Premier League’s (IPL’s) fifth edition, where he was supposed to lead the Pune Warriors India.
The stylish middle-order batsman returned to the world-stage during the just-finished T20 series against New Zealand , scoring a 26-ball 34, which included a boundary and a couple of massive hits out of the park.
The all-rounder is also an integral part of India’s World T20 plans and will have to perform well with both, bat and ball if the Men in Blue have any chance of regaining the title. Yuvraj has a tendency of delivering the goods on big stages, having received the Player of the Tournament award in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.
Wasim is jubilant to see the hard-hitting batsman back in the Indian colours but feels that he will have to work extremely hard to get back to his best.
“It was great to see Yuvraj back in the field. I saw his quick-fire 34 off 26 balls against the Kiwis in Chennai. Typically, Yuvraj connected a few lusty blows but his timing has to get sweeter. I am sure everyone’s going to watch him closely in Sri Lanka,” Akram said.
India are currently going through a dilemma regarding the team selection, with their four bowlers not looking at the peak of their game at the moment, especially after their warm-up fixture against Pakistan, where the Men in Blue failed to defend a big total.
Wasim is of the view that Mahendra Singh Dhoni possesses the luxury of batsmen who can role their arm over with the ball.
“For a 20-20 game, India have several all-rounders and that will enable Dhoni pick four specialist bowlers and seven batsmen,” the great cricketer added. “The fact that Sehwag, Raina, Yuvraj and Kohli are decent bowlers is a great bonus for Team India.”