Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Yuvraj came back into Indian cricket team. Lets see Why?.

Yuvraj Singh has very successful One-day and T20 carrier.

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Yuvraj hitting a six during 2007 T20 world cup.
The indian cricket team for the upcoming home series against Australia has been announced and Yuvraj Singh was given another chance to serve the team again. The selectors have tried to mix old and young talent in the group of 15 that were selected for the initial half of the series. The big names that had been trying their level best to get back into the side could not make it through to the top fifteen and only Yuvraj got the nod from the selectors. I have already written about Yuvraj Singh's performance in the domestic and the list A matches and his this performance along with tough fitness routine were main reasons for his selection to the national side. Today I wanted to share his cricket carrier figures till date that make him such an important member of our One-day and T20 cricket teams.
 I am not very good with numbers and therefore I searched for Yuvraj Singh cricinfo page and got the following result.

ODIs carrier of Yuvraj Singh-

Yuvraj singh played his last one-day international against England at the Dharmshala cricket ground and has been working hard for the form and fitness since then. 
Yuvraj Singh made his debut in one-day cricket on October 3rd, 2000 against Kenya at Nairobi. Since then he has played a total of 282 ODIs till date and in 260 innings he has scored a total of 8211 runs with an impressive average of 36.98.  He has faced 9368 number of balls for all these runs and thus his strike rate comes out to be 87.64. In these ODIs he managed to score 13 centuries and 50 half centuries with the help of 850 fours and 145 sixes. The highest score that he has scored so far is 139 runs and he remained not-out on 38 occasions. Yuvraj singh has also caught 91 catches in his ODI carrier. 

Yuvraj Singh is also well known for his lazy left arm spin bowling. He has bowled 4904 balls in total of 154 ODIs and picked up 109 wickets with 5 for 31 as his best performance. His economy of 5.06 runs per over might be challenge for some others who call themselves pure bowlers.

T20 Carrier of Yuvraj Singh-

Yuvraj played his last T20 against Pakistan at Ahmedabad on December 28th, 2012 and therefore its been long since one saw the sixer-king striking the cricket ball in T20s in international cricket. 

The destructive southpaw made his debut in T20 international cricket against Scotland at Durban on September 13th, 2007 and has played a total of 33 international T20 matches. He has scored 791 runs in 31 innings that he played and has an useful average of 30.42 runs. He is known for his destructive bating style in T20s and his strike rate of 148.68 justifies that reputation very well. He is surprisingly a batsman who does not have a century in T20 cricket and his highest is 72 runs. He has a total of 6 fifties in T20 cricket. He has hit 45 boundaries and 54 sixes and caught 8 catches in this format. 

Out of all 33 T20 matches he has bowled in 21 innings and picked up 23 wickets. His best bowling figures in T20s are 3 wickets for 17 runs. Though his average of 16.21 in very good but the economy of 7.08 is a little higher than whatever expected of him.
All the above figures make him a dangerous and enviable combination and he would walk into any Indian cricket team provided he stays fit and gets back into some kind of form. We know him for his devotion towards the game and it would be interesting to see how he pays back for the trust that BCCI selectors has shown in his capabilities.
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