Yuvraj Singh returns for Punjab in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2020-21
First Published Dec 15, 2020, 4:21 PM IST
Yuvraj Singh had announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in 2019. Since then, he did play a couple of overseas T20 league. However, it was in September this year when he announced his plans for a comeback, in the domestic circuit, to help Punjab cricket.
In what is undoubtedly mouth-watering news for the fans of Yuvraj Singh, the former Indian swashbuckling batsman has been included in the 30-man probable list for Punjab in the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, slated to get underway from January 10. Yuvraj had announced his retirement from all forms of cricket last year, in June, following which, he had played a couple of overseas T20 leagues.
"I would say I am extremely lucky to play 400-plus games for India. I would've not imagined doing this when I started my career in cricket. Through this journey, some matches that remain in my memory are - the 2002 NatWest series final, my first Test hundred in Lahore in 2004, the 2007 Test series in England, of course the six sixes and the 2007 T20 World Cup. And then the most memorable one was the 2011 World Cup finals. And then, probably the worst day in my career, was the 2014 World T20 final against Lanka where I scored 11 off 21 balls. It was so shattering that I felt my career was over," he had told during his retirement press-conference in Mumbai.
As per reports, the 39-year-old was urged to come out of retirement by Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) secretary, Puneet Bali. Of late, the southpaw has been training for return by practising in the nets of Mohali's PCA Stadium. Videos of the same have been circulating on social media.
Yuvraj has had a glorious career for Team India, winning twin ICC World Cups, in both formats. He also happened to be one of the most expensive players in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL), having won twin titles, while he last played for Mumbai Indians (MI) in 2019, where he won the title.
Yuvi made his international debut in 2000 and has since played around 400 matches for the side, across formats. He has scored more than 11,000 international runs, besides playing 132 IPL games and scoring 2,750 runs. He also holds the unique record of being the only batsman in T20Is to hit six sixes in an over.
Punjab probables: Mandeep Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Abhishek Sharma, Salil Arora, Gitansh Khera, Ramandeep Singh, Sanvir Singh, Karan Kaila, Rahul Sharma, Krishan Alang, Sandeep Sharma, Arshdeep Singh, Ikjot Singh, Naman Dhir, Abhishek Gupta, Himanshu Satyawan, Gurkeerat Singh, Anmolpreet Singh, Prabhsimran Singh, Nehal Wadhera, Anmol Malhotra, Aarush Sabharwal, Abhinav Sharma, Harpreet Brar, Mayank Markande, Baltej Singh, Siddharth Kaul, Barinder Sarn, Gurnoor Singh, Harjas, Abhijit Garg, Kunwar Pathak.
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