Since the Indian selectors had overlooked veteran Yuvraj Singh for the forthcoming limited-overs series against Sri Lanka, there are plenty of speculations going on in the media. Certain sections of the media blaming the selectors while some citing ‘age’ as the biggest factor for the omission.
However, a clearer picture emerged out on Sunday (December 4) when BCCI chairman of selectors MSK Prasad cited Yuvi’s fitness issues as the reason behind him being ignored from another squad selection.
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Former India coach Anshuman Gaekwad though feels that fitness is the secondary thing, at first Yuvraj will have to prove his worth at domestic level and consequently, he will be able to live his dream of playing for India once again.
"Yuvraj Singh has to show his form with the bat, score runs at the domestic level now. If he is fit and performing, he can definitely make it to the Indian team irrespective of his age," Gaekwad was quoted by International Business Times, India as saying.
"Had he been playing in the Ranji Trophy, scoring runs and then cleared the test, the selectors could have given a thought and may be picked in the limited overs team as well. Now, scoring runs in domestic cricket after having proven his fitness will only make his case stronger. Yuvraj has a greater advantage than many other players in the team as his experience will help India cricket," the 65-year-old added.
The initial three months of the new year (2018) will be extremely significant for the 35-year-old since three major domestic competitions – Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Deodhar Trophy, and Vijay Hazare trophy are going to take place during that period.
Yuvraj has not played for India since July 2017 against West Indies, primarily due to fitness rationales. However, he appears to be motivated now than ever before as he was seen training at the National Cricket Academy last month to pass the much-needed yo-yo test.