Yuvraj Singh, the two-time World Cup hero, was instrumental in India’s both world cup wins in 2007 and 2011. In both tournaments, Yuvraj also set and broke a number of records to get himself in the league of GOAT players.
In 2011 Yuvraj begged Man of the Tournament award for his all-round show. In 2007 T20 World Cup, Yuvraj played a crucial role with his twin fifties against England and Australia. He famously smacked 36 runs off a Stuart Broad over back in 2007 to complete the half century off just 12 balls.
The record, set in the inaugural edition, still upholds even after 12 years. Recently, Yuvraj Singh named two Indian players, who could break his record in future. Before naming KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya as two potential contenders, Yuvraj Singh also admitted that he was expecting Chris Gayle, Rohit Sharma or AB de Villiers to break the record.
“Two guys I thought could break the record are Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers. KL can do it he has 50 off 14 balls in the IPL but scoring a 50 in international cricket where all are quality bowlers and in IPL where you get two quality bowlers is not the same. But KL and Hardik have the potential.” Yuvraj Singh said as quoted by Times Now.
KL Rahul’s high back-lift and un-orthodox game makes his score all-round the park. The finesse with which he torments the attacks is a still to behold. The Karnataka opener has redefined his batting style in last couple of years especially. On the other hand, Hardik Pandya is growing better and better with each passing day.
Since the retirement of some stalwarts in the form of Sachin, Sehwag, Zaheer and Yuvraj himself, team India has not managed to win any ICC trophy since 2013 champions trophy. In all these years, the team selection has remained a hot topic of debate.
Conversing over the same issue, Yuvraj Singh also questioned the selection of Vijay Shankar in 2019 World Cup squad. “The selection during the 2019 World Cup was shocking. You need people to question those decisions when players who have played 5 ODIs are playing in the middle order. Can the current selectors question these decisions when they themselves have played only 5 ODIs?” he further stated.