Batting with more freedom after India comeback: Yuvraj
That high back lift, those magnified eyes during a ball sight and the flourish to complete a shot with nonchalance, Yuvraj Singh was on song and he gave the packed house more than a reason to cheer. You wished for a wrist whip, you got it, you craved for a Yuvraj special six, it was right there, you egged him to get a match-winning score, and Yuvi took center stage. It was the Yuvraj Singh show in the tournament opener as the southpaw marched his way to a swashbuckling 62, in the process registering his fastest IPL fifty till date. One couldn’t have asked for a better start to the tournament, according to Yuvraj.
“We started from where we ended,” he told IPLT20.com. “It was a great performance from all the batsmen throughout the innings. The bowlers then came and did the job for the team. It was an important win for us and we need to take more points at home. If we can get five out of seven wins at home, it will help us to qualify in the last four.”
Team performance aside, what was on display was a Yuvraj Singh who brought back memories of his glorious past. There was confidence, ease and strokes out of his batting book that showed how classy he could be. Three authoritative sixes and seven boundaries later, Yuvraj was one happy man.
“When I walked out to bat, I just told (Moises) Henriques that I am going to take a few balls and then go for my shots. But, the first two balls hit the middle of my bat and I told him that I was feeling good and I am going to take my chances.
“I enjoyed my batting tonight. My batting has been up and down over the couple of years, but I am feeling really good at the moment. I just need to continue this good run forward. The comeback into the Indian team has really helped me. I am more free in my mind and I am not worrying anymore about making a comeback. I am just going to play according to the situation and express myself.”
Though easy on the eye and as effortless as it might have looked, his whirlwind 62 had come owing to a lot of hardwork. “I have been hitting a lot of balls and practicing a lot. I have been spending more hours in the nets batting. Also, Hyderabad has always been a lucky place for me. When I played for the India U19s, I scored a lot of runs here. I made a comeback when I scored a lot of runs in Hyderabad. I have good memories of this ground and with the kind of preparations leading up to the tournament, I feel good about my batting at the moment. Hopefully I will keep doing what I am doing right now.”
Apart from his performance, Yuvraj had some praise reserved for Ben Cutting whose throw from the deep resulted in KedarJadhav’s run-out, which was probably a game-changing moment. “I don’t know about accuracy, but I feel Cutting’s throw was the fastest I have seen in a long time. I saw him bowl today, he bowled a yard quicker and with the way he is going, he should be a regular for Australia soon.He was outstanding tonight.”