Mumbai: It's a completely transformed Yuvraj Singh we have seen since his comeback to international cricket (against New Zealand in September) after fighting a rare germ cell cancer. The southpaw has certainly become more mature, more solid in his technique and fitter.
Though Virender Sehwag and Cheteshwar Pujara were the highlights of the Indian batting in the just-concluded first Test against England at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Motera, Yuvraj curbed his flamboyance and aggression to make a useful contribution with his well-made 74 in the only innings he got to bat in that match.
Yuvraj's fitness to sustain for five days after cancer was the only doubt the selectors may have had before blooding him into the Test squad. But he did not disappoint. Yuvraj slammed a double ton (208) for North Zone in a Duleep Trophy match after returning from the World T20 in Sri Lanka. He then scored a valuable 59 and took five wickets against England during a three-day warm-up match at the Brabourne Stadium last month.