The agony of being Yuvraj Singh

No one will ever know what is going through Yuvraj Singh's mind, but he's been very fortunate to play in an era in which he got the best mentoring a player can hope for, courtesy Sachin Tendulkar, Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid et al.

updated: March 27, 2014 17:48 IST
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Yuvraj Singh could well be wondering whether he'll ever get out of his lean patch. The bigger question for those not within the team is whether he will get another chance to redeem himself. The southpaw has been through these situations before, as manifest in his numerous comebacks into the Test and limited overs squads. If Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the captain he is hailed to be, he would have, by now, had a chat with Yuvraj on his chances for Friday's World T20 game against Bangladesh. It is here where the difference between captaincy and leadership comes into the mix.

There is no doubt that Yuvraj has never been short of desire. When he settled into India's one-day team after his impressive 84 against Australia at the 2000 ICC Knockout tournament in Kenya, he yearned for an opportunity in the Test team. He achieved that and unfortunately for him and India, he didn't achieve the same kind of feats he accomplished in one-day cricket (Tests 40, Runs 1,900). At the same time, he could have been shown more patience. (Also read: Dhoni backs out-of-form Yuvraj)

One got the feeling that he was the eternal fall guy in an era of batting greatness. All his three Test centuries were scored against Pakistan, and two of them - Lahore 2004 and Karachi 2006 - went in vain.

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