For Yuvraj, 2007 is a memorable year

Birthday boy Yuvraj Singh has been a prolific scorer in the One-Dayers this year with 1,287 runs.

updated: December 13, 2007 11:46 IST
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Birthday boy Yuvraj Singh may not have played a big knock in his last Test innings at home in 2007 on Wednesday, but he has been a prolific scorer in the One-Dayers this year with 1,287 runs.

In addition to that, the left-hander tallied 179 runs at 35.80 in six innings of seven Twenty20 Internationals. This aggregate comprised two half-centuries.

In Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa, he scored 148 runs in six matches, and smashed six successive sixes off England fast bowler Stuart Broad to send millions of Indians delirious. He played a prominent role in India winning the championship, beating Pakistan in the final in September.

And in the only Test of the year he was picked for, the third and final match of the India-Pakistan series here, Yuvraj smashed a brilliant 169 in the first innings to propel the hosts to 626. The innings paved the way for India's first series victory at home against Pakistan in 27 years.

However, in an anti-climax, the Punjab batsman managed only two in the second innings on his birthday Wednesday. But the southpaw was not to be blamed as television replays confirmed that the ball was quite far from his bat on way to wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal. Yuvraj left the crease shaking his head.

Only Matthew Hayden of Australia (1,555 runs in 29 matches) and Sachin Tendulkar (1,425 in 33) aggregated more ODI runs than Yuvraj in 2007.

The irony is that despite having scored so prolifically in one-dayers -- he was the Man of the Series in the recent ODI series against Pakistan with 272 runs --and Twenty20 version, the selectors and the team management failed to find a berth for Yuvraj in Tests.

Even after being so successful with the bat, a candid Yuvraj said that there are so many great players in the Indian team it is difficult to replace any one of them. He also said he was prepared to sit out during the tour of Australia.