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Yuvraj's declining form a real worry

Yuvraj's declining form a real worry

Yuvraj had a nightmare in SL - five innings resulted in a mere 72 runs.

New Delhi: The Indian One-Day team's victory in Sri Lanka gave the fans plenty of reason to celebrate. But the management still has a few headaches to deal with. Perhaps the most worrying of all is the sharply declining form of a man who till recently couldn't put a foot wrong -- Yuvraj Singh.

When it comes to being the life of a show, there isn't anyone quite like Yuvraj Singh. The Punjab dasher has it all - the attitude, good looks and plenty of confidence. But its his declining form at what he does best - play cricket that is worrying the experts.

"Yuvraj needs to improve his defence a bit more and his goal should be to eventually play for Indian Test side consistently. Then he will become a better player. Talent is very much there - he is a treat to watch," said Wasim Akram, former Pakistan captain.

Yuvraj had a nightmare in Sri Lanka - five innings resulted in a mere 72 runs at a shocking average of under 15. The mystery of Mendis traumatised him in particular, with Yuvraj falling thrice to him.

For a man who has been the fulcrum of India's One-Day middle order now for the last few years, this was a dramatic fall.

"It has been quite disappointing to be honest because I worked on a lot of areas before going to Sri Lanka and I scored a century in the first game (practice match) also. So I was full of confidence but suddenly I had a couple of bad games. However, I am still working on my game," assured Yuvraj.

The next few months will be critical for Yuvraj Singh's career. With the 'Fab Four' in the Indian middle order reaching the home stretch of their careers, places are bound to open up. But the likes of Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma and S Badrinath are making a strong case for inclusion and Yuvraj may get left behind in the race.

Yuvraj himself of course is desperate for a consistent run in Test cricket.

"See, in ODIs my performance has been decently well, though obviously, there is always room for improvement. For me, it is very important that I become a permanent Test member by the end of this year. So, I am looking forward to doing that," said Yuvraj.

He isn't 27 yet, so Yuvraj Singh has age on his side to recover and he has done so successfully in the past.

first published:September 01, 2008, 20:11 IST