November 20, 2008

Yuvraj Singh loves England

It is surprising to note that some of the cricket players like certain opponents. They choose to hog the limelight in a particular series, and then go into hiding, only to come back strongly against the same opponents. It is nothing to do with the strength of the opposition. You call it luck, coincidence or by whatever name. But, there is enough proof of such interesting occurrences in the game of cricket.

Mystery Players
Players like Sachin and Dravid have performed consistently well against almost all the countries. It is known to everyone how much VVS Laxman loves Australia. He reserves his best for the Australians. The same kind of mystery had been exhibited by Shivnarine Chanderpaul against India. In recent times, we witnessed how Misbah-ul-Haq loved playing against the Indians. Yuvraj Singh shows a similar liking for England.

Emerging Yuvraj
Nobody would forget the match-winning partnership between Yuvraj Singh and Kaif in the Natwest Series 2002 in England. India was chasing a huge target of 326 runs to win the Natwest trophy. Yuvraj Singh scored 69 runs, Kaif made 87 not out and were featured in a partnership of 121 runs. It was a day when a new team of youngsters came into the fore under the aggressive captaincy of Sourav Ganguly. The match is remembered for Sourav Ganguly’s theatrical skills, removing his shirt in celebration of the victory.

Majestic Yuvraj
Yuvraj Singh’s six sixes off Stuart Broad in the Twenty20 World cup, held in South Africa, will ever be remembered for brute force. It also landed him the Twenty20 International Performance of the Year Award.

Current Form
The two hundreds in the first two matches of the ongoing India-England series further highlight his liking for the opposition. It is no wonder he won the player of the award on both occasions. In the second match, he even topped the bowling honours.

Conquering England
His batting average of 55.78 against England stands far ahead of his overall average of 37.19 in ODIs. His bowling average of 30.17 also stands better than the overall average of 39.41.

Hope he continues his form in the series and India will clinch the series comfortably. Kevin Pietersen, skipper of England cricket team, has to find a way to stop Yuvraj Singh if they like to pose any real challenge in this series.


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