Indian fans may again have the opportunity to witness Yuvraj Singh’s batting exploits on the field. One of India’s greatest all-rounder, Singh, has decided to come out of retirement for his home team Punjab.
The 2011 World Cup hero announced his retirement from all forms of cricket last year. According to reports, Punjab cricket had requested him to make a comeback for the benefit of young players and home team.
The dashing left-handed batsman revealed on Wednesday that training sessions with players like Shubman Gill, Abhishek Sharma, Prabhsimran Singh and Anmolpreet Singh at the PCA Stadium in Mohali made him realise that he was still connecting the ball well.
“I enjoyed spending time with these youngsters, and talking to them about various aspects of the game, I realised that they were able to pick up various things that I was telling them. I had to get into the nets to show them a few other elements, and I was pleasantly surprised at how well I was hitting the ball even though I hadn’t held a bat for a really long time,” Yuvraj was quoted by Cricbuzz as saying.
PCA secretary Puneet Bali approached Yuvraj with a request to come out of retirement.
“I also trained for those two months, and then I started to bat in the off-season camp. I made runs in some of the practice matches. Mr Puneet Bali, the secretary of the Punjab Cricket Association, approached me after one of the sessions and asked me if I would reconsider coming out of retirement,” he said.
“Initially, I wasn’t sure that I wanted to take up the offer. I was done with domestic cricket, though I did want to continue to play in other domestic franchise-based leagues worldwide if I got permission from the BCCI. But I also couldn’t ignore Mr Bali’s request. I gave it a lot of thought, for nearly three or four weeks, and it was almost as if I didn’t even have to make a conscious decision in the end.
“The motivation is to help Punjab win championships. Bhajji (Harbhajan Singh), myself, we have won tournaments, but we haven’t done it together for Punjab, so that was a big factor in my final call,” Yuvraj said. “Obviously, Shubman is already playing for India, and I feel there’s plenty of potential in the other three boys. If I can contribute in any way to their development and to the development of Punjab cricket, then that will be wonderful. After all, playing for Punjab is what paved the way for my international career.”
“Well that’s a personal choice. If Yuvraj feels that he wants to contribute further to the Punjab team and play along more; then it’s good. I am sure the players will learn from his presence on the park,” Former Indian women’s captain Anjum Chopra told FirstSportz.
According to reports, Yuvraj has written to BCCI president Sourav Ganguly in this regard.