15 December 2008

Welcome, Yuvi

Another Test gem in Yuvi's dusty career. This time, it came in a (memorable) win.
This one wasn't a century though it felt as if it should have been. None of Yuvi's centuries have come in winning causes (despair in Lahore, retreat in Karachi and a romp at Bangalore) and perhaps it was just as well.
But this one should give him a lot of confidence. Monty is not the worst spinner in the world. Swann may be a debutant, but he turns it a long way and it was a fifth-day pitch. As expected, he was a nervous wreck starting out against the spinners. Flintoff gave him the working over more than once. What he had at his disposal were his awesome talent and 22 yards away, an absolute master of working the singles against the spinners. Nervous hope gave fruit. India won. Yuvraj is Saurav's successor in the Indian team. Welcome Yuvi.

7 comments:

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Soulberry said...

Absolutely. John, Yuvi applied himself. The effort was visible. Good if he plays well.

Straight Point said...

i am still not convinced he can carry on his own...sachin guided him on many occasion when he looked fallible...let him respect and interpret the condition and situation of match on his own to give me full confidence that he has arrived...

having said that this knock should give him immense confidence to carry his game forward to next level...

Damith S. said...

im still not convinced, it was a good innings and he had tendulkar to guide him through.

i wond count my chickens just yet. give him some more time, lets see how does in the 2nd test.

god i love it when freddie gets all fired up and wants to decapitate batsmen.

John said...

ya, damith. freddie is a true rajnikanth!

Straight Point, what this innings has done is to buy him a few more innings. And if we have read the confidence question correctly, he will carry his ODI brutality into Tests. Remember that he is already the fifth highest scorer for India in ODIs.

Soulberry said...

I think he also tells us...accept my crudeness also if you want my murderous elegance.

There is no saying what can happen if he has say four or five such innings under his belt this year. May be his clumsiness recedes.

But what about England? And New Zealand?

uday said...

Freddie seems to have done more than anyone else for Yuvraj's career. Remember when he started mouthing him in the T20 world cup? Who would have thought listening to a gargantuan english thug was the tonic Yuvraj always needed...