Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Yuvraj's Century against Australia
It was the turn of two India Test discards — opener Wasim Jaffer and captain Yuvraj Singh — to make an emphatic statement about their batting skills even as the four-day cricket match between Board President’s XI and Australia ended in a tame draw at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here on Sunday.

In the morning session, Jaffer 93 (279 minutes, 159b, 12x4) and Yuvraj 113 (208 minutes, 143b, 7x4, 7x6) flayed the Australian attack during their 200-run stand for the third wicket off 269 balls in batsmen-friendly conditions.

The lone exception was fast bowler Stuart Clark, who with emphasis on accuracy and the ability to bring the ball either way, picked up three wickets in the 13 overs he bowled.

It was a virtual batting feast with a charged up Yuvraj hitting Brett Lee over extra-cover for a six and then picking the hapless off-spinner Jason Krejza for rough treatment, hitting two fours and three sixes off him.

In one over, Yuvraj hit the slow bowler into the stands at long-off, then swept to the fence and hit another big six over long-on to reach 99. He reached his century with a nonchalant pull off Krejza into the stands, but soon perished going for a drive on the off-side, only to be caught behind off Clark.

Resource :- http://www.hindu.com/2008/10/06/stories/2008100656561900.htm
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Friday, September 12, 2008
ICC awards
The BCCI on Thursday expressed happiness over the ICC annual awards won by Indian players Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh while adding it expected Ishant Sharma too to join the ranks of the award winners.

"We are happy that two Indian players received the ICC's annual awards, particularly Mahendra Singh Dhoni who had an outstanding season. We thought that probably (young pacer) Ishant Sharma would also get the Emerging Player honour, but it did not happen," said BCCI's CAO Ratnakar Shetty.

Dhoni was named the ODI Player of the Year and Yuvraj won the Twenty20 International Performance of the Year Award. Dhoni beat back tough competition from team-mate Sachin Tendulkar, Australian fast bowler Nathan Bracken and Pakistan stalwart Mohammad Yousuf to take the prestigious award.

During the voting period, the swashbuckling wicket keeper-batsman played 39 ODIs and scored 1,298 runs at an average of 49.92 and at a strike rate of 82.46. He also hit a century and nine fifties.

Yuvraj was deservedly honoured for his stupendous six sixes in an over off England pacer Stuart Broad in the inaugural Twenty20 World Championship won by India in South Africa last year.

But the gangling Sharma lost out to Sri Lanka's spin sensation Ajantha Mendis who bagged the Emerging Player honour at the annual ICC awards function held in Dubai.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Yuvraj sing in poor from
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.

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