Recently, the eight franchises participating in the 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) confirmed the players they sought to retain for the 11th season of the T20 League. The franchises revealed their retentions as few of them were on the expected lines. Though some picks were obvious, some were surprising.
The maximum number of players that each franchise can opt for is five, in two stages. The first is via the Player Retention, and the second through the Right to Match (RTM) which will take place during the IPL player auction on January 27-28. What’s surprising is some of the players who managed hold on to their teams raised a lot of eyebrows.
It was a great comeback for CSK and RR after 2 years of a ban from the League. All franchises had retained a few players from the last IPL teams and there are a few names which took to surprise for not getting retained by their respective teams.
There are many Indian players who weren’t retained such as Yuvraj Singh, Shikhar Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, KL Rahul, Rahane, Gautam Gambhir and the list goes on. Reacting to this, Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag on Friday backed star left-hander Yuvraj Sigh to make a comeback.
It’s been a while since Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has been active in international cricket. Having emerged as a key player in the Men in Blue’s ICC World Cup 2011 triumph, Yuvraj has found it tough to break into Virat Kohli’s squad for quite some time now.
Addressing at a promotional event for the Indian Premier League (IPL), Sehwag said Yuvraj and Harbhajan Singh were on Kings XI Punjab fans’ wish list ahead of the upcoming auction. According to Sehwag, Yuvraj needs to perform in domestic cricket and pass the fitness tests to make the cut for India’s limited-overs cricket team.
Citing the example of veteran pacer Ashish Nehra, who announced his retirement in October 2017, Sehwag feels Yuvraj can still sneak into the national squad.
“He is not in the Indian team, but Yuvraj is still an amazing player. His talent is intact. Even a current India player can lose form. I don’t think we’ll get a player like him again. If his form is good, he’s a match-winner. That’s up to the selectors. If he performs in domestic cricket or passes (yoyo), then why not? If Ashish Nehra can make a comeback at 36, why not Yuvi,” Sehwag said.
Yuvraj previously admitted that he would not give up on himself at least for a couple of years. “I am still playing. I don’t know what format I am going to play. But I am pushing every day as hard as I used to, maybe harder than before because I am getting older. And I see myself playing cricket till 2019 and obviously take a call after that. So I still believe in myself. As I said I don’t know how many people believe in me but I do believe in myself,” Yuvraj had said.