New Delhi: The emptiness left in the Indian team after Yuvraj Singh’s retirement can be felt in the Indian team even today. The dynamic left-handed batsman, who was one of the team’s biggest match-winners with both bat and ball, was consistently the No. 4 batsman for India over the years.
And since he stepped down, India are yet to find a permanent solution to the batting slot. From Ambati Rayudu to Shreyas Iyer to Rishabh Pant, all have been tried but India’s quest for solid No. 4 batsmen in ODIs and T20s is still continues.
Yuvraj has made 8609 runs and is at the eighth number in the list of leading ODI run-scorers for India. He was a part of India’s World Cup victories in 2007 and 2011 and was played an essential role in lifting trophies for India.
In an interview with TimesofIndia.com, Yuvraj spoke on a few topics. The former all-rounder was asked to name a player from the current set-up, whom he believes could be the ‘next Yuvraj Singh ‘ of Indian cricket. However, instead of taking one name, Yuvraj picked three Indian cricketers, who he feels have what it takes to become a match-winner as big and effective as him.
“I probably don’t see any left-hander right now in the middle. Overall, we have got some good hitters in the middle. We have got Rishabh. We have got Hardik. I think Rishabh and Hardik together as they play more one-day and T20 together, they both will be quite a dynamic duo, batting together. You have Ravindra Jadeja coming in. So, these three guys can change the course of the game anytime. Jadeja has improved by leaps and bounds in one-day cricket and T20 cricket,” Yuvraj said.
“The left-right combination is always dangerous, as I and MS Dhoni were. So, I am looking forward to seeing Rishabh, Hardik, and Jadeja bat at the 5,6, and 7 slots.”