In a wonderful meetup ahead of the first match for Delhi Capitals (DC) and Mumbai Indians (MI) at the Wankhede stadium, Delhi's newly appointed team advisor Sourav Ganguly shared a few moments with Yuvraj Singh.March 22, 2019
After sharing a couple of laughs, the two legends of the game were parting ways when Dada said: “Have a great season, play like Yuvraj Singh...”.
And boy, did Yuvi oblige to the statement just a day later.
Now, if there is someone who the Indian cricket fans expect to bounce back after having years of bad run with the game, it has to be the 37-year-old, son of Punjab, Yuvraj Singh.
Time and again, Singh has shown his worth as a fighter, a warrior, not only inside the circular, green field but in the biggest race of life when he came triumphant, out of the battle against cancer, which was diagnosed in 2012.
Nearly seven years later, last evening, in his first match as a Mumbai Indian, Singh once again turned back the clock and appeared to be the same beast of a man who hit six 6's in an over against England in a group stage match of the first edition of ICC World T20, 12 years ago.
In MI's season opener against Shreyas Iyer's Delhi Capitals, Yuvi scored a total of 53 runs in just 35 deliveries, which also included five boundaries and three maximums.March 24, 2019
Even though Mumbai went down swinging in a losing effort to chase DC's massive total of 213, the 53-run inning has to feel like a personal victory to the Chandigarh-born, who got to raise the bat in celebrating the half-ton for the first time in two years in the IPL.
What makes the feat a lot more commendable is the brains that came along with all the brawn in Yuvi's primary game as the member of the MI Paltan. Losing skipper Rohit Sharma and the Proteas wicket-keeper-batsman, Quinton de Kock early in the early overs, the responsibilities on the veteran's shoulders multiplied.
However, when the left-handed batsman took to the crease, he looked calm and composed, only to send a couple of deliveries over the boundary with extreme ease, shortly after.
“I took my time there. The wickets were falling and I thought if I take a chance early, we (don't) want to end getting close to the game, so I just took my time. I am happy with the way I was hitting the ball,” Yuvraj said, in the post-game press conference.
Singh's loyal fans, who have been literally waiting for years to celebrate the return of their beloved “Thalaiva”, finally got the opportunity to do so and they did not disappoint:March 24, 2019
Don't ever Sledge Yuvraj! The world knows what happens when you try to sledge him.— Mit Bhavsarð (@the_ultimate81) March 24, 2019
Yuvraj scoring a 50 after ages is so pleasing to the eyes
I really hope that this season of IPL treats him nicely
I hope Yuvraj Singh scores 500+ runs in this season and gets selected for World Cup— JSK (@imjsk27) March 24, 2019 March 24, 2019 March 24, 2019