India’s one of the finest limited over’s batsmen, Yuvraj Singh is planning to come out of retirement and play domestic cricket for Punjab, Cricbuzz confirmed in a report on Wednesday. Only a year after announcing his retirement from international cricket, Yuvraj Singh has expressed his desire to play T20s in the domestic season for Punjab.
A little ago, at the behest of Punjab Cricket Association, Yuvraj Singh joined two camps, where gave training to Punjab’s talented youngsters such as Shubman Gill, Abhishek Sharma, Prabhsimran Singh and Anmolpreet Singh. In the nets, Yuvraj Singh was middling the ball beautifully and thus arrived of thought of playing for Punjab.
“Initially, I wasn’t sure that I wanted to take up the offer,” Yuvraj told Cricbuzz.
“I enjoyed spending time with these youngsters, and talking to them about various aspects of the game, I realised that they were able to pick up various things that I was telling them,” Yuvraj, 38, told Cricbuzz on Wednesday afternoon, as he confirmed his comeback plans. “I had to get into the nets to show them a few other elements, and I was pleasantly surprised at how well I was hitting the ball even though I hadn’t held a bat for a really long time.“
“I was done with domestic cricket, though I did want to continue to play in other domestic franchise-based leagues worldwide if I got permission from the BCCI. But I also couldn’t ignore Mr Bali’s request. I gave it a lot of thought, for nearly three or four weeks, and it was almost as if I didn’t even have to make a conscious decision in the end.”
Yuvraj Singh has written a mail to BCCI, seeking permission to come out of retirement. The letter seeking permission stemmed from the fact that he played for Toronto Nationals in the Global T20 in Canada in August last year, and for Maratha Arabians in the Abu Dhabi T10 League last November.
“As things stand now, I will be playing only T20s if I get the nod,” Yuvraj said. “But who knows, let’s see.”
Yuvraj Singh, in his illustrious career, scored 8701 and 1900 runs in 304 One-Day Internationals and Tests respectively. He was awarded the man of the series for his performance in 2011 World Cup. He also played a vital role in helping Indian win the inaugural edition of 2007 World Cup.