With over 400 international matches under his belt, Yuvraj will always remain one of the key contributors to Indian cricket. Whether it was his Natwest Trophy exploits in 2002 or clobbering poor Stuart Broad for six consecutive sixes in the 2007 World T20, Yuvraj has given Indian fans a lot to cheer for.
However, his biggest, and undeniably most iconic, contribution to Indian cricket came in 2011, where he played his heart out during the country’s triumphant World Cup campaign despite battling cancer.
The left-hander didn’t just play a vital role in one or two matches, but the fact that he scored 362 runs, took 15 wickets and bagged four ‘Man of the Match’ awards to eventually be adjudged the ‘Player of the Tournament‘ goes on to show his grit and passion for both cricket and his country.
But, despite his priceless contributions, Yuvraj never really got his due. Last year, when India was busy negating the challenges in the ICC World Cup, Yuvraj announced his retirement and opened a can of worms wherein he blasted the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for his mistreatment.
He had also slammed the MSK Prasad-led selection panel which took key decisions during its reign up until last December. Yuvraj had claimed that India desperately needed good selectors who’re well adept in their understanding of modern-day cricket.
His alleged tiff with India’s last selection panel once again became the topic of great discussion after Harbhajan Singh took a light-hearted dig at him on social media.
Recently, as cricket fans celebrated Yuvi’s 300th ODI appearance for India, the left-hander took to Twitter and thanked BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly and then selectors for giving him the opportunity. “I think we should all thank @SGanguly99 and the first batch of my selectors for giving me this opportunity!,” Yuvraj tweeted.
In response to Yuvi’s tweet, Harbhajan asked his former Team India mate to comment on the last batch of selectors. “Anything for the last batch?,” Bhajji tweeted. Realising a possible controversy at hand, Yuvi decided to play it safe by responding: “Lol no comments”.
Following the end of MSK Prasad’s tenure, former Indian spinner Sunil Joshi took over the reins as the new chairman of the country’s selection committee.
His panel is comprised of Devang Gandhi, Sarandeep Singh, Jatin Paranjpe and Harvinder Singh.