Yuvraj Singh and his comeback tales...
After two poor Tests in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy (October 2004), Yuvraj was dropped in favour of Gautam Gambhir.
>> He was recalled for the away series vs Zimbabwe in September 2005. He then retained his position in the Test side when Sourav Ganguly was axed following a row with coach Greg Chappell. He scored a brilliant century — the second Test ton of his career.
>> A series of low scores in Tests in 2006 (he failed to score a 50 in six Tests against England and the West Indies) and an injury in late 2006 led to Yuvraj’s ouster from the squad. He was picked to face Pakistan in November 2007 and scored a career-best 169 at Bangalore.
>> Yuvraj had a very poor Test series against Australia when India toured Down Under (2007-08). He was dropped from after the first two Tests. However, in the landmark Test against England soon after the Mumbai terror attacks, Yuvraj scored a fine unbeaten 85 in an unbroken stand of 163 with Sachin Tendulkar to beat England at Chennai. It was the fourth highest successful run chase in Test history then.
>> In 2010, Yuvraj was dropped from the ODI squad — the first such instance in the limited overs format, since he began playing for the country. However, in one of his most celebrated comebacks, he impressed with both bat and ball in India’s 2011 World Cup-winning campaign. Yuvraj scored 362 runs, took 15 wickets and bagged four Man of the Match awards in addition to the coveted Player of the Tournament title.
>> After battling life-threatening germ cell cancer in his lungs across a period of nine months, Yuvraj has made a comeback for the big-ticket World T20 to be played in Sri Lanka next month. Yuvraj last played for India in Nov 2011. It may be recalled he hit six sixes in a Stuart Broad-over in India’s WorldT20-winning campaign in South Africa in 2007.