What separates champions from the ordinary is their ability to rise up after falling down. Yuvraj Singh has perfectly proven that he has that ability in abundance. With his return to international cricket against England later this month, Yuvraj will complete his sixth comeback since being diagnosed with a cancerous tumor after his world cup heroics in 2011. It was one of the major tragedies for Indian fans when they got to know that their hero is suffering from cancer. The man who helped India lift the world cup was himself reeling for a relief.
However, Yuvraj defeated cancer too in style. He returned to International after just over an year making one of the most remarkable comebacks the world had ever seen. Ever since then Yuvraj was dropped for varying reasons from poor form to fitness issues. Even before his illness more recently, hes career has been full of ups and downs. Yuvraj back then too made extraordinary comebacks like a true champion. Yuvraj can surely be labelled as the new ‘Comeback King’ of India. It was moreover a special moment whenever Yuvraj staged a comeback. Thus, we have tried to compile a list of the comeback king’s comebacks including all his five comebacks after 2011.
1. World Twenty20 (2012)
Hardly anyone had expected such a quick comeback but Yuvraj turned it around in his favour. Yuvraj staged a famous comeback from cancer in the T20 world cup held in Sri Lanka. India failed to make it to the semis. He had announced his comeback against New Zealand back home scoring a 26-ball 34 including two typical Yuvraj sixes. Yuvraj failed with the bat but still impressed to impress with the ball as he ended up being India’s highest wicket-taker in the tournament.
2. India-Pakistan T20 (2012-13)
India were hoping for Yuvraj’s bat to show its magic again but that hardly happened. After continuing with a lathergic Yuvraj, India finally dropped him after the England series at home. With the same hope, selectors announced Yuvraj in the squad to play against Pakistan. Yuvraj finally managed a good knock scoring a 36-ball 72 in the second T20.
His return to form against Pakistan was hit hard with a back injury. Yuvraj yet again worked hard and managed to make a comeback through his performance for India A. He made comeback to international cricket when he was named in the Indian squad tp face Australia. The vintage Yuvraj finally returned in the only T20 against Australia at Rajkot. Yuvraj, along with Dhoni, managed to pull off a sensational run-chase. Yuvraj scored a stunning 35-ball 77 with a strike-rate of over 200.
4. World Twenty20 (2014)
Yuvraj failed to show any signs of good form and was thus dropped yet again. He missed out the Asia cup too in which India failed to even make it to the finals. Yuvraj returned to the squad for the T20 world cup in Bangladesh. He managed to become India’s top run-scorer but had a completely disastrous tournament otherwise.
5. Australia T20 Series (2016)
After his dismal performances, Yuvraj returned to the domestic circuit. He managed 341 runs at an average of 85.25 in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. That marked another comeback for Yuvraj Singh. He was selected for the Australian tour where India played a T20 series of three games. Yuvraj however got to bat only in the third game where he scored an unbeaten 15 with a four and a six. India registered their first clean sweep against Australia in Australia.
6. West Indies ODIs (2007)
While training for the final group game against Australia in the 2006 ICC Champions Trophy, Yuvraj suffered a ligament injury in his left knee. He was not expected to recover before the World Cup in 2007. Yuvraj though surprised everyone through his hardwork and recovered a couple of months before the World Cup. He played the last two ODIs against West Indies a couple of months before the World Cup.
7. Zimbabwe ODIs (2002)
A young Yuvraj was facing the axe of selection owing to his poor form. He didn’t back out and returned to domestic circuit almost spontaneously. His knock of 209 for North Zone against South Zone in a Duleep Trophy match in March 2002 meant Yuvraj was back in the reckoning. He was immediately drafted into an Indian squad that was trailing 1-2 against Zimbabwe. Yuvraj made an instant impact and turned the series on his own. He scored an unbeaten 60-ball 80 and a 57-ball 72 to guide India to a series win.
Lets hope we get our vintage Yuvraj back this time!