World Cup-winning former India all-rounder, Yuvraj Singh, has agreed to make a comeback, playing at least Twenty20 cricket for Punjab in the upcoming domestic season. Responding to Punjab Cricket Association’s request to return to the Punjab team as a player-cum-mentor, the dashing all-rounder has written a letter to the BCCI asking the board’s permission to come out of retirement.
The Player of the Tournament at the 2011 Cricket World Cup announced his retirement from all formats of the game in June 2019
The secretary of Punjab Cricket Association, Puneet Bali, was the first person to approach the former India all-rounder to come out of retirement and join the Punjab team for the benefit of Punjab cricket.
Speaking to a leading sports portal, Cricbuzz, the swashbuckling southpaw said that he was actually interested in playing domestic franchise-based leagues worldwide, subject to permission from BCCI, but he couldn’t ignore the request from Mr Bali as well. Yuvraj said that he gave a lot of thought, for nearly three or four weeks before making the decision.
The former India left-hander said that if he gets the green signal to play for Punjab, he is looking to play in T20s only, and not play in the other shorter-format tournaments.
The 38-year-old left-hander spent a fair amount of time in the last few months with the young Punjab quartet (Shubman Gill, Prabhsimran Singh, Abhishek Sharma, and Anmolpreet Singh), who were due to leave for IPL, at the PCA stadium in Mohali.
Speaking to Sportstar, Yuvraj said that it was a great opportunity for him to return to the cricket field as he couldn’t stay away from cricket.
“Abhishek (Sharma) and Shubman (Gill) wanted to pick my brains and I was too happy to share my experience. It was a good opportunity for me to return to the cricket field. They were not able to pick the lessons and I had to then demonstrate in the nets. It became easy for them to understand what I was driving at and I realised they were also quick in grasping the lessons. Just a few technical adjustments but basically mentoring,” the former India left-hander was quoted saying in Sportstar.
Yuvraj added that he started nets regularly and also played matches with the boys as well as played more of tennis and golf to stay fit.