The veteran Indian all-rounder, Yuvraj Singh, who was the man of the tournament in India’s triumphant Cup 2011 campaign, announced his retirement from all forms of the game in June last year. He has always been considered as a proven match-winner for his performance in the 2011 World Cup, that India won under the captaincy of MS Dhoni.
Just 14 months post his retirement, Yuvraj has now decided to come out of it is ready to reverse his decision and come out of retirement to play for Punjab in the delayed domestic T20 season, so learns India Today. What we have learned is the seasoned southpaw spent enough time with the young and promising brigade of the Punjab team over the past few months at the PCA Stadium in Mohali.
As per the quotes in Cricbuzz, Yuvraj said, “I enjoyed spending time with these youngsters and talking to them about various aspects of the game, I realized that they were able to pick up various things that I was telling them. 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.”
Mr. Puneet Bali, the secretary of the Punjab Cricket Association, approached the southpaw after one of the sessions and asked him to reconsider his retirement. Bali’s logic was that since there were a lot of youngsters in the Punjab team since they were already responding positively to Yuvraj’s guidance and suggestions since the star himself was in good shape physically and was batting as well as ever, it was a win-win for all.
Describing the same, Yuvraj Singh said, “Initially, I wasn’t sure that I wanted to take up the offer but I also couldn’t ignore Mr. Bali’s request. The motivation is to help Punjab win championships. Bhajji (Harbhajan Singh), myself, we have won tournaments, but we haven’t done it together for Punjab, so that was a big factor in my final call. Obviously, Shubman is already playing for India, and I feel there’s plenty of potential in the other three boys. After all, playing for Punjab is what paved the way for my international career.”