He has spoken unambiguously about his ambition of captaining the country in the future, and his leadership of Kings XI Punjab in the IPL clearly showed that Yuvraj Singh is a leadership material.
The team was not listed as one of the favourites for the title at the start of the tournament, but in steering it to the semifinals Yuvraj did his reputation, as a future leader, no harm at all. In fact with a 10-4 record in the preliminary stage, his team finished second to Rajasthan Royals and scored a meritorious win over the ultimate champions in the final league match. Yuvraj was not helped by the fact that several top players like Brett Lee, Simon Katich, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Luke Pomersbach were available only for a few games, or that Mahela Jayawardene just could not get among the runs.
But he got the best of the players under his command, goading them to perform better than their potential would allow. As only to be expected, he led admirably from the front scoring 299 runs at an impressive strike rate of 162.50. One particularly liked the way he handled his basic four-man attack - Irfan Pathan, Sreesanth, VRV Singh and Piyush Chawla ÃƒÂ‚Ã‚Â– while also making adroit use of his change bowlers including himself.
Text: Partab Ramchand
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