It is so good to read Yuvraj Singh's name in the Indian team to play in the ICC T20 World Cup. The selectors deserve every compliment for including him in the team and giving him just the backing and encouragement that he needs.
No matter how he performs in the World Cup, Yuvraj will now work even harder to show that the backing and trust reposed in him is justified. Too often when a player is down he is given the shove instead of a helping hand and that can lead to a talent going astray, so it is good to see Yuvraj in the Indian colours again and good luck to him in the event and for the seasons ahead.
Rohit Sharma was given the support by the team management in Sri Lanka, but the selectors have decided that he needs to go back to domestic cricket and get double hundreds and even triple hundreds and then get back in the squad which is fair enough for only runs, runs and more runs will impress the selectors.
It is good to see Harbhajan Singh also back in the team. He had a lean period and so was left out and now he has been brought back because the two best spinners in the land have been chosen and it doesn’t matter if they purvey the same magic. It is not necessary to have variety for variety's sake and to choose the best is what should always be the aim.
Sure, what the best is can differ from people to people but that is precisely the reason the five men are given the responsibility. Now that India have begun the season well with impressive wins in Sri Lanka, let us hope that the good form continues throughout the year.
South Africa’s domination of the series was shaken a fair bit by England’s spirited response led by Kevin Pietersen in the second Test though it is a pity that the home team did not go for the win that would have made the last Test at Lords really interesting. The Proteas did well to get off to a good start with Smith continuing his good form and Alviro Petersen making the most of a dropped catch to get a patient century.
He was under pressure for his place in the team having failed in the one innings at the Oval. Jacques Rudolph, who also failed, was not under the same pressure and though things have changed in South Africa some things remain the same. By getting a near double ton Alviro has given himself some more appearances, but knows that the sword will always be dangling over his head as it did with Ashwell Prince.
The other South African, Kevin Pietersen, scored a blistering century that had even his fiercest critics in the British media enthralled and in awe of the manner in which he set about the best bowler in the world Dale Steyn. It was thrilling the way he took Steyn apart with some fearsome blows and that attack has taken away the awe factor about the South African spearhead for the other English batsmen.
The West Indies won a series after a long time beating New Zealand quite comprehensively and this could well be the turning point for their cricket.
The two Petersens for their contrasting but big centuries are the joint winners of the accolade of the CEAT International Cricketer of the Week.
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