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#IndvsAus: Yuvraj is indispensable. Twitter thinks so too

The southpaw is back and how.

 |  Thinking Deva  |  5-minute read |   31-01-2016
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What a victory for the Men in Blue!

The mighty Australians suffering a whitewash in their own backyard is not too common. But that's exactly what happened at the haloed Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Sunday, as Dhoni's boys overhauled a massive target of 198. A fantastic match, indeed a superb series, played with tremendous intensity. It was as top class as it gets.

Australia scored a massive 197/5, on the back of an imperious 71-ball 124 by Shane Watson. India replied with 200/3.

However, even considering the enormity the Team Dhoni's victory against Australia, I am just a bit tempted to put the spotlight more on the two men who were steadily being pushed to the wilderness by our cricket establishment - Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina. The two flamboyant southpaws came good when they simply had to, keeping their cool in that all-important last over, when they had to score 17 runs to win.

Yuvraj, has had to face as many brickbats for his painfully slow innings in the World T20 final against Sri Lanka in 2014, as he was showered with bouquets for his role in India's ODI World Cup win 2011. Many thought he was not the same player after his battle with cancer. There was perhaps reason to believe that we would never ever be able to see the Yuvraj who hit England's Stuart Broad for six consecutive sixes in the inaugural World T20 in 2007. Yuvraj, most of us thought, was over.

But the man himself had other ideas. When he was finding it difficult initially to get the Aussie bowlers away on Sunday, there were murmurs that he was turning out to a liability for the team. And then... Boom! A fine pick-up for a boundary, followed by a big six. Yuvraj Singh was back and how.

It was the last over, and India was still some distance from a win. And it was Suresh Raina's turn to come to the party now, and he ensured that victory was India's.

Such a poetic justice for the two men who were left out of the ODI team, and we could only speculate what it would have been in the ODI series had they been allowed to play a part. India may not have suffered the ignominy of a 1-4 rout. But let's keep that argument for another day.

It is a day to rejoice. The future looks bright for this Indian T20 team. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are in scorching form, and Jaspreet Bumrah looks really good. World T20, here we come.

Here's how India's triumph was celebrated on Twitter:


Debdutta Bhattacharjee Debdutta Bhattacharjee @debduttab10

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