Deepika not lucky for Yuvraj ?

January 9, 2008 – Yuvraj might be lucky in his love affairs with Deepika but unlucky in his game after his affairs. The love looks to have intervened in his career, he shall have tough time to be lucky in his future selection. Yuvraj had little leeway from either the Australians or the umpires.

But, the modes of the left-hander’s dismissals in his four Test innings thus far have been very disappointing.  He forgot to play his natural game and defended in defective way.
Twice — and both times in the first innings — he has been caught on the crease by the faster bowlers; twice he has looked ill at ease against spin, his old nemesis, failing to spot Brad Hogg’s flipper in the first Test and treating Symonds with undue tentativeness in the second.

In both cases, the sight most characteristic of Yuvraj in his pomp, witnessed during his 169 against Pakistan at Bangalore last December, was missing.

An unbuttoned stroke-player, Yuvraj is best served when a light, nimble step forward (not a stride, mind) counterbalances his elongated back-lift as he sets up.

From here, he either props further in front or pushes onto the back foot depending on his judgment of length.

But, when the right foot fails in this duty, the heaviness of his back-lift weights the back foot, anchoring him in the crease and costing him time.

Both at Melbourne and Sydney, he was on the move rather than in position, falling caught-behind and leg-before respectively.

There’s a lot made of the need for conventional technique, but what matters most is the skill of making runs. In most cases of poor batting, the batsman isn’t watching the ball closely enough, simple as it sounds. The inherent bounce in Australia might make Yuvraj wary of stepping forward; the problem lies in his mind.
A curious pattern of extremes has marked Yuvraj’s Test career. Three resplendent hundreds against Pakistan lie scattered among several stunted works.

It’s to do with looseness in defensive play early in the innings, a problem starting against spin that seemed to have been rectified, but above all, a lack in belief.

Competing against four of India’s finest middle order batsman hasn’t given him the rhythm a lengthy tenure does. He hasn’t pushed hard enough however.

Yuvraj can learn from his counterpart who he shares several similarities with. Symonds too was considered a one-day specialist; he too has had his attitude (off-field) questioned at various stages.

But, given a chance in the Test side after a raft of retirements, he struck a hundred in the last Ashes series and has evolved tremendously as a batsman since. Symonds puts the transformation down to belief.

Australia, of course, can afford to carry a player, giving him a further chance of success.

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Dr. Raj Baldev, Cosmo Theorist

About Dr. Raj Baldev, Cosmo Theorist

Dr. Raj Baldev, Cosmo Theorist, Ph.D., D. Litt., D Sc. (H.C), Editor-in-Chief of International Reporter, Chairman Media International Ltd., Born on 15 January 1927 in Montgomery, now in Pakistan. Internationally known, man of letters with over dozen of books and thousands of articles to his credit on various subjects including theories on the Creation of the Universe, the Black Holes, Supernovas and other functions of the Universe, Nature and Life , which he described both ways, philosophically and scientifically. He further elaborated how the entire Cosmos were formed. He holds spiritual wisdom of predicting and curing powers of the human problems, so much so, he is popularly known as Destiny Repairer, hence people call him with respect as Swamy Ji. He got the privilege of leading various Parliamentary Delegations abroad on good will missions; he also got the privilege of being invited by differnt Heads of State on state visits. He is the Founder of God Believers (GBA) who place belief in “FAITH”, Universal Modern Religion. FAITH is not a religion but a human service, an encyclopedia of creating healthy balance between Science and God. The main purpose of this mission is to defend the Identity of God from Scientists on one hand and to help fight Global Environmental Abuses, to create awareness of high risks of Excessive Nuclear Stockpiles, global service to the Human Rights and Justice on the other. He is a very simple man, he commands special respect as a holy man with high spiritualism and people address him as His Holiness. He is equally dedicated to the cause of media and journalism where he has been serving the people through his writing for over 50 years; he has also served as Member of Press Council of India. His main aim is to serve the humanity and all kinds of life on the Earth, to serve the elders, women and children, the blind, crippled, lepers and the needy, he is committed to save the Mother Earth from the abuses caused by humans and the nature through the social mission of God Believers (GBA), which also serves the World Peace. In short, he is a global social reformer. Google