What separates just any young talented cricketer from a future
Champion? Asking the age old question, "What separates the men
from the boys?" one need look no further than Yuvraj Singh. When
he walks out onto the field, the swagger of confidence tells its
own story. As he stands tall at over six feet in height and looks
down the wicket at the bowler there is a message that goes out to
the bowler. Answering the earlier question, it is belief and
attitude that makes the difference.
Yuvraj Singh believes that he can hit absolutely any bowler out
of the attack. On his day, that is probably very accurate. No one
who was at the P Saravanamuthu Stadium in Colombo will forget the
large scale assault he launched on the unsuspecting Aussies in
the semi finals of the recently concluded Youth World Cup.
When he hits the ball, it stays hit. There's no two ways about
that. Using the clean long swing to good effect, Yuvraj spares no
flourish when he is at the crease. Planting his front foot down
the ground, the off side is Yuvraj's playground as he toys with
the bowling. When the ball is short, it is recommended that
people in the stands take cover. He thumps the ball effortlessly
through the line sending it out of reach of any fielder.
Most people would be content just batting if they had the ability
Yuvraj wields with such panache. But not this young man. He has
learnt the value of bowling tidy off spinners. Once again it is a
mature head on his shoulders that comes to the fore. Bowling well
within his limitations, Yuvraj picks wickets more with planning
than with sheer guile.
At 19, he is already an all rounder who has proven himself. One
need look no further than his performance in the domestic youth
competition and in the Under-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka. In the
finals of the Cooch Behar Trophy, Yuvraj made 358 against Bihar.
Any batsman who has the ability to play an innings of that length
will be a force to reckon with. Following that performance up
with what was an extremely successful World Cup in Sri Lanka,
Yuvraj caught the eye of many a cricket pundit. He was named
player of the series in the tournament.
At such a young age, Yuvraj has understood what it takes to be a
step ahead of the competition. Being competitive is second nature
for the lad. Yuvraj has the spirit that has made people like
Glenn McGrath and Ricky Ponting world beaters. It is unlikely
that anything will stand in his way.