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Yuvraj is the T20 badshah: Ravi Shastri


Chennai: Former captains Ravi Shastri and Ramiz Raja have saluted Yuvraj Singh, the MoM in two of the last four T20 Internationals played by India.

Both Shastri and Ramiz spoke to The Telegraph on Saturday afternoon.

The following are excerpts

SHASTRI: Yuvraj is the T20 badshah, no two ways about it. He’s a game-changer in limited overs cricket, be it the 50-over game or the T20s... In 2007, when at his peak, Yuvraj was a game-changer in all three departments...

Now, you have to make an allowance for what his body has gone through (during chemotherapy in the US, earlier this year)...

The body language when he walks out, particularly in T20s, is something to admire... He’s there, in the thick of it, and wants to make a difference...


But I wish he exhibits the same body language in Test cricket. If he does, a (regular) place is not beyond him... My impression is that Yuvraj tries to play like a Test cricketer... He should play the way he knows best... Should remain his normal self...

He’s an impact-player and, so, must play that way only. That’s his USP.

Yuvraj is one of the cleanest hitters I’ve seen... There used to be Kaps (Kapil Dev) and, now, it’s him...

His performances are all the more special as his body went through so much... Just shows the strength of Yuvraj’s character... To come back in this remarkable manner...

RAMIZ: Look, Yuvraj is an exceptional talent... He has a phenomenal strike rate in T20s (148.68) and if you add his wickets, then he’s a true champion, both in the ODIs and in T20s. Yuvraj’s temperament is special, as is his ability to hit big. And, to do so consistently.