Calcutta: Before Sunday’s match, Yuvraj Singh had scored 144 runs in eight matches. He had got a fifty, but barring that, all his other innings were so ordinary at best. He was getting starts, but was failing to accelerate, often using up too many deliveries.
But all that changed on Sunday, at the Chinnaswamy. The Royal Challengers Bangalore lost the match versus the Rajasthan Royals, but Yuvraj emerged a winner. Not only did he blast an 83-run innings off just 38 balls, he bowled four great overs, picking up four wickets.
What brought about the change? According to Daniel Vettori, Royal Challengers’ coach, Yuvraj “worked” it out himself, making subtle changes.
“Yuvraj just worked it out for himself. He worked hard on his game against the spinners and made subtle changes. He gave himself a chance, got himself in and then we all saw the Yuvraj that we all have known so long,” Vettori was quoted as saying by iplt20.com.
The former New Zealand captain went on to add that Yuvraj had almost won them Sunday’s match. “Yuvi’s performance really should have won us the game, but unfortunately we slipped up in the last four or five overs,” Vettori said.
Elaborating on the “subtle changes”, Vettori said that the left-handed batsman premeditated his on-the-crease movements. “He was trying to move his feet a bit more. He was getting caught in the crease in the previous matches and so he made a conscious effort to premeditate his movement. It worked,” he said.
Yuvraj himself feels that the Royal Challengers, after just three victories from nine matches, have no other option but to play positive and aggressive cricket.
“We have no other optionů In next four-five games, it is going to be tough for us. We have to go in, be positive and play good cricket,” Yuvraj told the reporters.
He, however, believes that the Royal Challengers have the potential to win the remaining matches. “We think we have the potential to winů But we are not thinking of four or five games, we will be taking one game at a time,” he said.
Yuvraj is also of the opinion that playing home matches in the IPL helps in performing better. “We are all aware that in IPL games, you don’t have much time. If we are travelling, it is tough to recover. The good thing is that we are playing at home, so, hopefully, we will do better,” he said.
Vettori believes that one should look at the positives after a disappointing loss. “Just try to look at the things that actually went well during the match. Yuvraj, for instance, was under a bit of pressure, but he went out and played exceptionally well with the bat and the ball. The likes of AB de Villiers and (Yuzvendra) Chahal have continued to perform for us consistently. ”