Sachin said it is impossible to win the World Cup 2019 without these two players.
After 2018 IPL the Indian team will tour England and after that World Cup preparations will begin, Tendulkar has given a big statement about the 2019 World Cup. In which he said that there are two such players present in the Indian team. Without which the Indian team could not win the World Cup probably, let’s know about those players.
The players whom Sachin has mentioned are both Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh. He has said that both the players have the ability to salvage their team in difficult situations. However, Yuvraj Singh could not show any significant performance in this IPL. But Yuvraj Singh is considered to be a very good batsman for one-day cricket. And on their own he has won the World Cup. And as much praise of Dhoni is less. Dhoni’s catch in wicketkeeping, batting, fielding, team leadership is considered quite strong in all. And they have a lot of experience. Therefore, it is very important for both of these players to join the World Cup in 2019.
Their partnership statistics can do all the talking, with them having added 3916 runs together in all formats of the game. This includes 11-century stands and 19 half-century stands at an impressive average of 48.34. 5 out of their 11-century stands have come against arch-rivals Pakistan.
Speaking about MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh’s inclusion in the team, Sachin said both of them are big players and there is no need to guide them. He added that they are the strongest pillars of the team and if they perform well, it boosts the morale of the entire team.
Some of their indispensable run-stands include:
- 102* vs Pakistan in 2006 when India were standing derailed at 190/5, requiring 99 runs more to win an ODI.
- 148 vs Australia in 2009 after India were reduced to 53/3, needing 177 runs more to win an ODI.
- 102* vs Australia in 2013. This T20 match was a second comeback for Yuvraj after he was diagnosed with a rare kind of cancer. It looked like a Himalayan task to chase down 202 in 20 overs and after losing three important wickets, things got spiced up. Yuvraj arrived at the crease and was expected to proceed with the huge run chase, a job that he had done many times in the past in ODIs with Dhoni for company. Yuvraj slammed 77 off 35 balls while Dhoni supported him with a 21-ball 24. They added 102 in just 53 balls, sealing the match for India.
- Last, but not the least, their 54-run partnership from just 42 balls against Sri Lanka in the 2011 World Cup final made sure that India emerged as the world champions. Dhoni’s 91 off 79 balls and Yuvraj’s rapid 21 finished off things in style.
Can we see a Yuvi-MSD partnership again? Will the cricketing world see Yuvraj back in national colours for one last time? Anything can happen in the ‘Gentleman’s Game’.