Since the time, Indian selectors have selected the 35-year old Yuvraj Singh into the Indian squad for the ODI & T20I series against England, many critics and former cricketers thought the board was going in the backward direction and not allowing the young and aspiring talent to flourish in the team. But all critics have been shut down after his vintage innings of 150 at Cuttack which helped the team take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3-match series.
On Friday, talking to TOI, MSK Prasad said, “Yuvraj’s inclusion was a collective decision by the selection committee and he had no backing from a particular person of the team management. Yuvraj had a good run in the Ranji Trophy and cracked hundreds and double hundreds. He looked hungrier for runs and we wanted to give him a chance against England so that he can continue his good form with the bat on the international stage too. We all are happy that he came up with such a brilliant knock yesterday and helped the team win the match. We hope he will maintain his form in the last ODI as well as in the T20s."
He further added, “Yes, that’s a huge plus to have a batsman like Yuvraj in the middle-order. The way he batted it proved once again that experience matters at this level. Yuvraj’s inclusion in the side has strengthened our belief and confidence."
Dodging the question if Yuvraj has cemented his place for the Champions Trophy in England, Prasad concluded, “It’s too early to talk about that as there are still five months left for it. Moreover, fitness plays a big role when it comes to selection. We want to be fair to every single player and performance will be counted. Our decision may backfire sometimes but our intention will never go wrong."