Mirpur (Bangladesh), March 2: Nearly two years ago, at the same venue, against the same opponent, Yuvraj Singh struggled with the bat in the ICC World Twenty20 2014 final. But it was time for redemption as the left-hander returned with a bang.
At the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, Yuvraj was Indian fans' "villain" on April 6, 2014 in the World T20 final against Sri Lanka. He consumed 21 balls for his 11 runs, resulting in slowing down India's progress while batting first. On that day, India were restricted to 130/4 and Sri Lanka won the title by 6 wickets. (Stone pelted at Yuvraj house)
Last night (March 2), Yuvraj walked out to bat at the same ground and the same opposition. And he turned it around. Sixes flowed from his willow.
He rolled back the years as he found his rhythm in the company of Virat Kohli. The Yuvraj of the old was on view. He smashed 3 sixes and equal number of fours in a crucial 18-ball 35-run knock.
Since making his comeback in January, Tuesday's innings was the 34-year-old's best. He too admitted that his flow was back.
"Today was one of those days where I felt my flow was back. I needed a bit of a flow out there to feel good. I felt being positive out there when I got a few hits off my bat. I felt that my game is back," the left-hander told the Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) website.
"I just needed some time in the middle. I have been trying to get as much batting time as possible and I believe I have been picking up slowly," he added.
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni too was impressed with the way Yuvraj batted. "As far as Yuvi's batting is concerned, I have already told that the more time he gets out there in the middle, the better it is for him. I felt that his approach has always been very good.
"He gave himself two or three balls before playing the big shot. And you saw today, he is someone who can hit sixes at will. So if the same thing continues gradually, he will be in a very good position before the World Cup," Dhoni said.