Yuvraj was snubbed from the team following his failure in fitness test.

There are plenty of speculations going on in the media concerning the exclusion of India’s middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh from the forthcoming limited-overs series against Australia. Certain sections of the media blaming the selectors while some citing the poor fitness behind his omission.

Whatever may be the reason, one thing is for certain that Yuvi’s exclusion doesn’t go well with several former cricketers as the ex-wicketkeeper batsman and former selector Saba Karim has now come in support for Yuvraj’s inclusion in the inexperienced middle-order.

“Discount Yuvraj at your own peril. He is like a phoenix who has time and again shown that he loves rising from the ashes and proving critics wrong. From past experience, I would think it is too early to say that the writing is on the wall. Yes, he has a few issues he needs to work on, but then, he is a champion performer and has time and again proved that,Saba Karim quoted while speaking to CricketNext.

“In fact, to be honest, we during our time as national selectors did for a short span think that it would be very difficult for Yuvraj to make it back to the national team. But I am equally happy to say that he proved us wrong and showed exemplary work ethics to make a return to the national team,” he further asserted.

It is pertinent to mention here that after India’s limited-overs team announcement for Sri Lanka tour, both the selection committee chairman MSK Prasad and chief coach Ravi Shastri have highlighted the importance of supremely athletic team. Moreover, India’s skipper Virat Kohli has always been a little critical on fitness.

Yuvraj Singh has played 304 ODIs for India | Getty

“Yes, Yuvi need to go back to the drawing board and plan accordingly. He does need to work on his fitness and play domestic games to keep reminding the selectors that he is keen to make it back to the national team. The road is definitely not easy and trust me, nobody knows that better than the man himself,” Karim said.

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While many cricket pundits consider Yuvraj as not fit enough for the middle-order slot, Karim believes that the circumstances keep varying from time to time.

“You cannot say A fits the bill or B fits the bill on a permanent basis. It all changes from situation to situation and you never know when the team management feels that the experience of someone like Yuvraj would suit the bill perfectly. Surely too early to say that the writing is on the wall,” he concluded.