Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, who announced his retirement from international cricket in June, got permission to play in T20 leagues outside India. Currently, he is playing in the Global T20 Canada for Toronto Nationals. Although his Global T20 Canada debut was shaky, he took the limelight with his all-round performance against Brampton Wolves in Brampton, Ontario.
Toronto Nationals won the toss and opted to bowl first. Brampton Wolves started well, opener George Munsey scored 66 runs off 36 balls, including 6 fours and 5 sixes and took his side to a huge total of 222 runs after 20 overs. Apart from him, Babar Hayat also helped by scoring a great knock of 48* off 18 which included 2 boundaries and 5 sixes.
However, Yuvraj Singh was in-form from the beginning. He took a juggling catch in his third attempt at mid-off and dismissed Lendl Simmons for 19 off J Gordon. He even dismissed Nitish Kumar for 26 when the batsman gave a catch to Brendon McCullum in the 15th over.
Yuvraj Singh entertained the crowd at CAA Centre in Ontario with the bat also. He was seen in his old form when he smashed 51 runs from just 22 balls. He walked in at No.4, resurrected the innings and started hitting from the beginning. His innings included five sixes and 3 boundaries. This was his first half-century in the Global T20 Canada.
Although the captain led from the front, he fell in the 16th over and his side eventually lost the game by 11 runs.
“I was happy to see my IPL coach, he wasn’t happy with my bat swing during IPL. Hopefully, the crowd enjoyed those big hits,” Yuvraj said after the game.
Yuvraj Singh’s Toronto Nationals have won only 1 game only out of 4 and are currently placed at the 5th position among six teams. They need to win the final game against Montreal Tigers on Sunday to remain in the race of selection for Round 2.