After announcing his retirement from international cricket, Yuvraj Singh decided to play in the second edition of the Global T20 Canada. He was signed up by the Toronto Nationals and has been assigned the responsibility of leading the side as well. However, he didn’t get off to the best of starts as he struggled through lower back pain before being dismissed in a bizarre fashion in the tournament opener against the Vancouver Knights on Thursday.
Toronto got off to a shaky start after Vancouver Knights skipper Chris Gayle won the toss and invited them to bat first. They lost Brendon McCullum quite early in the innings. Canadian opener Rodrigo Thomas and Scottish batsman Calum MacLeod stitched together a steady partnership of 42 runs after that. However, MacLeod fell for an individual score of 17 in the ninth over and that was when Yuvraj walked out to bat. It was a painstaking stay for him at the crease all throughout. He wasn’t middling the ball and got beaten on quite a few occasions as well. He was on 14 off 26 deliveries in the 17th over of the innings bowled by Rizwan Cheema. The southpaw nicked the very next ball but wicket-keeper Tobias Visee failed to hold on to the catch.
However, the ball ended up hitting the stumps through a deflection caused by the Keeper’s gloves. Yuvraj had his back-foot grounded when the bails came off but he decided to walk off the field even before the on-field umpires arrived at any sort of decision.
Playing for Toronto Nationals in opening match of Global T20 Canada #YuvrajSingh walked off despite being not out.The 37-year-old was stumped in Vancouver Knights' bowler Rizwan Cheema's over after wicketkeeper dropped catch on stumps.Yuvraj was still in crease as per the replays pic.twitter.com/fcKXzGwWNL
— ebianfeatures (@ebianfeatures) July 26, 2019
Toronto’s score stood at only 104/3 with just 22 deliveries to go but they managed to reach a total of 159/5, thanks to cameos from Heinrich Klaasen and Kieron Pollard. The Knights lost their skipper Chris Gayle cheaply for just 12 runs but fifties from Chadwick Walton and Rassie van der Dussen helped them in chasing the total down with 16 deliveries to spare.
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