Yuvraj Singh is widely regarded as one of India’s best white-ball cricketers. In the 2007 T20 World Cup, he was a vital performer for India, and he was named Player of the Tournament in India’s historic 2011 World Cup victory at home. The all-rounder appeared in 304 One-Day Internationals and 58 Twenty-20 Internationals for India. Yuvraj also had a red-ball career, although a promising one, that fans seldom discuss. Yuvraj made his Test debut in 2003 against New Zealand in Mohali, accumulating 1900 runs at 33.92 with three hundreds and 11 half-centuries in 40 Tests for India. He had 26 first-class tons and 36 fifties in total. However, the former India cricketer believes the format should have given him a longer rope.

“You can see people getting 10-15 matches if you compare that age to today’s era,” Yuvraj stated in an interview on Sports18’s ‘Home of Heroes,’ explaining why the Indian middle order was so powerful back then. “If you look at that period, you could start it out as Viru did.” Dravid, Sachin, Ganguly, and Laxman followed. I obtained a hundred in Lahore and was advised to open in the following test.”

Yuvraj had made a good start to his Test career, hitting 59 in his first ever Test in Pakistan in Multan before going on to score 112 in Lahore. In Rawalpindi, he finished the 2004 tour with a valiant 119-ball 47. He scored two 70s against Sri Lanka at home a year later before returning to Pakistan and scoring 122 in Karachi.

The India legend did concede that he failed to convert his starts into huge scores on several occasions, which he believes was the major reason for his brief Test career.