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Sachin should have been allowed to get his Double Century in Multan Test: Yuvraj

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In an exclusive interaction with Sanjay Manjrekar on newly launched channel Sports18’s flagship show ‘Home of Heroes’, Yuvraj Singh expresses his views on the 2004 Multan declaration decision and how Sachin Tendulkar should have been allowed to get his double century.

The result would not have changed if the team had waited for two more overs: Yuvraj

Khel Today Bureau

Mumbai: March 29, 2004, remains an unforgettable day for Indian fans, for Virender Sehwag became the first Indian to score a triple-century in Test cricket. But what took away the thunder from Sehwag’s blistering knock was Rahul Dravid’s decision to declare the team innings even as Sachin Tendulkar was batting on 194.

Yuvraj Singh was at the centre of this episode, literally, batting with Tendulkar then. “We got a message in between that we had to play fast, and we were going to declare,” Yuvraj recalls in an exclusive interaction on Home of Heroes, Sports18’s newest offering.

Soon after reaching his maiden Test fifty, Yuvraj got out and skipper Dravid immediately declared with Tendulkar stranded on 194. “He could have got those six runs in another over and we bowled 8-10 overs after that. I do not think another two overs would have made a difference to the Test match,” says Yuvraj who witnessed Tendulkar’s disappointment at Dravid’s call from close quarters.

“If it was the third or the fourth day, you have to put the team first and they would have declared when you were at 150. There is a difference of opinion. I think the team could have declared after his 200,” says Yuvraj.

Yuvraj went on to score a century in the next Test at Lahore and scored over 200 runs at an impressive average of 57.50 in the three-Test series. But he never made his mark in Test match cricket. Despite piling up 26 FC hundreds, Yuvraj feels he did not get a long rope in Test cricket.

“If you compare that era to today’s era, you can see players getting 10-15 matches,” Yuvraj says explaining the middle order was so strong then. “You look at that era, you could open like the way Viru started it. After that Dravid, Sachin, Ganguly, and Laxman. I got a hundred in Lahore and in the next Test I was told to open.”

Yuvraj, though, admitted that on many occasions he did not convert the 60s to hundreds which restricted his Test career to just 40 matches. “Eventually, when I got opportunities to play Test cricket after Dada’s retirement, I got diagnosed with cancer,” says Yuvraj.

“It has just been bad luck. I tried 24×7. I wanted to play 100 Test matches, face those fast bowlers, and bat for two days. I gave it everything, but it was not meant to be,” Yuvraj says.

Watch the second part of Yuvraj Singh’s interview on ‘Home of Heroes’ on Sports18 at 1:00 PM on May 7th, 2022.

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