So Yuvraj Singh finally gets a Test match. It’s a fairly rare occurrence. Ridiculously rare.
He arrived at the crease with India 61-4 and proceeded to smear 28 fours and a six, finishing with 169 off 203 balls in a partnership with Sourav Ganguly that was worth 300. It was a point well made, even if Pakistan were reduced to three front-line bowlers for half the day after Shoaib Akhtar had found yet another way to be unfit – back pain, this time.
Remarkably for a man who’s played 195 one-day internationals and who’s averaged near-enough 50 in that form of the game in the last two years, this is only Yuvraj’s 20th Test match.
Have no fear though, there’s plenty of time left. He’s not 26 until Wednesday, making him younger than Australia’s ‘prodigy’, Michael Clarke.
He’s a full year away from thinking ‘a nice sit-down’ is an activity in its own right and two away from knowing the names of more than one type of plant. He probably doesn’t consider going out two nights running to be any hardship at all, the rapscallion.