'His batting has lost sting. He rarely bowls and his fielding has gone down a few notches.'
Veteran left-hander Yuvraj Singh was on Sunday dropped from the Indian squad for the limited overs series against Sri Lanka in what could possibly signal an end to his illustrious international career.
A winner of the ICC World Cup and the ICC World T20 Championships and one of India's finest limited overs exponent, the 35-year-old’s place was always under the scanner.
After a half-century against Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy opener, Yuvraj has done nothing notable -- with his last seven ODI innings fetching him only 162 runs.
A senior BCCI official, who is privy to selection policy said that Yuvraj is no longer in contention for the 2019 ODI World Cup in England and Wales.
"His batting has lost sting. He rarely bowls and his fielding has gone down a few notches. If we have to prepare a team for 2019 World Cup, we had to take a call now. In case of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, we still don't have replacement but Yuvraj's place has multiple contenders," the official said.
Yuvraj has scored over 8000 runs in 304 ODIs, apart from playing 40 Tests and 58 T20 Internationals.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni's selection also indicates, he is in the scheme of things for the 2019 World Cup in England.
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