BJP will be give a cricketing touch to its poll campaign in haryana. Who better than India's 2011 World Cup hero, Yuvraj Singh? The allrounder may not be in favour with the national selectors, but his massive appeal has attracted BJP president Amit Shah, who is also a BCCI vice-president. Whether Yuvraj's appeal sweeps the opposition remains to be seen.
The party, which currently heads the national government has only four members in the 90-member Haryana assembly and will hope to use Yuvraj's massive reach across all strata of society in a bid to achieve better numbers in the elections this year.
Yuvraj's presence could be a huge boost for the BJP. After all, he was the same man who led India to glory in the inaugural ICC World T20 Championship in 2007, when all odds were against Mahendra Singh Dhoni's young team. Riding high on the huge victory in the central elections, the BJP will look to Yuvraj to provide them with the star-turn.
Yuvraj had battled cancer through India's victorious campaign in the 2011 World Cup. The Gurgaon-based all-rounder had scored 362 runs, snared 15 wickets, bagged four Man-of-the-Match awards, and was eventually adjudged Player of the Tournament for his prolific performance. (Yuvraj Joins Bollywood Beauties on Ramp)
The stylish left-hander, played the last of his 293 ODIs against South Africa in Centurion on December 11, 2013. He was also part of the Indian team for the ICC World T20 earlier this year in Bangladesh and drew flak for his go-slow approach in the final against eventual champions Sri Lanka, managing to score only 11 runs off 21 balls.
However, despite being discarded, Yuvraj continues to be immensely popular, with fans and cricketers alike. And it is this popularity that the BJP would want to utilise on the back of their sensational success at the the parliamentary polls, when they won a staggering nine of the ten Lok Sabha seats in Haryana. (Yuvraj Should Play 2015 World Cup)
Yuvraj has not been the same player since his cancer treatment. After returning from chemotherapy in the United States, the hard-hitting batsman struggled to seal his spot in the Indian team and gradually faded away from the selectors' radar. Barring a few promising knocks in the Indian Premier League earlier this year and a power-packed 60 against Australia in the ICC World T20, Yuvraj has struggled to regain his old touch.
Many saw a ray of hope for a Yuvraj comeback when turning up for Rest of the World XI, he struck a fine 132 off 134 balls against the Marylebone Cricket Club in July.
Will he lift his bat and help the BJP cross their target? Only time will tell.