Few role models in Team India to missing captain’s support, Yuvraj Singh goes on offensive
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Updated: April 22, 2020 5:32:55 pm


Yuvraj Singh formally introduced his retirement in June 2019. (File Photo/BCCI)

Since his retirement final yr, former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh has made a sequence of statements in regards to the present Indian crew which have ranged from the captains he performed beneath to an absence of role models.

Yuvraj had retired after failing to make the 2019 World Cup squad and shortly after fired the primary salvo following the crew’s exit from the event.

The quantity four drawback: Speaking about India’s efficiency on the World Cup, Yuvraj mentioned a number of instances that the center order had let the crew down in the event.

“More than being disappointed about me not being there, how they dealt with the Number 4 problem was disappointing,” he said at an Aaj Tak event held the week following India’s exit.

“The team management should have groomed someone. If someone was failing at No. 4, the team management should have told that player that he was going to play the World Cup… It was disappointing to watch what they did with Rayudu. He was in the contention for the World Cup. He got runs in New Zealand but after three or four bad innings, he got dropped.” he advised TOI on July 14.

Indian captain Virat Kohli, responding to questions about India’s middle order failing, had mentioned it was due to a “lack of balls (faced) due to good show from the top order” in most matches.

So on September 6, when Harbhajan Singh mentioned on Twitter that Sanju Samson could be the answer to India’s Number four drawback, following a 48-ball 91 for India ‘A’, Yuvraj replied: “Top order is very strong bro they don’t need no. 4 batsman.”

Lack of help from captains: On March 31 this yr, Yuvraj mentioned that he did not receive much support in his later days with the nationwide crew.

“I have played under Sourav (Ganguly) and had a lot of support from him. Then Mahi (MS Dhoni) took over. It’s a difficult choice to make between Sourav and Mahi. I have more memories of time under Sourav because of the support he gave me. I didn’t have that kind of support from Mahi and Virat (Kohli),” Yuvraj advised Sportstar.

Incidentally in 2019, he’d mentioned that Dhoni “brings out the best in teammates”. In 2015, when father Yograj Singh had mentioned Dhoni had ‘destroyed’ his son’s career, Yuvraj had distanced himself from it.

“Iv got nothing to do with statements coming out in the media ! As iv said before enjoyed playing under dhoni no issues at all,” he had tweeted.

Then on April 2, when Ravi Shastri shared a video of India’s 2011 World Cup closing victory, tagging Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, Yuvraj commented: “Thanks senior ! U can tag me and mahi also we were also part of it.” Shastri brushed it off responding that Yuvraj was a legend.

Yuvraj Singh had earlier mentioned he by no means had any issues beneath MS Dhoni. However, he just lately mentioned that he didn’t obtain the sort of help from Dhoni he had acquired in Sourav Ganguly’s crew. (Express File Photo by Kevin D’Souza)

Lack of role models: On April 7, Yuvraj mentioned there’s a lack of role models in the current Indian team and that the tradition of respecting senior gamers from his time doesn’t exist anymore.

“I simply really feel there are very fewer guys to lookup to and I really feel {that a} sense of respect in direction of seniors, that has turn into a skinny line now. Koi bhi kisi ko kuch bhi keh deta hain (anybody can say something to anybody),” mentioned Yuvraj in an Instagram stay chat with Rohit Sharma.

Speaking about what occurred with KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya, Yuvraj mentioned, “We could not even think of it because we have so much of respect for our seniors. We knew that our seniors would tell us not do such things.”

“These boys do what they want to, after a little success, actually it’s not their fault also as IPL contracts give them so much of money even without playing for India. They get distracted and just don’t know how to handle that money,” he mentioned.

Raina’s place in 2007 T20 World Cup crew: On April 19, Yuvraj revealed that Suresh Raina made it into the Indian team for the T20 World Cup in 2007 as a result of he was Dhoni’s ‘favourite player’.

Suresh Raina had a bigger help then as a result of MS used to again him. Every captain has a favorite participant and I feel Mahi actually backed Raina at the moment. Yusuf Pathan was additionally performing properly at the moment and even I used to be doing properly and was additionally selecting wickets. And Raina was not in an excellent contact then,” he mentioned on Aaj Tak.

On April 20, Yuvraj mentioned he is not going to take up a commentary role as a result of he can’t ‘tolerate’ some folks he would have to share the commentary field with. He advised Mohammad Kaif on an Instagram Live video: “You can get along with people. I can’t tolerate some people in commentary box.”

“I don’t like criticising young players . I have been in that place how it feels when people talk about you. This is why I don’t want to be a commentator,” he had defined.

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