Yuvraj Singh was the biggest hero of India’s T20WC win in 2007 and ODI WC wins in 2011. Yuvraj played a crucial role in both World Cup victories. He was awarded the Man of Tournament award in ODI WC 2011. However, Yuvraj Singh never got a chance to lead the Indian team in international Cricket.
Yuvraj in an interview with Sanjay Manjarekar said that he was supposed to be the captain of the Indian team for T20 WC 2007. Yuvraj Singh believes that many people in the BCCI didn’t like this and they declared MS Dhoni as captain out of nowhere. However, Yuvraj Singh doesn’t regret it because the Dhoni-led Indian team eventually won the T20 WC.
“I was supposed to be the captain. Then the Greg Chappell incident happened. It had become Chappell or Sachin. I was probably the only player who supported…that I support my teammate. And there were a lot of people in the…Some of the BCCI officials did not like that,” Yuvraj told Sanjay Manjrekar on Sports18.
“It was said that they should make anybody the captain but not myself. This is what I heard. I am not sure how true it is. Suddenly from vice-captaincy, I was removed. Sehwag was not there in the team. So, out of nowhere Mahi became captain for the 2007 T20 World Cup. I thought I was going to be the captain,” Yuvraj Singh added.
At the end of the day, you want to be a team man – Yuvraj Singh
The former Indian all-rounder in his interview also told that he supported all the captains under whom he played because he wanted to be the team man. “Yes, obviously, whoever becomes captain you got to support that guy, whether it was Rahul (Dravid), whether it was (Sourav) Ganguly, whoever in the future, at the end of the day you want to be a team man and that’s how I was,” he said.
Yuvraj Singh also revealed that didn’t have any regrets about not becoming captain. “Viru (Virender Sehwag) was a senior but he was not on the England tour. I was the vice-captain of the ODI team while Rahul (Dravid) was the captain. So, I was supposed to be the captain. Obviously, it was a decision that went against me but I have no regrets about it. Today, if the same thing happens, I will still support my teammate.” added Yuvraj Singh in his interview with Sanjay Manjarekar.
Written by Harsh Gupta