Former Indian cricket Yuvraj SIngh in the latest interview revealed how he was backed to limit by current Indian captain Virat Kohli during his last international comeback. But, It was MS Dhoni who informed the 38-year old left-hander that he was not in the plans for India’s 2019 World Cup campaign.
“When I made my comeback, Virat Kohli supported me. Had he not backed me then I wouldn’t have made a comeback. But then it was Dhoni who showed me the correct picture about the 2019 World Cup that selectors are not looking at you.He showed me the real picture. He gave me clarity. He did as much as he could.”Yuvraj Singh told News18(News agency).
Yuvraj Singh played a crucial role in 2007 T20 World cup, Which defeated Pakistan in a thrilling final to be crowned the champions. The swashbuckling batsman was awarded the Man of the series award for his tremendous contribution in the series. The left-hander was also part of the 2011 World Cup campaign, Which was again won by Team India and he was awarded with the player of the series for his contribution with both bat and ball.
Yuvraj Singh was omitted from the 2015 World Cup on the back of poor form in spite of scoring three hundreds in the Ranji Trophy. On top of this, missing the 2019 World Cup meant the 2011 player of the series would be missing back-to-back World Cups.
“Till the 2011 World Cup, MS had a lot of confidence in me and used to tell me that ‘you are my main player’,” Yuvraj said. “But after coming back from illness the game changed and a lot of changes happened in the team. So as far as the 2015 World Cup is concerned, you can’t really pinpoint at something. So this is a very personal call.” he added.
“So I understood that as a captain sometimes you can’t justify everything because at the end of the day you have to see how the country performs.”Yuvraj stated.
The 38-year old last represented India in 2017 in the tour West Indies. Earlier in the same year he made his comeback into the Indian team during the ODI series against England and scored a career-best 150. He announced his retirement officially on 10 June 2019.
Yuvraj Singh has represented Team India in 304 ODIs, 40 Tests and 58 T20Is scoring 8701, 1900 and 1177 runs respectively. He maintained an average of 37 in ODIs and 34 in Tests with a strike-rate of 88 and 58 respectively. He holds the record for the fastest fifty in T20I and also remains the only player to hit six sixes in a single over. Both these achievements were made in the match against England in the 2007 T20 World Cup.
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