‘Ask your great selectors’ – Yuvraj Singh when asked about MS Dhoni’s retirement
Yuvraj has off late been very critical of the Indian selectors.
Updated - Nov 5, 2019 2:03 pm
It’s almost been four months since MS Dhoni hasn’t taken the cricket field. After the 2019 World Cup semi-final disappointment, the Jharkhand-born went on a sabbatical where he also served the Indian Army in the Kashmir valley. It’s not exactly known when he will next be seen, donning the Team India jersey. There have been reports though that he will be returning next year.
The T20 World Cup in Australia is around 11 months away and it remains to be seen whether he plays the tournament or not. Amidst his stay away from cricket, speculations surrounding when he will finally hang his boots have been doing the rounds. Almost every other expert has had an opinion. Lately, former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh was also asked about the same.
However, Yuvraj dismissed the question with absolute disdain. Rather, the southpaw wants the ‘great’ Indian selectors to take a call on Dhoni’s future. “I don’t know boss. You should ask your great selectors, when you meet them. That’s their call, not mine,” Yuvraj was quoted as saying during an event in Mumbai on Monday, November 4.
Yuvraj Singh slams the selectors
Yuvraj has off late been very critical of the selectors after he claimed that he was dropped even as passing the yo-yo test. Yuvraj, also a 2011 World Cup-winning all-rounder, didn’t mince any words in saying that the current selectors don’t meet the standards of modern-day cricket. Yuvraj urged the selectors to not talk negative about players and rather help them in tough times.
“It’s a difficult job (selection) but their thinking in terms of modern-day cricket is not up to the mark. It’s my opinion. I am always in favour of protecting the players and being positive about them. Talking negative about your players and team doesn’t show you in good light,” he stated.
“The character only shows when things are going wrong and you motivate the players. In bad times, everyone talks bad. We definitely need better selectors,” Yuvraj mentioned.
Yuvraj was also clear cut in saying that the Indian team for the T20 World Cup should be decided four months prior to the tournament. He said that it’s not feasible to drop players in the last moment.