MS Dhoni had so much support towards the end of his career, everybody didn’t get that: Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj has made bold statements, claiming how unfairly he was treated by the selectors and team management at the fag end of his career.
Updated - May 4, 2022 2:29 pm
While Yuvraj Singh retired as one of the biggest names in world cricket, the latter stage of his career was all about ups and downs. Post the 2011 World Cup, wherein the all-rounder was named the Player of the Tournament, the southpaw’s career took a hit as he was diagnosed with cancer. Though Yuvraj made a comeback after beating the disease, the all-rounder wasn’t a regular face in the squad anymore.
Time and again after his retirement in 2019, Yuvraj has made bold statements, claiming how unfairly he was treated by the selectors and team management at the fag end of his career. In a recent interaction, Yuvraj stated that not everyone gets support from the captain and coach and hence, his former teammate MS Dhoni was among the lucky ones.
They took MS Dhoni to the 2019 World Cup: Yuvraj Singh
He further claimed that the Indian dressing room noted a change after 2011 and many prominent players like Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh didn’t get support from the management. “Definitely when you have support from the coach and the captain it helps,” Yuvraj said on Home of Heroes on Sports18.
“Look at Mahi (MS Dhoni) towards the end of his career. He had so much support from Virat and Ravi Shastri. They took him to the (2019) World Cup, he played till the end, and went on to play 350 games. I think support is very important but in Indian cricket everybody will not get support,” he added.
Yuvraj also stated that the fear of getting dropped was also a reason behind the downfall of many players. “There have been great players like Harbhajan Singh, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Gautam Gambhir who didn’t get that (support). When you are batting out there and you know that the axe is hanging on your head how will you concentrate and bat and give your best. It is not an excuse but with different coaches and after 2011 times are very different,” he stated.
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