Yuvraj Singh takes a dig at the team management for poor handling of the No.4 spot
Yuvi opined that the management didn't let any player feel secure about his spot in the side.
Updated - Sep 29, 2019 11:23 am
Former all-rounder Yuvraj Singh blamed the team management for the loss in the World Cup 2019. He said that they failed to handle the crucial number four position well. Yuvi further believed that this was one of the primary reasons why India couldn’t get through in the semi-final against New Zealand.
In his opinion, the management failed to identify the best talent and even didn’t back any player for the number four position. He cited that the highest score for a number four Indian batsman at the World Cup 2019 was 48. He thought that the captain, coach and the selectors should have known that the number four position in a very important spot in the line-up, especially in a country like England where the ball seams.
“You need to identify who is your best talent and then back him. The highest score in no.4 position at the World Cup was 48. The captain, coach and the selectors should have known that no.4 is a very important position, especially in England where the ball seams,” he said.
I didn’t really understand what the think-tank was doing
Yuvraj Singh believed that the number four batsman had to be technically strong. Vijay Shankar and Rishabh Pant, who played the initial few games at this position didn’t have enough experience according to him. Moreover, Yuvraj Singh didn’t seem to be impressed with Dinesh Karthik sitting out. The 38-year-old felt that the Tamil Nadu cricketer was exposed directly to the big stage without much of match time prior to that.
“The no.4 batsman has to be technically strong. Vijay Shankar didn’t have that experience, Rishabh Pant didn’t have the experience. Dinesh Karthik was an experienced guy who was sitting out and suddenly went to bat in the semifinal.”
Yuvi even said that he didn’t understand what the think-tank was doing. He said that they didn’t let any player feel secure about the spot in the team. The all-rounder said this was the big reason why India lost.
“I really didn’t understand what the think-tank was doing. If you had to get the best out of a player you have to secure him. A player can never play well if he is insecure. That was the big reason why India didn’t win the World Cup,” he stated in an interview with Aaj Tak.