Yuvraj Singh was dropped at the right time: Roger Binny
Binny feels that if a youngster deserves to play ahead of a senior player in the playing eleven, then it is the right thing to do.
Updated - Aug 3, 2020 4:13 pm
Former India selector Roger Binny believes that Yuvraj Singh was rightfully dropped by the selectors towards the end of his career as his form just diminished. One of the greatest limited-overs specialists to play for India, the 2011 World Cup hero, Yuvraj Singh has often taken on BCCI and the selectors for the treatment that he received towards the end of his career.
The Sixer King was dropped from the Indian squad after failing the yo-yo test in 2017. Yuvraj became an irregular member of the national team after 2012. The veteran all-rounder did not play an ODI game from December 2013 to January 2017. The southpaw announced his retirement from international cricket in June 2019.
Responding to Yuvraj Singh’s claims, Roger Binny, who was a part of the selection panel from 2012 to 2015 said that the all-rounder was dropped at the right time, “Towards the end of your career, when you are playing your last few years, you are not the same as you were earlier. Your fitness levels are down, you are not performing as well as you have done in the past. So I think Yuvraj probably felt he could play little more cricket,” Roger Binny told Sportskeeda.
Yuvraj was one of the tremendous strikers of the ball: Roger Binny
He continued by further stating that Yuvraj had enormous talent and termed him one of the best strikers of his era. He felt it was the right time for a youngster to take up his place after he was dropped. “I think he had tremendous talent and in his era, he was one of the tremendous strikers of the ball in world cricket. So he had a fantastic career and I feel that it was the right time where he was dropped and some youngster came into his place,” Roger Binny further added.
He went on by saying that one cannot blame the selectors for being left out of the squad. He feels that if a youngster deserves to play ahead of a senior player in the playing eleven, then it is the right thing to do.
Binny was the first Anglo-Indian to play cricket for India and was part of the 1983 Cricket World Cup winning squad. His son, Stuart Binny, is following in his footsteps, having represented the country at the highest level in the game.