Was expecting to captain India in T20 World Cup 2007, but then Dhoni’s name was announced says Yuvraj Singh
The two time World Cup winner opened up about how Indian cricket’s bigger turmoil presented an opportunity for him to lead India.
Former India all-rounder and two-time World Cup winner after two years of retirement has opened up about how he was expecting to lead India in the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007. Yuvraj has his reasons to believe that he was the next candidate after senior Indian players opted out of the T20 World Cup.
Talking in an audio podcast with Gaurav Kapoor, Yuvraj Singh had a candid conversation on ’22 Yarns’, which is the title of the podcast series in its fourth season already. 22 Yarns can be enjoyed on Spotify.
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Yuvraj Singh recalled how new and unknown the T20 World Cup was and the turmoil Indian cricket was in.
“So, basically, India had lost the 50-over World Cup, right? I mean there was quite a turmoil in Indian cricket and then there was a two-month tour of England and there was also a month tour in between with South Africa and Ireland. And then there was a month of T20 World Cup so there were like four months away from home. So probably the seniors thought that they need a break and obviously, nobody took the T20 World Cup seriously. I was expecting to captain India in the T20 World Cup and then it was announced MS Dhoni will be the captain,” Yuvraj Singh said.
Yuvraj Singh played key roles in T20 World Cup 2007 and ODI World Cup 2011. Six sixes will forever be stamped on every Indian’s mind. While his all-around performance in the 2011 World Cup earned him the Man of Series award. The left-hander has played 304 ODI’s and 58 T20I’s for India.
“Yes, obviously, whoever becomes captain you got to support that guy whether it was Rahul, whether it was (Sourav) Ganguly, whoever in the future, end of the day you want to be a team man and that’s how I was. So, anyway, the seniors took a rest – Ganguly, Dravid, Sachin. So Zak (Zaheer Khan) says ‘I also should take rest, it has been a long tour’. I remember the first game was between West Indies and South Africa, right? And Chris Gayle hit a hundred off 50-55 balls. So Zak sends me a message in the night and he goes ‘Thank God! I rested for this tournament.’ and when we won the tournament he said ‘Oh no! I shouldn’t have rested’,” added Yuvraj.
Yuvraj hasn’t led India even in a single match. Yuvraj explained how India was a young team and not many knew about T20 strategies.
“But anyway, starting for the 2007 World Cup, we were a young team. We didn’t have an international coach or really big names. Lalchand Rajput was our coach and I think Venkatesh Prasad was our bowling coach and we were just a young team under a young captain which just landed in South Africa. I don’t think we had too much of a strategy, no one had a clue about T20 strategies because it was the first tournament. So we thought ‘Let’s just go and play the way you know.” concluded Yuvraj.