Dhoni always wanted Raina in my place, comments Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh is one of the heroes of India winning the T20 World Cup and ODI World Cup 2011. He helped the country win the World Cup by setting an all-time record of six sixes in an over in the first T20 World Cup in South Africa. He was the best player of the tournament again at the World Cup in India in 2011.
But former Indian captain MS Dhoni did not want this youngster in the squad. Yuvraj Singh made such comments.
For that reason, he said Suresh Raina was the favorite of captain Dhoni,
“Raina was very liked and supported by Dhoni at that time. Every captain has a favorite cricketer. Mahi’s favorite was Raina. Yusuf Pathan’s performance was good then. I was playing well. Runs in bat, I was taking wickets. Raina was never in a rhythm again. There was no left-handed spinner again in the squad. There was no way to exclude me.”
Yuvraj Singh made his ODI debut in the Indian national squad in 2000. He was only 18 years old then. Sourav Ganguly, the then captain, brought the young batsman to the team. Then Sourav helped Yuvraj a lot by supporting him at the early stage of his career.
Explaining Sourav’s confidence in his talent, Yuvraj said, “My most favorite captain is Sourav Ganguly. He gave me the most encouragement among the Indian captains. He cared for young talent. He needed four or five boys who will help build a strong team. He was next to them.”
Yuvraj hit Stuart Broad six sixes in an over in the 2007 T20 World Cup. He scored 70 runs off 30 balls against Australia in the semifinal. Australia questioned his batting after that innings. “The then Aussie coach asked if there was excess fiber in the bat. They questioned whether the match referee had tested the bat. Even Gilchrist too. Later my bat was really tested. That was a special bat. Even the 2011 World Cup bats were special.”