I was expecting to lead India but then Dhoni’s name was announced: Yuvraj Singh
Former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh made a significant contribution to Indian cricket. He scored runs when it mattered the most and took wickets in crunch situations of the game. Moreover, he played an important role in World Cup tournaments.
In the 2007 T20 World Cup, he smashed the fastest fifty inclusive of 6 sixes in an over off Stuart Broad’s bowling. He also scored a match-winning 70 off 30 balls against Australia in the semi-finals of the tournament. He was named the man of the tournament in the 2011 ODI World Cup.
The southpaw scored 362 runs including 4 half-centuries and 1 century in 8 innings at a batting average of 90.50. He took 15 wickets including a five-wicket haul with a bowling average of 25.13. The prolific all-rounder was also expected by many fans to become captain of the Indian team.
I was a team man: Yuvraj Singh
Even the southpaw himself thought of the same. In the end, the selection committee appointed MS Dhoni as the captain. While speaking to Gaurav Kapur in the 22 Yarns podcast, Yuvraj Singh added that he expected to lead India in the inaugural 2007 T20 World Cup before Dhoni was appointed captain for the tournament.
“So basically India had lost the 50-over World Cup right? There was quite a lot of turmoil in Indian cricket and then there was a two-month tour of England. There was also a month tour in between South Africa and Ireland. Then there was a month of T20 World Cup, so it was like four months away from home,” he said.
“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 added.
When asked if his relationship with Dhoni survived the captaincy issue, Yuvraj said: “Obviously. Whoever becomes captain you got to support the 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.”