Yuvraj picks his favorite skipper and coach
Former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has announced retirement from international cricket on Monday. In his retirement speech, he thanked everyone he was associated during his 19 years’ long cricket career.
The 37-year old cricketer started his cricket career back in 2000 under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly. “I started my career under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy and got an opportunity to play with my idol, the great Sachin Tendulkar, and other legends like Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid, and Javagal Srinath,” Yuvraj Singh said during his retirement speech.
He added, “Sourav Ganguly was very authoritative when it came to fighting for his players. He wanted certain players that he should back to build a team. Players like myself, Ashish Nehra, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, and Virender Sehwag. He built us guys together.”
Meanwhile, the retiring cricketer also heaped praise on former Indian skipper MS Dhoni and termed both Dhoni and Ganguly as ‘very special captains’ for him. “MS Dhoni was very composed under pressure. He had a very good mind behind the stumps and how the game was going. These two were very special captains,” Yuvraj Singh said.
Indian Cricket Team won the ICC Cricket World Cup first time in 28 years back in 2011 and Yuvraj Singh was awarded Player of the Tournament. It was Gary Kirsten under whose coaching Yuvraj Singh Team India created the history in 2011 Cricket World Cup. Yuvraj said Kirsten was the best coach in his 19 years’ cricket career.
“My close friends who I grew up with playing for India, who also went on to becoming great match winners for the country such as Zak (Zaheer Khan), Gauti (Gautam Gambhir), Veeru (Virender Sehwag), Ashu (Ashish Nehra), & Bhajju (Harbhajan Singh). This is the same batch that created history and went on to win the World Cup under the great captaincy of MS Dhoni and exceptional coaching of Gary Kirsten, probably the best international coach I played under,” he added.