Yuvraj Singh, who was instrumental in getting India to the World Cup for two, has spoken for the first time about his leadership. Yuvraj has said that he is expected to become the captain of the Indian team after the withdrawal of players such as Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid during the 2007 T20 World Cup. The youngster’s dream was shattered when selectors handed over the T20 World Cup command to Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Under the captaincy of Dhoni, India won the first T20 World Cup in 2007. However, the World Cup was memorable to Yuvraj and England’s fast bowler Stuart Broad hit six sixes in his over.
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22 Yarns was interacting with the podcast, ‘So India lost the World Cup in 50 overs, right? I mean, there was a lot of turmoil in Indian cricket at the time and then a two month tour of England and then a month tour of South Africa and Ireland. And one month was the T20 World Cup, so it was four months away from home overall. So the senior players thought about taking a break and nobody took the T20 World Cup seriously at the time. I was hoping to be captain of the India team at the T20 World Cup and it was announced that Mahendra Singh Dhoni would be the captain.
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Commenting on Dhoni’s relationship with Yuvraj, Yuvraj said he had no relationship with the former skipper. He said, ‘Yes, whoever is captain, be it Rahul, Sourav Ganguly, or somebody else in the future, at the end of the day, you want to be a team man and I’m like that. . So the senior players relaxed. So Zaheer Khan said I should also take a rest, it’s a long trip. I remember the first match was between West Indies and South Africa. Gayle scored 55 off 50 balls in that match, then Zaheer messaged me and thankfully I was not playing the tournament and when we managed to win the title, he said, ‘Oh no, I should not rest.