Former India batsman Yuvraj Singh has opened up on his axing from Team India’s squad for the 2015 World Cup. Four years before the 2015 World Cup, he had starred with both bat and ball to help India win the World Cup on home soil. His career then took an unfortunate turn after he was diagnosed with cancer.
But the fight he is, he went on to beat the disease and made a fairytale comeback to the Indian team before being dropped in 2014. Yuvraj Singh then scored three consecutive centuries in the build up to the 2015 World Cup but was not included in India’s 30-man probable list for the tournament.
And he recently opened up on that heartbreaking snub. The World Cup-winner recalled how he was MS Dhoni’s ‘main player’ till the 2011 World Cup before things changed after he recovered from cancer. He also refused to put the blame entirely on Dhoni for not selecting him in the team.
“Till the 2011 World Cup, MS had a lot of confidence in me and used to tell me that ‘you are my main player’,” Yuvraj Singh told News18. “But after coming back from illness the game changed and a lot of changes happened in the team. So as far as the 2015 World Cup is concerned, you can’t really pinpoint at something. So this is a very personal call.
“So I understood that as a captain sometimes you can’t justify everything because at the end of the day you have to see how the country performs,” he added.
The legendary batsman, who is regarded as one of India’s greatest match-winners, ended his career with an outstanding ODI record of 8701 runs at an average of 36.55 and 111 wickets. Yuvraj Singh played an instrumental role when India won the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2011 World Cup.
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