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MS Dhoni showed me real picture of my future in Indian cricket team, says Yuvraj Singh

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 4 August 2020, 9:41 IST
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Former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has opened up on how he was supported by Virat Kohli in the time of his last international comeback but it was MS Dhoni, who notified the left-hander that he was not part of India’s 2019 World Cup plans.

The 38-year-old last featured for India during the tour of West Indies in 2017. Earlier that year in January, the all-rounder made his last comeback to the Indian side during the ODI series against England and knocked a career best 150 in Cattack.

The left-handed batsman was part of the Indian squad for the 2017 Champions Trophy where his only notable performance was a knock of 53 runs against the arch-foes Pakistan and announced his retirement in 2019 during the quadrennial event in England.

“When I made my comeback, Virat Kohli supported me. Had he not backed me then I wouldn’t have made a comeback. But then it was Dhoni who showed me the correct picture about the 2019 World Cup that selectors are not looking at you,” Yuvraj said. “He showed me the real picture. He gave me clarity. He did as much as he could.”

Being excluded from the 2019 World Cup squad meant that Yuvraj Singh, who was named Man of the Series in the 2011 World Cup, wouldn’t make it to consecutive World Cups.

In 2015, the all-round, stumbled with poor form, fell short of being part of India’s World Cup squad, and regardless of scoring three Ranji hundreds on the run to the main event, the BCCI dropped him. That stated, Yuvraj insisted he never had any complaints from MS Dhoni.

“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 said. “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.”

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First published: 4 August 2020, 9:41 IST