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Yuvraj Singh blames team management for India's exit from 2019 World Cup

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 18 December 2019, 16:45 IST
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Former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh held the team management responsible for India’s exit from the 2019 World Cup, saying "it was all hotchpotch" that how team management played different players with a "completely wrong" forethought.

The men in blue succumbed to an 18 run defeat to New Zealand in the semi-final in Manchester and got out of the quadrennial event. "In this World cup, they dropped (Ambati) Rayudu and then they had Vijay Shankar, who had some injury and then Rishabh Pant came in. I have nothing against them but both played five ODI games, I mean how do you expect a guy with such less experience to win big matches," Yuvraj Singh questioned on Tuesday.

"My issue is what the think-tank was doing. Dinesh Karthik was going through the tournament and suddenly he plays the semifinals and a guy like MS Dhoni is batting at no 7. It was all hotchpotch. You can't do that in such big matches, you have to be sure.

"Your No. 4 batsman had a highest score of 48, so I thought the planning was really poor, because they were thinking that Rohit, Virat is in good form but teams don't win like that. If you look at Australia, if you look at 2003, 2011, 2015, they had set batsmen, so I thought the planning was completely wrong," he added.

Once seen as best suited number four batsman, Ambati Rayudu was left out from the Word Cup squad and was later inducted as a standby for the World Cup.

However, Rayudu failed to make it to the side even after Shikhar Dhawan and Vijay Shankar left the tournament mid way with injuries.

Yuvraj Singh also stated that he was disappointed with the way the management managed Rayudu’s case.

"I was very disappointed with what happened with Rayudu. He was our No. 4 batsman for more than a year. Even in New Zealand, in the last game, I think he got 90 and won the Man of the Match. And then you're playing Australia and going to the World Cup," Yuvraj said.

"When we were going to play the 2003 World Cup, the team that played the tournaments in the lead-up, we almost played with the same team. We had decent experience, me and Mohammad Kaif played about 35-40 games. Our top-order was highly experienced and the middle order was decently experienced."

Ignored twice, Ambiti Rayudu decided to call it a day from all formats of cricket on 3rd July.

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First published: 18 December 2019, 16:14 IST