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Mahendra Singh Dhoni, on January 4, stepped down as the captain of Indian cricket team and guess what, Yuvraj Singh has liked his decision. Speaking candidly to bcci.tv, the southpaw has shared his thoughts on his comeback and also how Dhoni shaped Indian cricket after he was handed the captaincy in 2007.
They were partners, partners in crime for a long long time. So, it goes without saying that Yuvraj would have something special to say for his former captain, who for the first time in 10 years, will play just as a wicket-keeper batsman in the Indian team during the England series.
Firstly, the left-handed batsman hailed the Indian captain, calling him possibly the best of the modern day game and later admitting he doesn’t know many skippers around with the volume of accomplishments MSD has achieved over the years. Counting the ICC trophies on his fingers, Yuvraj said MSD was exceptional with his leadership qualities.
“He is been extremely good captain for India. We won 2011 World Cup, 2007 (ICC World Twenty20), Champions Trophy (in 2013) under him. So, they are really big achievements. We were number 1 Test team under him. So, I think, these are amazing achievements and I am not sure how many captains have that.”
Speaking about Dhoni’s choice to hand-over the baton to Virat Kohli in ODIs and T20Is, Yuvraj has called the move a good one, saying he (Dhoni) understands the game better and knows that it’s time for the young generation to lead from the front. He also said MSD as a player is quite valuable and still has lot in his tank to offer for the Indian team.
“He has been very calm and composed and took a very good decision of stepping down because he must have felt that it is the next guy to take over the team for 2019 World Cup. I am sure he saw that in Virat (Kohli) and I am sure he has a lot to contribute as a player in the team as well at the moment.”
Talking about playing together just as players now, Yuvraj said it brings back beautiful memories when both used to create havoc on the field and even added that their fearless nature helped them grow as a player too.
“It will be like playing in the old days when we started. Obviously, I started much before him and then he came. I think we both were very fearless when we used to play together. So, hopefully we can do the same together in the upcoming series”, he concluded.