Former India batsman Yuvraj Singh has refused to put the blame on MS Dhoni for his axing from the 2015 World Cup. The 2011 World Cup hero was a surprising omission from the squad for the tournament that took place in Australia and New Zealand. Before the World Cup’s squad was picked, he had scored three centuries on the trot in the Ranji Trophy to present a strong case for himself.
But his vast wealth of experience and form counted for little as he failed to make the cut for the World Cup. In fact, he was not even included in India’s 30-man probable list for the tournament. The surprising omission made many point fingers at the then captain MS Dhoni. Yuvraj Singh, however, has come up with a different opinion.
In a recent interview, he opened up on his heartbreaking snub from the World Cup squad. He recalled how MS Dhoni used to call him his ‘main player’ till the 2011 World Cup before things changed after he recovered from cancer.
“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 former India international, meanwhile, brought down curtains on his illustrious career last year after failing to make the cut for the 2019 World Cup too. He made a sensational comeback in 2017 but was soon dropped from the team and never earned another recall. Before retiring, Yuvraj Singh, who is one of India’s greatest match-winners, scored 8701 runs in ODIs at an average of 36.55 and took 111 wickets.