‘I was ignored despite clearing the yo-yo test, could’ve played another WC’: Yuvraj Singh
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: India’s star all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, who is a key asset of the Indian team in 2007 T20I and 2011 World Cups, and many more occasions when he proved his worth, claims that the lack of support from the team management let him down towards ending his career. He also said that he could have played another World Cup if he had enough backing.
While speaking to India Today, Yuvraj Singh recalling the end times of his career revealed, “regret that I couldn't play another World Cup after 2011. There was hardly any support from the team management or people around. If that support was there then maybe I would have played another World Cup. But whatever cricket I played it's on my own. I never had any godfather."
Yuvraj Singh also recalled a moment when he was ignored for the selection of India’s tour with Sri Lanka despite clearing the yo-yo test. He also said that the team management should have called him and stay upfront in their communication regarding his career.
"I never thought that I would be dropped after being the man-of-the-match in 2 games out of the 8-9 I played after the 2017 Champions Trophy. I got injured and I was told to prepare for the Sri Lanka series," the left-hander recalled.
"Suddenly I had to go back and prepare for the yo-yo test at the age of 36. Even after I cleared the yo-yo test, I was told to play domestic cricket. They actually thought that I wouldn't be able to clear the test due to my age. And that it would be easy to decline me afterward”.
"I think it was unfortunate because a guy who played international cricket for 15-16 years, you need to sit and tell him up front. No one told me and no one told Virender Sehwag or Zaheer Khan either," added Yuvraj.
But being a gentleman, Yuvraj said that he has no regrets about being let down and quitting the game. He also said that he feels that his retirement timing was right and appropriate.
"There were plenty of things on my mind. I felt that the World Cup has started, the team has moved forward. I wanted to play some cricket out of India. Life was not going forward, it was stressful. I was just wondering when to retire. I got married a few years before so I wanted to focus on my life. The end of my career became a bit of burden for me," he said.
"If I wanted to play a league outside India then I had to retire and I thought it was a perfect time. Things were not going in the right direction so I thought it was the perfect time for younger guys to take the team forward and for me to hang my boots," he added.
(With ANI Inputs)
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