Former all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has revealed that he anticipated to be made the captain when a younger Indian aspect sans Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and Rahul Dravid contested for the inaugural T20 World Cup again in 2007.
Yuvraj recalled India’s surprising exit from the 50-over World Cup, simply months earlier than the T20 spectacle was set to unfold in South Africa. Within the absence of senior members, Yuvraj hoped to take cost earlier than MS Dhoni was chosen for the function.
A younger Indian brigade, with Dhoni on the helm, defeated Pakistan within the last to turn out to be the champions. Yuvraj’s onslaught versus Stuart Broad the place he hammered the England paceman for six sixes in an over was in all probability the spotlight of the match.
“So, principally, India had misplaced the 50-over World Cup, proper? I imply there was fairly a turmoil in Indian cricket after which there was a two-month tour of England and there was additionally a month tour in between with South Africa and Eire.
“After which there was a month of T20 World Cup so there have been like 4 months away from house. So in all probability the seniors thought that they want a break and clearly, no person took the T20 World Cup critically. I used to be anticipating to captain India within the T20 World Cup after which it was introduced MS Dhoni would be the captain,” Yuvraj stated on the 22 Yarns podcast.
Yuvraj, nonetheless, stated that he supported Dhoni as he would’ve accomplished for every other participant. The match was the beginning of Dhoni’s meteoric rise in world cricket. 4 years later, Dhoni lifted the 2011 World Cup as India defeated Sri Lanka within the last and later went on to clinch the 2013 Champions Trophy in England.
“Sure, clearly, whoever turns into captain you bought to assist that man whether or not it was Rahul, whether or not it was [Sourav] Ganguly, whoever sooner or later, finish of the day you need to be a group man and that is how I used to be. So, anyway, the seniors took a relaxation – Ganguly, Dravid, Sachin. So Zak [Zaheer Khan] says ‘I additionally ought to take relaxation, it has been an extended tour’.
“I bear in mind the primary sport was between West Indies and South Africa, proper? And Chris Gayle hit 100 off 50-55 balls. So Zak sends me a message within the night time and he goes ‘Thank God! I rested for this match.’ and after we received the match he stated ‘Oh no! I should not have rested’,” Yuvraj added.