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Yuvraj Singh Receives Backlash From Fans After Criticising BCCI over Dhoni

By : Profectus Magazine   /   02 May 2022  /   News and Updates /   Sports

Former Indian All-rounder Yuvraj Singh known for his aggressive batting style was one of the prime player during the 2007 and 2011 world cup. After being the player of tournament during the 2011 ODI World Cup, Yuvraj Singh struggled a bit in the next few years. Especially during the 2014 World Cup final his performance against Sri Lanka was criticised widely. Almost eight years after the player opened up about the pressure he faced during those days on an interview with Home of Heroes on Sports 18.

Even if one wasn’t a cricket fan, they knew about the iconic over where Yuvraj Singh hit sixes on every ball of it. But performance and luck doesn’t stay same during every match, recalling the 2014 final match Yuvraj Singh talked about the pressure he faced during the tournament as there was lack of support from the management. But the former cricketer received backlash by cricket’s fans over his statement over former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

He said that many players like MS Dhoni have been lucky enough to find support from the management during the end of their careers. ‘Look at Mahi (MS Dhoni) towards the end of his career. He had so much support from Virat and Ravi Shastri. They took him to the World Cup, he played till the end, and went on to play 350 games. I think support is very important but in Indian cricket everybody will not get support. There have been great players like Harbhajan Singh, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Gautam Gambhir who didn’t get that (support),’ he said.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni aka Captain Cool has one of the most loyal fan-base in Indian cricket history. Fans didn’t receive this comment well and backed MSD on Twitter. Looking at it, the comment by Singh wasn’t about MSD but about the way Indian management acted back then.

Further talking about his ill-luck in the 2014 T20 World Cup Yuvraj said ‘During the T20 World Cup in 2014, I was very low on confidence. There was an atmosphere that I could get dropped. It’s not an excuse but I wasn’t getting enough support from the team. From the time of Gary, I was in Duncan’s era and things had completely changed in the team.’

During that high-pressure final, Singh scored only 11 runs in 21 balls, as a result Sri Lanka won the cup easily with six wickets in hand. Recalling the final he said, ‘When the final came, I just couldn’t hit the ball. I tried to hit the off-spinner and I couldn’t hit it and it went for dots. I tried to get out, I didn’t get out….Everybody thought my career was over after that. I also thought my career was over. But that’s life. You have to accept that. If you accept glories, you must accept your defeats as well and you must move forward.’

India is a country of 1.3 billion people where there is no lack of talent or skill, but with too many fans there won’t be another Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Many fans were left hurt due to this comment for a person who went from being a Ticket Collector to being one of the greatest skipper and the best Wicket-keeper in the history of Indian cricket.

Just after the 2011 World Cup, Yuvraj Singh battled his way out of a cancerous tumor. His contribution to the cricket-loving country is commendable but a dig towards his ex-skipper who he allegedly bullied during their initial cricket days isn’t. 


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