Former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh believes that MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli didn’t support him the way Sourav Ganguly did when he was the captain of the Indian Cricket Team. When Yuvraj was asked to choose between Ganguly and Dhoni, he said that although it’s very difficult to pick one among these two he would go with Sourav Ganguly because he had more memories under the leadership of Dada.
Yuvraj Singh, who was the man of the series in the ICC T20 World Cup 2017 and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, said that he didn’t get the same level of support from MS Dhoni and later Virat Kohli that he had from Sourav Ganguly.
“I have played under Sourav (Ganguly) and had a lot of support from him. Then Mahi (MS Dhoni) took over. It’s a difficult choice to make between Sourav and Mahi. I have more memories of time under Sourav because of the support he gave me. I didn’t have that kind of support from Mahi and Virat (Kohli),” Yuvraj Singh was quoted as saying by Sportstar.
Yuvraj was also asked to name the bowler he had admired the most and he took former Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan’s name.
“I really struggled against (Muttiah) Muralitharan. Had no clue against him. Glenn (McGrath) would trouble me a lot with the away-going delivery. Luckily I didn’t play much against McGrath because Test matches I was sitting out and cheering for the seniors. Then Sachin (Tendulkar) told me to start sweeping (against Muralitharan) and I was at ease,” Yuvraj Singh said.
Yuvraj Singh also spoke about his early days in the Indian dressing room and said that he was scolded by his seniors.
“I was scolded a lot. From Rahul (Dravid). From Venky (Prasad). I and Kaif were scolded so much on the field by Kumble but we accepted it, learnt and improved. This Indian team needs a good guy who can talk to them on matters off the field. Their off-the-field issues reflect on their on-field performances. What they need is a psychologist of authority who can guide them in personal issues. Make them better persons. We had Paddy Upton who would discuss other issues of life, like fear of failure, and it helped us so much. The team probably needs someone like him.”
You can read the full interview here