Former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh played an important role in helping India win the T20 World Cup and the 50-over World Cup on the strength of his brilliant batting. This legendary batsman has made a big disclosure about the 2007 T20 World Cup. Yuvi says that he was looking forward to become the captain of the national team for the 2007 T20 World Cup. However, the selectors made Mahendra Singh Dhoni the captain instead of Yuvraj. At that time Dhoni had completed only three years in international cricket. In the year 2007, Team India was eliminated from the first round after its disappointing performance in the 50-over World Cup.
Dhoni was made the captain of the national team for the first time, so everyone’s eyes were on his captaincy. But Dhoni won everyone’s heart with his captaincy. He got off to a great start. Dhoni led India to its first T20 World Cup title under his captaincy.
Yuvraj said that though he didn’t get the captaincy role, he tried to be a ‘team man’. Yuvraj said that at that time India was out of the 50-over World Cup. There was a lot of turmoil in Indian cricket and then there was a two-month tour of England and in between we had to go on a one-month tour of South Africa and Ireland. Then after this tour, the T20 World Cup was to be organized. We had to stay away from home for about four months.
He further said that maybe the seniors thought that they needed a break. Obviously no one took the T20 World Cup seriously. I was looking forward to captain India in the T20 World Cup. Then it was announced that MS Dhoni would be the captain. Yes, obviously, whoever becomes the captain, you have to support him. In the end you want to be a team man and I was like that.
This T20 World Cup was very special for Yuvraj Singh. He hit six sixes in an over off Stuart Broad. Also, he scored 70 runs in the semi-final against Australia and took India to the final. Yuvi was adjudged the Player of the Series in this tournament.