Former station wagon Yuvraj Singh has revealed that he expected to become captain when a young Indian country gives up Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid competed for the first T20 World Championships in 2007.
Yuvraj recalled India’s shocking exit from the World Cup over 50 years ago, just months before the T20 show unfolded in South Africa. In the absence of senior members, Yuvraj had hoped to take responsibility before MS Dhoni was chosen for the role.
A young Indian team, led by Donnie, defeated Pakistan in the final to become champions. Yuvraj’s attack on Stuart Broad, where he beat the English pacemaker for six sixes in over, was probably the highlight of the tournament.
So, in principle, India had lost the World Cup over 50 years, right? I mean, there was a lot of turmoil in Indian cricket and then there was a two-month tour in England and there was a one-month tour with South Africa and Ireland.
“And then there was the month of the T20 World Cup, so it was about four months away from home. So probably the seniors thought they needed a break and apparently no one took the T20 World Cup seriously. I was expecting to captain India in the World Cup T20 and then it was announced that MS Dhoni will be captain, “said Eugene in the podcast 22 Yarns.
However, Yuvraj said he supported Donnie as he would any other player. The tournament was the beginning of Donnie’s meteoric rise in world cricket. Four years later, Donnie lifted the World Cup in 2011 when India defeated Sri Lanka in the final and later continued to carry the 2013 championship trophy to England.
“Yes, obviously, whoever becomes captain, you have to support this man, whether it was Rahul or [Sourav] Ganguly, who in the future, at the end of the day, you want to be a team person and I was like that. Anyway, the elderly rested – Ganguly, Dravid, Sachin. So Zack [Zaheer Khan] he says, “I have to rest, too, it’s been a long tour.”
“I remember the first game was between West India and South Africa, right?” Chris Gale hit a hundred of 50-55 balls. So, Zack sends me a message at night and he says, “Thank God! I rested for this tournament. and when we won the tournament, he said, “Oh, no! I didn’t have to rest, “Yuvraj added.