Indian team begins preparations for WTC final; undergoes first group training session
10 June 2021
Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has revealed that he expected to become the captain of the national side during the World T20 in 2007.
“I was expecting to captain India in the T20 World Cup and then it was announced MS Dhoni will be the captain,” Yuvraj said on the 22 Yarns podcast.
The left-handed player played a crucial role in India’s winning triumph in the tournament. Yuvraj’s heroics included six sixes in an over from Stuart Broad while he was up against England and a 30-ball 70 against Australia in the semi-final.
India later on defeated Pakistan in the title clash to win the inaugural World T20 under MS Dhoni’s captaincy. A number of senior players including the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly didn’t feature in the tournament.
“So, basically, India had lost the 50-over World Cup, right? I mean there was quite a turmoil in Indian cricket and then there was a two-month tour of England and there was also a month-long tour in between with South Africa and Ireland. And then there was a month of the T20 World Cup so there were like four months away from home,” Yuvraj said.
“So probably the seniors thought that they needed a break and obviously, nobody took the T20 World Cup seriously,” he added.
The duo of Yuvraj and Dhoni also anchored India to a World Cup win in the ODI format after 28 years in 2011. The Men in Blue defeated Sri Lanka in the final in Mumbai to clinch the title.