Bengaluru: Former Cricketer and Yuvraj Singh’s father Yograj Singh stirred a hornet’s nest by accusing Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravi Shastri for his son’s exclusion from Team India to gain control over Captain Virat Kohli.
In a TV interview, Yograj said as soon as Shastri was appointed the head coach, replacing Anil Kumble, Yuvraj was dropped from the side, so that Dhoni can control captain Virat Kohli being the senior most player.
“Virat Koli is a child. He will come to know later. Yuvraj was dropped from the side after Shastri was made the head coach. If Yuvraj would have been there in the side, he would have been senior most player and could have controlled Virat, but selectors Shastri, MSK Prasad and Sharandeep, in consonance with Dhoni, saw to it that he is dropped from the side,” he said.
Yograj also criticised the decision of making Dhoni captain, overlooking Yuvraj, who was seven years senior to Captain Cool.
Yograj also threw light on the bad relationship between Yuvraj and Dhoni.
Yograj also slammed Captain Cool of intentionally losing ICC World Cup 2019 semi-final against New Zealand.
Yograj said Dhoni did not play to his full potential against New Zealand as he plays for Chennai Super Kings because he did not want any other captain to earn the honour of lifting the World Cup title.
Dhoni refused to make use of his chances, but asked Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya to go after the bowling, he alleged.
“If Dhoni could have played like he plays for Chennai Super Kings – getting 20 balls 50 runs. India could have won the match against New Zealand in 48 overs. Instead of he taking the chances, he asked Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya to go after the bowling, even though he was well set,” he complained.
In the contrary, Yuvraj took on the challenge of hitting big shots on himself and never asked his partners to do it as Dhoni did, Yograj said.
“Mr Mahendra Singh Dhoni, you have played so much cricket. Don’t you have any sense about what to do and what not? Did Yuvraj ever tell any other player to play the shots as you do? You got so many half-volleys, you hit huge sixes, what happened to you at that moment? Were you worried? You should have got out. What difference would it have made?” he added.