MS Dhoni: Yuvraj Singh has disclosed that he was suddenly removed from the vice-captaincy, and at that time, Virender Sehwag was not in the team. Subsequently, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was appointed as the captain for the T20 World Cup in 2007.
Yuvraj Singh on Sachin Tendulkar & Greg Chappell: Why did Mahendra Singh Dhoni become the captain of Team India when Yuvraj Singh, a senior player, was also in the team, while Dhoni was a junior? Despite having players like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman in the Indian team, why was Dhoni chosen as the captain over Yuvraj Singh? Yuvraj Singh has explained in a conversation with former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar, attributing his non-captaincy to Sachin Tendulkar and Greg Chappell.
‘I Stood with My Team Mates and Faced the Consequences’
Yuvraj Singh stated that he stood with his teammates and faced the consequences, receiving no attention from many BCCI officials. However, he clarified that he harbors no regrets about not becoming the captain. He asserted, “I think my stand was clear. If I had to do it again, I would. I will stand by my decisions; I have no regrets about not becoming the captain.”
‘My Desire Was to Become the Captain…’
Sanjay Manjrekar asked Yuvraj Singh if he did not desire to become the captain of Team India. In response, Yuvraj Singh expressed that he did have the desire to become the captain. However, when the controversy with Greg Chappell arose, he had two options: support Chappell or stand with his teammates. Yuvraj chose to stand with his teammates, a decision that did not sit well with many BCCI officials. He heard that, apart from him, no other player would be made captain by those officials.
‘…Then Dhoni was made the captain of T20 World Cup 2007’
Yuvraj Singh revealed that he was suddenly removed from the vice-captaincy at a time when Virender Sehwag was not in the team. Later, Dhoni was made the captain for the T20 World Cup in 2007. Yuvraj believes the decision went against him at that time, but he holds no regrets. If similar circumstances were to arise again today, he would stand with his teammates.