Yuvraj Singh has already announced his retirement from international cricket few months back, but the treatment he had received from the Indian selectors towards the fag end of his career still rankles in his mind. In a no-holds barred interview with India today Sportstak channel ,Yuvi spoke very openly about the lack of planning in various selection processes of the current Indian team management. Without naming any individuals ,it was clear that his target of criticism was Indian skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri. Yuvraj spoke at length of how he was ignored by the team thinktank and selectors after his decent showing in 2017 champions trophy. He was subjected to yoyo test and after he cleared it ,he was asked to play domestic cricket to prove his credentials once again. He did harbour hopes of one final World cup appearance but does not regret it much on missing out now. Yuvraj expressed his surprise that the way ,the Indian thinktank handled the number four spot in the middle order as they tried several players starting with Yuvraj himself, Manish Pandey, Raina, Rayadu, inexperienced Vijay Shankar and Pant. Yuvraj was staggered the way Rayudu after playing reasonably well at number 4 spot for 9 months was dumped after India lost the ODI series vs Australia at home and when the World cup came along inexperienced players Shankar and Pant were tried while the only experienced guy Dinesh Kartick was straightaway put into the firing line in the semis.
Citing the above ,Yuvraj stressed the importance of giving a player ,a proper extended run before taking a decision on his future as constant chopping and changing never helps a player to settle down.
Regarding the current decision to replace the two successful leggies Kuldeep and Chahal for the current T20 matches in favour of finger spinners having better batting credentials, Yuvraj even went to the extent of uttering the word “stupid” when he was asked about Virat Kohli’s logic of having batting till number 10 spot for T20s and thereby compromising on his bowling strike force. Yuvraj also pointed out that lots of funds the spend in franchisee cricket for selecting good bowlers in the teams.
Yuvraj also expressed his opinion that Rohit Sharma is a very good option to take over the captaincy in the T20s to reduce the excess captaincy pressure on Kohli now that captains have to lead teams in 3 different formats which can create added pressure. Since Rohit is a good option available and well experienced in captaincy assignments, he can definitely be looked at as a viable option.
Overall Yuvraj was clear in showing his displeasure in the fact that in Indian cricket ,no clarity is given to senior players towards the end of their careers or when they are ageing as no road map is discussed and they were left in the dark about their future ,which has always historically been the case with Indian cricket. Recent examples have been Yuvraj himself, Sehwag and Zaheer Khan .
It was an interview which actually mirrored the true happenings of Indian cricket and Yuvraj should be commended for not going the diplomatic route like many seniors have done before him. Indian cricket, the current team management and BCCI needs to take note of the same and do a self introspection.