Mahendra Singh Dhoni might be one of the finest legends of the game, but time and again, the Ranchi superstar has been criticised by Yograj Singh – father of legendary Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh. Yograj, who deserves a lot of credit for helping Yuvraj become a world-class cricketer, has slammed Dhoni on many occasions for not backing Yuvraj on certain occasions. Now, he has made another bold statement by claiming that both MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli betrayed Yuvraj which was like back-stabbing someone.
In a chat with News24, Yograj was asked whether Yuvraj was betrayed by Dhoni and Kohli. “Along with these two, I would say that even the selectors betrayed him. I had met Ravi recently. He asked me for a photograph. I called him and pointed out that all great players should get a send-off based on their performances. When Dhoni, Kohli or Rohit retire, I would request the board to give them a good send-off as they have done so much for Indian cricket. Many have backstabbed him and it hurts,” he said.
Yuvraj, one of the finest white-ball cricketers ever, hung his boots on June 10, 2019.
Yograj further slammed former Indian selector Sharandeep Singh and took a dig at the BCCI for appointing selectors who were less experienced.
“Indian selector Sharandeep Singh, he used to go to meetings and say that Yuvraj should be dropped. Such people are appointed as selectors who do not know ABC of cricket. What do you expect from them? It hurts when someone backstabs you. Everybody was worried about what would happen to them if Yuvraj continues to perform,” Yograj added.
In one of the live chats recently, Yuvraj also recalled how Suresh Raina always had the backing of Dhoni and the Uttar Pradesh all-rounder was also being considered for the 2011 World Cup squad ahead of Yuvraj.
When asked whether it was true, Yograj said, “What’s new in that? I also got to know, even though I am not sure of how much of it is true, that in one of the meetings, someone said that the Indian team doesn’t need Yuvraj as Suresh Raina is a part of the team. I did not say so. Yuvraj himself said so and I have heard many cricketers say so as well.”