Yuvraj Singh, the comeback man in the Virat Kohli-led Indian limited-overs teams, feels former skipper MS Dhoni still has a lot to offer as a player. The 35-year old stylish left-hander was talking with BCCI.TV, about his comeback, Dhoni’s out of the blue decision of giving up the captaincy and on much more other aspects.
Talking about Dhoni’s resignation, Yuvraj went on to praise his former captain and hailed all that he achieved over the years, as captain of the limited-overs and Test sides. He felt that his decision to step down was very good and a timely one as it will help the next captain, Kohli to take control of the team ahead of the Champions Trophy and build the team for the 2019 World Cup. However, Yuvraj believes that Dhoni has a lot to contribute to the team as a player.
“He [Dhoni] has been an extremely good captain for India. We won 2011 World, 2007 World T20 under him. So, they are really big achievements. We were No.1 Test team under him so I think these are amazing achievements. I am not how many captains have that,” Yuvraj said, while praising MSD.
I think he took a very good decision, stepping down. I am sure he has felt that it’s [time for] the next guy to take over and build the team for 2019 World Cup, I am sure he saw that in Virat,” he added before saying, “I am sure he has a lot to contribute as a player in the team at the moment.”
For Yuvraj, playing with a non-captain Dhoni will be like the period between 2005 and 2006, when both of them were invaluable members of Indian middle order in the Rahul Dravid-led team. They played a ‘fearless’ brand of cricket and together took India to victory on many occasions. The southpaw wants to rewind the clock and play in the same manner along with Dhoni in the coming days.
I think it’s gonna be like the as we were playing in the old days when we started. We both were very fearless when we played together. Hopefully, we can do the same this time in the upcoming series,” he said.
Commenting on his own comeback, Yuvraj said the never give up attitude kept him going and made this possible.
“It’s tough when you go through a period like this in your life when you don’t know where your life is going. I think you’ve just got to keep working hard and believe that one day you will come back to the place you belong,” Yuvraj said.
“Never giving up is my attitude. Things can always change in a matter of a very short time and I’ve had a lot of ups and downs and I’ve learnt to keep bouncing back from it. Hopefully, I can come back to where I belong,” he added.
The Yuvraj-Dhoni pair is set to be on the thick of action in the coming ODI and T20I series against England, which starts from January 15.