I was expecting to captain India in 2007 World T20: Yuvraj

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I was expecting to captain India in 2007 World T20: Yuvraj

India handed MS Dhoni the captaincy and went on to win the tournament in South Africa

Former India batsman Yuvraj Singh says that he expected to be named captain for the T20 World Cup 2007. A young Indian side, which was eventually led by MS Dhoni went on to win the inaugural edition of the tournament held in South Africa and Yuvraj played a huge role in it notching up 148 runs at a strike-rate of 194.73, which included hitting six sixes in an over of England pacer Stuart Broad.

“So, basically, India had lost the 50-over World Cup, right? I mean there was quite a turmoil in Indian cricket and then there was a two-month tour of England and there was also a month tour in between with South Africa and Ireland. And then there was a month of T20 World Cup so there were like four months away from home," Yuvraj said on 22 Yarns podcast

“So probably the seniors thought that they need a break and obviously, nobody took the T20 World Cup seriously. I was expecting to captain India in the T20 World Cup and then it was announced MS Dhoni will be the captain,” he added.

Yuvraj, who won the player of the tournament, also added that the captaincy snub did not affect his equation with Dhoni, with whom he would go to win the 2011 50-over World Cup as well. “Yes, obviously, whoever becomes captain you got to support that guy whether it was Rahul, whether it was [Sourav] Ganguly, whoever in the future, end of the day you want to be a team man and that’s how I was,” Yuvraj added.

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