In a recent interaction with a leading Hindi news channel, Yuvraj Singh seemed to be an unsparing mood as the southpaw launched a verbal attack on the Indian team management. When asked if he could have filled the much-discussed number 4 position, the elegant left-hander dismissed the notion but felt that Ambati Rayudu was hard done by. The man who holds the record for the fastest international fifty felt that Rayudu was earmarked for the number 4 position by the management and was persisted with for one year.
Even after scoring a match-winning 90 in the last ODI vs New Zealand the Hyderabad batsman was dropped after three poor games against Australia and eventually did not even find a place in the Indian 15 for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Yuvraj went on to say that although Vijay Shankar and Rishab Pant were talented youngsters, they had just played a handful of International games and for a big tournament like the World Cup there wasn’t enough consistency in selection.
He went on to say that the team management bordered on overconfidence with the form of Rohit and Virat and simply didn’t plan well enough for the number 4 position. The Chandigarh based cricketer also slammed the move to send MS Dhoni at number 7 in the crucial semi-final against New Zealand and said that someone like Dinesh Karthik lacked clarity of role.
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