I Wanted To Play 2019 World Cup, Says Yuvraj Singh
When Yuvraj Singh was sensationally recalled to the ODI team in 2017, many thought that the 2019 World Cup would be his swansong. The legendary batsman played a crucial role in almost each of India’s big triumphs in limited-overs cricket in the last decade that culminated with the 2011 World Cup win. Thus the fans were expecting that Yuvraj Singh would finally bow out of the game by representing India in the 2019 World Cup final.
However, the fairytale did not last long. Yuvraj struck a career-best 150 in just his second match after the comeback. But as the time passed by, his form deteriorated. With age not on his side, the team-management did not back him much and he was dropped from the team after the tour of West Indies in mid-2017.
There were also rumours that Yuvraj Singh was failing to get back into the team because of his poor fitness. Whatever the reason was, Yuvraj Singh did not get another recall from the national team. India constantly struggled for a number four but the southpaw never found himself in the picture.Yuvraj Singh (Credits – BCCI)
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Not very surprisingly, Yuvraj Singh did not get a place in India’s squad for the World Cup. He eventually gave up and announced his retirement in June this year. And more than three months after that decision, Yuvraj Singh has revealed he wanted to play the 2019 World Cup. He also expressed his disappointment over missing out on the 2015 World Cup.
“Yes, I wanted to play the WC 2019. Didn’t feel good when I missed out on the 2015 edition as I was scoring heavily in the Ranji trophy back then. But there were a lot of factors which I can’t put in words,” Yuvraj Singh told India Today.
“Before the 2019 WC, I was 37 years old and a lot of things didn’t go in my favour. I thought I should be thankful for the amount of cricket I have already played rather than ruing missing out on another WC. I’m glad that I retired at the right time,” he added.