I wanted to play in 2019 World Cup, says former all-rounder Yuvraj Singh
Former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has revealed that he wanted to play 2019 World Cup for India but agreed a lot of things didn't go in his favour including his age. Yuvraj, who was the hero of India's 2011 World Cup triumph, never managed to play an ODI World Cup again missing out on both the 2015 and the 2019 editions of the showpiece event. The swashbuckling left-hander announced his retirement earlier this year.
Yuvraj on Thursday launched a scathing attack on the Indian team management revealing details of the treatment which led to his retirement. The left-hander slammed the team management for not communicating properly with him during the final phase of his career. He also revealed that he was not selected in the Indian team despite passing the mandatory yo-yo test and was kept on the sidelines despite good performances post the 2017 Champions Trophy where India lost in the final against Pakistan.
Yuvraj last played for India in an ODI against West Indies in Antigua in June 2017. In the Champions Trophy 2017, he notched up 105 runs in four games at an average of 35.00 and a strike rate of 99.06. However, he soon found himself out-of-favour post the tournament and was asked to prove his fitness by taking up the yo-yo test. After passing the yo-yo test, Yuvraj was asked to play in domestic cricket and not given entry in the Indian team leading up to his decision of retirement.
However, Yuvraj said he had not given up on the dream of representing India in another World Cup and wanted to play in the 2019 edition. However, a poor domestic run and his struggles in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 for Mumbai Indians did little to help his case. The left-hander reckoned the decision to retire was taken at the right time by him as he called time on his career during the 2019 World Cup in England & Wales.
"Yes, I wanted to play the World Cup 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. Before the 2019 World Cup, 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 World Cup. I'm glad that I retired at the right time," Yuvraj was quoted as saying in an interview.