Yuvraj Singh last played for India in the final of the World T20 in April 2014. And despite strong performances in the domestic circuit, luck hasn’t really favoured the left-handed all-rounder as he has failed to make a comeback to the national team.
But father Yograj Singh believes that marriage to Hazel Keech – expected to take place in January – will change his son’s fortunes and he will return to the national fold. Yograj, who was introduced to Hazel by Yuvraj, says that he is really impressed by his son’s choice and feels that he will definitely make a comeback to the national team.
“I was introduced to her by Yuvraj and she is a very nice girl. I am confident that marrying her will change his fortunes and he will return to the national squad. He definitely has it in him to represent India. It is sad how Mahendra Singh Dhoni spoilt his international career. The same had happened to me when my friend Kapil Dev had destroyed my India career,” he said.
Interestingly, this is not the first time that Yograj has blamed Dhoni behind Yuvraj’s ouster from the national team. But Yuvraj had clarified that he shared a good relation with Dhoni. “I have got nothing to do with statements. As I have said before, I enjoyed playing under Dhoni,” he had said.
Even though statistics suggest that Dhoni is one of the best captains India ever had, Yograj begs to differ. He feels that Dhoni was lucky to get a brilliant team that had been handpicked by Sourav Ganguly.
“I feel that Dhoni was blessed to get a bunch of players who were match-winners in their own rights and they had been handpicked by none other than Ganguly. I think Virat Kohli is in the Ganguly mould and he has impressed me a lot. I think he can definitely make this team a champion outfit,” he said.
Coming back to Yuvraj’s ouster from the Indian team, Yograj said that even though Kapil had a hand in his removal, he stood by his old friend during the match-fixing fiasco in 1999.
“We were friends and I couldn’t believe that he would have a role to play in ending my career. But then again, I didn’t forget that we were friends and I stood by him when his name had cropped up during the match-fixing fiasco in 1999,” he revealed.
Yograj also feels that more former cricketers like Ganguly need to get involved in the administrative side of the BCCI. “I am really happy to see Ganguly get involved in the BCCI,” he said.
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