Dhoni & Kohli have backstabbed Yuvraj says Yograj Singh


Yuvraj’s father Yograj Singh has been quite vocal about how Dhoni was responsible for his son’s downfall. Recently, Yuvraj, too, hinted at the strained relationship with Dhoni, when, in an interview with Sportstar, the southpaw said that he never got the kind of support from Dhoni and Virat Kohli, he got from legendary former India skipper Sourav Ganguly.

Yuvraj, along with cricketers like Mohammed Kaif, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, were Ganguly’s prodigies, all of who went on to become matchwinners for Team India.Yuvraj retired from international cricket in June last year.

Though Yuvraj downplayed the Dhoni episode later, saying each captain has his favourites, his father Yograj has, time and again, openly criticised Dhoni for keeping Yuvraj out of the team, and, during the World T20 in 2016, for repeatedly changing his son’s batting position and not using his bowling to its full potential.

Recently, while speaking to News24, Yograj indirectly accused current skipper Kohli and Dhoni, and the selectors of “backstabbing” Yuvraj. On asked whether he felt that Kohli and Dhoni betrayed Yuvraj, Yograj said, “Along with these two (Kohli and Dhoni), I would say that even the selectors betrayed him. I had met Ravi recently. He asked me for a photograph. I called him and pointed out that all great players should get a send-off based on their performances. When Dhoni, Kohli or Rohit retire, I would request the board to give them a good send-off as they have done so much for Indian cricket. Many have backstabbed him and it hurts.”

Yograj also slammed former India selector Sarandeep Singh and took a dig at the BCCI for appointing selectors who were inexperienced. “Indian selector Sharandeep Singh, he used to go to meetings and say that Yuvraj should be dropped. Such people are appointed as selectors who do not know ABC of cricket. What do you expect from them? It hurts when someone backstabs you. Everybody was worried about what would happen to them if Yuvraj continues to perform,” Yograj said.

Yuvraj, too, has been critical of the M.S.K. Prasad-led national selection panel, in the past. “We do need better selectors, for sure,” he had told reporters in Mumbai. “Selectors’ job is not easy. Whenever they select 15 players, there will be talks that what will happen to the other 15. It’s a difficult job but their thinking in terms of modern-day cricket is not up to the mark. It’s my opinion.”

The southpaw had earlier claimed that the selectors did not pick him after being asked to clear the yo-yo test, which he did.