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‘I tried to get out in the 2014 World Cup final’, reveals Yuvraj Singh

By BetBarter Staff

May 1, 2022

Yuvraj Singh is one of India's most popular cricketers. In his playing days, the left-hander was vital to the team's middle order. He was an important member of the Indian side in both the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2011 World Cup. In the 2011 World Cup, he was named player of the tournament for his all-round performance.

However, every great of the game goes through a tough time in their career. For Yuvraj, it was during the 2014 T20 World Cup. He couldn't get underway and failed badly with the bat. Yuvraj Singh was unable to score runs in the final match between Sri Lanka and India at Shere-E-Bangla Stadium. He could manage only 11 runs in the 21 balls that he faced during his innings.

The former Indian cricketer revealed that there were rumours of him getting dropped from the team, which affected his performance. Adding further, he said that he tried to get out in the final game but couldn't do so.

"During the T20 World Cup in 2014, I was very low on confidence. There was an atmosphere where I could get dropped. It’s not an excuse but I wasn’t getting enough support from the team. From the time of Gary, I was in Duncan’s era and things had completely changed in the team," he said in an interview with News 18's show Home of Heroes.

"When the final came, I just couldn’t hit the ball. I tried to hit the off-spinner and I couldn’t hit it and it went for dots. I tried to get out, I didn’t get out….Everybody thought my career was over after that. I also thought my career was over. But that’s life. You have to accept that. If you accept glories, you must accept your defeats as well and you must move forward," he further said.

He also spoke of how players get a major boost if he receives backing from the captain and coach. He supported his argument by giving MS Dhoni's example right before his retirement. Yuvraj also revealed that not everyone in Indian cricket gets the same support.

"Look at Mahi (MS Dhoni) towards the end of his career. He had so much support from Virat and Ravi Shastri. They took him to the World Cup, he played till the end, and went on to play 350 games. I think support is very important but in Indian cricket, everybody will not get support," he said.