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‘Why didn’t we play even a single match together after that?’ – Harbhajan Singh lashes out at BCCI for ignoring 2011 World Cup stars

By Daniel S

February 3, 2022

Former India spinner Harbhajan Singh has criticised certain members of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for partiality and treating senior players who were a part of India’s 2011 World Cup-winning squad. He said that players were treated as ‘use and throw’ post the 2011 event.

The legendary spinner raised a question as to why did the members of that team such as Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir never played together again.

“You also know what those officials were doing, what was happening in Indian cricket at that time and which section of people were playing, and how others were being ignored. If we were good enough to win the World Cup in 2011, why didn’t we play even a single match together after that? Was that team good enough just to win the World Cup and became worse after that,” he stated on Boria Majumdar’s show ‘Backstage with Boria’.

He alleged that that the selectors favoured a certain section of players and completely ignored the others who were an integral part of the 2011 team. He questioned the decision of the selectors and also criticised how the team’s performance declined after the world cup.

“I was 31 in 2011 and had picked up 400 wickets. And a 31-year-old boy can’t take 400 wickets overnight. He must have done something right. Yes, I have won a few games for India and I have done very bad in a few games too. That’s the way the game goes. But if you call another player with 400 wickets a legend and here I am thrown out of the team without any explanation. No selector, no BCCI officials were present to answer me, even the captain told me he didn’t know what had happened. I still don’t know what happened then. If you can treat such a big player like that then it shows that anything can happen with any player,” said Singh.