Yuvraj on IPL
Former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh has lamented the attitude of young Indian cricketers towards four-day cricket and felt the lucrative IPL contracts have affected their focus.
“IPL offers big money and it takes away the focus (from the youngsters),” Yuvraj Singh said in an interview to a magazine.
“From the interaction with the youngsters, you realise that they can do with more respect for the seniors,” Yuvraj added. “It is not the same that we gave to our seniors. There has to be a certain amount of respect towards the seniors, who have taught you so much,” he added.
Yuvraj Singh revealed he speaks with Rishabh Pant sometimes who is going through a rough patch and felt it was important for him to learn quickly.
“Coaches and seniors have to be in touch with them constantly and tell them there are certain things they can’t do on and off the field,” the 38-year-old said about Pant and Prithvi Shaw.
Yuvraj Singh on Indian team captains
Post his retirement from international cricket last year, Yuvraj captained Toronto Nationals in the second season of the Global T20 League 2019 and represented Maratha Arabians in the Abu Dhabi T10 League.
The 38-year old also traveled to Australia to take part in the Bushfire relief match in addition to playing for India Legends in the Road Safety World Series.
Opening up on the captain he has played under, Yuvraj lamented the lack of support in the second half of his career under the likes of former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and current India captain Virat Kohli.
“I have played under Sourav [Ganguly] and had a lot of support from him. Then Mahi [MS Dhoni] took over. It’s a difficult choice to make between Sourav and Mahi. I have more memories of time under Sourav because of the support he gave me. I didn’t have that kind of support from Mahi and Virat [Kohli],” Yuvraj said.