2007 was a bitter-sweet year for Indian Cricket. We won the first-ever T20 World Cup but also bowed out of the ICC ODI World Cup with a humiliating loss to Bangladesh. However, the same year paved the way for what ended up being some of the most glorious years of Indian cricket history. One man who was ever-present all this time was Yuvraj Singh, who recalled in an interview with Sports18, how the rift between Sachin Tendulkar and then coach Greg Chappel cost him the India Captaincy.
Yuvraj Singh had established himself as a reliable middle-order batsman. He was one of the younger players poised to lead the Indian team in the future. However, when the controversy between Sachin Tendulkar and Greg Chappel took place, it divided the dressing room. Yuvraj Singh, who at the time was the vice-captain of the ODI side, decided to side with his teammate, something that he thought didn’t go well with the BCCI.
Yuvraj Singh on the row and how he ended up being wronged by Chappel
Speaking to Sanjay Manjrekar during an interview on Sports18, Yuvraj Singh recalled “I was supposed to be the captain. Then the Greg Chappell incident happened. It had become Chappell or Sachin. I was probably the only player who supported…that I support my teammate. And there were a lot of people in the…Some of the BCCI officials did not like that. It was said that they should make anybody the captain but not myself. This is what I heard.”
He continued, “I am not sure how true it is. Suddenly from vice-captaincy I was removed. Sehwag was not there in the team. So, out of nowhere, Mahi (MS Dhoni) became captain for the 2007 T20 World Cup. I thought I was going to be the captain.”
“Viru (Virender Sehwag) was senior but he was not on the England tour. I was the vice-captain of the ODI team while Rahul (Dravid) was the captain. So, I was supposed to be the captain. Obviously, it was a decision that went against me but I have no regrets about it. Today, if the same thing happens, I will still support my teammate,” said Yuvraj Singh.