MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli didn’t support me the way Sourav Ganguly did, says Yuvraj Singh

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Former India all-rounder and hero of 2011 Cricket World Cup, Yuvraj Singh, has revealed that MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli didn’t support him more as a captain like the way Sourav Ganguly did.


Yuvraj made his debut under Ganguly’s captaincy against Australia in the Champions Trophy in 2000. He also played under Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, Dhoni and Kohli at different times in his career, but when it comes to choosing the best leader, Yuvi went with ‘Prince of Kolkata’ – Sourav Ganguly.

“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),” said Yuvraj as quoted by Sportstar.


The 38-year-old also reckoned that the Kohli-led team needs a ‘good guy’ who can talk to the players about their issues so that they can further improve. Yuvraj took the name of Paddy Upton and said he is a kind of guy that India needs currently as he can talk to the players about their off-the-field issues and help them accordingly.

“This Indian team needs a good guy who can talk to them on matters off the field. Their off-the-field issues reflect on their on-field performances. What they need is a psychologist of authority who can guide them in personal issues,” added Yuvraj.

“Make them better persons. We had Paddy Upton who would discuss other issues of life, like fear of failure, and it helped us so much. The team probably needs someone like him,” the Chandigarh-born added further.


Yuvi last played for India in an ODI against West Indies on June 30, 2017. Overall, the Punjabi cricketer has played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20 Internationals for his nation, in which he has clubbed 1900, 8701, and 1177 runs, respectively.

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