World Cup Special; Yuvraj sets IPL record
On a day (February 16, Monday) when Yuvraj landed Indian Premier League's (IPL) highest ever bid in players auction with a whopping Rs 16 crores from Delhi Daredevils (DD), his dad Yograj Singh launched an attack on India captain MS Dhoni. (Yuvraj on missing WC)
"Want to know what is MS Dhoni's problem with my son, he played for the nation even while suffering from cancer," Yograj told the media.
He further stated, "If MS Dhoni is having personal issues with my son, I won't do anything. God will do justice. Pray India wins World Cup under his captaincy but nothing can be more sad that you behaved this way.
"I was shocked that Yuvraj Singh was not in the (World Cup) squad," he added.
Yograj, a former India Test player, placed the blame squarely on Dhoni for his son's omission from World Cup 2015 squad. In 2011, Yuvraj was India's World Cup winning hero and the Man-of-the-series award. This time he is not wanted.
To everyone's surprise, Yograj chose only one reason - read Dhoni, for his son's ouster from the team. Though the Indian team is picked by five selectors, Yograj feels there was Dhoni's hand behind Yuvraj's name not figuring in the 15-man list. He was not even among the 30 probables.
Captain and coach are consulted by every selection committee before picking a squad. And in this case too, Dhoni's views would have been sought by the Sandeep Patil-led panel.
Did the skipper tell the five men that he did not want Yuvraj? Nobody knows. However, Yograj, as a former cricketer, will be well aware of what goes on in Indian cricket.
Is Yuvraj's father right in publicly criticising Dhoni? Is it only an emotional outburst? The real truth might not come out.
Soon after Yograj's statements, Yuvraj was on Twitter to control the damage. He wrote, "Like every parent my dad is also passionate and I am sure got carried away always enjoyed playing under Mahi n would do so in future."
Just before the World Cup squad was to be announced, Yuvraj roared back to form, hitting three centuries in Ranji Trophy. This gave a lot of hope to his fans. But those were soon extinguished by the selectors when the World Cup squad was revealed.
Even when the team was announced, Yuvraj's fans were very angry to see Stuart Binny's name. They felt the left-handed all-rounder was far better choice than Binny.
The 33-year-old Yuvraj's last appearance for India was in April, 2014 in the final of World Twenty20 against Sri Lanka in Dhaka.
On that day, Yuvraj struggled to put bat to ball, which produced an infamous 21-ball 11. For this, he came under heavy attack from the fans on social media and even his house was stoned. India lost the final and 50-over World Cup hero turned into a T20 World Cup villain. (Yuvraj on WT20 final innings)
After this game, Yuvraj was never picked to don India blue jersey again. But he continues to be the king of IPL after yesterday's big paycheck.
Yuvraj's international career looks over now. However, questions over his non-selection for World Cup remain unanswered. Was it based on pure cricketing logic or one man's word?