How Greg Chappell vs Sachin Tendulkar cost Yuvraj Singh his ODI captaincy
- The Indian camp was facing a Sachin Tendulkar vs Greg Chapell conflict in 2005-2007
- Yuvraj Singh picked his teammate when asked to take sides
- The move costed him his ODI captaincy, the all-rounder says
Former Australia batter Greg Chappell coached India from 2005-2007. The period saw tension build up between the players and management and the division cost Yuvraj Singh his captaincy, the all-rounder revealed.
Tendulkar, in his autobiography 'Playing it My Way', revealed that Chappell had asked him to take over the captaincy from Rahul Dravid so the two could 'control Indian cricket for a year'. The Master Blaster, in his biopic ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams', said that dseveral players disagreed in the manner the Aussie was handling the side.
“A number of senior players disagreed with the manner in which Chappell was handling our side. Just before a month from the World Cup, he made drastic changes in the batting order that affected everyone in the side," Tendulkar said.
The camp was facing a Sachin Tendulkar vs Greg Chapell conflict. And when asked to chose sides, Yuvraj Singh, who was the ODI vice captain, went for his teammate. MS Dhoni was handed the captaincy over him for the 2007 World T20.
Singh said that him chosing Tendulkar left many BCCI officials unhappy, who decided to not make him captain.
"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," Yuvraj Singh told Sanjay Manjrekar during an interview on Sports18.
Virender Sehwag was also sacked from the team.
"This is what I heard. 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 became captain for the 2007 T20 World Cup. I thought I was going to be the captain," Singh added.
However, the 2011 World Cup heor said that he would still support his teammates and has no regrets. Yuvraj Singh never captained India.
"Viru was senior but he was not on the England tour. I was the vice-captain of the ODI team while Rahul 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."
The conflict gave India one of the best captains in world cricket. Dhoni led the team to a World T20 title, an ODI World Cup in 2011, Champions Trophy win in 2013 and also a No 1 position in Tests.
"After a while, I thought Mahi was getting really good in captaincy. He was probably the right guy to lead in ODI cricket. Then I started getting injured a lot. Even if I was made the captain, I would have to go. Injuries were taking a toll on my body for a while. Everything happens for the best. I actually don't regret not having the captaincy of India. It would have been a huge honour. But I would always choose my teammate, if bad things have been said about his character, I would always stand up for my teammate," Yuvraj Singh said.