Mumbai: MS Dhoni has stepped down as captain of the Indian Cricket Team. This was that news announcement, which left country into a startled state of mind. However, one of Dhoni’s old teammates, Yuvraj Singh has hailed his decision and expresses that it’s an opportunity to witness the fearless Dhoni and Yuvi of the past.
“I think he took a very good decision in stepping down as he must have felt that the next guy to take over and build the team for 2019 World Cup and saw that in Virat. I believe he still has a lot to contribute in this team as a player,” Yuvraj told bcci.tv.
Yuvraj appreciated Dhoni’s decision and stood concretely towards the notion which explicit the magic of good old days and enthrall the fans with their “fearless brand of cricket”.
“It will be like the old days playing with him (Dhoni) when we had started. Obviously, I started much before him, but back then we were fearless when we used to play together. We can do the same this time, in the upcoming series,” Yuvraj said.
Dhoni and Yuvraj had played key roles behind winning India two World Cups (2007 and 2011). “We were the No 1 side, won two World Cups and I think these are like amazing achievements. I am not sure how many captains have that. He has been very calm and composed,” the man who has made a comeback into the Indian ODI and T20 sides against England said. Yuvraj also feels that the new skipper, Virat inspires others with his own performances.
“Talking about Virat Kohli, I have seen him grow up in front of my eyes as a youngster and was always getting better and better. What’s special about Virat is that he commands performance. He has been very consistent throughout his career and that fire and consistency has converted him into a very good captain. I think that is what he demands from the team all the time. 100 percent commitment and that’s the hallmark of a good captain. Every year he gets better with his performances. He I think sets his own goals tries to get better with every performance,” Yuvraj said.
“Earlier, he (Kohli) used to get lot of runs, converted them into
hundreds and then this year he has started getting double hundreds. I
don’t know, who averages over 50 in all three formats. Hopefully,
Virat continues that and takes India to the next level,” he added.
Fans of Indian cricket for sure have a lot to look forward to as the
old guards like Dhoni and Yuvraj will join hands once again for Team India. Forget, Yuvraj’s father, Yograj Singh’s jibes at Dhoni, his son still has a lot of respect for the former Indian captain. Unity matters!
(With inputs from PTI)