It’s been almost 14 years since the Indian team lifted its maiden T20 World Cup in 2007. Under the leadership of MS Dhoni, the Men in Blue performed exceptionally well and defeated the arch-rivals Pakistan to clinch the historic title.
Despite not having the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and Rahul Dravid in the tournament, India won against all odds.
Going down the memory lane, Yuvraj Singh recently revealed that he was expecting to be named India’s captain for the inaugural edition of the T20 World Cup.
While Yuvraj went on to play a crucial role in India’s memorable win in 2007 in South Africa, he had to put his personal ambitions aside and work for the common goal of the team under the leadership of Dhoni.
Speaking on the 22 Yarns podcast, Yuvi said, “India had lost the 50-over World Cup. There was quite a turmoil in Indian cricket and then there was a two-month tour of England and there was also a month tour in between with South Africa and Ireland. Then there was a month of the T20 World Cup.
“Probably the seniors thought that they need a break and obviously, nobody took the T20 World Cup seriously. I was expecting to captain India in the T20 World Cup and then it was announced MS Dhoni will be the captain,” he added.
The legendary batsman further pointed out that though he didn’t get the role of captaincy back then, he tried to be a “team man”.
“Whoever becomes captain you got to support that guy whether it was Rahul or Ganguly, whoever in the future, end of the day you want to be a team man,” the 39-year-old stated.