Former Indian all-rounder, Yuvraj Singh has claimed that Suresh Rain was the favorite player of MS Dhoni as the latter backed the all-rounder during his reign as the India captain. Yuvraj said because of the fact that a lot of were in-form ahead of the 2011 World Cup, the Indian team management was left with a selection headache.
As per the quotes in India Today, Yuvraj said, “Suresh Raina had larger support then because MS (Dhoni) used to back him. Every captain has a favorite player and I think Mahi really backed Raina at that time. Yusuf Pathan was also performing well at that time and even I was doing well and was also picking wickets. And Raina was not in a good touch then. I was picking wickets so they did not have any choice.”
Yuvraj has time and again expressed the support he had got from former India captain Sourav Ganguly under whom he made his international debut. Naturally, he picked out the current BCCI president as his favorite captain despite having played under the likes of Dhoni, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli among others.
Recalling the same, Yuvraj said, “Sourav Ganguly would be my favorite captain. Of all the Indian captains, he had supported me the most. Dada nurtured young talent. He had said then that he felt like there were 4-5 boys who would help him make the team strong and he supported all of them.”
Yuvraj also revealed that he often used to take a dig at Ganguly for his dressing sense saying it didn’t suit his stature as the Indian captain.
The veteran all-rounder revealed, “We were not impressed with Dada at all. He was the Indian captain, such a big name. So I was like, Dada please, you are India captain, you can not dress up like that. But Dad was like, let it be, how does it matter.”