With the stage clear for former India captain Sourav Ganguly to become the next BCCI President after the elections due on October 23, the congratulatory messages for Indian cricket’s new boss haven’t stopped pouring in. The latest being that from Ganguly’s former teammate and twin World Cup winner Yuvraj Singh.
The former India all-rounder took to Twitter on Friday posting a heartfelt message to his yesteryear captain along with a cheeky reference to the now infamous ‘yo-yo’ fitness test, after failing which Yuvraj’s entry to the Indian team had been blocked in 2017.
“Greater the man greatest the journey! Frm IndianCaptain to @BCCI president.Think it will b a gr8 insight 4 a cricketer to be an administrator & make others understand admin frm a players point of view Wish u were d president while d yoyo was in demand good luck dadi @SGanguly99” was Yuvraj’s message for Ganguly.
Greater the man greatest the journey! Frm IndianCaptain to @BCCI president.Think it will b a gr8 insight 4 a cricketer to be an administrator & make others understand admin frm a players point of view Wish u were d president while d yoyo was in demandgood luck dadi@SGanguly99
yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) October 18, 2019
Ganguly didn’t waste much time in replying either: “Thank u the best .. u have won India world cups .. time to do good things for the game now .. u r my super star .. god bless always”.
Thank u the best .. u have won India world cups .. time to do good things for the game now .. u r my super star .. god bless always
Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) October 18, 2019
Recently, Yuvraj had opened up to India Today regarding the circumstances that led to his retirement from the sport and also the failed yo-yo test which had played an important role in that decision. Here are excerpts from that interview.
“Never thought that I would be dropped after being the man of the match in 2 games out of the 8-9 I played after the CT 2017. I got injured and I was told to prepare for the SL series. then suddenly, the yo-yo test came into the picture. It was a u-turn in my selection. Suddenly I had to go back and prepare for the yo-yo test at the age of 36. Even after I cleared the yo-yo test, I was told to play domestic cricket. They actually thought that I wouldn’t be able to clear the test due to my age. And that it would be easy to decline me afterward…yeah you can say it was an exercise in making excuses.”
“I think it was unfortunate for a guy who has played 15-17 years of international cricket to not being made to sit down and being talked to. No one told me and no one told Virender Sehwag or Zaheer Khan either. Whichever player it is, the person who is in-charge should sit down and talk with the player that we are looking at the youngsters and we’ve taken this step. This way, you do feel bad at the beginning but at least you give them the credit of being true to your face – sth which doesn’t happen in Indian cricket. It has been like that forever almost. I have seen it happen to big names. Took it personally then but not now as there is a time for everything to move on and I made my peace with it,” said Yuvraj.