Former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has openly acknowledged that his relationship with MS Dhoni was primarily confined to their shared cricketing endeavors, describing them as friends in the context of the sport.
Nevertheless, he emphasized that both of them wholeheartedly contributed to their country’s success. During India’s triumphant ODI World Cup campaign in 2011 under Dhoni’s captaincy, Yuvraj was named the Player of the Tournament.
He was also a crucial member of the team led by Dhoni that clinched the inaugural T20 World Cup in South Africa in 2007. Throughout the years, there has been considerable speculation surrounding the friendship between these two Indian cricket icons.
Speaking on the TRS show, as reported by ndtv.com, Yuvraj candidly revealed that he and Dhoni were not particularly close friends.
“Mahi and I are not particularly close off the field. Our friendship was essentially rooted in cricket; it was our shared passion. When we stepped onto the cricket field, we dedicated ourselves wholeheartedly to our country’s cause. On the field, he was the captain, and I was the vice-captain. When I joined the team, I was four years junior to him. In any team, especially with a captain and vice-captain, differences in decision-making are inevitable,” Yuvraj stated.
“Sometimes he made decisions that I didn’t necessarily agree with, and vice versa. Such disagreements are common in any team. Toward the end of my career, when I was unsure about my future in cricket, I sought his advice. He was the one who candidly informed me that the selection committee was not currently considering me. This revelation came shortly before the 2019 World Cup. It was a moment of clarity for me,” the former cricketer added.