Yuvraj questions India's batting coach Rathour's ability to guide T20 players
NEW DELHI: ex off-road Yuvraj Singh on Tuesday he questioned the ability of Indian hitting coach Vikram Rathour to guide Indian cricketers in the T20 format.
Rathour had replaced Sanjay Bangar as a hitting coach last year.
He (Rathour) is my friend ... do you think he can help the players of this T20 generation? Have you played cricket on the level to help them? Yuvraj, who was part of the winning teams for the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2011 World Cup, said during an Instagram session.
Rathour played six Tests and seven ODIs for India between 1996 and 1997.
Yuvraj said that a player should be treated based on his personality.
If I was a coach, I'd say good night to (Jasprit) Bumrah at 9 p.m. and I'll take Hardik (Pandya) for a drink at 10 p.m. ... this is how you deal with different personalities.
Yuvraj, who retired from international cricket last year, also did a veiled dig to Indian head coach Ravi Shastri.
Today's boys have no one to talk to and take advice with, he said.
When asked if it is not Shastri's job to guide the players, Yuvraj said: I don't know if Ravi is doing it, but maybe he has other things on hand.
Anyway, you can't tell everyone 'get out there and play your game, express yourself', this approach can work with someone like Sehwag ... but this will never work with Pujara ... so these things the coaching staff need to realize .
The 38-year-old also tipped Hardik Pandya to break his fastest record of T20 fifty.
Hardik Pandya could be the guy who breaks my record of fastest T20 fifty ... he has all the making of being a great all-rounder ... but then again you need to have someone to guide him in the team.
Speaking of his experience of playing for different teams in the Indian Premier League, Yuvraj said that he did not enjoy his time at Kings XI Punjab:
I wanted to run away from Kings XI Punjab ... the management did not want me there ... they did nothing that I asked them to do ... and when I left they bought all the players that I had asked them to do. I love Punjab but I did not like the operation of the franchise.
Yuvraj also criticized the player selection during last year's ODI World Cup, where Virat Kohli and Co came out in the semi-final stage after losing to New Zealand.
The selection during the 2019 World Cup was impressive. People need to question those decisions when the players who have played 5 ODI are playing in the middle order.
Can current selectors question these decisions when they have played only 5 ODIs themselves? I ask.
The 2014 T20 World Final was one of the worst days of his illustrious career, as he was only able to gather 11 of 21 balls to see India go to Sri Lanka in the final.
I take full responsibility for that final defeat. I couldn't hit the ball. But the Lankans played very well. Even the other hitters fought, but the fans and the media made me the villain.
Stones were thrown at my house in Chandigarh. When I got home, I saw my India cap and the bat I hit 6 sixes with and realized that my time was up.