India needs to have better selectors: Yuvraj Singh

MUMBAI: Retired players are normally relaxed. But nevertheless, Yuvraj Singh It is not.

With a red jacket and characteristic black tones, the Indian hero of the World T20 in 2007 and the World Cup in 2011, looks as elegant as ever. After retiring in June, he now works in different leagues around the world, the last one being the Abu Dhabi T10 league, which will begin on November 14.

However, he seems to be angry. And his anger is directed to the selection committee of India, headed by MSK Prasad. It is a panel that has already been criticized by great as Sunil Gavaskar , Dilip Vengsarkar & Farokh Engineer . And Yuvraj doesn't sting words too.

"We do need better selectors. Their job isn't easy. But their thinking in terms of modern-day cricket is not up to the mark. I'm always in favour of protecting players & being positive about them. By talking negative about your players & the team, it doesn't show you in good light. Your character only shows when things are going wrong & you motivate the players. In bad times, everyone talks bad. We definitely need better selectors," he says.

One of his hobbies is about place number 4. It was evident in his recently sarcastic tweet to his close friend, veteran off-spinner Harbhajan singh : The higher order is very strong brother. They don't need 4 batters.

Explaining his tweet, Yuvraj says: "What I am trying to say is we need to find a No 4. It was actually a joke, but we need to find a No. 4 & respect the No. 4 batsman, & give him a longer run. Every day some No. 4 is batting & we have loose statements about that player. After me, it was (Ambati) Rayudu, who played for a whole year, then he got dropped, now Risbhabh after playing well at No. 4 in one game, we hear remarks that he is not doing well, so how are you going to find a No 4 batsman? You are not going to find him by criticizing or dropping him, whether it is Rishabh or Shreyas or any other batsman. You have to give them a longer run."

Yuvraj isn't pleased at Pant being dropped from the Test XI. "He has only played 8-10 ODIs, so you've got to give that guy six months or a year to get better & try & play him as much as you can wherever you think he fits well. He not playing the Tests was not a great call," he laments.

As in the case of Pant, Yuvraj wants the selectors to be patient with Shivam Dube, who also failed in his debut in India on Sunday night.

"He has the talent. I was watching him play & there are a couple of things that need to be worked on. I am not sure if they will be able to identify the mistakes. Vikram Rathour He is the batting coach, he needs to identify where he is making a mistake. He is not someone who has played T20, so I am not sure if he can say in which areas he needs to work. Give it some time. Don't expect Shivam Dube aayega, chaar chhakkey marega. In the middle, there was your Vijay Shankar, the '3 D player', has now disappeared. How can you make players this way? , Question.