New Delhi: Yuvraj Singh's mercurial father Yograj today made a controversial claim that Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not want his son in India's cricket World Cup squad, only to be dismissed by the left-hand batsman himself minutes later.
Yograj Singh and Yuvraj
"I was shocked when I learnt that Yuvraj Singh was not in the World Cup squad. If MS Dhoni is having personal issues with my son, I won't do anything, god will do justice. He (Dhoni) told the selectors that Yuvraj was not needed in the squad," said Yograj. However, it did not take long for Yuvraj to clear the air.
"Like every parent my dad is also passionate and I am sure got carried away always enjoyed playing under Mahi (Dhoni) n would do so in future," Yuvraj tweeted to his 2.86 million followers.
Yograj's comments came on a day when his son was bought for a record Rs 16 crore at the IPL auction in Bangalore. The stylish batsman was also the costliest player in the last auction, going for Rs 14 crore. Yuvraj is not part of the Indian World Cup team playing Down Under after being the star of the tournament in the side's triumph four years ago.
Yograj, a former cricketer, also got philosophical while batting for his son. "Dhoni as leader should back senior players who go through a temporary tough phase. I don't know why he did not want Yuvraj in the team. My son has always praised Dhoni," he said.