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I play for India and not captains: Yuvraj
Wednesday 22 June 2011

Yuvraj Singh quashed rumours that he refused to play under the captaincy of Suresh Raina in the recently concluded ODI series against the West Indies. The man of the tournament at the World Cup said that he plays for India and not captains.

Yuvraj missed out on going to the West Indies due to an illness and the southpaw reiterated his stance on why he wasn’t on the flight to the Caribbean.

"The question is totally baseless. I was badly ill. I have started training. It is totally baseless that I have denied playing under Suresh Raina. I play for India and my team, and not for any captain," said Yuvraj.

Rumours were rife that the 29-year-old refused to play under team-mate and several years younger Suresh Raina during the West Indies series. But Yuvraj explained why there is no truth to these ideas.

"I have played under Sourav, M.S.Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir. I have played under so many captains. And Gautam and MS came to the team five years after I got included in the team. There has been no such thing. I play for my country and not for captains," said Yuvraj.

The World Cup winner also reminisced about his international career so far. "In these ten years of international cricket, I have learnt many things that when you are successful and you are in limelight there are many people beside you. But when there are tough times, only near and dear ones stand beside you, otherwise you are all alone," he concluded.

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