Agenda AajTak 2019: World Cup-winning off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said Yuvraj Singh deserves a lot of credit for helping Indian cricket get where it is at the moment






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  • If there was no Yuvraj, I don't think we would have had those 2 World Cups: Harbhajan
  • He was there to chase any kind of totals and pick up wickets
  • It was just about a young side expressing themselves: Yuvraj on T20 World Cup triumph
  • World Cup-winning off-spinner Harbhajan Singh on Tuesday heaped rich praise on Yuvraj Singh, saying India would not have managed to go past the semi-finals at 2011 and 2007 World Cups if not for the star all-rounder's presence in the team.


Harbhajan Singh said Yuvraj Singh has had a huge role to play in helping Indian cricket get where it is today and that he is as influential as Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Anil Kumble and Sourav Ganguly when it comes to impact on the sport in the country.

Speaking at Agenda AajTak in New Delhi on Tuesday, Harbhajan Singh thanked Yuvraj SIngh for helping him and million other Indians realise their World Cup dreams.

Notably, Yuvraj Singh shone as all-rounder in India's triumph in the inaugural edition of T20 World Cup in 2007. In 2011, Yuvraj was named the Man of the Series at the World Cup for his all-round contribution to India's historic victory.

"When we are talking about the World Cup. Where Indian cricket has reached now, I think Yuvraj Singh has had a huge role to play. People often talk about Sachin Tendulkar, people often talk about Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble and Kapil Dev. However, if there was no Yuvraj Singh, I don't think we would have had those 2 World Cups -- 2007 and 2011," Harbhajan Singh said.

"All due to this guy for making this happen. Thank you Yuvi. If you didn't have Yuvraj Singh, we would have only reached the semi-final. Good teams reach the semi-final. This time also, we reached the semi-final. To win a World Cup, you need a player like Yuvraj Singh. We were lucky and fortunate someone like Yuvraj.




"He was there to chase any kind of totals and pick up wickets. He would come and do something... run out or a catch. Thank you Yuvi for getting us the medal. After that (2011), we played 2 World Cups, we didn't win. Hopefully, we find someone like him soon."

Recalling the famous T20 World Cup triumph from 2007, Yuvraj Singh said India went to the World Cup without any expectations but played a positive and fearless brand of cricket under a 'young captain' in MS Dhoni.

"I can't really say that (destiny's child). It was a very special World Cup (2007) for us. Our main players were rested. Nobody was taking the World T20 seriously. No one had any expectations, we went with a young team. We played a very long tour before that -- 2 months in England and Ireland and then we played the World T20. Nobody knew what was going to happen at the World Cup," Yuvraj Singh said.

"We had a young captain. I think we played the World Cup without any expectations. It was just about a young side expressing themselves."