In 2007, the young Indian team under Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the inaugural World T20 in South Africa, which was surprising for everyone because, during that same year, India under Rahul Dravid and coach Greg Chappell were out of the ICC 50 over World Cup. India lost to Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. So they had to exit at the group stage of that tournament.
Mahi’s young men gave brilliant performances in that tournament to be the champions of the ICC mega event. That WC win healed the wounds of the group stage exit. Yuvraj Singh was instrumental in that tournament win. His six sixes against Stuart Board is still being watched and remembered by his fans.
Now 14 years have been passed by, and India hasn’t won any other World T20 tournament. India reached the final of 2014 of WT20 in Bangladesh. But Sri Lanka completely outplayed MS Dhoni and his men. In 2016, West Indies lifted the title. They beat India and England to win their second trophy, which was also the last tournament in the shortest format.
After 14 long years, India’s star former all-rounder, Yuvraj Singh, says that he was surprised when MS Dhoni was named the captain of the World T20 team in 2007, and he wanted to lead the side in the absence of the senior players. Sachin, Dravid, Ganguly, Kumble, and Laxman were rested for that tournament.
But still, it didn’t affect Yuvraj Singh to perform splendidly in that tournament. The relationship between Dhoni and Yuvraj has been good, and Yuvi was known as the team man who backed his captain.
Yuvi said that he would back his captain no matter who it is. And at the end of the day, he was a team man. He also said that the T20 format was a new one, and India played the tournament without any strategies.
India didn’t have any international coaches for the 2007 T20 tournament. Lalchand Rajput and Venkatesh Prasad were the Indian team coaches for that event. India landed in South Africa with a young team and a young skipper. The team didn’t think much because it was their first tournament. So they played that the way they knew.