Yuvraj Singh speaks of Rahul Dravid’s decision

Yuvraj Singh calls on Rahul Dravid’s decision, says ‘Sachin Tendulkar could have declared India after his 200’ Former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh feels that legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar could have announced his squad for the Multan Test against Pakistan after completing his double century. On March 29, 2004, on the second day of the Test, Virender Sehwag became the first Indian to score a triple-century in Test cricket and scored 309 runs. Follow InsideSport.IN for more updates

But what became a huge topic of discussion was stand-in captain and current India head coach Rahul Dravid who decided to declare the first innings at 675/5 in 161.5 overs. The announcement meant that Tendulkar was stuck at 194, six runs behind his double century. Mentioning the announcement while approaching a landmark, Tendulkar wrote extensively in his autobiography, Playing It My Way.

Yuvraj Singh calls on Rahul Dravid’s decision, says ‘India could have declared after Sachin Tendulkar’s 200’

Yuvraj Singh calls on Rahul Dravid's decision, says 'India could have declared after Sachin Tendulkar's 200'
Yuvraj Singh calls on Rahul Dravid’s decision, says ‘India could have declared after Sachin Tendulkar’s 200’

“We’ve got a message in between that we need to play fast, and we’re going to announce. He could have got those six runs in the other over and we bowled 8-10 overs after that. I don’t think there would be any difference in two more Test matches.

“If it’s the third or fourth day, you have to put the team first and they would announce when you were at 150. There are differences of opinion. I think he could have announced the team after 200 runs. Yuvraj told Sports18.

Yuvraj, who was dismissed for 59 in that match, scored a century in the next Test in Lahore. But his red ball career never touched the glorious heights of his white ball journey, scoring 1900 runs at an average of 33.92 in 40 Tests.

Yuvraj feels that it has become difficult for the indomitable team to get consistent runs in full Tests as they have not got a definite place in the XI.

Yuvraj Singh calls on Rahul Dravid’s decision, says ‘India could have declared after Sachin Tendulkar’s 200’

“If you compare that era with today’s era, you can see that the players got 10-15 matches. If you look at that era, you can open up the way Biru (Sehwag) started. Then Dravid, Sachin, Ganguly, Laxman. I scored a century in Lahore and was asked to open in the next Test.

Yuvraj, who retired from international cricket in 2019, felt that playing 100 Tests for India was not his destiny.

“Finally, after my grandfather retired, when I got a chance to play Test cricket, I was diagnosed with cancer. It’s just bad luck. I tried 24 × 7. I wanted to play 100 Test matches, deal with those fast bowlers and bat for two days. I gave it my all, but it wasn’t meant to be. “ He said.

Yuvraj Singh calls on Rahul Dravid’s decision, says ‘India could have declared after Sachin Tendulkar’s 200’

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