2014 T20 World Cup was one of the rare blips in Yuvraj Singh’s stellar career. Yuvraj was India’s outstanding player in the 2007 T20 World Cup and the Player of the Tournament in the 2011 ODI World Cup, both of which India won to write their own chapters in cricket history. However, his slow-playing innings against Sri Lanka in the 2014 T20 World Cup final were widely panned. And now, eight years later, Yuvraj has spoken out about the pressure he felt throughout the tournament, as well as the lack of support from the management. He went on to say that several players, including MS Dhoni, have now been fortunate enough to have managerial backing at the conclusion of their careers.

“During the T20 World Cup in 2014, I was very low on confidence. There was an atmosphere that I could get dropped. It’s not an excuse but I wasn’t getting enough support from the team. From the time of Gary, I was in Duncan’s era and things had completely changed in the team,” Yuvraj said. Yuvraj revealed on Sports18’s Home of Heroes that he was low on confidence during the competition as a result of his performance, and that he was worried he may be pulled from the squad. He then reflected on his last innings, in which he scored only 11 runs off 21 balls as India posted a disappointing total of 130 for four. With six wickets in hand and 13 balls to spare, Sri Lanka comfortably knocked down the score.

He added, “When the final came, I just couldn’t hit the ball. I tried to hit the off-spinner and I couldn’t hit it and it went for dots. I tried to get out, I didn’t get out….Everybody thought my career was over after that. I also thought my career was over. But that’s life. You have to accept that. If you accept glories, you must accept your defeats as well and you must move forward.”