Not many India cricketers have publicly acknowledged former skipper Sourav Ganguly's role in moulding their careers. Harbhajan Singh has done it in the past and on Wednesday Yuvraj Singh did at Ganguly's hometown while promoting a television reality show.
The Pune Warriors skipper was asked about his experience of leading Ganguly during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 4 and whether he enjoyed the role reversal. "He (Ganguly) had supported me all throughout his career. It was time to support him," Yuvraj said. "Ganguly has had so much success, he has so many centuries to his name. He did not need to prove himself to anybody. We have some plans for next season, I'm sure we will do well," Yuvraj said.
"Only after we won the World Cup, I realised that in limelight everybody is with you but there were nobody in times of trouble. It was a big lesson for me," Yuvraj said putting his feelings for Ganguly in perspective. "It was the toughest phase of my career and I learnt an important lesson. It was very tough to tackle injury, sickness and ouster together," he added.
Yuvraj, who had skipped the tour of the West Indies due to a chest infection, said he was fully fit now and raring to go for the upcoming tour of England. "I am 100 % fit for the tour. I am sure most of the other seniors who are battling injuries would be fully fit as well. I am really looking forward to the tour," Yuvraj, who was the Man-of-the-Series in the World Cup, said.