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Yograj says Dhoni did not want Yuvraj in WC squad; son differs

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February 16, 2015 16:19 IST
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Yuvraj Singh and former India coach Gary Kirsten, now in charge of Delhi Daredevils, after India won the World Cup in 2011Yuvraj Singh's father Yograj made a controversial claim on Monday, saying Mahendra Singh Dhoni did not want his son in India's squad for the World Cup.

However, the all-rounder, hero of India’s World Cup triumph in 2011 who went for a whopping Rs 16 crore to Delhi Daredevils in the eighth players' auction in Bangalore earlier in the day, refuted the claim.

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"I was shocked when I learned that Yuvraj Singh was not in the World Cup squad. If MS Dhoni is having personal issues with my son, I won't do anything, god will do justice. He (Dhoni) told the selectors that Yuvraj was not needed in the squad," said Yograj.

However, it did not take long for Yuvraj to clear the air.

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"Like every parent my dad is also passionate and I am sure got carried away...  always enjoy playing under Mahi (Dhoni) n would do so in future," tweeted Yuvraj to his 2.86 million followers.

Yograj's comments came on a day when his son was bought for a record Rs 16 crore at the IPL auction in Bangalore.

The stylish batsman was also the costliest player in the last auction, going for Rs 14 crore.

Yuvraj is not part of the Indian World Cup team playing Down Under after     Yograj, a former cricketer, also got philosophical while batting for his son.

"Dhoni, as leader, should back senior players who go through a temporary tough phase. I don't know why he did not want Yuvraj in the team. My son has always praised Dhoni," he said.

Image: Yuvraj Singh and former India coach Gary Kirsten, now in charge of Delhi Daredevils, after the World Cup triumph in 2011.

Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

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