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We jokingly called Sachin grandpa, as he had just completed 22 years in int'l cricket, says Yuvraj Singh

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All-rounder Yuvraj Singh is known for his six-hitting abilities, timing with the bat in hand and his mischievous nature off the field. Unlike most of the other Indian cricketers, Yuvraj is not very diplomatic and whenever he gets a chance to talk, he usually comes up with some epic stories about Indian and international cricketers.

Yet again, Yuvraj got the opportunity to speak his heart out and the 34-year-old made full use of it revealing some of the biggest secrets in the Indian dressing room. In a recent interview with Radio Mirchi, Yuvraj spoke at length about the game of cricket, the YouWeCan foundation which he runs, his fight with cancer and revealed the biggest misers in the Indian cricket team.

Our cricketers are treated like rockstars in the country and are some of the most sought after personalities in the entertainment industry. But you will be surprised to know that despite earning their astronomical salaries and sponsor endorsements, there are still a few who are the stingy misers, which includes the captain of the Test side.

"It's like this is yours and this is mine, you will pay for this one and I will pay for that one. You know, in our Punjabi culture, we don't have that, if we are going out for eating something, then one person pays but some people are different and currently, Virat Kohli is the biggest miser. He is also the angry young man in the team," Yuvraj told Radio Mirchi in a hilarious interview.

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And he did not just stop with Kohli. The flamboyant left-hander also revealed that the senior Indian cricketers were big misers despite being rich and famous.

"There have been many misers in our team, especially the seniors and I cannot reveal their names because this is a very sensitive issue," he added.

Fast-bowler Ashish Nehra was singled out by Yuvi,"Usually Ashish (Nehra) is very generous but he gets miserable at times. When he got married, he used to say, please try to understand, I have to manage my wife and kids, I cannot spend much. It's not like they are misers in that sense but it's just a fun banter between us like why aren't you paying."

The 'six-sixes' man then turned to his former teammate and one of the greatest Indian pacers, Javagal Srinath, and revealed about how the now-retired cricketer treated Yuvi and Co. to dal chawal.


"Among the senior players Javagal Srinath was very generous. After playing so much of cricket with him, he finally gave us a dal chawal treat and we uploaded that picture on Twitter with a caption 'thank you Srinath Ji, for the treat after 15 years," which was obviously a friendly dig taken by Yuvi at Srinath.

On a serious note Yuvraj was asked to pick his favourite captain and it doesn't come as a surprise that he chose the 'Prince of Kolkata' instead of 'Captain Cool'.

"I started my career under Sourav Ganguly, he was the guy who put this team together and supported players like myself, Ashish, Sehwag, Zaheer, Harbhajan and he got this group together. So I think he is the best captain I've played under," the soon-to-be-married Yuvraj said without having any second thoughts.

Batting icon Sachin Tendulkar was also not spared as Yuvraj revealed what he wouldn't dare say to the legendary cricketer ever again.

"Once we jokingly called Sachin Tendulkar grandpa, as he had just completed 22 years in international cricket. Since then Sachin has been playing a lot of pranks on us as a revenge. He is very naughty so he always kept us on the backfoot after that incident."

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