Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has revealed that he felt intimidated by the presence of senior members in the dressing room and it was very hard for him to sit around them. As Singh made his debut in 2000 in the ICC Champions Trophy, he had to share the dressing room with the likes of senior figures such as Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, and Sourav Ganguly.
Singh spoke about the feeling at an event with Viacom18 Sports in Mumbai for the launch of South Africa's new franchise league SA20. Anil Kumble was also present at the event and it was then Yuvraj talked about his feeling about sitting around the senior players.
“After 20 years, I still have to be careful about what I say in front of him (Kumble). I think it was a bit of a shock, to be honest. There's A nil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, Tendulkar, and the likes of Ganguly (in the dressing room),” said Yuvraj as quoted by HT.
The all-rounder then talked about the importance of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and how it has bridged the gap between young players and senior players.
"There are all these guys you're watching on television as a kid and straightaway, you were in the dressing room with them. You had to ask the coach to not be seated next to them. The coach used to say they're your teammates so you have to sit next to them. So, it took a while to start talking to them. But what the IPL has done is that the youngsters are now more comfortable around the players," he added.