I was harsh on Yuvraj as I wanted to prove a point: Yograj

Team Udayavani, Jun 11, 2019, 6:46 PM IST

Mumbai: Often seen as an authoritative father, Yograj Singh on Tuesday admitted being harsh on Yuvraj sometimes as he wanted to prove a point but said he always remained proud of his son.

Yuvraj on Monday brought the curtains down on a roller-coaster international career, the pinnacle of which was his exploits in India’s 2011 World Cup triumph.

“I am very grateful to a son like him. I thank my son and I always tell him (Yuvraj) that I am proud of him,” Yograj, who played a lone Test and six ODIs for India, told PTI over phone.

“If you (Yuvraj) think I have been very harsh to you, I wanted to prove a point to the people and I hope you understand,” added the 61-year-old, on whose insistence the swashbuckling batsman took up cricket as a career.

Yuvraj’s relationship with his father has been far from perfect with the left-handed batsman saying he was like a “dragon” to him.

However, just before he decided to call it quits from international and first-class cricket, Yuvraj said he managed to “achieve a closure” with his father.

“I actually made peace with it a couple of days ago when I was talking about it to my father. I spoke to him, demons inside as young kid came out and that conversation happened with him and he came with his side of the story. And it was a very peaceful moment for me to have that closure and have that chat with him, because I had never had that chat with him in the last 20 years,” Yuvraj said.

 

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