Out of form and striving for a comeback to India's ODI set-up, Yuvraj Singh says he 'flourished' the most under Sourav Ganguly who is also his favourite among the captain's he played under.
Talking to The Indian Express at the Idea Exchange event, Yuvraj touched subjects on and off the field, especially his recovery from a life-threatening cancer and his career in cricket.
While saying that recuperation from lung cancer was the most tough phase of his life off the field, Yuvraj admitted that his career on the field flourished when Ganguly was his captain.
"My favourite captain was Sourav Ganguly. I learnt a lot from him and my career flourished under him the most. He infused the feeling in us that we could win a series abroad.
The Punjab batsman added that he "excelled" under India's World Cup-winning coach Gary Kirsten. "He was a great coach. I excelled while he was the coach," Yuvraj said.
One of the best stroke-player produced by India, Yuvraj also reserved praise for current India captain MS Dhoni, saying there's no need to replace him as he's doing a commendable job in all three formats.
"I think Dhoni is doing the job quite well at the moment. He has been instrumental in many India wins. He is fit enough to do the job in all three formats - then why make the change? He has done a commendable job when it comes to captaining India," Yuvraj said.
When asked to comment on Virat Kohli and his long lean patch before the West Indies series, Yuvraj asked: "Where were the critics when Virat was shining and doing everything right?"
Virat, who has been in the news about his alleged relationship with Bollywood actor Anushka Sharma, has been criticised by some for losing focus; however, the Delhi batsman hit back hard with a half-century followed by his 20th ODI century against the West Indies.
"There is nothing like that," Yuvraj said about WAGs (wives and girlfriends) travelling with the players on tours. "The Australians, South Africans, English or other teams all travel with WAGs, then why should India be singled out? And if you see other sports, be it football or tennis, WAGs accompany respective players during the matches or tours."
"A year back, Virat was all over the news for his cricket success, the same critics were praising him that time. I do not think much about it. A player knows what he is doing and he would always keep his form and game a priority," Yuvraj, who runs a cancer foundation called YouWeCan, said.
"I see great potential in Kohli. He is an angry young man. He is more aggressive when he is the captain and the team is losing. He is outstanding when it comes to work ethic and focus."
When asked "who was the toughest bowler" he faced during his career, Yuvraj, who hit England fast bowler Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over in the 2007 T20 World Cup in South Africa, said: "It has to be Muttiah Muralitharan. Thank God he has retired from international cricket."