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The Ravi Shastri retort to Yuvraj Singh that was months in the making

by Wisden Staff 2 minute read

They say the key to Test batting is patience, and Ravi Shastri showed biding your time can be vital in the social media game too, waiting months for the opportunity to deliver the perfect comeback to Yuvraj Singh.

The context dates back to April 2, the anniversary of India’s 2011 World Cup win. Shastri posted a tweet congratulating the team and tagging in Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar, but crucially not Yuvraj or MS Dhoni, the player of the tournament and player of the final respectively.

“Many congratulations guys!” India’s head coach tweeted. “Something you will cherish all your life. Just like we from the 1983 [World Cup-winning] group”.

Yuvraj replied: “Thanks senior! [You] can tag me and Mahi [Dhoni] also, we were also part of it.”
Then, on June 25, the anniversary of Shastri’s own World Cup win in 1983, he spotted the perfect chance to deliver a riposte, with Yuvraj congratulating the seminal group of players, but not tagging in Shastri.

“A moment of national pride, our seniors lifted the 1983 Cricket World Cup on this day,” he tweeted. “Congratulations to every member of the 1983 team. You set the benchmark for us to achieve the same in 2011! Looking forward to India becoming a world champion in all sports.”

Shastri replied: “Thanks, Junior! You can tag me and Kaps [Kapil Dev] also”, aping Yuvraj’s previous retort.

Yuvraj saw the funny side, replying, “Hahahahaha senior! You’re a legend on and off the field. Kapil Paaji was a different league altogether.”

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