New Delhi: Former all-rounder Yuvraj Singh believes the present Indian team needs a "good guy" who can check with the players about their off-field issues so that their performance on the field improves.
Yuvraj, who retired last year, said the Virat Kohli-led team needs someone like Paddy Upton who can ask players about life and other off-field issues. Upton served as the mental health and conditioning coach of the Indian cricket team during Gary Kirsten's tenure as coach.
"This Indian team needs an honest guy who can ask them on matters off the field. Their off-the-field issues reflect on their on-field performances. What they require is a psychologist of authority who can guide them in personal issues," Yuvraj said in an interview to Sportstar.
"Make them better persons. We had Paddy Upton who would discuss other problems of life, like fear of failure, and it helped us quite a lot. The team probably needs someone like him," he added.
The elegant left-hander also said that he got heaps of more support from Sourav Ganguly as compared to M.S. Dhoni and Virat Kohli.
Yuvraj made his debut under Ganguly's captaincy against Australia in the Champions Trophy in 2000 and also played under Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Dhoni and Kohli at different times in his career.
"I have played under Sourav and had tons of support from him. Then Mahi took over. it is a difficult choice to make between Sourav and Mahi. I even have more memories of time under Sourav due to the support he gave me. I did not have that sort of support from Mahi and Virat," said Yuvraj.
The former India all-rounder played 304 ODIs, 110 of these under Ganguly's captaincy and 104 under Dhoni's leadership.
The 38-year-old, while speaking about the present lockdown, said it had been heartbreaking to hear about numerous people die due to coronavirus.
"I think this has its advantages and drawbacks. It's heartbreaking to hear about so many people dying everywhere all over the world. It's spreading so fast. People, instead of panicking, should visit the official health sites (WHO and Union Health Ministry) to actually understand what the disease is," said Yuvraj.
"In my case of cancer, I used to be also very scared during the beginning, on the other hand, I got the proper information, visited the proper doctor and hospital. Please understand that these government and official health sites will guide you accurately because there's rampant misinformation about the virus on social media. First of all, people ought to stop reading (social media) and begin looking for proper information," he added while urging people to remain faraway from spreading rumours.