World T20 2014 April 8, 2014

Yes, Yuvraj is to blame

Bhaskar Bhowmik
For holding a mirror to the face of the Indian cricket 'fan' and introducing him to his true self

Yuvraj is to blame for giving an entire generation of Indians the winning feeling reserved for champions of the cricketing world © AFP

We shared the jokes, we mouthed the expletives, we published the memes. We vented our ire in all ways we could,some of us even breaching the boundaries of ethics in doing so. We went over the case and passed the verdict. We pronounced the offender guilty.

Yes, Yuvraj Singh is to blame. For hitting an English bowler out of the park six times in as many deliveries, and instilling a belief in the minds of India's cricket fanatics that one of us could destroy an English bowling attack on foreign soil.

Yuvraj is to blame for pulling of an unprecedented heist at the sanctum of world cricket that left the cricketing universe gaping in awe, and evoked a feeling of unbounded pride in the heart of each and every fan of Indian cricket, for we had beaten those who ruled us for centuries.

Yuvraj is to blame for arduously carrying a billion dreams to fruition and giving this country something its incumbent youth had never seen the country possess, the Cricket World Cup.

Yuvraj is to blame for mesmerizing cricket fans of this country with such clean hitting that each and every time a bowler was in his delivery stride, somewhere deep within we expected the bowl to sail into the stands. Every darned time.

And Yuvraj is now also to blame for exhibiting the mortal side of a man who we had long believed to be Superman. Yuvraj is to blame for persevering through cancer to perform for fans who manifest their love by hurling stones at his house. Yuvraj is to blame for opening our eyes to the bleak reality that he is a mere human.

Those who have truly embraced cricket will now that this loutish display of irreverence was blasphemy of the highest degree. For every stone that was pelted, let a thousand apologies be uttered. Let us show the king where he truly lives in our hearts. Sorry Yuvi.

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  • kvaish89 on April 24, 2014, 12:15 GMT

    @Vadivel Murugan Tharmar: Yuvi wasn't even in the sqaud for the 1996 U-15 world cup. Get your stats right.

  • Aashiyer on April 14, 2014, 0:58 GMT

    I totally disagree with the article. Dhoni was just being the worst captain he could be on the wrong day. Yuvi is the only reason India even have a place in the top ten in t-20 rankings. Please fix this article and blame Dhoni for not bringing in Raina.

  • ravi-1967 on April 11, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    Yes Yuvraj did not play well. Wasnt it the captain and the management's decision to ask Yuvi to bat when it was required that either Rain / Dhoni who should have come in. Dhoni has become over confident assuming whatever he does would click.

    I too was upset seeing the way Yuvi played however I recall the services that he has rendered to Indian Cricket in the past it was just a normal occurence in a cricketeer's life.

  • dummy4fb on April 10, 2014, 19:38 GMT

    Sorry I don t understand why past is being brought out in media.World Cup win is a team effort not an individual glory(although doubted ). Tendulkarisation of Yuvraj is in progress.Why did he played in such manner no one knows but then he is senior player.Also to ad up to this Why does Dhoni shy away from big match he could have got himself earlier because Run-rate was already in bad shape when will Dhoni learn to lead from front? I dont know if viewers attach an emotional value to match but then emotions should be backed by sense.Yuvraj deserves an axe no doubt as game is all about pressure.Also Dhoni given his record in Tests abroad.

  • 9ST9 on April 10, 2014, 6:13 GMT

    Get over it - accept the fact that a better side beat you. Not even the great finisher Dhoni could do much in the short time he was at the crease could he? Have some respect for an ageing star who has made many a contribution.

  • raku53 on April 10, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    yuvraj can;t be blamed for what happened in the final...He brought iNDIA many glories in the past..He played a vital role in India's world cuo victory not only with the bat but also with the ball...Yuvraj's demolition of stuard broad has not gone oblivious..people remember it even now when yuvi comes to bat.He is not a kind of player who bats at a run a ball rate..but I couldnt believe what happened that night.he was not getting anything timing no perfection..not able to rotate strike..he is a great player and he is not too far from coming back to that yuvi of 2007...he shlud be given some time.instead of pelting stones at his house like some ignorant fans did.tis will not boost a players confidence..what yuvi needs at the moment is support from fans like we supported when he was fighting against cancer.........

  • dummy4fb on April 10, 2014, 3:08 GMT

    Why Yuvraj? It should have been dhoni and team management. He was visibly struggling in all matches even the innings against Aus was not convincing. If team management really wished to have Yuvi for long term, they should have sent him later may be after raina,dhoni and Jadeja because after this only IPL and flat tracks are to follow. He could have gained some form and then decide on future from there on. Dhoni has been costing us too many tournaments off late. Infact after 2011 wc triumph we have won only handful of tournaments.

  • dummy4fb on April 10, 2014, 2:20 GMT

    people who feel that yuvi didnt bat well in the finals please understand one small thing. He gave his best in 2 world cups and lot more unforgettable performances. People who speak and comment from home saying he should have sacrificed his play for some one (dont say see chandimal, see jack or hill). Yuvi is clearly out of form and he fought his way against australia. He was needy to perform for his country and want to bring the world cup home. He was bold enough to go out there and bat against malinga, herath, etc.. Praise his courage and confidence. Only players who play international cricket feel that pressure in front of such a huge audience. People who trowed stones at his house if they are so patriotic i think they should perform for India. If we give a scenario for them asking to score 10 runs of 10 balls in int stage no one will have the guts to lift the bat.

    My apologies to Yuvi on behalf of this nation

  • Alenn on April 9, 2014, 21:15 GMT

    I think most of the persons saying is right. We were playing WCT20 final. Not a practice match. He should have tried to slog and got out. He can be criticized. but whatever has happened in the match, it doesn't justify the incident at all (the stones that were pelted in his home). This behavior is also not right at all. Each and everyone involved in that incident is guilty.