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
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Yuvraj is to blame for giving an entire generation of Indians the winning feeling reserved for champions of the cricketing world
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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  • on April 10, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    Under15 World Cup 1996: India Won, Yuvraj - Man of The Series..

    Under19 World Cup 2000: India Won, Yuvraj - Man of The Series..

    2007 T20 World Cup: India Won, Yuvraj 70 in 30 in SF..

    2011 World Cup: India Won, Yuvraj - Man of The Series..

    People abusing Yuvraj Singh :

    *Don't forget, he was the man due to whom India won the World Cup.

    *He was the one of the person who fulfilled Sachin's 22 years old dream.

    *He was the one who gave us glorious Six 6's moment

    *He is the one who has given lot and lot of other victories.

    Its cricket, Its game. Some day you score, some day you floor.

    Keep calm and Enjoy the game.

  • 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.

  • 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 right..no 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.........

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on April 10, 2014, 5:34 GMT

    Under15 World Cup 1996: India Won, Yuvraj - Man of The Series..

    Under19 World Cup 2000: India Won, Yuvraj - Man of The Series..

    2007 T20 World Cup: India Won, Yuvraj 70 in 30 in SF..

    2011 World Cup: India Won, Yuvraj - Man of The Series..

    People abusing Yuvraj Singh :

    *Don't forget, he was the man due to whom India won the World Cup.

    *He was the one of the person who fulfilled Sachin's 22 years old dream.

    *He was the one who gave us glorious Six 6's moment

    *He is the one who has given lot and lot of other victories.

    Its cricket, Its game. Some day you score, some day you floor.

    Keep calm and Enjoy the game.

  • 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.

  • 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 right..no 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.........

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • HarrowXI on April 9, 2014, 18:47 GMT

    Yuvi a great indian servant for long time. Absolutely legend and my favourite cricketer but unfortunately like everything in life. His time has come. He is been an inspirational story. Its time for people like U Chand, Baba Abarjeet, Sanju Samson to come to T 20 side and express themselves. I hope Number 4 slot should given to upcoming under 19 star.

  • on April 9, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Yuvi was given n no. of chances in T20 & ODI. His inning against Aus has helped him to bat in finals. I would like to blame Dhoni first for sending him ahead of Raina & himself. Raina was in better form and good thing with Raina is he always try to hit the ball from the very first delivery, so even if he gets out he doesnt eat too many balls.

  • on April 9, 2014, 15:52 GMT

    Yes Yuvi has brought great laurels to India. Everyone is allowed an off day. It is not this fault that he was in the playing 11, despite being in poor form. Dhoni and the management have to shoulder that responsibility. However, after facing a few balls, once it was clear to Yuvi that he was not up to the task in the final, he should have sacrificed his wicket to clear the opportunity for the potential firepower still waiting in the dugout. What Yuvi displayed was a selfish self-indulgence not team spirit. But that does not deserve his house being pelted.

  • on April 9, 2014, 14:45 GMT

    Media is to be blamed to create the hype around Yuvi and making his life more miserable after the T20 final. If England can get rid of Kevin P then Indian team can survive without Yuvi.

    But like Sachin, Yuvi has to be given a fair chance to exit whenever he wants to.

  • on April 9, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    Same thing happened with SL in 2011 WC final. Murali played and u know what happened. Nobody is bigger than cricket. Player who deserves should play rest opt out doesn't matter what they did in past

  • on April 9, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    No Doubt Yuvi is a great player but all things are in the past. See Jonathan Trot, in ashes when he realized he was not fit to play he opted out. See Dinesh Chandimal he has given his place to somebody. It was the final match not any practice match where people can go and try. India lost because of Yuvi only. Its the fault of selectors who has given Yuvraj chance to play. I agreed that he fighted Cancer but he is not fit playing cricket.

  • on April 9, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    Guys. Stop blamming Yuvi. I accept he is also one of the reason. But not his entire fault. Every one know that India has strong batting line up then why our scores are 61 for 11 overs. What openers did in the match.Even Kohli struggled for first 20 balls with 2 drops. There is no four in last 4 overs its not because of Yuvi its because of Srilankan bowlers. No one has scored 4 even Kohli & Dhoni. Respect the bowlers who did good job. Don't blame our batsman.

  • on April 9, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    Look at Dinesh Chandimal, when he thinks that the persons sitting in the bench are more capable of him, he let himself sit on bench. he could easily play in the 11. but some of the persons in the playing 11 know that they are not the deserving in playing 11 just for the sake of money, fame. you are playing for your country, out of 125 crores peoples atleaset 50 crores watches 20/20 version. it is a religion here, knowing that a person is not deserving he plays for the country and ....... the whole team. know it is time for IPL, you know who is your franchise who have bought you for xx crores. be very careful if do the same thing for your franchise .........................god saves you

  • on April 9, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    That was not a league match it was final and there was nothing after that.your team was in good position where you can achieve a target of 160-165.but when you stuck at batting end you should thinking of being hero at last 4 over.Trying to hit every ball whether you out or not. Not think about your wicket there was Dhoni, Raina and Jadeja still there.What Poor thinking of YUVI..........remember six sixes in a row and now you are not able to take single in last overs when you have strong backup......spend more and more times in nets.think positive,believe in yourself.

  • sachin_equal_to_bradman on April 9, 2014, 6:11 GMT

    This article sums up pretty much everything!!! This article proves that we are very much dependent on past reputation!!! He Might be a hero or a superhuman but that does not mean he can play at any cost!!! Just be logical here instead of emotional...Can't UV know that he is not in his zone by the time he faced 5-6 balls?? Even in our street cricket, SOmetimes if a guy is struggling, we will ask him to either retire-hurt or get hit-wicket or slog and get out!!! Its a universal formula...Why did not yuvi get out after facing 5-6 balls in a WC FINAL!!! Don't you guys think its selfish jus to prove he can hit???? In Tests/ODI you get time to see off tough periods but this is T-20 finals!!! Am not telling that he should have never failed since he is also human but he should have let others have a go before wasting too many balls!!!

  • Riyankishor on April 9, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    Guys, Everybody is talking on Yuvi's past records and worldcup 2007/2011, as a international player and one of the best player of yuvi's caliber. This should not be an excuse for his world cup final performance. No matter entire world can support Yuvi, We also love him, but how can he messed up world cup final, even a bad day, he should have got OUT and allow Raina, Dhooni, Jadeja to play the remaining balls. It was selfish cricket played by him. Again Past records can not be justified for his failure. He has to face criticism. When he won us matches, we praised him, now he failed, so people has right to react. Come on guys, keep your so called love a side. Fact is we were that close to victory and lost becoz of selfish cricket.

    Team India is representing country INDIA...don't forget

  • stalefresh on April 9, 2014, 1:57 GMT

    Hero to Cancer Survivor to Villain..in 3 years and 1 match. The dumbness of an Indian fan is beyond belief.

  • McGorium on April 9, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    Oh, enough of this hero worship. I'm not arguing that his house should be stoned; of course not. That's vandalism, and a criminal offence. But let's put blame where it's due: Yuvraj Singh has been a shadow of his former self for this tournament. Good on him for beating cancer and making a comeback. You can just let him into the side based on just that, though. Yuvi just wasn't good enough, and hasn't been since his illness/treatment. It's up to him to try, but at 32-33, I don't see much future for him in the national side. His fielding has gone down, his batting is worse than it ever was (he's had a historical problem playing good spin bowling on helpful tracks, and genuine quick bowling on any kind of track). It's not about his performance in the past, it's about his present and future... to me, I don't expect him to ever play for India again, barring a major resurgence of form in domestic cricket. He'll do fine in the IPL, though.

  • on April 8, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    Dont judge a champion with one performance. But having said that is Yuvi falling in Ravi Sahstri's last cricketing days....?

  • dabbadubba on April 8, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    Yuvraj has costed us 2 world cups now.. in the last T-20, the reason india failed to qualify was because of Yuvrajs dead slowness in scoring runs when India won against pakistan. If we had beaten pak with more balls to spare as it was very much possible but for yuvraj, then india would have quailfied for semifinals and beyond...

    and this time.. its much more shameful..

    He should retire immediately..thats the only hope of the fans.. as we know the Indian selectors never drop players owing to IPL franchise demands

  • on April 8, 2014, 19:37 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan, I think Yuvraj is one of the greatest player of our time. So the people who has thrown the stones should be shamed of themselves cz they insulted a national hero of your country. This article is well written and it reflects how bad they should feel about what they have done to a true hero. This whole victory came toward us just because of our superb bowling. Even after 3 losses in the finals did anyone hear anything similar to this? I think most of the Indian should learn how to accept the win and losses. So be ashamed of your selves. Don't blame any of your players. At least they took home a world cup few years back. South African team has never won a world cup. So be happy for what you have. You are still ODI champions. If you treat your players like this, you are gonna lose next time.... that is for sure

  • on April 8, 2014, 18:18 GMT

    continued - Ishant's over in the CT13 against England in the final) We've gotten used to Dhoni getting us the successes, that now that he sent Yuvraj ahead of himself, jadeja and raina fell flat, everyone is calling for their heads.

    Yuvraj should've not have been thrust into the limelight, and I daresay he should've known he's not in touch and dropped himself much like Dinesh Chandimal did.

  • on April 8, 2014, 18:16 GMT

    Very well written. The people who threw stones at his house must be shamed publicly and then prosecuted for threatening, intimidating and abusing a household.

    However, the anger is not completely unjustified. No one is denying Yuvraj's contributions to Indian Cricket (atleast no reasonable fan is), what is infuriating is it was clear from the start of the tournament that Yuvraj had been shoved into the side in hopes of him recreating the magic that he seemed to have lost. He didn't come good in any of the matches except the dead rubber against the Aussies.

    After that, In the semis, Yuvraj came into bat when 93 were needed from 60, and scratched his way to a run a ball 18... Unless Raina hadn't smacked Parnell in that one over, we could've been ousted there in the semis itself.

    The writing was clear, yet Dhoni gambled, and his gambles have paid off in the past (Joginder Sharma's final overs against Aus in the 2007 WT20 and in the final against Pak..Continued.

  • SrikanthMike on April 8, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    Hats off Mr.Bhaskar

  • INTUTIONSXI on April 8, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    Yuvraj singh - I closely looked at the yuvraj' innings world cup final 2014 couple of times and also compared with his previous match winnings innings. I conclude the below 1. This was not the typical Yuvraj who is known for his best innings. 2. Dhoni should have sent Raina up knowing the fact that yuvraj was not in the best form. 3. Srilanka bowled brilliantly overall. 4. Shami should have given a chance instead of Mohit sharma.

  • Nervewrecker on April 8, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Yuvi, Your life itself is an inspiration to many. And that is much more important than cricket. Don't worry about some pseudo fans who tend to overreact to everything. You have inspired us by helping India win the first ever World T20, you have inspired us by helping India win the World cup after 28 long years and most importantly, you will forever inspire us by your struggle and journey back to life.

  • AayushVarma18 on April 8, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    Sure, Yuvi has failed miserably, but let us not forget what he has done for India in WC2011, and WT20 2007. He is just having an off time and should try and regain his form in the coming domestic season.

    You are the eternal champion, on and off field. We still love you, Yuvi!!

  • on April 8, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    Very well analyzed, Yuvi is the top key answer for having the world cup with us for almost 4 years, Yuvi we fans of you believe that you will get into indomitable and formidable form as IPL is coming ahead, Show your real face to the people who pelted stones at your house, who put their words to the public against you. Let them eat their words on your admirable performance in every game you take part in. Thanks to sachin for supporting Yuvi, making all of us recognizing who yuvi is and of his inside. Pleaze support Yuvi. Thanks Yuvi for your endeavor carrier.

  • on April 8, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    Yuvi, we still love you. Sorry that you had a one off bad day, its part of the game. Winning is great, losing is part of the game. We are sure you will come back strong. We count on the victories you had given us so many times.

    We care for you Yuvi, we want you to come back strong. Critics - just ignore them. We know to you are a fighter and to come back into the team after what you have been thru, that is a great achievement.

    Hope to see you in action soon.

    Luv - Your FAN.

  • Tanoliee on April 8, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    So sad to see all this about a living legend of cricket. Why did Indian fans forget the role of yuvi in 2011 WC where he was declared man of the match. He has been exceptional in the tournament and even in IPLs after fighting with a deadly disease. We in pakistan feel sorry for this shaeful treatment. Yuvi played only 21 ball out of 120 and 99 were faced by others. What about this. It is a game , pl be patient . Our Captain professor was equally responsible for exit from the t20 cup but the reaction was not so bad. Pelting stones at the residence of a legend is unfortunate.

  • on April 8, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    I know we lost this tournament but C'mon Indian team has never played with so much dominance as far I can remember. They lost this one fine but in a previous World Cups we used to not even qualify for the semi finals. We were the team that was always relying on other teams to win or lose there match, so we could qualify. I was really happy for the SL team to finally crossing the finals losing streak and the credit goes to their bowlers, they were able to restrict possibly the best stroke maker of our times, which is something not lot of teams have been able to do. Just looks at the times Yuvraj/Dhoni have been there at the finish line. It was just one of those days where it was sad to see something like this unfolding but he was not the only one to blame and targeted, it is after all this, a team sport. Yuvi is still a hero of mine and I'm glad he has been such an important part of Indian team being able to place three stars (3 WC winners) over the BCCI logo on their jerseys. Respect

  • on April 8, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    I just cannot believe there are so many people who are perfect in their jobs with zero errors throughout their careers, reason being error is a part of our job. When we err we expect to be let off without any punishment, then why not Yuvi. He just had a bad day in office. Please stop abusing him... just remember how would you feel if whole world abuses you and stones your house if you err at your workplace ?

  • on April 8, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    Good article.Yet with the nature of our people being short on memory with respect to our heroes we live today and the heroes of yesterday have no place.I agree though with sanjay Manjrekar who has said that Yuvraj is trying to rediscover his confidence after he has fought through personal tough times.It is unfortunate to see Yuvi in this form . No runs and several misfields and catches being dropped.Mind you he has not come out on top in any of the IPL games too so far just like Viru.There is thus this inexplicable thing happening with him that is giving one the feeling that his best in cricket is over.When Tendulkar kept delaying his retirement the same was said of him that his best was well past him and that despite all the records that he holds. This being the case the selectors should now move on to give chance to other youngsters.

  • on April 8, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    The fans' anger isn't completely unjustified as the author seems to be hinting. Yes, no sane person will throw stones at Yuvi's house. Look at the facts:

    Yuvraj has scores of 33, 1, 1, 10, DNB, 60, 18, 11 in eight games in the T20 World championship. Its not "one bad day at the office" as Tendulkar, Ganguly, Bhajji and MSD claim. The guy has failed - and miserably so. And I'm not even talking about his fielding yet.

    (Source: http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/player/36084.html)

  • moizkhan036 on April 8, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    That is all about past at present he doesnt seem to be good enough at the top level

  • on April 8, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Very Well Written....he is a true champion!!! #RESPECT #YUVSTRONG12

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on April 8, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    yes, i am accepting the fact that yuvraj played a big role in the past for winning t20 and 50-50 world cup but it doesnot mean he deserves opportunity in his worst lean patch. No one in the world deserves place for his past performance in playing 11.

  • on April 8, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    Very well written. It was just an off day for him. He has played some miraculous innings for India in the past. He is a champion in limited overs. Spare him :) He'll bounce back for sure. Nobody is perfect. Anything can happen on the day. Wish him best of luck in the future :) #respect A Pakistani fan of Yuvraj :)

  • on April 8, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    Very well written. It was just an off day for him. He has played some miraculous innings for India in the past. He is a champion in limited overs. Spare him :) He'll bounce back for sure. Nobody is perfect. Anything can happen on the day. Wish him best of luck in the future :) #respect A Pakistani fan of Yuvraj :)

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on April 8, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    yes, i am accepting the fact that yuvraj played a big role in the past for winning t20 and 50-50 world cup but it doesnot mean he deserves opportunity in his worst lean patch. No one in the world deserves place for his past performance in playing 11.

  • on April 8, 2014, 9:36 GMT

    Very Well Written....he is a true champion!!! #RESPECT #YUVSTRONG12

  • moizkhan036 on April 8, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    That is all about past at present he doesnt seem to be good enough at the top level

  • on April 8, 2014, 10:16 GMT

    The fans' anger isn't completely unjustified as the author seems to be hinting. Yes, no sane person will throw stones at Yuvi's house. Look at the facts:

    Yuvraj has scores of 33, 1, 1, 10, DNB, 60, 18, 11 in eight games in the T20 World championship. Its not "one bad day at the office" as Tendulkar, Ganguly, Bhajji and MSD claim. The guy has failed - and miserably so. And I'm not even talking about his fielding yet.

    (Source: http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/player/36084.html)

  • on April 8, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    Good article.Yet with the nature of our people being short on memory with respect to our heroes we live today and the heroes of yesterday have no place.I agree though with sanjay Manjrekar who has said that Yuvraj is trying to rediscover his confidence after he has fought through personal tough times.It is unfortunate to see Yuvi in this form . No runs and several misfields and catches being dropped.Mind you he has not come out on top in any of the IPL games too so far just like Viru.There is thus this inexplicable thing happening with him that is giving one the feeling that his best in cricket is over.When Tendulkar kept delaying his retirement the same was said of him that his best was well past him and that despite all the records that he holds. This being the case the selectors should now move on to give chance to other youngsters.

  • on April 8, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    I just cannot believe there are so many people who are perfect in their jobs with zero errors throughout their careers, reason being error is a part of our job. When we err we expect to be let off without any punishment, then why not Yuvi. He just had a bad day in office. Please stop abusing him... just remember how would you feel if whole world abuses you and stones your house if you err at your workplace ?

  • on April 8, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    I know we lost this tournament but C'mon Indian team has never played with so much dominance as far I can remember. They lost this one fine but in a previous World Cups we used to not even qualify for the semi finals. We were the team that was always relying on other teams to win or lose there match, so we could qualify. I was really happy for the SL team to finally crossing the finals losing streak and the credit goes to their bowlers, they were able to restrict possibly the best stroke maker of our times, which is something not lot of teams have been able to do. Just looks at the times Yuvraj/Dhoni have been there at the finish line. It was just one of those days where it was sad to see something like this unfolding but he was not the only one to blame and targeted, it is after all this, a team sport. Yuvi is still a hero of mine and I'm glad he has been such an important part of Indian team being able to place three stars (3 WC winners) over the BCCI logo on their jerseys. Respect

  • Tanoliee on April 8, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    So sad to see all this about a living legend of cricket. Why did Indian fans forget the role of yuvi in 2011 WC where he was declared man of the match. He has been exceptional in the tournament and even in IPLs after fighting with a deadly disease. We in pakistan feel sorry for this shaeful treatment. Yuvi played only 21 ball out of 120 and 99 were faced by others. What about this. It is a game , pl be patient . Our Captain professor was equally responsible for exit from the t20 cup but the reaction was not so bad. Pelting stones at the residence of a legend is unfortunate.

  • on April 8, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    Yuvi, we still love you. Sorry that you had a one off bad day, its part of the game. Winning is great, losing is part of the game. We are sure you will come back strong. We count on the victories you had given us so many times.

    We care for you Yuvi, we want you to come back strong. Critics - just ignore them. We know to you are a fighter and to come back into the team after what you have been thru, that is a great achievement.

    Hope to see you in action soon.

    Luv - Your FAN.