Spare a thought for Yuvraj Singh
Jon Hotten, writing in his blog the Old Batsman, comes out in staunch support of Yuvraj Singh after the allrounder's 21-ball 11 thwarted the momentum of India's innings in the World T20 final. Hotten believes that Yuvraj's struggle to even execute the basics was something that we've all been through, one way or the other.
I'll never hit Stuart Broad for six sixes. I'll never strike a ball with the imperiousness of Yuvi, never know how it feels to have such mastery of a difficult game, but his struggle to do something he has done hundreds of times before but just can't summon at a moment of need? Ah yeah, I've been there, and so I suspect have you.
In Wisden India, Anand Vasu writes that the fans who flung stones at Yuvraj's house were never true Indian cricket fans in the first place and Yuvraj, despite his under-par performance, owed them nothing.
What Yuvraj needed, as he walked off the field by himself after Thisara Perera had cracked the winning run, a scything left-handed power blast that Yuvraj would have struck in his sleep on most days, was not our sympathy, but some empathy. There is not one of us who has not endured a bad day at work, or at home, who cannot understand what he might have felt like. But there are few who have had to live these moments out in the full glare of the public eye.