Sri Lanka v India, 3rd Test, P Sara Oval, 1st day August 3, 2010

Fans taunt Yuvraj with 'water boy' chants

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Taunting from visibly drunk fans at the T Murugaser Stand, which is situated just outside the Oval Taverners bar and right next to the players' passage, got out of hand at the P Sara Oval, and the victim was Yuvraj Singh, India's 12th man. Yuvraj was seen pointing out the disruptive members to authorities, and police had to intervene.

At the end of the day's play, when Yuvraj was coming back from his cooling-down exercise, the fans chanted: "We want water boy. Boy boy, water boy." They also praised Suresh Raina for having taken Yuvraj's place in the side. It all started when Yuvraj was carrying drinks for the team, and the fans, in what is the members' stand at the ground, started heckling him with "water boy, water boy why ain't you playing" chants. According to an eyewitness, a provocative gesture was shown to the player.

"The crowd was trying to misbehave with the player," Ranjib Biswal, India's manager, said. "The police was asked to intervene and the situation was brought under control. Yuvi was not at fault, he didn't try to provoke the crowd at all. I was sitting next to Yuvi when it happened and I can tell you they were trying to provoke the player.

"Naturally, it's a basic human tendency to react to situations when you are being repeatedly provoked but Yuvi was quite restrained," Biswal said. "The police have taken the spectators out and we will definitely lodge a complaint."

Tony Perera, CEO of the Tamil Union Cricket and Athletics Club, which owns the P Sara Oval, said: "Tomorrow we are making a few adjustments but the fans will definitely come and see the teams play. We will take corrective and preventive measures tomorrow.

"Taverners was built to add lustre to the club and not for fans to intoxicate and behave in a way that is detrimental to cricket. It's very much a part of the place. Just a few people doesn't mean the whole club should be held responsible. I am still looking into the details of who those people were. But necessary action will be taken tomorrow."

Sidharth Monga is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 3:35 GMT

    this is wrong the fans should not provoke players no matter who he is

  • POSTED BY indiafinda on | August 5, 2010, 0:45 GMT

    Lol that was funny Yuvi, you better work harder if you want to be in the Indian team

  • POSTED BY SlogSw33p on | August 4, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    Anyone see the video of Yuvraj sledging KP? Did KP go and cry to the police? NO! Suck it up Yuvraj!

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    Yuvraj should respond with his bat. If not he doesn't deserve to be called WATER BOY. There are many well deserving WATER BOYS waiting for that 12 th spot

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    I think Yuvi should read all the comments to understand what people think about him and the incident.

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    ''You are my sunshine,my only waterboy you make us happy with your wet towels and juice bottles,you really dont know how much SL fans love you,to sing a song as drunk as they can be...waterboy YUVI............. Yuvi mate,you should have had some sense of humour,If I was in your place I would completly ignore them and even have a big laugh at them rather than taking thinks too personal,so honey bun,give it a rest will ya?Now look you made headlines to make you look a clown in the cricketing world,I almost died laughing at this article,anyway keep up the good work at your appointment as ''water-boy'',good luck.

  • POSTED BY pr3m on | August 4, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    If I'm not wrong, the Aussie bowlers say a lot worse, on the field of play. So why should somebody like Yuvraj Singh get worried about what some drunk fans say, off the field? How is the police involved, and why is everybody acting like a child over this? Its an absolute non-issue. Nobody should be fined, banned, or penalized in any way whatsoever.

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    I think ths is a stratergy by indian team management to bring yuvraj back with a vengence and blast on to the centre stage with his willow, which will benifit the Indian team as whole. Whatever !!!

  • POSTED BY aditya104 on | August 4, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    Yuvraj has gone to another low. I think he will not peak again. sadly for india. but anyways a funny episode.

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    I wonder if he was more annoyed by the water boy chant or the fact that he used to be better than that. Come on dude, shed a few pounds and smash a few sixes. Doesn't condone people showing him "provocative gestures" though.

  • POSTED BY on | August 5, 2010, 3:35 GMT

    this is wrong the fans should not provoke players no matter who he is

  • POSTED BY indiafinda on | August 5, 2010, 0:45 GMT

    Lol that was funny Yuvi, you better work harder if you want to be in the Indian team

  • POSTED BY SlogSw33p on | August 4, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    Anyone see the video of Yuvraj sledging KP? Did KP go and cry to the police? NO! Suck it up Yuvraj!

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    Yuvraj should respond with his bat. If not he doesn't deserve to be called WATER BOY. There are many well deserving WATER BOYS waiting for that 12 th spot

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 15:45 GMT

    I think Yuvi should read all the comments to understand what people think about him and the incident.

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    ''You are my sunshine,my only waterboy you make us happy with your wet towels and juice bottles,you really dont know how much SL fans love you,to sing a song as drunk as they can be...waterboy YUVI............. Yuvi mate,you should have had some sense of humour,If I was in your place I would completly ignore them and even have a big laugh at them rather than taking thinks too personal,so honey bun,give it a rest will ya?Now look you made headlines to make you look a clown in the cricketing world,I almost died laughing at this article,anyway keep up the good work at your appointment as ''water-boy'',good luck.

  • POSTED BY pr3m on | August 4, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    If I'm not wrong, the Aussie bowlers say a lot worse, on the field of play. So why should somebody like Yuvraj Singh get worried about what some drunk fans say, off the field? How is the police involved, and why is everybody acting like a child over this? Its an absolute non-issue. Nobody should be fined, banned, or penalized in any way whatsoever.

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    I think ths is a stratergy by indian team management to bring yuvraj back with a vengence and blast on to the centre stage with his willow, which will benifit the Indian team as whole. Whatever !!!

  • POSTED BY aditya104 on | August 4, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    Yuvraj has gone to another low. I think he will not peak again. sadly for india. but anyways a funny episode.

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    I wonder if he was more annoyed by the water boy chant or the fact that he used to be better than that. Come on dude, shed a few pounds and smash a few sixes. Doesn't condone people showing him "provocative gestures" though.

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    prima donna

  • POSTED BY Jaggadaaku on | August 4, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    Don't forget guys who are you taunting to. This is the guy, Broad never forget in his whole life. Well, anyone can be a water boy someday. He was at-least a 12th man in the team during that match. Look at yourself, you are not even the 100th man in the team and never gonna be in your whole life.

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    well this is normal in any Indian Cricket ground, specially when India is losing!!! I am backing the spectator on this incident!

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | August 4, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    Yuvraj should respond with his bat. If not he doesn't deserve to be called WATER BOY. There are many well deserving WATER BOYS waiting for that 12 th spot

  • POSTED BY kapilesh23 on | August 4, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    Yuvi Got the title he desrves at last.

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    I am an indian fan, and i remember an occasion when i was a kid - Aus vs Ind in India. A whole set of us were taunting Glen Mcgrath when he was standing at deep square leg. The insults were much more severe than just calling him water boy. Next over he goes in to bowl and takes a coupla wickets and when he came back to sqaure leg, all of us became his fans. There was a collective cheer from the 'previously ill behaved crowd'. He took a bow and everyone had a laugh. Grow up Yuvi - its time u start showing some spine & character.

  • POSTED BY Habsi on | August 4, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    Very bad Yuvi! Very bad!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    does any body remember the whole staduim shouting ... AAAALLOOOOOO......AAAAAALLLLLLLOOOOOOOOO..... booing a player is part of every sport... even a gr8 player like tendulker was boooed when he got out 1st ball to Shoiab.

  • POSTED BY Niju_001 on | August 4, 2010, 9:40 GMT

    Come on Yuvi!!! you are experienced enough in International cricket. You are bound to hear such rubbish. Answer them through your game.. not by pointing fingers and complaining it to authorities. By complaining now this issue is widely popular and everyone are laughing at you. Why commit yourself to this shame? Be brave and fight it out with your cricketing brilliance.

  • POSTED BY crpcarrot on | August 4, 2010, 9:26 GMT

    haha i love it wish i was there .. with the fans doing it. Yuvraj need to get a snese of humour

  • POSTED BY sona123 on | August 4, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    Dear All. Yuvraj is big player so we must respect match wining player of country.Its request to selector to take hard decision for old fellow like Dravid ,Laxman .Because of age even they dnot chase bowl ,how they can play.I wonder. Future of good talented cricketer like Yuvraj,Raina, Pujara, Kolhi and Rohit is dark because of these selfish cricketer.It right time for both to announced Retirement from International career.

  • POSTED BY GLB_INAMDAR_TEAM on | August 4, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    Its a matter of time...Raina is good player...as compared Yuvraj.. So Dont jedge on just one century...lets watch...how in future Yuvraj fits in team..

    Srilanka Croud: Yuvraj will come back in the ODI..and one of u will be water boy..!

  • POSTED BY CSKA on | August 4, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    I don't consider Yuvraj has best player because he cannot play spinners. SL pitchers assist spinners and picking him in this tour was a utter stupid decision by Indian selector. He deserves to be a water boy and give the chance to performing player such as suesh Raina. Yuvraj attitude is awful and as player as to respect the fans comments and take it easy.

  • POSTED BY Rubz on | August 4, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    When English fans were booing a living legend like Ricky pointing without any reason last year, did ponting pointing fingers to the fans? Like always he gave answer with his Bat when he got the chance. Yuvraj just showed why he doesnt belongs to test cricket. I have full confidence in him as a batsman and if his time arrive, I am sure he can answer with bat. Till then he should stay quit.What is wrong if someone else call him waterboy? was he expected to be called as 12th Man then?what diffrence it would made?He was the water boy in tht game. wasn't it?I have seen greatest player of all time like Mcgrath and Warne even Ricky ponting was 12th Man.and they were full of spirit instead of complaining.

  • POSTED BY MTrain on | August 4, 2010, 8:12 GMT

    Hahaha - Man up Yuvraj! Someone give the man a teaspoon of cement!

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    I should agree to the defaulter that YUVI is firt for that only- WATER BOY. In fact maybe not even for the same, as he would take time to reach the batsmen.

    :)

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    As a North American I see something like this and the uproar over actions like this and I have to laugh. "Detrimental to cricket" my behind. In fact if this match was happening in North America with a passionate crowd watching the match well a lot worse could be hurled out from the crowd as insults. Fact is these type of things will just happen so crying foul in this day and age comes off as a pity party and nothing else. If Yuvraj wants to get back at these fans, then if he plays in the next match then get a century, take a few wickets. not cry to police officials about a fan prerogative to heckle a player.

  • POSTED BY VipulPatki on | August 4, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    What's the big deal Yuvi?? Indian fans aren't known to be generous and chivalrous either. Why even Mumbai fans jeered him in a match between KXIP and MI. Couldn't he just ignore? Worse, couldn't the collective Indian unit decide on a better way than to go public with this (non)issue? Sorry, even as an Indian I am unable to see any good reason for Indian team to go ahead with the complaint.

  • POSTED BY Peace_Lover on | August 4, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    a BIG LOL ! Whats so bad in it ? 12th man is always a WATER BOY ! There is no shame in it .. C'mon someone has to bring water for the team ... And i bet he will be called Water-Boy from now on in all over the world .. Oh Yuvi .. What have you done ! .. Hats off to Srilankan crowd for such a name .. At least you didnt throw any bottle or anything .. Man thatswhy i like Sachin .. He is really a GREAT gentleman always with a smile.. Well Done to Raina .. I really love his batting .. for me he is a complete player and much better than arrogant Yuvraj ..

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    yuvi water boy..nice name lolz...i think yuvi is a good water boy.in future he will work as a water boy,tea boy,etc. for his team..keep it up my son hehehe

  • POSTED BY redneck on | August 4, 2010, 6:59 GMT

    calling someone water boy is hardly misbehaving! misbehaving with a player to me is what happened at the waca earlyer this year with the bloke tackling one of the pakistani players, but certainly not this harmless chant!!! yuvraj should learn how to take heckling because there have been far worse dished out to others over the years! just thinking back to when richard hadlee or murali or ranatunga toured australia, or the monkey chants in mumbai. but there is nothing that crosses the line in whats going on here! yuvraj should use the chants as motivation to lift his own game and maybe get back in the team! just by making a fuss here he has probably sealed his fate to be heckled in any match he plays outside india from now on! india now have the little master, the wall and the waterboy!

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    different events in last 10 years in cricket have let indian think that they own all international cricket... it is part of that mentality

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    Boooohooo....There were no racial chants and I am surprised that there are trying to taking action to lodge a complaint this actually show how immature yuvraj is and i am not surprised he lost his place in the team for playing such cricket

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 6:56 GMT

    well this is bad 4 cricket..and i think that three boys should be shame about them selfs ..but now the prob is solved ..this is not the first time happened in cricket..so don't take this small prob in to a big conflict...4 GOD sake it's ALL OVER ..

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    indians always try to prove that asia outside india is not a good place for cricket

  • POSTED BY visualdp on | August 4, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    Wow!! Yuvaraj's action was justified by the Indian Manager, But who is gonna justify that spectator. Believe me these guys are very innocent than Indian spectators (They never did any violence @ player like Indians did in past)... I think calling water boy should not accept as well as Yuvaraj's behavior shouldn't be accepted & even the JUSTIFICATION of him. Where is the cricketer's discipline??????

  • POSTED BY boofa2502 on | August 4, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    I can't believe that because of crowd jestures and words the police have to intervene, your an international sportsman Yuvraj and its part and parcel of what you have to deal with in what is your job.

    If you can't take a few choice words in what is some light hearted banter then its time to have a long hard look at yourself. Could you have imagined if it was the barmy army chanting waterboy???

    What is Yuvraj going to do when the press print something about his game and his lacklusture performances? Call the police?

    Time to forget about external factors and concentrate on your game and work out how your going to get back into the Indian team and not worry about a few light hearted comments....

  • POSTED BY ravi.yadav on | August 4, 2010, 6:41 GMT

    Ha ha ha ha !!!!! He should improve his fitness in spite of showing attitude ....

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 6:32 GMT

    bcos of one victory SRL make more noise, the first one mahela and now Srilankan crowd, Uvi is out of form now but not forever, common guys keep some Discipline

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    Why to make a big deal out of it Sid? It happens every where..... Yuvi has to question himself for this.... though the pitch in 2nd matck is easier for batting but Raina shows sensible shot selection... better than Yuvi...

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    Shame for "WATER BOY". But he is a Water boy, Because of his Fitness, i think the man(in the crowd) is right. Yuvi u r WATERBOY, big Shame for you Raina is a better choice than YUVI.

  • POSTED BY V.GOMES on | August 4, 2010, 5:52 GMT

    Wish the same applied to Sri Lankan, Pakistani, Australian, etc. players when they tour India. I went to India for the 1996 World Cup semi between India & Sri Lanka at the Eden Garden. Forget the Sri Lankan players, even the Sri Lankan fans were getting bottles thrown at. Over 10 years later, the fans in India are the same if not worse. Ask the Australians. The funny part is that BCCi does not take any corrective measures to stop such activity. So, all I can say to Uvraj & the Indian supporters is that, make sure you can handle at least half of what you dish out to other. This incident is nothing.

  • POSTED BY desi_red on | August 4, 2010, 5:52 GMT

    Get a life Yuvraj. Great players take the stick, smile and then go out and score a century. Shuts the boo boys up like nothing else. Yuvraj is proving he is a flat-track bully by crying to the authorities. Grow a backbone man!

  • POSTED BY Ngun on | August 4, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    Oh please...stop being such a baby Yuvraj. Going by the article there were no racial/vulgar insults made, no bottles thrown, just some heckling. Such a drama queen. Lol.

  • POSTED BY TheGecko on | August 4, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    Its pathetic.. really. He can't sustain his place in the team even after playing international cricket for so long, and when taunted he starts pointing fingers like a cry baby. He fully deserves being booed at, and instead of accusing the spectators he should try to improve his game. After all, any kind of sport is played only for the spectators.

  • POSTED BY was33m on | August 4, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    No regrets wat Yuvi did..........He is a gr8 lad n has served his country for many yrs. No one has the right to hurt his dignity like this.....

  • POSTED BY mike5181 on | August 4, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY Dipankar_Kolkata on | August 4, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    Calm down Yuvi... Now you should ask this question to yourself .. who wants to be the daam 12th man? :(

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    I dunno why they make a huge issue out of this.. yuvraj should be man enough to take in a lighter spirit.. after all they are performing for the crowds.. If a man's acting in a play is poor , the crowd will certainly let him know.. That doesnt mean, the actor would go complaining to the authorities.. he would just know that his acting is bad.. Likewise yuvraj should now that his performances are poor and should strive to improve it , rather than being a cry baby...

  • POSTED BY clutch28 on | August 4, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    As a North American I see something like this and the uproar over actions like this and I have to laugh. "Detrimental to cricket" my behind. In fact if this match was happening in North America with a passionate crowd watching the match well a lot worse could be hurled out from the crowd as insults. Fact is these type of things will just happen so crying foul in this day and age comes off as a pity party and nothing else. If Yuvraj wants to get back at these fans, then if he plays in the next match then get a century, take a few wickets. not cry to police officials about a fan prerogative to heckle a player.

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    u guys shud not treat player lyk dis dont forget his contribution 2 cricket every player has a bad patch in his carrer

  • POSTED BY InYourFace on | August 4, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    Yuvi is a real Wuss. He should let his bat do the talking. Aussies treat their players much worse.

  • POSTED BY thambi2 on | August 4, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    yuvi is such a cry baby!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    I like the name "WaterBoy".

  • POSTED BY McGorium on | August 4, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    Haha... Bobby Boucher! Foos ball is the devil... Yo playing the foosball behind mah back? Or, as Coach Kline said, "Gatorade not only quenches your thirst better, it tastes better too.". Ooh, Adam Sandler... :D

  • POSTED BY Hoffman on | August 4, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    Its the first I have heard that Yuvi got targeted, I am no on to judge if he or any other player should be BUT few years ago when the Indian team was in Australia and one of the 12yrs kids who went to the hotel to meet Sachin (with a reference - meaning Sachin was aware, of this kid coming to see him), at a hotel where the team was staying. Yuvi was rude to that gent and the kid waiting in the loby. Till date that (kid) refuses to go and meet any player from the Indian team. That's the lasting impression the kid has carried till today. Well can I say - he is at reciving end & now it hurts him!!

  • POSTED BY Rooboy on | August 4, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    Yuvraj should turn it into an international incident and refuse to tour SL ever again. That might sound childish but if it was good enough for SL's 'greatest ever player' to react to fan taunts in that manner, why not Yuvraj?

  • POSTED BY Sach.S on | August 4, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    How ridiculous is that? Now fans can't even have a little bit of banter at the players? Yuvi is indeed a softie, getting provoked by this and all.

  • POSTED BY 800allout on | August 4, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    "...we will definitely lodge a complaint." come on Mr. Biswal, this is a perfectly reasonable (and funny) chant.

    It was not racist, or sexual in nature, with no mention of his mother/sister etc.

    Yuvraj should accept it and treat it as motivation to work harder, and get on back into the team.

    I can see why Tony Perera wants to look cleaner than clean, probably because there are some prudes that didn't want the pub there. I think he should have stood out and said - get a sense of humour guys.

  • POSTED BY schathuranga on | August 4, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    yuvi is very good player.sri lankan fan trying to get fun from those things.sri lankan fans never throw stone or bottles to players.players are different they are tough than fans.

  • POSTED BY mqry on | August 4, 2010, 4:19 GMT

    Yuvi's test credentials are still questionable..Pujara may be a better bat than him. Yuvi needs to realize that his strength is attacking batting/restrictive bowling / sharp fielding. He may never sieze the chances that he has got and may perform once in 10 matches.. Better to invest these opportunities in Pujara / Kohli

  • POSTED BY ehsan_rocks on | August 4, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    oh dont punish fans for that. they were just telling the truth to yuvi. Actually yuvi have to understand it that he is really a "WATER BOY" and nothing else.

  • POSTED BY Mahooch on | August 4, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    Geez - fan taunts Indian player in Sri Lanka, you get immediate action. Same happens in India to Australian players - you get no action!!!.

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 3:59 GMT

    This is so embarrassing and whoever responsible should seriously dealt with. BTW y this ppl r after yuvraj singh?

  • POSTED BY ZEUS00 on | August 4, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    O Yuvi take a chill pill buddy, too much Punjabi bravado in that reaction! He's such an awesome cricketer but these things happen all the time in international sport. And once the crowds sense that they can get under an opposition player's skin, they will go absolutely ballistic! One might be able to trace some of this back to the Kings XI's forgettable performance in this year's IPL with Yuvraj apparently not happy playing under Sangakarra, overcelebrating when he hit the winning runs off Murali etc. Also, the unruly way in which Ojha reacted after dismissing Sangakarra yesterday just goes to show that the Indian team doesn't always know how/when to channelize their freshly discovered aggression. It just seems out-of-place and unnecessary. Some of the youngsters need to learn from players like Sachin, he's as fierce a competitor as any, and yet totally calm and unflappable on the field.

  • POSTED BY StevJ on | August 4, 2010, 3:09 GMT

    Showing no temperament.probably the reason why he lost his place in the side.

  • POSTED BY DanBroadman on | August 4, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    Suck it up Princess!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 2:57 GMT

    This is the difference between Yuvraj and somebody like Sachin Tendulkar. Sachin has probably faced much more pressure and even worse taunts (esp during 2006-2007) but i cannot imagine him pointing fingers like this. The best way to close mouths is through performance ... not this!

  • POSTED BY TrexTrainer on | August 4, 2010, 2:47 GMT

    Seriously, if you can't handle taunting don't play any international sport.

  • POSTED BY Woody111 on | August 4, 2010, 2:42 GMT

    If anyone deserves the taunting it's the arrogant and under-achieving Yuvraj. What a cry-baby! This is international sport you wuss; deal with it!

  • POSTED BY nathan2010 on | August 4, 2010, 2:10 GMT

    If this happened in England or Australia nobody will be talking about it, but since is the subcontinent its all of sudden a big deal. People pay money to come and watch these matches the fans have the right to shout whatever they like unless of course its racist or inappropriate which it doesn't apply in this case. If Yuvraj Singh can get rattled by some drunk fan then definitely he doesn't have the mentality to be a test player and should stick to one day Int and t20.

  • POSTED BY Symmetrical on | August 4, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    Wow, what a pathetic display from a supposed international cricket. Yuvraj needs to harden up and take it on the chin. Those people paid their entry fees, and have the right to annoy him if they like. Much worse is said by the crowd in any Ashes series, and that passion from the fans is important. If you don't like it Yuvraj, go play croquet.

  • POSTED BY goatlover on | August 4, 2010, 1:59 GMT

    Yuvraj, grow up, time to grow some thick skin! You are a well paid professional and should be able to cop with some taunt!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 1:42 GMT

    Fans can say what ever they want... india should know it well since they were the ppl who made monkey voices to provoke symonds.

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 1:31 GMT

    oh i didn't see the provocative gesture bit...thats taking it too far from the crowd, but it doesn't change the fact that Yuvraj should just get over it and start playing better

  • POSTED BY on | August 4, 2010, 1:29 GMT

    Heckling from the crowd is part and parcel with any sport...if the player just shuts up and doesn't listen to it then they'll get bored eventually...or if the player goes and has a blinder that shuts them up too...Yuvraj needs to grow up and start putting performances worthy of a national call up so he avoids these water boy chants again, because just sooking about it will only make it worse...the chants weren't racially discrimanatory (unless water boys is offically a race now...?) and they weren't attacking his personal life or anything, merely they were just making light of his performances so thats the only way he will change this situation by performing better.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | August 4, 2010, 1:22 GMT

    LOL - what a joke! There must be something more to this? Being called Water Boy, is not the worst thing that can happent to a bloke. Hats off to the SL crowd for getting on the gas! HTFU Yurav.

  • POSTED BY kingkarthik on | August 4, 2010, 1:11 GMT

    I have to admit that it is pretty darn hilarious. Oh how the world turns, especially for Yuvraj, who basically thought that he was goods gift to earth. Now he better "Water" down the arragonce and attitude. This is indeed a "Water"shed moment. Yuvraj has met his "Water" loo in Colombo at the hands of Raina. However, trying to change Yuvraj is like pouring "Water" on ducks back. When he gets back to the team, no thanks to him forcing his way in through performance, but due to administrative favours, he will continue to be a very poor role model for everyone. Is it me or does the picture accompanying this article, which shows the side on profile of Yuvraj say something? Look at his tummy, say to me there is a lot of fluid build up.... is it Water? Cricinfo, please post this instead of trying to censor it. I am sure Yuvraj will not get offended, however if he does, he can cool down with a nice cool cup of "Water".

  • POSTED BY axdvg on | August 4, 2010, 1:02 GMT

    That is barely an abuse, UV should get over it. There are 100 other articles that are written questioning his ability on a regular basis. I guess a few taunts from the crowd should not unsettle players. They must have been used to much worse over the years.

  • POSTED BY NikhilPapad3 on | August 4, 2010, 0:26 GMT

    hahahahahhaha woooh! bang on their, the sri lankan supporters awesome! hahahahaha im an indian and im so pleased to hear he got taunted, just made my day hahahahah!

  • POSTED BY Sussie on | August 4, 2010, 0:19 GMT

    hhahaha Yuvraj deserves it. The chants obviously hit a sore spot on his ego. Whenever I've met him, he's always been an arrogant man; the others in the team chat to fans, sign autographs, smile - Tendulkar especially; not Prince Yuvi. I hope Raina keeps him out of the team forever.

  • POSTED BY axdvg on | August 4, 2010, 0:19 GMT

    That is barely an abuse, UV should get over it. There are 100 other articles that are written questioning his ability on a regular basis. I guess a few taunts from the crowd should not unsettle players. They must have been used to much worse over the years.

  • POSTED BY mchewy on | August 4, 2010, 0:15 GMT

    much deserved...too arrogant...

  • POSTED BY hickmon on | August 3, 2010, 23:42 GMT

    Wow, get a grip. I'm sure Yuvraj has said far worse things to opposing players when he was actually able to get a game. Fuss about nothing, lol at getting the police involved, just suck it up mate

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2010, 23:19 GMT

    But he is a waterboy. There is not shame in being a waterboy.

  • POSTED BY Cali_Cricket_Fan on | August 3, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    Big deal, fans have the right to heckle and if it wasn't for their patronage, where would cricket be?

    I would love to see Yuvraj play in Major League Baseball or European Football, then he will know what heckling is all about. Let the fans have their fun, he should be concentrating on the match and not on the crowd.

    Sort of ironic as that may be the reason he's the 12th man in the first place. Not focusing on cricket and always worried about his image. Raina is here to stay.

  • POSTED BY on_the_level on | August 3, 2010, 22:45 GMT

    Yuvraj will now be a huge (no pun intended) target for the fans!

  • POSTED BY __PK on | August 3, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    Yuvi, toughen up, or you're going to be a target all over the world. And you'll get a lot worse than this!

  • POSTED BY leggetinoz on | August 3, 2010, 22:10 GMT

    This guy must be the biggest princess in world cricket.

  • POSTED BY tlong on | August 3, 2010, 21:54 GMT

    are you serious? people are getting kicked out for calling Yuvraj a water boy? how is that offensive?? i think it is absolutely hilarious! Yuvraj mate take it in your stride, work hard and earn your place in the team, for now you have earned the name waterboy!!! too bad people like Raina will take their chance, unlike you they work hard, and everyone knows he has a big future in test cricket!

  • POSTED BY lucyferr on | August 3, 2010, 21:54 GMT

    Since when did heckling of players by fans become illegal? The fans paid to get in, the players are paid to be there, the heckling wasn't bad (they weren't insulting his mother) - he's certainly faced worse insults from sledging by other players, so what's up with that? Is this a new rule? Mind you, I'm all for throwing out rowdy & drunk crowd elements (who ruin the experience, esp for families), even if the excuse is that a player is too thin-skinned. Just let the fans know in advance what the rules are.

  • POSTED BY fish52 on | August 3, 2010, 21:53 GMT

    I can not believe this is news..... 12th men have been referred to as "Water Boys" for over 100 years.

  • POSTED BY Chennai_Voice on | August 3, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    Truth is always bitter

  • POSTED BY shahrukh.94 on | August 3, 2010, 21:18 GMT

    Hahahha I feel Srry 4 Yuvraj but thats gonna happen if he doesnt perform =/

  • POSTED BY SidMyster on | August 3, 2010, 21:02 GMT

    So Yuvi can't take a little chafing ? Sunil Gavaskar used to always point out: "Respond to criticism on the field not off it". Go on and make 5 double hundred in the domestic circuit like Laxman once did and nobody will have any business to do with his place !

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | August 3, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    It was shameful behaviour of the crowd to insult Yuvraj. Firstly, Dhoni could have done much better by including Yuvraj instead of either Ojha or Mishra, who both bowled poorly not to dislodge SL bats. Yuvrah can bowl left hand spinners just as well as our mediocre spinners. In addition India could have had an additional batsman too. Amywau Yuvraj does not deserve beinginsulted even if he had failed to live up to high level.

  • POSTED BY Agnar on | August 3, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    I am a Sri Lankan and ashamed of bad crowd behavior in P Sara stadium. Please kick out the individuals who behave badly. Generally, I think, Sri Lankan fans are better behaved than fans in some other countries. I was disgusted especially with Australians who heckled Murali in the field and a PM who abused his powers to do the same outside the field. Australian cricket board went even further and insulted Murali by nominating that person to cricket administration. Sanga please apologize to Yuvraj on behalf of Sri Lanka fans. They are our visitors and deserve our respect.

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    This is downright ridiculous. Fans being punished for taunting a player? The players are supposed to deal with it. It has been happening for ages across all sports but I do not know of spectators being removed from stadiums for taunting players. The Aussie crowds are ugly at their worst .. ask murali or any of the poms or black caps... They deal with it... Indian players are not demi gods.. they should learn to take it in their stride. This is very disappointing.

  • POSTED BY visha_pb on | August 3, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    Sorry UVI ...... Do not feel bad about all sri lankan fans becours of some idiots. Even marvan & murali bring water to there team mates. It is just part of the game. This idots they dont know what is the sport is.. sorry again.

  • POSTED BY 9ST9 on | August 3, 2010, 19:26 GMT

    It so happens that Yuvaraj and harbhajan are least of the popular players in Sri Lanka. nevertheless sad to see this happen. after all an international test cricketer should not be disrespected like this. stuff like this happens regularly in Aus- but rarely in SL.

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2010, 19:26 GMT

    let m tellu.. dose fans r loosers!!!

    dey dnt knw who n wat is YUvi.........

    he can take d opposition on his own n win d match single handedly 4 india

    PS - a satt for u all u guys

    out of 100 matches india has won (assuming yuvi has a minimum of 50 runs)... india has won 85 matches out of them) hhahaha:D

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2010, 19:21 GMT

    If a person is bringing a water bottle means everyone may/may not call water man/boy. What's wrong in it?

  • POSTED BY harikeshan on | August 3, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan and a cricket supporter I am ashamed and apolgise on behalf of my countrymen for the misdemeanor and conduct of those who taunted Yuvraj, and as most would agree for someone to carry the drinks or whatever it may be on to the field is part of being a team no matter who you are or what you have achieved. Its absolute stupidity in trying to dishonor an individual or sports person who has played and represented the game or sport at the highest level. Cricketing venues should blacklist such individuals from entering the arena. And alcohol should be banned from being served.

  • POSTED BY manizee on | August 3, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    Lodge a complaint with the police?! Lol!! This is outrageously ridiculous. Int'l players should expect heckling and most are used to it, especially when playing in India and Australia. It's part of the game and they should show their professionalism. Yuvraj you are a 'water boy', bitter reality to swallow but true none the less. Grow a spine, you are worse than Inzi, simply pathetic.

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2010, 19:08 GMT

    wats wrong with the taunt? yuvi has been performing poorly of late, and after raina's spectacular debut hundred, he was unlikely to be replaced.... The indian team management had no other option that to make Yuvi the WATER BOY... these criticism shud provoke yuvi... but not on the tempramental side... he should be provoked to perform better....

  • POSTED BY s_v_krishnan on | August 3, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    Yuvi, why you are bothering about silly spectators comment. You have to be proud even if you are substitute, because you are representing a country and you have selected in top 15. Nothing degrades you Man!!!. I am sure you are going to come back in one day games. You are still match winner!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    lol @ waterboy :D He deserves it.

  • POSTED BY satty123456 on | August 3, 2010, 18:48 GMT

    I am an avid follower of cricket and an Indian. But I am so pleased that Yuvraj has been called like that, For his attitude he doesn't deserve anything more. I only hope name 'WATER BOY' remains with him forever. When you see the role model type behaviours of Dravid, Sachin, Kumble, Laxman etc, this Yuvraj doesn't do any good to Indian cricket image. He plays for himself and leaves for himself and just has attitude...

    So I am quite pleased that people have called him as WATER BOY. We should start a campaign to make that name permanent for Yuvraj.

  • POSTED BY raghu86 on | August 3, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    I feel bad for yuvraj. He is one of the best players india has had in shorter forms of the game, and he has somehow never got a long enough run in tests. I was a little surprised he wasn't picked for this game. He got a fifty in first match against better bowlers in tougher conditions than raina's century. Still i think he will get a longer run soon with dravid and laxman reaching the end of their careers.

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    "We want water boy. Boy boy, water boy" ,lol...welcome to Sri lanka

  • POSTED BY GujranwalaWaqar on | August 3, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    Come on Yuvi...where's your sense of humour?

  • POSTED BY mrcruizy on | August 3, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    now this is what i was looking for.. this is a debate that actually never ever ends between us friends and finaly finaly i got something here.. i believe so much that the players belongs to australlia ( since they are the best side in world ) , england ( since they invented cricket) and Now INDIA ( since they are the richie rich of cricket these days) are the bad boys of cricket and they will always escape almost almost everything. first india pakistan bangladesh and srilankans were the victim of penalties and charges for any such behaviours ( remember Inzi's burst with an indian supporter after he called him "ALO" + Shahid Afridi had to face a 2-worldcup-games-ban for defending his country because somebody frm the stand sweared at him and calllng bad to his country ) now lets find out what happens to YUVI the golden boy of cricket-india...lets see if he faces any ban or not.. guilty or not guilty is not the case here.. neither Inzi nor Afridi were found guilty n so is Yuvi.but fine ??

  • POSTED BY Rohan4U3K_U on | August 3, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    ha ha..water boy..kool..!!!

  • POSTED BY khuddian on | August 3, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    Yuvraj is the best batsman in the current generation of Dhonis, Rainas, and Kohlis. Every batsman undergoes rough patches in his carries, and so is Yuvraj now. Remember that "class is permanent and form is temporary". I think there is certain section in media, and in the Indian team just jealous of how enormously talented this lad from Punjab is and they are just magnifying his failure. He scored a half-century against Murlitharan (8-191) and Malinga (7-105) where Dhoni himself got 33 & 4, gambhir 0 & 2. On the other hand Raina scored a century against toothless bowling attack but has been rewarded with test berth ahead of yuvraj. And now this article trying to show that Yuvraj is no longer popular among crowds. Friends let me tell you that after Sachin, Dravid and Laxman our only hope is Yuvraj and sehwag (sehwag has also been a victim of some politics..dont forget what happened at the world cup)...but there are less technical?talented men in the team who dont want to see them prosper

  • POSTED BY JustAGame on | August 3, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    Wake up call Yuvi, professorially as well as personally.

  • POSTED BY Sam_Singh on | August 3, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    Well, this should serve as a grim reminder to Yuvraj that he isn't irreplaceable in the Indian team in any format of the game. Its time he takes this insult of being dropped for a younger, inexperiened and far less talented guy seriously and starts taking his game seriously enough. He's a player of tremendous potential and nothing's more painful than watching a supreme talent like Yuvi waste it away like he's doing. Bid goodbye to your playboy lifestyle, Yuvi. Or Indian cricket will bid goodbye to you.

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    Poor Yuvi !!!! world t20 6s champion is only a water Boy in test matches.

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    Maybe drunk, but they're funny!

  • POSTED BY SettingSun on | August 3, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    Erm, what exactly have these fans done wrong? Is 'Water Boy' that offensive, really? These coppers want to try going to Old Trafford football ground one day. There would be no-one left in the stadium. Plus, am I the only one who thought those chants were quite funny?

  • POSTED BY Trickstar on | August 3, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    Nothing wrong with a few chants and it happens all over the world and to a lot worse degree than this ,but he obviously can take the banter.

  • POSTED BY Partyman on | August 3, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    Yuvraj doesn't deserve this. He is not worth the bother!!

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  • POSTED BY Partyman on | August 3, 2010, 17:55 GMT

    Yuvraj doesn't deserve this. He is not worth the bother!!

  • POSTED BY Trickstar on | August 3, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    Nothing wrong with a few chants and it happens all over the world and to a lot worse degree than this ,but he obviously can take the banter.

  • POSTED BY SettingSun on | August 3, 2010, 18:05 GMT

    Erm, what exactly have these fans done wrong? Is 'Water Boy' that offensive, really? These coppers want to try going to Old Trafford football ground one day. There would be no-one left in the stadium. Plus, am I the only one who thought those chants were quite funny?

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2010, 18:08 GMT

    Maybe drunk, but they're funny!

  • POSTED BY on | August 3, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    Poor Yuvi !!!! world t20 6s champion is only a water Boy in test matches.

  • POSTED BY Sam_Singh on | August 3, 2010, 18:20 GMT

    Well, this should serve as a grim reminder to Yuvraj that he isn't irreplaceable in the Indian team in any format of the game. Its time he takes this insult of being dropped for a younger, inexperiened and far less talented guy seriously and starts taking his game seriously enough. He's a player of tremendous potential and nothing's more painful than watching a supreme talent like Yuvi waste it away like he's doing. Bid goodbye to your playboy lifestyle, Yuvi. Or Indian cricket will bid goodbye to you.

  • POSTED BY JustAGame on | August 3, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    Wake up call Yuvi, professorially as well as personally.

  • POSTED BY khuddian on | August 3, 2010, 18:32 GMT

    Yuvraj is the best batsman in the current generation of Dhonis, Rainas, and Kohlis. Every batsman undergoes rough patches in his carries, and so is Yuvraj now. Remember that "class is permanent and form is temporary". I think there is certain section in media, and in the Indian team just jealous of how enormously talented this lad from Punjab is and they are just magnifying his failure. He scored a half-century against Murlitharan (8-191) and Malinga (7-105) where Dhoni himself got 33 & 4, gambhir 0 & 2. On the other hand Raina scored a century against toothless bowling attack but has been rewarded with test berth ahead of yuvraj. And now this article trying to show that Yuvraj is no longer popular among crowds. Friends let me tell you that after Sachin, Dravid and Laxman our only hope is Yuvraj and sehwag (sehwag has also been a victim of some politics..dont forget what happened at the world cup)...but there are less technical?talented men in the team who dont want to see them prosper

  • POSTED BY Rohan4U3K_U on | August 3, 2010, 18:35 GMT

    ha ha..water boy..kool..!!!

  • POSTED BY mrcruizy on | August 3, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    now this is what i was looking for.. this is a debate that actually never ever ends between us friends and finaly finaly i got something here.. i believe so much that the players belongs to australlia ( since they are the best side in world ) , england ( since they invented cricket) and Now INDIA ( since they are the richie rich of cricket these days) are the bad boys of cricket and they will always escape almost almost everything. first india pakistan bangladesh and srilankans were the victim of penalties and charges for any such behaviours ( remember Inzi's burst with an indian supporter after he called him "ALO" + Shahid Afridi had to face a 2-worldcup-games-ban for defending his country because somebody frm the stand sweared at him and calllng bad to his country ) now lets find out what happens to YUVI the golden boy of cricket-india...lets see if he faces any ban or not.. guilty or not guilty is not the case here.. neither Inzi nor Afridi were found guilty n so is Yuvi.but fine ??