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  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    Yuvi was set by death overs, dhoni had just come so dhoni cannot be criticised. ...........

    Kohli was lone warrior with SR of 150 & yuvi wasn't even able to give strike back to him let alone himself hitting a few boundaries. He had no method, no timing

    But it wasn't his fault, It is Dhoni's fault that he keeps playing his favorite players & yuvi being one of them

  • POSTED BY JJAbraham on | April 19, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    Yuvraj and Sehwag are in the same category: UNRELIABLE, BUT CAN ASTOUND YOU on their days (when you least expect them to)!

  • POSTED BY sudaththa on | April 19, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    Wait and see how he will face to Malinga... Lol.

  • POSTED BY YogifromNY on | April 19, 2014, 0:45 GMT

    Once again, Yuvraj Singh and all his blind followers are missing one blindingly obvious fact - he USED to be very good at finishing matches. He no longer is today. I just hope he doesn't play a few good innings against sub-standard bowling and everyone starts touting him for the next WC. Not for nothing were Australia the best for almost two decades - they were ruthless at showing the door to star performers when they had started going downhill, even when they were still capable of producing great performances.

    India on the other hand produces cricketers of the mentality Yuvraj has just shown here. Sorry, Yuvi, it doesn't matter what you have done. We will salute you for that. If you want a place in any team TODAY, you have to perform, you cannot rest on past laurels. We the fans have a right to be ruthless about this, sorry. You earn millions while you are good and get showered with plaudits. Be prepared to cop criticism when you cost India the World Cup, as you recently did!

  • POSTED BY Tau001 on | April 18, 2014, 20:59 GMT

    In the last 24 balls, India scored a total of 19 runs. Yuvraj scored 4 of 9 and Kohli+Dhoni scored 15 of 15, with Dhoni getting just 4 of 7. Even Kohli and Dhoni found it difficult to score. So let's give the credit where it's due. SL bowled superbly in the death overs. Yuvraj was just a little worse than others.

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    @Salman Sadiq: If you say IPL is substandard cricket.. you r watching cricket for the first time i think. @NP_NY: Buddy.. you what happens when an elephant walks its path..

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | April 18, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    Just want to take back what I said - that my blog will not get published if I say anything critical of IPL. I see them being published - thanks cricinfo for allowing contrarian point of view, Truth can be hard to swallow but it is what it is!

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | April 18, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    @LALITHKURUWITA: Oh don't worry. Bangalore also has Kohli, the "Malinga killer". No one can forget how he annihilated Malinga in that one-day game in Australia. In fact the only time Malinga has succeeded against India is the last T20 game. Otherwise Indian players have always had Malinga's number.

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | April 18, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    @Salman Sadiq: Don't like IPL? Feel free to not watch it or not comment here. But the fact that you cannot stay off this forum tells me that you are secretly interested in the IPL :). Oh by the way, it was international T20 where Yuvi hit six 6's in an over against an international fast bowler. Name one other player in the world who has done that in international T20.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 18, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    Its been a very nice entry for the most of the new players in bangalore, if u could see that chahal and aaron get the first wicket in their first overs itself and even maddinson found the boundary in the first ever boll he has faced. though he could not carry on, other side it was patel who has anchored the win for rcb in his first game itself. There are no words to describe the innings of both kohli and Yuvraj. Though i am an Rcb fan i would love see Yuvraj to shine so that he can get back in the blue jersey of the team INDIA.

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    This comment is not actually a cricketing comment - so please excuse me :)

    Well about the crowd cheering for RCB isn't just the appeal of RCB, it was also for the fact that many people from Karnataka State (and Bangalore being the capital of the state) are expats there and hence such large turn out !

  • POSTED BY Rajah_skn on | April 18, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Finally What matter is what make the team get ultimate win. IF you do against, you are not good even do when not necessary.

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    LOL!!! he would make big scores in IPL any day. This article is misleading. Scoring at international level is another thing. IPL is substandard cricket and you can expect even struggling players to get big scores. What a mockery of cricket.

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | April 18, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    @champx How naive can people get. Only thing that is attracting all the players into IPL is money. And one of the main things that is attracting people to watch (including me) is entertainment. If there were green pitches and fierce bowling , with hardly any bowling restrictions, normal size cricket grounds would this (IPL) have been successful? If teams get out for under 50 or most games are one sided would there be a big turnout? Organizers would ensure more than 75% of games are last over finishes. Again my last liner - whenever I say something critical of IPL, it may not get published

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | April 18, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    Is Yuvi good enough to play in WC? has he found how to play wide yorkers? I am looking forward to see how he plays against MI.

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    Granted, Yuvi struggled against short balls from Shami, but that's normal when you are under pressure, and NOBODY had more pressure than Yuvraj before the start of IPL. Couple of more good innings, to boost his confidence and find his rhythm, then we could see the different, more confident, who won us 2 WCs and numerous other ODI and T20I matches, Yuvraj Singh. Its about mental toughness in his case, once he regains his confidence, then he could be the most destructive batsman in the world as he's proven it in past.

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | April 18, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    @Raj Sundararaman You are absolutely right!. This is what I have been saying - IPL performances should never be considered for India team selection. IPL is never deemed to be serious from bowling performance point of view. Quality of cricket is always compromised at the cost of entertainment. IPL has made us get stuck with someone like Raina and some others (aka Sehwag, Gambhir, Pathan etc.) might use this as backdoor entry for India team. I just hope selectors are smart enough and do not give much weight age to IPL performance. BTW - I am not sure this blog of mine could get published. cricinfodoes not want to hear/publish anything critical of IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Yuvraj...Match winner, great fighter, fierce competitor and has done India proud many times. Like lots of others I want Yuvraj to do well and wish him the very best. Having said that I do want to echo the same sentiments that Raj S has expressed. I just want to add that his reaction time has markedly slowed down. He clearly has problems playing pace and you will see that exposed very clearly going forward. Shami gave him so much trouble and he was very lucky to survive. I am surprised that Dinesh Karthik couldn't see that and didn't persist with pace. Other captains will not miss. Raina on the other hand has to some extent taken care of this issue and is probably a better bet for India going forward in the shorter version of the game. He (Yuvi) did cost India the T20 World Cup. I do want to be wrong this time and wish Yuvraj comes back somehow...may be it is wishful thinking!

  • POSTED BY champx on | April 18, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    @ Raj Sundararaman if you look in that manner neither Ravindera jadeja,Suresh Raina or rohit sharma should have got chances if it were not for there performances in IPL.IPL is that platform where everyone can prove there worth,impact and form if they are looking for a comeback.Why do you think Nehra,Viru,Gauti,Yuvi,Kallis,Pathan brothers want to play in IPL. For money?I dont think so.

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Yuvraj is a good player when he bowls just like was the case with sehwag...hope they get it...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 18, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    wel done uv..glad to see u in old fashion.hope to see u in squad fr 2015 world cup...

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | April 18, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    Every Indian fan was upset about Yuvraj's 21 ball 11 in the World T20 final. But in hindsight, that's just T20, not Test or ODI cricket. Anything can happen on any given day in a T20, and fortune wasn't on India's side that day. As Kohli said very rightly during the post match conference, this man has won two world cups for India. Once the fans calm down and take a short walk down the memory lane, they will realize how much joy Yuvi has given to Indian cricket fans. He's a fighter, always has been. He WILL fight out his inner demons once again!

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    I still think Yuvraj is not going to have success at international level. he is very good against mediocre and average bowlers but has a long way to go when facing top quality bowling be it spin or pace. Perhaps, he is past his prime but hopefully not! I hope he does not get selected in the Indian team based on his past glory or on IPL success he may achieve. Australia/NZ and top class bowlers will present him with much stiffer challenges. but I do wish him the best and hope he can regain his very best touch!

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  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2014, 9:45 GMT

    Yuvi was set by death overs, dhoni had just come so dhoni cannot be criticised. ...........

    Kohli was lone warrior with SR of 150 & yuvi wasn't even able to give strike back to him let alone himself hitting a few boundaries. He had no method, no timing

    But it wasn't his fault, It is Dhoni's fault that he keeps playing his favorite players & yuvi being one of them

  • POSTED BY JJAbraham on | April 19, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    Yuvraj and Sehwag are in the same category: UNRELIABLE, BUT CAN ASTOUND YOU on their days (when you least expect them to)!

  • POSTED BY sudaththa on | April 19, 2014, 2:23 GMT

    Wait and see how he will face to Malinga... Lol.

  • POSTED BY YogifromNY on | April 19, 2014, 0:45 GMT

    Once again, Yuvraj Singh and all his blind followers are missing one blindingly obvious fact - he USED to be very good at finishing matches. He no longer is today. I just hope he doesn't play a few good innings against sub-standard bowling and everyone starts touting him for the next WC. Not for nothing were Australia the best for almost two decades - they were ruthless at showing the door to star performers when they had started going downhill, even when they were still capable of producing great performances.

    India on the other hand produces cricketers of the mentality Yuvraj has just shown here. Sorry, Yuvi, it doesn't matter what you have done. We will salute you for that. If you want a place in any team TODAY, you have to perform, you cannot rest on past laurels. We the fans have a right to be ruthless about this, sorry. You earn millions while you are good and get showered with plaudits. Be prepared to cop criticism when you cost India the World Cup, as you recently did!

  • POSTED BY Tau001 on | April 18, 2014, 20:59 GMT

    In the last 24 balls, India scored a total of 19 runs. Yuvraj scored 4 of 9 and Kohli+Dhoni scored 15 of 15, with Dhoni getting just 4 of 7. Even Kohli and Dhoni found it difficult to score. So let's give the credit where it's due. SL bowled superbly in the death overs. Yuvraj was just a little worse than others.

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    @Salman Sadiq: If you say IPL is substandard cricket.. you r watching cricket for the first time i think. @NP_NY: Buddy.. you what happens when an elephant walks its path..

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | April 18, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    Just want to take back what I said - that my blog will not get published if I say anything critical of IPL. I see them being published - thanks cricinfo for allowing contrarian point of view, Truth can be hard to swallow but it is what it is!

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | April 18, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    @LALITHKURUWITA: Oh don't worry. Bangalore also has Kohli, the "Malinga killer". No one can forget how he annihilated Malinga in that one-day game in Australia. In fact the only time Malinga has succeeded against India is the last T20 game. Otherwise Indian players have always had Malinga's number.

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | April 18, 2014, 11:08 GMT

    @Salman Sadiq: Don't like IPL? Feel free to not watch it or not comment here. But the fact that you cannot stay off this forum tells me that you are secretly interested in the IPL :). Oh by the way, it was international T20 where Yuvi hit six 6's in an over against an international fast bowler. Name one other player in the world who has done that in international T20.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 18, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    Its been a very nice entry for the most of the new players in bangalore, if u could see that chahal and aaron get the first wicket in their first overs itself and even maddinson found the boundary in the first ever boll he has faced. though he could not carry on, other side it was patel who has anchored the win for rcb in his first game itself. There are no words to describe the innings of both kohli and Yuvraj. Though i am an Rcb fan i would love see Yuvraj to shine so that he can get back in the blue jersey of the team INDIA.

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    I still think Yuvraj is not going to have success at international level. he is very good against mediocre and average bowlers but has a long way to go when facing top quality bowling be it spin or pace. Perhaps, he is past his prime but hopefully not! I hope he does not get selected in the Indian team based on his past glory or on IPL success he may achieve. Australia/NZ and top class bowlers will present him with much stiffer challenges. but I do wish him the best and hope he can regain his very best touch!

  • POSTED BY NP_NY on | April 18, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    Every Indian fan was upset about Yuvraj's 21 ball 11 in the World T20 final. But in hindsight, that's just T20, not Test or ODI cricket. Anything can happen on any given day in a T20, and fortune wasn't on India's side that day. As Kohli said very rightly during the post match conference, this man has won two world cups for India. Once the fans calm down and take a short walk down the memory lane, they will realize how much joy Yuvi has given to Indian cricket fans. He's a fighter, always has been. He WILL fight out his inner demons once again!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 18, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    wel done uv..glad to see u in old fashion.hope to see u in squad fr 2015 world cup...

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Yuvraj is a good player when he bowls just like was the case with sehwag...hope they get it...

  • POSTED BY champx on | April 18, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    @ Raj Sundararaman if you look in that manner neither Ravindera jadeja,Suresh Raina or rohit sharma should have got chances if it were not for there performances in IPL.IPL is that platform where everyone can prove there worth,impact and form if they are looking for a comeback.Why do you think Nehra,Viru,Gauti,Yuvi,Kallis,Pathan brothers want to play in IPL. For money?I dont think so.

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Yuvraj...Match winner, great fighter, fierce competitor and has done India proud many times. Like lots of others I want Yuvraj to do well and wish him the very best. Having said that I do want to echo the same sentiments that Raj S has expressed. I just want to add that his reaction time has markedly slowed down. He clearly has problems playing pace and you will see that exposed very clearly going forward. Shami gave him so much trouble and he was very lucky to survive. I am surprised that Dinesh Karthik couldn't see that and didn't persist with pace. Other captains will not miss. Raina on the other hand has to some extent taken care of this issue and is probably a better bet for India going forward in the shorter version of the game. He (Yuvi) did cost India the T20 World Cup. I do want to be wrong this time and wish Yuvraj comes back somehow...may be it is wishful thinking!

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | April 18, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    @Raj Sundararaman You are absolutely right!. This is what I have been saying - IPL performances should never be considered for India team selection. IPL is never deemed to be serious from bowling performance point of view. Quality of cricket is always compromised at the cost of entertainment. IPL has made us get stuck with someone like Raina and some others (aka Sehwag, Gambhir, Pathan etc.) might use this as backdoor entry for India team. I just hope selectors are smart enough and do not give much weight age to IPL performance. BTW - I am not sure this blog of mine could get published. cricinfodoes not want to hear/publish anything critical of IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | April 18, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    Granted, Yuvi struggled against short balls from Shami, but that's normal when you are under pressure, and NOBODY had more pressure than Yuvraj before the start of IPL. Couple of more good innings, to boost his confidence and find his rhythm, then we could see the different, more confident, who won us 2 WCs and numerous other ODI and T20I matches, Yuvraj Singh. Its about mental toughness in his case, once he regains his confidence, then he could be the most destructive batsman in the world as he's proven it in past.

  • POSTED BY LALITHKURUWITA on | April 18, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    Is Yuvi good enough to play in WC? has he found how to play wide yorkers? I am looking forward to see how he plays against MI.

  • POSTED BY Kashi0127 on | April 18, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    @champx How naive can people get. Only thing that is attracting all the players into IPL is money. And one of the main things that is attracting people to watch (including me) is entertainment. If there were green pitches and fierce bowling , with hardly any bowling restrictions, normal size cricket grounds would this (IPL) have been successful? If teams get out for under 50 or most games are one sided would there be a big turnout? Organizers would ensure more than 75% of games are last over finishes. Again my last liner - whenever I say something critical of IPL, it may not get published

Delhi Daredevils v Royal Challengers, IPL 2014, Sharjah April 18, 2014

Beleaguered Yuvraj tees off to Sharjah's delight

Karthik Krishnaswamy in Sharjah
Yuvraj Singh was hardly convincing to begin with against Delhi, but a big dose of crowd support and a helping of poor bowling meant he had the opportunity to hint at a possible return to form
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"I've got a feeling," sang the PA system at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, not long after Yuvraj Singh had walked in to bat. Before the song could proceed any further, and declare that Thursday night was going to be a good night, the DJ stopped it abruptly. He or she was a Yuvraj fan, perhaps, and didn't want to put a jinx on him.

This was Yuvraj's first innings since that 21-ball 11 in the World T20 final, and his first innings since a group of fans had reacted unreasonably to that 21-ball 11. It was also his first innings for Bangalore, who had paid a not untidy sum of money to buy him at the auction, despite the fact that he hadn't made a half-century in his last 19 IPL innings.

The man at the other end, meanwhile, was Virat Kohli, whom he had denied the strike during that 21-ball 11. Kohli, Bangalore's captain, had played a persuasive role in signing him.

This, then, wasn't just another innings.

Yuvraj couldn't have chosen a more congenial setting in which to begin such an innings. He had the crowd's sympathy, yes, but he would have had that at any stadium; only a tiny fraction of sports fans, surely, are mean enough to revel in a player's house reportedly getting stoned. Sharjah, though, was also showing itself to be a stronghold of Bangalore fans.

In India, it's often hard to get an accurate picture of the extent of home support at the league's venues. At most stadiums, someone has placed a home-team flag on your seat well before you've parked your car. Most emcees, meanwhile, only ask the crowd to cheer for the home team. If you support the other team, you seldom get a chance to voice it. Here, given equal opportunity to cheer for either side, the Sharjah crowd voted with their vocal cords.

Granted, for the most part, the spectators did or chanted whatever the emcee asked them to, no matter how ridiculous it made them look or sound. What they didn't do, though, was chant "Delhiiiiiiiii, Delhi!" Each time the emcee tried to get them to follow his lead, they drowned him out with shouts of "R-C-B! R-C-B!"

It was as much a show of approval for Bangalore as it was a sign of Delhi's lack of appeal. They haven't tasted too much success in past seasons, and, perhaps because of that, haven't retained an easily identifiable core group of star players. For Bangalore, on the other hand, the signing of Yuvraj added yet another highly marketable name to an already swollen roster. It cost them a lot of money to sign him and that may well have caused gaps to form in other areas of their squad, but Sharjah didn't seem too concerned. As soon as Yuvraj had swung Rahul Sharma over long-on for his first six, a bearded man in a red T-shirt held up a hand-drawn banner. "More risk = More profit," it said. "Great bid Mr Mallya."

There is no doubt Bangalore and Yuvraj had all the support they could possibly hope for. It is far too early to say with any certainty, though, that Yuvraj has turned a corner with his unbeaten 52.

At the start of his innings, he was late on a couple of short balls from Mohammed Shami, both of which went whistling off his top edge. Right after that over, Dinesh Karthik, Delhi's captain, took Shami off when he still had an over left. Having survived those few discomfiting deliveries, life became much easier for Yuvraj, with Jimmy Neesham serving up length balls and Rahul Sharma dropping his legbreaks right into his hitting zone.

Sometimes, though, you want bowlers to feed Yuvraj's strengths, just to marvel at the way he strikes the ball. One pick-up shot off Neesham left you missing your TV, left you wanting to watch slow-motion replays from 15 different angles. Since that wasn't possible in the West Stand at Sharjah, you wanted the DJ to at least play the rest of that song.

Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo