April 8, 2014

Where's the room for struggle?

T20 is a cruel format that doesn't give too many players a shot at redemption. Here it's easy to identify a villain and bury him
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Yuvraj Singh's 21-ball 11 in the final was not even close to being his worst innings, or even the worst by an Indian in the tournament © ICC

Struggle makes sport human. Champions fighting vulnerabilities in full public view. A great tennis player struggling to stay alive in a match, looking desperate to rediscover his touch, trying to get around that suspect backhand, even as he loses the first two sets. A losing boxer fighting to take the bout into the next round. A batsman taking body blow after body blow in a Test match but not giving up his wicket. Cricket is one of the rare team sports that tolerates and has time for this sort of struggle. It even glorifies it. It isn't as quick as some other team sports to identify a villain and bury him.

It is possibly traditional cricket's drawn-out nature that allows what many might even consider an indulgence, this shot at redemption in the same game. Cricket has the space to look at performances independent of results, both individual and team. A shot can be appreciated even if it doesn't produce a run, a ball that goes for a six can still be considered a good ball. However, as the game gets crunched and the coverage gets closer than ever to the action, the pressure has been accentuated, the bottom line has become more and more important, and the pleasure and pain derived from the sport have become more instantaneous.

In the World T20 final, on Sunday night, we stripped naked one of the greatest limited-overs players of all time. With every dot ball Yuvraj Singh faced in his 21-ball 11, with every single he took once he fell behind the accepted strike rate, the groans got louder. The producer kept cutting to the restless dugout every ball; to Virat Kohli's face, looking for signs of annoyance or frustration. Kumar Sangakkara didn't appeal when the ball passed the edge - it might even have kissed the bat; and Darren Sammy tweeted when Yuvraj was finally caught at long-off: "Not sure this catch had to be taken." Great human drama, no doubt, but it was extremely cruel.

This was, in terms of ball-striking, not even close to being Yuvraj's worst innings, or even the worst by an Indian in this tournament. Only two nights before, Suresh Raina edged three shots for 14 runs in one over, and was hailed as having played a great cameo. Yuvraj, obviously struggling and under pressure from good bowling and a slow start in the big final, still middled more balls than he edged. Put aside the results, and then look at the quality of the two innings. T20, though, has no space for such niceties, unlike the other formats.

As the game gets crunched and the coverage closer than ever to the action, the pleasure and pain derived from the sport have become more instantaneous

This is a format where it is easier to identify, isolate and vilify the villain of the piece, as it were. Forget the stones pelted by idiotic fans at Yuvraj's house for a moment, but we all did acknowledge - despite being mindful of what a champion Yuvraj has been - that he cost India the match. And if you look at it in cold blood, he did, although it wasn't for lack of effort; it rarely is.

Stones have previously been hurled, effigies burnt, and inquiry commissions set up after losses, but these have been for and directed at teams, not individuals. Yes, Sunil Gavaskar was booed in Calcutta, but that was because he had dropped Kapil Dev. T20 now is highlighting the concept of the weakest links because it is easier for one man to influence the result. At the height of Match Ke Mujrim [loosely, "Culprit of the Match", an Indian TV show] in 2003, despite that nervous start in the World Cup final that India never recovered from, Zaheer Khan wasn't singled out as much as Yuvraj is being.

In the previous World T20 final, Lasith Malinga suffered a similar fate, going for 54 runs in four overs to one of the best innings we are likely to see in T20 internationals. He found himself isolated and had to switch his phone off for two days. Ravindra Jadeja was mocked when, much like Yuvraj, he could neither get out nor hit out during his 35-ball 25 when India were chasing 154 against England at Lord's. It is the only format of the game where struggling is frowned upon more than throwing your wicket away for, say, two runs off five balls, which is what Raina did in that Lord's match. Yuvraj backed himself to ride over this period, which is why he didn't play a crazy shot to get out, which is what eventually turned out to be the deciding factor. Malinga and Jadeja got a shot at redemption; Yuvraj might not.

Yuvraj and Jadeja are no Gavaskar and Geoff Boycott, who didn't respect a new format enough when they went infamously slow in the early days of ODI cricket. These are two players who have relished this format, are desperate to do well, but just don't have the room to struggle, to fight their vulnerabilities. It has happened to others too, and will keep happening.

T20 is a cruel, high-strung format, in which one player can bring the whole team down without actually being awful, but surely there must be a case for demanding such low margins of error and high levels of excellence from every player on the field? It is the nature of the beast. For the first time in its history, cricket has handed negotiating rights to the players through T20; the demands made are admittedly high, but shouldn't they be when the game is paying more than ever? Ironically, though, it doesn't always result in high-quality cricket or excellence.

When Paul Kelly, the Australian singer-songwriter, wrote a song about Don Bradman, he ended it around the Bodyline days. He felt he had abandoned the song. "Or the song had abandoned me." Much later, he realised that the song could not have done justice to the grandness of Bradman's comeback after the War. "Much better to leave him in the middle of uncertainty, crowded by the old enemy, at the point of his greatest vulnerability," Kelly wrote in his book, How to Make Gravy.

Today, though, we want struggling champions to, as quite a few writers of feedback have suggested since the final, get themselves out if they can't get on.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Kotuwegogoda on April 13, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    T20 should and would not be a one man show. India relied too heavily on Kohli to win no matter bat or bowl first. India were lucky most matches they chased and Kholi came to the party. Srilanka didn't rely solely on young Kushal Perera but someone rose to the occasion when the Team Srilanka needed. It was Herath one game, Malinga another and Sanga in final. That is why you play eleven team players as opposed to just star.

    Yuvraj after his treatment was just getting to the groove and not 100% to play shortest format game. The blame therefore is squarely on selectors for naming in the 15 and then selecting him for Final solely on one good innings. He ideally is ODI player where one can give a slow start but catch up after 2 to 3 overs later.

    Srilankan's on the other hand had a mix of young and old brigade. On the final, three old soldiers scored 94 runs as opposed to 40 from the young players. One fails someone else put up the hand.

    India must accept defeat & complement the winners.

  • spinkingKK on April 12, 2014, 1:30 GMT

    In T20's, when you are batting first, you have to give yourself some 8 balls to get to your first 7-8 runs. If that doesn't work, you have to hit out in the next two balls. If that doesn't work out, just get out (hit wicket) if there are many batsmen left in the pavilion. If the team relies on you too much, obviously, you have to play a different game. If Rahul Dravid, one of the best test batsmen in the world, was put in the same situation as Yuvraj, and if he was struggling to improve the strike rate, I am 100% sure he would have got himself out. It was common sense. You should know what game you are playing and what was needed to be done to win. It's a team game. Rahane also used up too many balls. But, we can't put a blame on him. It was justified, because he was trying to give a good start to the team. However, Dhoni promoting himself ahead of Raina was a big folly. Also, not taking a single to give strike to Kohli was also inexcusable.

  • spinkingKK on April 12, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    The game of cricket is not about middling the ball to the bat. If so, they could have just played in the nets. It is a sport and the sport is played to win. So, how you handle the situations and making the correct choices in a given situation is very important. Raina did exactly what was required the other day. It may have been edges. But, he knew those edges will go to the boundary. Yuvraj's attitude to back himself could have been justified if the team relies on him heavily and there are no others left and he was playing with a Number 10 or 11. That is what Ravi Shastri used to do in ODI's and had to take a lot of unfair criticisms. But, Yuvi has no case here. He totally let the team down. In my opinion, he shoudln't have got out when he did. True, he used up too many balls. But, by then it was too late to get out. He should have taken a single instead. The game has progressed too much to compare that with a 35 ball 25 by Jadeja way back in 2009. Continued....

  • Johnny_129 on April 11, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    Yuvraj is a champion player - If Yuvraj cannot win a game for India no one else (Kohli & Dhoni exceptions) can. India just do not possess a match-winner of Yuvraj's calibre. In this instance, Yuvraj was in no mental state to handle the pressure BUT Dhoni and the selection committee took a gamble, knowing full well that Yuvraj found form during the course of the tournament thn India would have been impossible to stop! Without the benefit of hindsight, I would have said that he was worth the gamble. The truth is that India does not possess a striker like Yuvraj - If Yuvraj had been replaced with any other batsman, the result would be no different. Congrats to SL - They looked a decent chance throughout the tournament and played best on the day.

  • A.Ak on April 11, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    Yuvi is a class act. But he has gone through something very rare and life threatening. Good to see him back in action. Lets see what he can do in this IPL. His last chance. Lets decide about his future later.

  • HarrowXI on April 10, 2014, 22:08 GMT

    Yuvi should go. Actually i dont want to see Rohit, Dhawan, Dhoni etc in T 20. Its young men's game. This players already playing IPL, ODIS and Test matches. The amount of cricket india is playing they need a rest. Also india need a frest telent like kohli and tendulkar at young age to take india fowrard .

  • Nampally on April 10, 2014, 21:22 GMT

    @Temuzin: If I had any criticism against Raina it must have been in ODI re: his batting at #4. In ODI, My preference is for Kohli & Pujara at 3 & 4. In T20, Raina is the right guy at #4 because he is the fastest runner between the wkts. + he improvises his stance in the crease to covert Yorkers into full tosses + he is a ruthless hitter. Please also see my comment in A.Purohit's article "Nobody Wants to Play Bad Cricket". I do not have more to add. You have your opinion which I respect & I have my own. It is alright "to agree to Disagree on our opinions"! I maintain that India was the Best Team in 2014 WC with SA close second. Unfortunately India made tactical mistakes "on the day" & Lost.

  • on April 10, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    here is some facts rahane faced 8 balls and scored 3 dhoni faced 7 balls scored 4 yuvi faced 21 balls and scored 11 so was it only yuvi struggling. during last 4 overs india scored 19 out of this 2 byes 1 leg bye and 1 wide batsman scored only 15 runs yuvi faced 9 and scored 4 dhoni faced 7 and scored 4 and kholi who had a strike rate of 132 faced 8 balls and scored only 7 so it is unfair to only single out yuvi but it was great balling from sri lanka. so bottom line all indian batsman struggled in last 4 overs and there is no room fir struggle in 20 over format

  • on April 10, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    This match could result in rule changes some day along the lines of soccer or basket ball where the coach swaps the non-performing player with someone in the dugout. Yes, Yuvi is being targeted unfairly. I would start with the selectors for picking Yuvi in 15, the coach for picking him in the 11, Dhoni for sending him at #4, and then Yuvi for taking too much time.

    The teams keep their best bowlers for the last 4 overs, so the best time to attack the bowling is 10-15th over. India were 64 for 2 and had 8 wickets and only 9 overs to score at least 100 more. Dhoni should have sent Raina or himself, or at least instructed Yuvi to score at 10 runs an over or get out.

    As we can see, there were many errors at several levels.

  • on April 10, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    What Yuvi did not do was try his best to give the strike to Kohli who was blazing away.Let's face it, he was not in a fit state physically and mentally I think, to do the needful.I am sure if India could have piled up another 25-30 runs the SL would have felt the pressure and it would have been a different story altogether.Anyway, full credit to S.Lanka for winning the W. Cup.

  • Kotuwegogoda on April 13, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    T20 should and would not be a one man show. India relied too heavily on Kohli to win no matter bat or bowl first. India were lucky most matches they chased and Kholi came to the party. Srilanka didn't rely solely on young Kushal Perera but someone rose to the occasion when the Team Srilanka needed. It was Herath one game, Malinga another and Sanga in final. That is why you play eleven team players as opposed to just star.

    Yuvraj after his treatment was just getting to the groove and not 100% to play shortest format game. The blame therefore is squarely on selectors for naming in the 15 and then selecting him for Final solely on one good innings. He ideally is ODI player where one can give a slow start but catch up after 2 to 3 overs later.

    Srilankan's on the other hand had a mix of young and old brigade. On the final, three old soldiers scored 94 runs as opposed to 40 from the young players. One fails someone else put up the hand.

    India must accept defeat & complement the winners.

  • spinkingKK on April 12, 2014, 1:30 GMT

    In T20's, when you are batting first, you have to give yourself some 8 balls to get to your first 7-8 runs. If that doesn't work, you have to hit out in the next two balls. If that doesn't work out, just get out (hit wicket) if there are many batsmen left in the pavilion. If the team relies on you too much, obviously, you have to play a different game. If Rahul Dravid, one of the best test batsmen in the world, was put in the same situation as Yuvraj, and if he was struggling to improve the strike rate, I am 100% sure he would have got himself out. It was common sense. You should know what game you are playing and what was needed to be done to win. It's a team game. Rahane also used up too many balls. But, we can't put a blame on him. It was justified, because he was trying to give a good start to the team. However, Dhoni promoting himself ahead of Raina was a big folly. Also, not taking a single to give strike to Kohli was also inexcusable.

  • spinkingKK on April 12, 2014, 1:17 GMT

    The game of cricket is not about middling the ball to the bat. If so, they could have just played in the nets. It is a sport and the sport is played to win. So, how you handle the situations and making the correct choices in a given situation is very important. Raina did exactly what was required the other day. It may have been edges. But, he knew those edges will go to the boundary. Yuvraj's attitude to back himself could have been justified if the team relies on him heavily and there are no others left and he was playing with a Number 10 or 11. That is what Ravi Shastri used to do in ODI's and had to take a lot of unfair criticisms. But, Yuvi has no case here. He totally let the team down. In my opinion, he shoudln't have got out when he did. True, he used up too many balls. But, by then it was too late to get out. He should have taken a single instead. The game has progressed too much to compare that with a 35 ball 25 by Jadeja way back in 2009. Continued....

  • Johnny_129 on April 11, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    Yuvraj is a champion player - If Yuvraj cannot win a game for India no one else (Kohli & Dhoni exceptions) can. India just do not possess a match-winner of Yuvraj's calibre. In this instance, Yuvraj was in no mental state to handle the pressure BUT Dhoni and the selection committee took a gamble, knowing full well that Yuvraj found form during the course of the tournament thn India would have been impossible to stop! Without the benefit of hindsight, I would have said that he was worth the gamble. The truth is that India does not possess a striker like Yuvraj - If Yuvraj had been replaced with any other batsman, the result would be no different. Congrats to SL - They looked a decent chance throughout the tournament and played best on the day.

  • A.Ak on April 11, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    Yuvi is a class act. But he has gone through something very rare and life threatening. Good to see him back in action. Lets see what he can do in this IPL. His last chance. Lets decide about his future later.

  • HarrowXI on April 10, 2014, 22:08 GMT

    Yuvi should go. Actually i dont want to see Rohit, Dhawan, Dhoni etc in T 20. Its young men's game. This players already playing IPL, ODIS and Test matches. The amount of cricket india is playing they need a rest. Also india need a frest telent like kohli and tendulkar at young age to take india fowrard .

  • Nampally on April 10, 2014, 21:22 GMT

    @Temuzin: If I had any criticism against Raina it must have been in ODI re: his batting at #4. In ODI, My preference is for Kohli & Pujara at 3 & 4. In T20, Raina is the right guy at #4 because he is the fastest runner between the wkts. + he improvises his stance in the crease to covert Yorkers into full tosses + he is a ruthless hitter. Please also see my comment in A.Purohit's article "Nobody Wants to Play Bad Cricket". I do not have more to add. You have your opinion which I respect & I have my own. It is alright "to agree to Disagree on our opinions"! I maintain that India was the Best Team in 2014 WC with SA close second. Unfortunately India made tactical mistakes "on the day" & Lost.

  • on April 10, 2014, 18:33 GMT

    here is some facts rahane faced 8 balls and scored 3 dhoni faced 7 balls scored 4 yuvi faced 21 balls and scored 11 so was it only yuvi struggling. during last 4 overs india scored 19 out of this 2 byes 1 leg bye and 1 wide batsman scored only 15 runs yuvi faced 9 and scored 4 dhoni faced 7 and scored 4 and kholi who had a strike rate of 132 faced 8 balls and scored only 7 so it is unfair to only single out yuvi but it was great balling from sri lanka. so bottom line all indian batsman struggled in last 4 overs and there is no room fir struggle in 20 over format

  • on April 10, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    This match could result in rule changes some day along the lines of soccer or basket ball where the coach swaps the non-performing player with someone in the dugout. Yes, Yuvi is being targeted unfairly. I would start with the selectors for picking Yuvi in 15, the coach for picking him in the 11, Dhoni for sending him at #4, and then Yuvi for taking too much time.

    The teams keep their best bowlers for the last 4 overs, so the best time to attack the bowling is 10-15th over. India were 64 for 2 and had 8 wickets and only 9 overs to score at least 100 more. Dhoni should have sent Raina or himself, or at least instructed Yuvi to score at 10 runs an over or get out.

    As we can see, there were many errors at several levels.

  • on April 10, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    What Yuvi did not do was try his best to give the strike to Kohli who was blazing away.Let's face it, he was not in a fit state physically and mentally I think, to do the needful.I am sure if India could have piled up another 25-30 runs the SL would have felt the pressure and it would have been a different story altogether.Anyway, full credit to S.Lanka for winning the W. Cup.

  • Temuzin on April 10, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    @Nampally, good to see you supporting Raina now. A few months back you were critical of him and blamed Dhoni for his selection. Any way your entire argument is flawed. You have simply assumed that Raina would have destroyed lankan bowling. WRONG.Srilankan bowling was superb in those overs. Malinga yorkers on widish line was impossible to whack for fours and sixes. Dhoni tried 4-5 time and could not do any thing. Kohli in his last 8 balls could not hit a single boundary. It was a great peice of bowling by three srilankans. Kudo's to Lankan great bowling. They were better on that day, period. On the other hand our bowling could not do any thing to defend 130. Teams in this tournament had done so. So its a collective failure in team India which some time happens. Its also important to give credit to opposite team when they play good. But you and many fans are always critical of team when they lose. You expect too much and base your critics on hind sight.

  • anvesh4444 on April 10, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    Every one are saying this is one bad day, then what about the almost match loosing innings of Yuvraj against West Indies

  • on April 10, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    In a country where half the population barely gets by on about $3 per day we shower our cricket heroes with fame and riches equivalent to star sportsmen in some of the world's richest countries. Yuvraj was put on a pedestal following the 2007 t20 WC and then again in 2011 One Day WC. He has enjoyed wealth and fame that 99.9999% of Indians can only dream of.

    Should this treatment not be symmetric? If he is showered with accolades and cash when he contributes to winning should he not be held responsible for playing the boneheaded innings of the tournament. Since when has middling the ball become important in a 20 over match? Raina played a streaky inning but atleast he was going for the big hits and produced runs on the board - something th Yuvraj apparantly forgot about in the final . With 9.3 overs left and Kohli scoring at a run rate of around 140 Yuvi should have had only one goal in mind - to score at a rate above 180 or get out and let Raina/Jadeja/Dhone do the job.

  • ABHICA on April 10, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    those questioning MSD for sending him @ 4,ya it was a blunder, but Ind hasnt lost the match at tht point itself,its tht inning tht lost the match,who including MSD has thought at any point even in worst of dream tht he's gonna tht sort of innings..!!!! even kids who play cricket at very basic level wud hve knw wht to do in tht situation,how to get out if one is not able to score runs..but there was no sense at all.... people still remember Chetan Sharma for tht ball he tried to bowl as yorker tht unfortunately resulted into full toss & get hit for 6 by Miandad,remeber it was just a single ball,even the best can erred on a single ball..but here its totally different...its case of 21 balls tht too in a final,nither scoring himself nor allowing others to come for bat is a crime..!!!

  • on April 10, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    1st mgt did blunder through inclu in XI, & now few are doing even worse through trying to support an inning which even the best lawyers in the world cud never ever defend. One may be either succeed or fail,if he TRIES AT ALL..if a person doesnt TRIES AT ALL,there cant be any way in world,he cud succeed in tht thing.Those saying he'd a bad day...think abt a person hving a bad day even without trying..!!!! he looked like a layman with a bat 1st time in his life,send to the middle who doesnt knw wht was the situation,wht he's doing..????? Team has insulted its millions of fans who have seen the truth on TV,they cant be fooled by any means..

  • Htc-Android on April 10, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    @Nampally. True, but Raina got lucky in that game against SA. If you look at the highlights, he scored 14 runs from Inside edges and Top edges in that Parnell over. I doubt whether he could repeat that again in the final. Yuvraj can be far more destructive when he gets going and he is the best No.4 batsman in India's T20 team. Thats Dhoni sent him to bat.

  • vivek_us on April 10, 2014, 1:15 GMT

    why did he not just retire hurt? That would have been smart thinking and would have solved everything. Of course he was 'backing himself'.

  • criccritic1 on April 9, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    I'm not why media and public are tight-lipped about Dhoni. To many of us, Dhoni is the culprit here and here is why.

    Dhoni is the one who taught the team members that you take your own sweet time on pitch first, get used to the beeping condition first and stay till the end!!!! Dhoni is not teaching anything good to the players and hence Yuvraj is happy to take his own sweet time before even trying to score or hit for 4 or 6!!! we all hate when player fails but media should taking about change Dhoni at the top and get someone who will change team's mentality and how to approach the situation. Dhoni is old school and will not change (as he made enough money and does not care about others opinion) Also, Dhoni always defend poor performance of Yuvraj but he is critical about Dhawan.. and one more important thing, only thing other players should learn from Yuvraj is do what Yuvraj is doing off the field for Dhoni!!! and you will have spot in the team!!

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

    Yes yuvraj played a bad innings but i agree with sid here raina played an edgy innings in the semi-final but uv played frm the centre of the bat. this is where T20 and ODI becomes different. in ODI's u can still afford to play the same innings and increase the strike rate later. In t20s u have have to pace ur innings where ur strike rate is above atleast 100+ most of the time thts the difference between ODI and T20. in tests u r praised if u have a strike rate at 35 if u save the match at the end of the 2nd innings

  • Nampally on April 9, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    @Temuzin: Your basis of Raina not being sent #4 after his superb performances in T20 so far, defies Logic. The fact remains when Rohit was out @64 for 2, there were only 57 balls left. India willy nelly had to go at >10 runs/over to have any chance of winning with 170 total. Raina who got 17 in the first over he faced Vs. SA was #1 choice to bring India on winning trak.That was the turning point in the match- Not sending Raina @#4. Also in T20 after first 10 overs there should be hitters at both the ends to keep the momentum going - not just Kohli doing the hitting & Yuvraj pushing singles/every 3 balls! Even if Raina failed @#4, dhoni @#5 had to do the job ahead of Yuvi. You do not send a "struggling batsman" at a crucial position when runs- NOT Wkts. is the top priority! Yuvraj was in XI on his past form. Past is History! The whole Team India has to live in "Present". T20 is a format where Emotions & past form is not a Factor- What you are doing "ball to ball" is critical to WIN!

  • Temuzin on April 9, 2014, 15:04 GMT

    Some perineal critics are questioning Yuvraj's position when only 9.3 overs were left. Its 20/20 game you genius. 9.3 overs are a lot (half of the total overs available) and that is perfect time to send your best number 4. Yuvraj has been selected as number 1. and it was his position.

  • on April 9, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    also fully agreed with Sammy-GOD wanted Sl to win this WC for MJ & Sanga same as GOD wanted India to win 2011 WC for Sachin.Remember his number of lifes against Pak in semi.will be suprise to knw tht Ind won tht by 29 runs (diff between highest scorers of both sides,Sachin 86,Misbah 56) also note Malinga reading for WT20 2012 final 4-0-54-0,& GOd made him captain of SL from no where for last 3 macthes to tht he can become 1st person to touch WC,this is purely his JUSTICE..!! but its very unfortunate to come in form of UV,who's got all the blame.When GOD wanted certain thing to happen,it will happen through chain of events no one ever dreamed..

  • on April 9, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    clearly the worst innings which no one has ever dreamed in worst of their dream & very sure will never will witnessed again in history of cricket,given the context of the game.it was perfectly setup for India-conditions,opponents,performance for WC final,only some "unhoni" can defeat the Ind which unfortunately comes in form of UV.surely 1st ball duck wud hve been preferred 1000 times better by millions as compared to this knock.how the bowling was good when they cud'nt out the worst batsmen b4 21 balls.in just 21 balls,he completely thrashed both teams,both teams & millions looking shocked after the knock.. tht too comes from a player considered to be Ind's best in the format,player over 375 I'nationals over a period of 14 yrs..!!! it was more unbelievable as hitting 6 sixes in 6 balls..preferring individual over team/country cost Ind this WC.if the past records matter that much,we shud shw videos of our gr8 performncs 2 opponents based on toss,no need to play at all..!!!!

  • JohnnyRook on April 9, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    Indeed T20 is a cruel format. A scratchy 241* in Sydney 2004 is my favorite Tendulkar innings because it was so scratchy. It inspires me and many more to just work harder when going is rough.

    However this kind of innings is not possible in T20. Chances of a batsman riding out the rough phase and then start making runs is next to zero due to the short duration.

    But I am sure soon batsmen will start coping up with it. Best solution is to just start hitting out, especially when wickets are in hand. Let edges fly, let it look ugly, let the wicket go in which case the next batsman comes in who is almost certainly in better nick. Sooner or later batsmen will realize this.

  • D-Ascendant on April 9, 2014, 8:27 GMT

    Exactly, Sidharth. T20 is a ridiculous format that needs to be limited at all costs. Let the associates play it to get exposure.

    Long live Test cricket.

  • on April 9, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    Yuvi is an experienced cricketer,why didn't he hit out or get out with big hitters Raina,Dhoni and Jadega on the bench? Yuvi killed all the momentum which Kohli was building. The result of the game could be very different if India got 160.

    It is very tragic for Yuvi who has done great for India but he cant live on his past glories, the truth is that he was pushed into the game too quickly after a very serious illness which has affected him physically and mentally. He needs more time to rediscover his old form.

  • Urajapakse on April 9, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    Yes, It was very sad to hear the treatments Yuvi had got from the spectators first & then from some of his own countrymen after tha match with regards to stoning etc.

    He had been an exceptional cricketer who had done wonders for India, who could forget the 2011 world cup. Our own Mahela had a disastrous world cup in 2003 or 2007. Come on cricket fans, ITS NOT A WAR- ITS JUST A GAME OF CRICKET. DO NOT GET CARRIED AWAY TOO MUCH.

    Learn to be with your sports stars in their good & bad times. Our Sri Lankan cricketers have been very lucky in that way to have this 'CIVILIZED SPECTATORS' Immaterial of the decision of the matches.

    Dear Yuvi, You can always comeback as a hero, Show everybody the real talents you have got. all the very best.

    Udaya Rajapakse- Sri Lankan fan of yours

  • Insult_2_Injury on April 9, 2014, 3:10 GMT

    Too true, makes you wonder what all the statistical overkill on our screens is really worth. Player X strikes at 150.5 between overs 13-18 isn't as indicative of the potential result as it is an indicator of manipulating spectators expectation of what a player 'is supposed' to do rather than ehat the game in progress actually will dictate.

  • wicketman on April 9, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    Yuvi has been around the T20 circuit long enough to know what is required especially in the final 10 overs with wickets in hand. To me it looked like he was not even cognisant of the situation. It was poor batting period that cost India maybe 20 to 25 runs. I am not saying India would have won with say 155 to defend but it would have created a different mind set in the Sri Lankan players as opposed to chasing 131.

  • Cricket_theBestGame on April 9, 2014, 2:13 GMT

    the question should really be asked had yuvraj scored 30 of 20 balls lets say, and ind ended up getting 160 or there abouts...the way SL played would it matter if india had 130 instead of 160??

    yes, yuvraj couldn't play but losing the final is solely his fault? surly some credit should be given to SL for the way they chased and i doubt 160 or more would've been an issue for them. india lost to a good team. period. accept it and move on!!

  • on April 9, 2014, 2:11 GMT

    hi first thing becoz of yuvraj innings virat kohli was frustrated which was obvious and pressure built up and malinga looked tough to face it all depends on momentum , (remember how kohli blasted malinga and chased 300 + in under 40 overs) which we did not have after a good partnership from rohit and kohli.

    dhoni 4/7 he got singles in the form of byes and he was facing malinga. which was not in the case of yuvraj

  • rk_ks on April 9, 2014, 1:09 GMT

    @Salman Siddeeque Ali: Yuvraj won matches in past. You are accepting that Yuvraj is a good cricketer and again you were telling that he should be out of the team. Did Yuvraj fail in 2000 matches in a row to comment on him. He failed in 5 matches and if fails again in the next 10 matches, yes he should be taken out. And your so called greatest Dhoni also struggled and that too in the last over of the match where he couldn't slog. And you are calling Sachin as selfish right. If Sachin was selfish why did he stay in the team for 25 long years and how can a selfish be praised as one of the greatest cricketer and be an inspiration to millions and billions of people worldwide. Sachin scored a 100, but the bowlers gave 100 runs in 10 overs and its still Sachin's mistake to stay in the team. In that match Sachin strike rate was 78 and Kohli strike rate was 80. And how do you think Kohli is playing well ahead of Tendulkar in that game.

  • vallala on April 9, 2014, 0:30 GMT

    The questions to be asked is 1. when chandimal being a captain can drop himself for the team cause why didnt Yuvi tell the captain that he is not in the right frame of mind and skip the match 2. If he is not able to take singles and rotate strike then why not try to hit out at least in 14-15 overs instead of waiting till the end as we had plenty of wkts. before the shot which he gt out all he was trying to was steal a single in 3 balls

  • __PK on April 8, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    There was no culprit in the 2003 World Cup Final. Australia just played the perfect game of cricket, under the circumstances, against an Indian side who were undefeated against every other opponent in the tournament. And I'm not sure Kohli is without blame for the T20 result - he faced his last 8 balls for 7 runs. He faced them - not Yuvraj.

  • Nampally on April 8, 2014, 21:27 GMT

    @Salman Ali: India is a very emotional country where they have "Hero worship". Because of this every one makes decisions based on "heart Over mind". Even down to batting order Dhoni's emotions controlled his decisions. Raina is the batsman in form & he hits the very first ball he faces. Dhoni is aware of this & he also gave a statement to that effect. Indian total was 64 for 2 @ 10.3 overs. This is poor by any standards. India had plenty of wickets in hand but not enough overs. So if Dhoni was thinking like Mr. Cool should, he would have sent his #1 hitter Raina with "full throttle ahead sign"!Yuvraj is a good player but does not attack from Ball #1. Why on earth did he send Yuvraj with just 9.3 overs left & no time to waste? Emotion never over rule logic. Raina was the one who attacked SA so boldly to get 17 runs off 17th over to bring victory in sight. After that show #4 was Raina, NOT Yuvraj. Let us not play blame game. But assign it to Indian mentality-Change needed!

  • Temuzin on April 8, 2014, 21:06 GMT

    Some fans are so sure that if Raina and ashwin were there in stead of Yuvraj, India would have won. How Naive! How they know Raina would have scored 21 sixes of 21 balls? These are same fans who were at raina's throat a few weeks ago. Same fans now crying for raina were blaming Dhoni for selecting him. And god forgive if dhoni had sent raina instead of Yuvraj, and raina has failed, same fans would have been criticizing MSD for sending raina ahead of Yuvraj. I tell you these guys are no fan of players and cricket. they are addicted to victory only. Runner up in a world cup means nothing to them,. They will throw stones at players house instead of being understanding and encouraging the player who got defeated.

  • on April 8, 2014, 20:22 GMT

    I would like to give more credit here to sri lankan bowlers.Not only YUVI struggle but our hard hitter Dhoni and even Kholi also did not hot any four in that last four overs. so cheers guy the same team beat AUS and South Africa and one bad day for us.

  • Bob_Gaithersburg on April 8, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    We get it...accolades and criticism are two sides of the same coin. But throwing stones??? Despicable, loathsome and detestable boorish behavior that happens only in India (or Pakistan).

  • ABHICA on April 8, 2014, 19:00 GMT

    clearly the worst innings one cud never ever imagined in a WC final...!!!!

  • on April 8, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    Irrespective of things said in this article, it was a T20 final and Yuvraj should ve been aware of that this is not a match which you try to bring glory days back. He should have put team's interest first, with 3 big hitters waiting restlessly in the dugout. And, i personally feel trying in this format should be trying to hit sixes and not trying to survive.

  • on April 8, 2014, 18:51 GMT

    to all who question his selection.. his last few innings before the WC T20 reads 19* (16) 21(15) 38(21) 4(5) 10(9) 72(36) 77*(35)...

    and in WC there was a 43 ball 60 also...

    for if you think his 21 ball 11 cost us the match, then his 19 ball 58 gave us T20 WC win against englnd, and a 30 ball 72 gave a win in semis .. had those been replaced by any scores of strike rate 100, england n aus both would have won their matches...

    form is temporary class is permanent ...

  • happy-go-lucky on April 8, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    Raina played 2 good shots and got 1 edge. Please don't bend facts to bolster your case. Also he showed intent and aggression, unlike Yuvi who was just trying to work the ball around.

  • ABHICA on April 8, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    clearly the worst innings 1 cud ever see in WC final..

  • Nampally on April 8, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    I was very disturbed & shocked to read the news of some crazy guys throwing stones at Yuvraj's house. This is disgraceful. We can comment & bring out our points about the game in civilized manner. But hooliganism is uncalled for. These are not Cricket fans but Hooligans. Fans comment here to avoid similar mistakes by individuals & Captain in future Matches. India played superbly right thru' the T20 WC. A single lapse in judgement caused this defeat. But it is only a game & it does not call for such madness. We often say "People living in Glass Houses should not throw stones at others". This is perfect example to illustrate this point. Indian Cricketers are doing their best but miscalculations occur from time to time even to the Best. T20 is one unforgiving format where small mistakes can turn the tables on you!

  • remnant on April 8, 2014, 18:29 GMT

    When a player is at their peak, their success rate is like a good innings per 2-3 matches. But as they near retirement age, and their reflexes slow, this good innings ratio stretches to like 5-7 matches for a single good inning. This happened to the likes of the games greats and is what we can see happen to Yuvraj. Dhoni should have seen it coming. For the form he was in, he shouldn't have been sent as the half way innings mark had already been crossed. And if he was sent, he should have been conveyed explicit instructions of when to call it quits. Why wasn't any message sent from the dugout, while the slow excrutiating end was nearing. As a professional, Yuvraj should have known to back out, and if he faltered then Dhoni should have sent the reminder. Both cost the match.

  • glen1 on April 8, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    @Salman Ali: excellent analysis. There is a huge element of Bollywood in cricket; it is not just a sport, it is sports and entertainment. Stars take the latter aspect too seriously and therefore are not making sporting decisions. Hopefully, IPL and more control for the selection committee may help, but then they are starstruck too. The only way forward is a cultural change and this may not happen. So we have a scenario where more than 50% of the public have be convinced that it is time for their Star to go. Dhoni will be thinking that there one less Star to worry from now on; or maybe, he will become excess baggage one of these days and keep the cycle going. It would help everyone if Dhoni sets a new standard for retirement!

  • Nampally on April 8, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    @Kays789; I thought India were challenged when they played both Australia & SA, 2 but won convincingly. India rose to the Challenge particularly against the SA team with great gusto. The way Raina came in & got 17 runs off over 17 was superb example of power hitting. After that batting display of power hitting I fully expected Raina @#4. India may have lost to SA if Yuvraj was at the Crease!The sight of "struggling" Yuvraj at the crease sank my heart. You do not hide your "in form power hitter" when you really need some super quick runs. India needed >10 runs/over in last 10 overs to win the WC. To answer your comment, the challenge was thrown but Dhoni's response was Negative! In T20 you fight Power with Power. Only Kohli did it because Raina & Dhoni - the best Finishers in the short format- were not at the crease. India had a chance for at least 170 total if these 2 came @#'s 4 & 5. T20 can change in 3 or 4 overs upside down. You got to Think & Act fast with right Moves to WIN.

  • ProdigyA on April 8, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    Yuvi has been a legend for Indian cricket for a long time, no question about that and there is no denying that. But can u select players on past glory alone? Only in India this happens.

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

    Agreed that the fans throwing stones at Yuvi's residence have gone too far. But that does not mean Yuvi's criticism is unfair. People claiming that even Dhoni and Kohli could not score freely at the end should realise that Yuvi had sucked all the momentum from the innings to the point that both Dhoni and Kohli were shell shocked. Plus, Dhoni struggled against Malinga's wide yorkers whereas Yuvi did not show any intent even again Senanayke . Also, to bring up Raina's edgy shots here is unfair on him. Atleast, he showed intent to get the big over that was badly needed at the time given Steyn had to bowl the last over.Yuvi did not even try to loft a single ball in the final knowing there are big hitters to follow. In the 16th over , he could have easily come back for a couple on a Kohli shot but was too lazy or occupied to take the strike knowing that he was struggling. That for me was the turning point.

  • on April 8, 2014, 17:30 GMT

    This discussion have turned out to be a pro or anti Yuvi except for a few objective opinions.

    #1. Yuvi cost India the match

    If someone is justifying it otherwise, it is better to leave them alone, as those guys see stars in bright day light.

    #2. Yuvi tried, but is that a justification?

    Nopes. Everyone tries. No one fails before trying. Any professional athlete would try their best before giving up.

    #3. Yuvi won matches in the past, so was his place in the team justified?

    It happens only in India. Even Tendulkar dragged on for the last couple of years of his glorious cricketing career based on that justification. Do anyone remember Tendulkar's 100th 100. Easily the worst 100 of his career, which not only lost India the match, but the series too. Kohli at that time too was at his masterful best. But the little master, just like Yuvi, was too selfish to get to his milestone and India accepted that for all his past contributions.

  • on April 8, 2014, 17:24 GMT

    Someone should look into 10 balls played. No boundary there. India needs somone to hit Sixes in last 2 to 3 overs.

  • BigINDFan on April 8, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    @rehmanf - good analysis and this is where MSD failed to have a clear plan for his batsmen - Rohit and Kohli being in form should have played thru the innings and the last 4 overs would have been different. Or MSD should have sent Raina or Ashwin or somebody else to boost the scoring in the first 10 overs. The issue is SL were confident having won the toss and put Ind to bat. Ind should have gone all guns blazing to give themselves a chance to overcome odds and worst case scenario play out the overs in the second half if they had a big crash of the top order. Instead they did a Gayle on themselves - go slow and then scramble in the end. To their misery Yuvi and MSD lacking on form had too much to do to boost the run rate. I keep saying Rohit belongs in the middle order and not opening. Find a proper opener like Pujara and pair him up with Dhawan or Ashwin who can free their arms. Pujara is not a six hitter but he can make it up with boundaries of proper shots like Mahela does.

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on April 8, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    To all who ever saying blaming Yuvi is not right...He did get accolades when he won the matches for India...Didn't he? Then he should take the blame too.

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on April 8, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    @ Farooq3....20 runs does make difference. How you might ask. When Srilanka started batting, they would approch 150 target differently than 130. Dhoni's bowling strategy would be different too. 150 Target would have forced SL to take little more risk than what they did. More risky shots they play, India would have more chances to get batsmen out. I am not saying India would have won. But target of 150 does make difference.

  • on April 8, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    Everyone knew that malinga will bowl last two so it was not any cricketing intelligence but common sense to go after the spinners, and on a given day when you know you its getting beyond you, the easy thing if you have guts and difficult thing if you have ego is to come down 5 yards and give a big heave, if the ball hits the bat , you are anyway become a hero, if it does not , atleast you are free from the guilt of letting the team down on a big day.

  • on April 8, 2014, 16:16 GMT

    Does it take 21 balls in the last quarter of a t20 match to realize your bat is unable to do the talking on the dayt with 3 pinch hitters sitting in the dugout waiting. However glorious your past may be ,howmuch ever glory you might have brought in the past. Does this give license to play with the emotions of fans. 2 singles of 6 balls of a spinner in 15th 17th over after you have faced 10 balls is by what means justifiable

  • on April 8, 2014, 16:09 GMT

    I know this article favours Yuvi, as I do. "we all did acknowledge - despite being mindful of what a champion Yuvraj has been - that he cost India the match". No, I did'nt. Do we also acknowledge that MS did'nt get going - scoring only 4 of 7 balls? Do we also acknowledge that Kohli scored 4 runs of 4 balls..those 8 runs should've been 25+ runs given the gravity of situation. But Lankans bowled excellent, top notch. I am not saying Yuvraj struggled because of Lankan bowling.. he was in poor form, no doubt. But - lets not forget if a team had the caliber bowling to restrict the best pinch hitters to under 100 SR, then they probably deserve to win.

    The other argument I hear is : "Yuvi single-handedlly turned the momentum and after that it was a huge pressure and so tough." That's no logic. At T20 final 2 overs, what do you expect ..? Its go time. And, you're expected to hit it out of the park, and they just could'nt. So please stop scapegoating because its most agreeable to do :)

  • Kays789 on April 8, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    @Nampally: indeed, batting and bowling are only as good as the opposition makes them look. India were hardly challenged by conditions or the opposition up until the final so their incompetent bowling and the one-man show of a batting line-up were made to seem the best. Soon as they came up against a challenge in the final India were shown to be the second-best which they were.

  • glen1 on April 8, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    T20 is a unique format where a single failure can tank the whole team. Cricket in general being a team sport, the retirement rules are vague; a star cricketeer can postpone retirement as the sport does not quite require the same stamina and skill set as individual sports where you fall hard quickly. T20 format is questioning this approach of carrying excess baggage, and the only way forward is for selectors to take a proper call. Yes Yuvraj has been the yesteryear star, but that is no justification for his selection this year. The efforts of youngsters was wasted. Champions Trophy carried no excess baggage and the results of the final appended T20 game is for all to see.

  • ranga41 on April 8, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    Agree 100% with Nampally,but will add that selection of Yuvi in the playing XI was a senseless blunder,and as for the match itself, where was the justification to believe that Yuvi was the right man to up the scoring rate and to boost Kholi's efforts? At no point in the tournament did Yuvi exude confidence or even determination to get on top of the bowling even in the so-called "cameos", as generally described by Monga.Definitely the coach and Dhoni must share 100% of the blame, as Yuvi himself (and all his team mates) would not have believed that he would get back his earlier WC winning form.

  • henchart on April 8, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    Yuvraj's nightmare didnt happen in the finals .It simply reached its crescendo.He was struggling throughout the tournament and was given too long a rope ,which eventually did the worst for his batting.Horses for courses selection policy would have helped Yuvraj.His exclusion instead of inclusion as entity and past records would have saved him the embarassment of being written off and analyzed by almost every tom,dick and harry.

  • Temuzin on April 8, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    Its unbelievable how many fans have devoted their lives to blame dhoni for everything. Everybody knows Yuvraj is a great player. MSD is one of Yuvraj's fan. Yuvraj played a great innings against australia followed by a cameo against SA. This coupled with Yuvraj's ability and reputation, why any body wants to held Yuvraj Back? Inf fact if run rate is not good, a captain will bank on his top hitter followed by two more power hitter. What is wrong in that strategy? How fans knew yuvraj will not succeed against Lnaka? Hind sisight is always 20/20. So stop blaming any body and accept Srilanka played brilliantly and were worthy winners. A malinga yorker fired on close to wide line are not easy to to hit by any one. S o no blame game should be played. One team is not going to win everything every time. Its game and fans need to know this.

  • rehmanf on April 8, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    Therefore to blame one batsman (Yuvraj Singh) for the loss is absolutely absurd. Srilanka executed their plans to perfection. Analysis of Kohli, Yuvraj and Sharma's innings and last four over analysis. 1. Kohli was 11 of 16 balls (SR 68%) when dropped by Malinga. Then he went on his merry way of scoring and taking singles of the last ball of over to keep strike. There were 5 of those occasions and 2 when he took single of the fifth ball. This made it difficult for his partner to score freely. To prove it Rohit Sharma was 17 of 12 balls (SR 142%). He got out after making 29 of 26 balls (SR 111%). Therefore Rohit only scored 12 runs of 14 balls (SR 86%) he faced after Kohli's dropped catch when Kohli started taking singles of last ball to keep strike and do majority of scoring. 2. Yuvraj was 7 of 12 (SR 58%) before the last four overs. Now Last 4 over analysis of India's batting Kohli 7 runs of 8 balls (SR 87%) Yuvraj 4 runs of 9 balls (SR 44%) Dhoni 4 runs of 7 balls (SR 57%)

  • MARD XI on April 8, 2014, 14:39 GMT

    Its agreeable that you can have an off day. All great players have. But the idea is to try and be your self and then fail. Yuvraj was in complete doubt about his batting. He had played every match, got plenty of opportunities to go and unleash himself. Every cricket lover knew that he just needed sometime to get out of his mental block and play freely without doubting himself. He did so against AUS and to some extent against SA. He was sent in the 10th over so that he gets some time in the middle and then play his strokes. The amount of experience that he has, was he not smart enough to even try and rotate the strike. Didnt he know that there were 8 more batsmen to follow after him? He was just too preoccupied with the thought that if he gets out trying to hit, having been at the crease so long, he would still be pointed at. Not even once he approached Kohli to discuss and change his tactic which was the call of the hour. He needed to be smart enough to try and hit or get out.

  • on April 8, 2014, 14:35 GMT

    Honestly this article is in poor taste. It conveniently ignores Raina's pickup shot over fine leg, ramp shot to a short wide delivery and highlights 1 inside edge! While emphasis should be laid on the fact that Raina was at least TRYING TO HIT and Yuvraj was offering a dead bat at al everything Senanayake bowled.

  • on April 8, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    Raina has won many a match for India , edges or no edges. He performs consistently at a very competitive level with the ball in the field and at the crease. I am puzzled at the selectors for dropping him from the ODI eleven . India wins matches with him in the team. Yuvi is a class player and a winning champion. Sri Lanka bowled extremely well in the death overs and did not allow Yuvi nor Dhoni any room for runs. Yuvraj will come back as all champions do. Don't write his swan song as yet.

  • veeru1 on April 8, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    Guys this is very bad to torture the player who had won two world cups for our country. Yes he is not in good form or in good condition to play that match but that does't mean you need to make a villain. Coming to the match condition we need to consider below points instead of just blaming Yuvi.

    1.We need to give full credit to Lankan bowlers.they bowled really well. 2. We were very slow from the beginning.we were just 64/2 for 10.3Overs. 3. Dhoni know that we are not good on RR and Yuvraj is not in best form and he need some time to settle and we don't have that luxury b'coz of RR we have. 4.He should have sent in someone who can improve the run rate a bit like SL sent perara when they were falling behind on RR. 5.And yes yuvraj has his part in the failure but he is not the only reason.

    Please don't talk like abt our best batsman in international media which will effect our character.

  • batnpad on April 8, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    To single out Raina's edges are below the belt. Is it common practice to mention about false strokes and edges when referring to great innings-es? Runs are runs irrespective of how they are made, esp. in this format. I don't blame Y.Singh completely but the team management who stuck with him throughout the tournament. MSD has proven mindless backing of a player is a double edged sword. Bottom-line, Srilanka were desperate to win - they conveniently dropped their T20 Captain midway through the tournament- and India were hoping to win. And then MSD has the audacity to tell not to question the selection as it is end of the season !?!

  • on April 8, 2014, 13:50 GMT

    brilliant articles simply explaining the minor margin of error in t20 cricket.well i am a pakistani and a big fan of yuvi,i think its so unfair to just blame him or even dhoni for the loss,india played unbeaten during the whole tournament,even against aussies yuvi played good innings,thats was 1 great spell from malinga,andd1 just bad day could have come to any finalist team,unluckily that was for india this time.Then for srilianka,people started feeling for them,2 bigs guys retiring without winning 5 world cup finals,would have be the tragic story for them.In the end i would say cricket won,we all should appriciate the great game of circket and enjoy its unpredictablity.

  • inswing on April 8, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    This is a good defense of Yuvraj, but I don't buy it. The issue is that he never tried to hit till the full toss 21st ball when he got out. Till then, he was only going for defensive pushes and nudges. Middling the ball doesn't help if you are just making defensive pushes. The three edges from Raina are much better because he was trying to hit. You may get lucky or not, but you are showing intent. If Yuvraj skipped out of the crease after 10 balls and tried to hit a six and got stumped, no one would blame him. There was plenty of batting to come and only a few overs left. Rahane scored 3 runs from 8 balls, but he realized that it was too slow, and tried to hit. If he had "backed himself" to score later and wasted 20 balls in the process with defensive pushes, he would be criticized too.

  • Nampally on April 8, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    In T20 Cricket every DOT ball, 4 or 6 or a wicket, are all contributory factors for a victory. There is very little room for a "struggling batsman" like Yuvraj to suddenly reproduce his best form especially when the Indian score was already too slow. Dhoni as a Captain with immense experience of this format should have known better than to send Yuvraj IN when India had 64 for 2 in 10.3 overs! That is the first mistake. On top of this, not telling Yuvraj to go at full pace was the second mistake. Easiest way to address this should have been to send Raina who knows the T20 format like the back of his hand. Dhoni knew this but failed to send Raina @#4 - WHY?. That cost India 2014 T20 WC. Fans are blaming Yuvraj. But Dhoni knew exactly how Yuvraj bats but still risked losing WC. India was the best team in 2014 T20 WC. But in this format there is no room for making such fundamental mistakes. Bowling is only as good as the opposition Batting makes it look! 16 runs in 16th over proves this!

  • on April 8, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    sad part is that yuvi never tried to hit hard in this match,thats the worst i have seen from india in last 5 year

  • Witty_Cricketer on April 8, 2014, 13:22 GMT

    Looks like there are two extremes here, some morons going over the top and throwing stones at players house and some who dont want to entertain any criticism against Yuvraj. Players get praised when they perform, so they should be ready for constructive criticism when they fail. What Yuvraj did was silly, he was in bad form, but there was no intent to go big or get out and make way for other batsman when match was alive. Its the same mistake Gayle and Samuels make when they assume they can block balls thinking they can hit sixes later, but if they don't come off, team is almost certain to lose. Instead, if these guys go big pretty much from beginning they win just as many matches and they will not be match losers for the team.

  • bhushanB on April 8, 2014, 13:13 GMT

    I have not seen the match...but looking at the strike rates... what has DHONI done better than YUVI in the match.. they both has identical strike rates...

    Yes, Yuvi is struggling, yes sending Raina would have been a much better option.. but once out in the center.. he managed the same as the BEST FINISHER in the FORMAT...

    Give respect where it is due... I think it is the Lankan BOWLING that needs to be appreciated here....

  • itsqashi on April 8, 2014, 13:08 GMT

    Dhoni and co. made blunder first including Yuvi in final 11 and then send him batting in 11th over. Where should be send Raina. My question is what Dhoni did when got got chance to play even a signal ball. He was not able to made double on any ball he played.Now India have to think about Dhoni future as well.

  • on April 8, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    For once a correct article. Had raina's edges gone to the stumps? remember Yuvraj is fighting cancer. How many of us would? We will simply blame fate and everything around. Even MSD and kohli were slow. Rohit and rahane were slow too.

    Plus India looked unprepared to bat first! And they do not have the bowling to defend 130.

    That night Sl were better.

    India wanted to win WC 2011 and planned it. Also wanted to do well in 2003 and planned it.

    Planning is the key. To plan you need to be OPEN and discuss and dissect. Sometimes the planning even by experts is all wrong. I can see what's wrong. Am talking about performances since 2011. people will say that MSD and Fletcher and the administrators know what they are doing. But I don't believe it. Not because of the results but because of the approach.

    Planning stars with school and street cricket. Then the age-level matches. Then on to so many things.

    Is India so tiny to keep saying "we dont have such type of players?" for years together?

  • on April 8, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Yuvraj did not get just one off day in the final,for the last 8-9 months he has been given many chances and consistently failed in all of them, he was dropped from the ODI team, so on what ground he was selected for T20 WC, i can't remember he had even played any good inning in the domestic circuit in recent past.

    Yuvraj will never say that i don't want to play, no one ever does. Its the job of the selection panel and the team management to decide who is in good form and who to be left out. Yuvraj will never be the same player as he was because he is also like not technically sound as dravid or sachin.

  • on April 8, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    Well written article...Many are arguing that Dhoni and Kohli were also unable to hit at the end but take a note who they were facing...yuvi wasted balls of senanayke and herath and also wasted the momentum for india...I guess Aswin would have done a better job than yuvi...common we r indians and emotional thats the reason why he was in the team for all matches without any performance...

  • fair_paly_1 on April 8, 2014, 10:34 GMT

    ReverseStroke

    So what caused him "hanging in there"? Has that got nothing to do with good bowling then?

    No, you can't you "forget about tight bowling". Only if you are in denial!!!

  • on April 8, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    Yuvraj is no doubt a legend but He was not supposed to play the final, we saw his game in the league matches, he was never near to his graetness, so that time we ,media , captain x players all hyped him told he is back inform , he is big match player, we was to understand that his is not in nick in the league matches so why should we continue till the finals with past glory nobody can get into present, u earned enough now give chance to some young players,actually a player should play maximum 5 years after that a new player should get chance to represent his country, a person sticking decades how the others will get chance , u see now tendulkar ganguly dravid left we got kohli rahane and Dhawan like that we will get new heroes, we won and lost in their presence and it is same now also...

  • deepaksingh932 on April 8, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    It is too harsh on to put any blame on Yuvi. Considering Yuvraj's poor form dhoni should had to promoted Raina as he is our best T20 player, He might had scored quick runs from 11th or 12th over and that would be beneficial.

    But We pitty Indian put all the blame on only one player, who helped us to win 2 World title single handly. Friends please support yuvraj in his bad phase because you may not able see another Indian who can change the course of game in just 1 over

  • ReverseStroke on April 8, 2014, 10:22 GMT

    Forget about the tight bowling and Yuvraj's glorious past for a moment . What was lacking is the COMMON SENSE of Yuvaraj singh. He knows very well that there are few destructive batsman yet to come and it was already 16th over of the match , What the hell is he doing by rotating the strikes with kohli. Should he not try to hit the ball hard or try some unorthdox strokes to hit a boundary ... all of which he is capable of .. Instead of which he made a fool of himself by hanging in there like that of a test match.

  • sirish.aditya on April 8, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    It is a well thought-out and beautifully articulated article. You are so right about people cheering for snicks and edges that run away to the boundary than those welll-middled shots that go to the fielder. Ofcourse, sport is as much about winning as it is about aesthetic pleasure but only when those two attributes go hand in hand is sport elevated to a higher level. What the T20 format has done to the state of Cricket is pitiable, with the game that is so often called a metaphor for life turning into a cheap spectacle of sorts with quasi-patriotic, beer guzzling middle-aged men looking to find meaning to their existence by the performance of eleven of their countrymen. It is, after all is said and done, just a game and even if Yuvraj was the prime reason behind India's loss, he atleast tried. This country is full of millions of people who can't even claim that they ever did.

  • Champagne_Cricket on April 8, 2014, 9:59 GMT

    Well said Farooq3, even Dhoni struggled and managed a strike rate of around 50%. His helicopter shot and all the pompous show off wasn't there cos the death bowling by the SLns was immaculate and never seen before.

  • fair_paly_1 on April 8, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    Jayanth Sachin

    Same "morales and attitudes" apply to the team chasing as well. A score of 150 is not a big deal either. In fact a score like 130 in a final can be trickier than a par score of 150.

    Besides, the main thing the article misses is good bowling that tightened the screw.

  • on April 8, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    fair play ateam coming out to defend 130 & 150will have different morales and attitudes

  • on April 8, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    why Indian cricket board did not select zaheer khan ahed of mohit sharma nd shud give chance to irfaan pathan ahed of muhammad shami or Stuart binny zaheer is no more test bowler t 20 nd odi suitable for zaheer

  • on April 8, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    yuvraj can murderrrrr in every attacke so dnt forget yuvraj make his first 11 runs in 18 balls agains aus but after that he make 60 in 40 balls ....... same his plan was in finel also but finle day was not for yuvraj ........... dnt worry and remember yuvraj was our hero in 2 world championship out of 3

  • rajuramki on April 8, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    T20 is a game in which the only thing that matters is how many runs a batsman scores at a good strike rate . There is no fancy for technical plays. Not all players can play cricketing shots and score freely unless they are as gifted as Amla,Mahelaor Kohli . The West indians were soring runs at a rapid pace in the end overs through power packed shots . If someone's game is not suited to a format , he should not be playing it . There is no excuse for scoring 11 runs in 21 balls and killing the momentum .It is not the result but the attitude that matters.

  • cric1965 on April 8, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    it is unfair to pinpoint Yuvi as the sole responsible person for low score. look at the last 4 overs beak down. Yuvi face 9 balls scored 4 runs Kohli face 8 balls scored 7 runs Dhoni face 7 balls scored 7 Byes3 wide1 TOTAL 19 Kohli who had face 50 balls at the start of 17 th over also could score 7 runs during last his last 8 balls. Is it not a failure from Kohli,s side. If your partner is not scoring, Kohli should not exchange for singles. He should keep the strike and bat as far as possible. He may got upset due to YUVI and Dhoni,s poor form. But you have to keep your nerve until end of the match. In my pint Kohli also responsible for this defeat. His 77 runs in vain at last.He took lot of balls in his intial period. At the end his strike rate is around 130. Finally allthree batsman are responsible for this low score and defeat.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on April 8, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    Zaheer was not singled out as much for that spell v mighty Aus as much as Yuvraj.Rightly so.Dont think he can to be blamed.Even though that was erratic spell by ZK,it would'nt have made a diff.Those Aussies were at another level,an unstoppable force.

  • fair_paly_1 on April 8, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    The claim in the article "that he cost India the match" is grossly unfair to the superb death bowling - the best of the tournament. Who would have been able to hit such accurate wide Yorkers? Even Dhoni couldn't. It's simply taking credit away from the opposition.

    Had Yuvraj alone scored another 20 runs in that period, his score would have been 31 from 21 balls at an excellent strike rate of 147. The question arises would India have won the match with a score of 150? Probably not as SL still had 13 balls left before the game finished and not only that they were taking it easy when they were getting closer to the target.

    Just accept that better team on the day won.

  • CricketMaan on April 8, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    So this is how we treat our sporting heroes fellow Indians? Sports is afterall a great leveller, you have highs and lows but to point anyone for loss or hail one for a win is absurd. Cricket is a team game and even in sport such as Tennis there are people in the background that make it happen! Highsight and paper critics will always blame Dhoni, but the fact is SL prepared well for every situation in the game, read conditions and opppostiion very well and finally executed plans. They won is more than we lost it. Move on!

  • vagupt90 on April 8, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    Yuvraj Singh never looks relaxed in the entire tournament. If you look at the last 10 balls Yv has faced you will found that his stance and feet movement was gone totally wrong simply due to lack of form or lack of confidence. One thing is sure that this is not the same YV we have known for last several years. According to me MS Dhoni has taken a wrong decision to send him early as i believe during net practices every body specially the captain and coach would easily identified who is in form and who is out of touch. Nevertheless SRILANKA especially Malinga bowled well in slog overs but if you remember in the last T20 Malinga has gone for 54 runs in his 4 overs and every body pointed him as the main culprit. So guys we loose this final due to wrong decision taken by our captain not because of YV as he is in the downtrend of his career/form and we can't expect 3 or 6 sixes from YV every time he played. You can criticized him for not giving the strike to Kohli nothing more than that....

  • Farooq3 on April 8, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    At the end of the day another 20 runs would have hardly made a difference - so back off from unnecessarily criticizing Yuvi! Even Dhoni struggled to handle the death bowling!

  • balaji28 on April 8, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    I don't know how yuvi got selected even in the provisional 30 man squad.He had done no justice in county cricket to get selected even in the 30 man provisional squad. Yuvi's selection is an injustice committed to upcoming players. At least selectors should push yuvi for international retirement.If selectors selects him again then it will surely demoralize the indian team.

  • on April 8, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    Indians, Yuviraj helped you guys to give victorious moments. Made us lions worry for sometime. He was your pride. He decided to try again after going through Cancer treatments. One game was enough to throw stones at his home? We lost many finals and our players still were our HERO. We welcomed with parades just like how we're going to welcome them as WT20 champions.

  • subcontinent-expert on April 8, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    Well it was evident from the expression of YUVI that he was aware of what he did to the momentum, even the dugout people's face said it all about the emotion at that time... But Yuvi was most disappointed than any body there... At the presentation when he came to Kohli it seemed as if he was controlling his tears... Remember had he been Kohli he would have wept at that time(at ground)... But he is stronger than most people.... I think we went too far this time as far as criticizing is concerned...

    We people never take defeat sportingly... C'mon guys you cannot loose without commiting mistakes.. You error some where in a match and you loose as simple as that...

    And we call ourselves die hart Indian fans...Shame on us....

  • Yaswanth.Ram on April 8, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    @saithesailor : Do you rate a batsman based on his average??? so according to your Logic greats Like Sanath Jayasuriya, Adam Gilchrist(Average in mid 30s) are overrated? They have changed the way cricket being played!!

  • Udendra on April 8, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    I think the way he faced and overcame cancer says it all. A brave man.

  • Yaswanth.Ram on April 8, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    Every player will have bad patch and Srilankan fast bowlers have executed their plans perfectly but what has hurt me is that Yuvraj didn't try to slog sweep or come out of blocks to hit Senanayake!!! He is lacking self confidence he needs a good mentor may be ganguly and a good break from Cricket!! He is a champion and lets forget this game and give UV the much deserved respect after all he won 2 world cups for India!!! 2007 WT20 Semi-Final won by him alone!! we shouldn't forget that

  • sirish.aditya on April 8, 2014, 6:46 GMT

    It is a well thought-out and beautifully articulated article. You are so right about people cheering for snicks and edges that run away to the boundary than those welll-middled shots that go to the fielder. Ofcourse, sport is as much about winning as it is about aesthetic pleasure but only when those two attributes go hand in hand is sport elevated to a higher level. What the T20 format has done to the state of Cricket is pitiable, with the game that is so often called a metaphor for life turning into a cheap spectacle of sorts with quasi-patriotic, beer guzzling middle-aged men looking to find meaning to their existence by the performance of eleven of their countrymen. It is, after all is said and done, just a game and even if Yuvraj was the prime reason behind India's loss, he atleast tried. This country is full of millions of people who can't even claim that they ever did.

  • VinodGupte on April 8, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    even rohit sharma and virat kohli struggled to score freely in the first 10 overs. kohli was scoring at run-a-ball for nearly 25 deliveries. yuvraj singh struggled a bit more, but so did dhoni and kohli towards the end. let's also not forget that IND bowling failed to defend the target. WI, did so only two years ago. why couldn't IND? I hope yuvraj singh plays well in the IPL and is selected for the ODIs and T20s until the WC.

  • on April 8, 2014, 6:40 GMT

    I am sad to say that Indian fans have once again shown their immaturity and lack of sportsmanship. This is absolutely ridiculous. Yuvi is not the first one in such a position, there have been many players before but I have never seen people treating anyone as bad as they did with Yuvi. Not that i am going to praise Pakistani fans but Misbah ul haq cost us 1 wc final against india in 2007 and semi final in 2011 against India, yet the whole team including Misbah was received very warmly for their efforts to reach finals. Afridi has done it in countless occasions yet he is the most loved cricketer in Pakistan because of his patriotism and effort he puts in for the team and nation.

  • Omarrz on April 8, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    I want to know what is going in Kohli's mind these days? He was the man who pushed his IPL franchise to buy Yuvraj for a record price. Now as a captain of RCB, will he include him in the playing XI? I don't think so especially when he said that he was "frustrated" on not getting the strikes in last 4 overs.

  • saithesailor on April 8, 2014, 6:32 GMT

    Greatest Limited over player??Greatness comes in being consistent and not performing in bits and pieces...Look at Yuvi average in one dayers ...It is not even touching 40 which is the bench mark for a good batsmen...Portraying him as one of the greatest one day players is degrading palyesr like sir viv richards , sachin tendulkar , Dean Jones to name is few....Yuvi is nowhere in that league...

  • PKRammy on April 8, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    I duly respect Yuvi for his contribution to Indian cricket, but i am unhappy with him in this WT20 b'cause he knew that he is not confident as in the past, then he could have step out himself and let others . Just look at Dinesh Chandimal how he sacrificed for his country. Now he is happy since his team won.

  • on April 8, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    A very well written piece by Sidharth Monga. Yuvraj is a great fighter and tremondous limited over batsman. But not many would have criticized had Yuvraj got out atleast 10 balls earlier. I am sure that a player with his experience in Cricket, you know, if its not your day. Then, in the interest of the team, he should have sacrificed his wicket earlier. Because, the team had still few good hitters who did not even get a chance to try their luck. Thats the point. May be Yuvraj was in a zombie state and Dhoni (from the dug out) should have communicated with him to throw away the wicket!!

  • on April 8, 2014, 6:16 GMT

    I m neither a coach nor a great player lyk yuvraj but the problem wid yuvi's game is, he is not allowing ball to come to him and one more problem is that he has no balance while playing the shot specially against spinners

  • mzm149 on April 8, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    Presence of Yuvraj Singh in the team is good for opposition team. As long as he stays on the crease he will check the run flow.

  • Prabs_M on April 8, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    Adulation and Criticism comes from the same place, fans immense passion and obsession for the game. You cannot have one without the other. While some fans might have gone a bit over-board you cannot under estimate their disappointment. It could be argued that if you cannot handle their exception, maybe it's time you tried some other profession.

  • on April 8, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    Yuvi will be back to his formidable best. He is a person of indomitable spirit. Just wait and watch, this IPL is going to be Yuvis and he will for sure make a comeback to the national team. There is nothing to be disheartened YUvi.

    WE ARE THERE WITH YOU.

    I am sure he will make his detractors EAT THEIR OWN WORDS.

    All The best YUVI

  • on April 8, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    Well written ..........yes in T20 there is no room for errors. And one wrong decision will ruin the match and that is what happenedi in the Finals. But still india played well in their group stages and in the semis too. We should give credit to the sri lankan bowlers too. Its just a game in which one has to win and other has to lose. So called FANS..Pelting stones and burning the posters of the players is a idiotic.. thing to do......and those people are not true lovers of the Sport...........

  • sergio11 on April 8, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    Its so cruel to blame Yuvi like this...dont forget during the 2011 season,he was at the top of his game.not only with bat,but also with ball..from there it was a tough time for him...to survive cancer and come back..its not easy..but it was a long brake..just think..if he wasnt diagnosed with cancer and if he had played all the games after 2011 WC..do u think he will ever produce an inng like this??NO...now he is human..this might be going through his mind also..same thing i said..he will be cursing the cancer....now the world provided him with an even tougher situation...its cruel..he won us 2 world cups...no one remembering that now...one can argue..when a player play for his country he have certain responsibilities..bt in tough situation wat will we do??back ourselfs to do good..the past success we had will come to our mind..same thing with yuvi..he might have thought that he can catch by with the strike rate he normally plays once he is set..but SL bowled well...hence 11 of 21

  • indiancricfaninusa on April 8, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    Yuvi is a Fighter. Not a quitter.

  • sray23 on April 8, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    In this case it's more Yuvi's character more than his cricket which is disappointing. If this was Dravid or Sachin (ie guys with an undisputed team ethic and putting team over individual play ALWAYS), they would not be getting such harsh treatment. But Yuvi has always been the self-absorbed kind of individual. If he is going through a bad patch and another guys asked him for help, he probably would not be nearly as accomodating as if Dravid was going through a lean patch and someone else asked him for help. It's this tendency to withdraw into himself and get pre-occupied with himself that's getting Yuvi into trouble. But that's his character, no-one can do much about it now. From a cricketing point of view he should be dropped seeing the next WC is in Aus and he has a pretty ordinary record there - better to throw a youngster in and see what happens.

  • Unmesh_cric on April 8, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    Although I am just a small club level cricketer, I can empathize with Yuvi. Sometimes you get into a tricky situation while batting; you struggle to time the ball and score runs. But you think that if you just hang on for a few more balls, you can make up for the initial dot balls. And because you have struggled and already consumed so many balls, you don't want to get out at that point. In some innings you actually make up for those dot balls by hitting a few to the fence. But in some innings, your struggle just never ends and you build up pressure on yourself with every dot ball. Imagine if Yuvi was able hit that full-toss for a six (instead of holing out). He may have carried the confidence from that six and could have hit a couple more. He may have ended up with a 25-ball 30 in that case, which wouldn't have looked that bad. But for Yuvi, his struggle never ended in this inning and he was never able to make up for his initial struggles.

  • on April 8, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    Pretty bad time for Yuvi, isn't it ?? BTW, all SL fans are waiting to see you in the fields again.

  • ram_fantastic on April 8, 2014, 2:50 GMT

    This was not the first innings he struggled in this tournament. It was right through but the other matches did not matter. He should have never played in the final. Let us recognise that he is past his prime and give him a champions farewell.

  • glen1 on April 8, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    This is all fine writing; but a T20 final is hardly the place for redemption. Yuvraj could have been symbolically in the team, but the batting order could have been juggled. Unfortunately, Dhoni and Fletcher can do nothing once senior players are included in the team. Ever since the World Cup, team India's success has been bogged down by seniors' past due date.

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  • glen1 on April 8, 2014, 2:47 GMT

    This is all fine writing; but a T20 final is hardly the place for redemption. Yuvraj could have been symbolically in the team, but the batting order could have been juggled. Unfortunately, Dhoni and Fletcher can do nothing once senior players are included in the team. Ever since the World Cup, team India's success has been bogged down by seniors' past due date.

  • ram_fantastic on April 8, 2014, 2:50 GMT

    This was not the first innings he struggled in this tournament. It was right through but the other matches did not matter. He should have never played in the final. Let us recognise that he is past his prime and give him a champions farewell.

  • on April 8, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    Pretty bad time for Yuvi, isn't it ?? BTW, all SL fans are waiting to see you in the fields again.

  • Unmesh_cric on April 8, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    Although I am just a small club level cricketer, I can empathize with Yuvi. Sometimes you get into a tricky situation while batting; you struggle to time the ball and score runs. But you think that if you just hang on for a few more balls, you can make up for the initial dot balls. And because you have struggled and already consumed so many balls, you don't want to get out at that point. In some innings you actually make up for those dot balls by hitting a few to the fence. But in some innings, your struggle just never ends and you build up pressure on yourself with every dot ball. Imagine if Yuvi was able hit that full-toss for a six (instead of holing out). He may have carried the confidence from that six and could have hit a couple more. He may have ended up with a 25-ball 30 in that case, which wouldn't have looked that bad. But for Yuvi, his struggle never ended in this inning and he was never able to make up for his initial struggles.

  • sray23 on April 8, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    In this case it's more Yuvi's character more than his cricket which is disappointing. If this was Dravid or Sachin (ie guys with an undisputed team ethic and putting team over individual play ALWAYS), they would not be getting such harsh treatment. But Yuvi has always been the self-absorbed kind of individual. If he is going through a bad patch and another guys asked him for help, he probably would not be nearly as accomodating as if Dravid was going through a lean patch and someone else asked him for help. It's this tendency to withdraw into himself and get pre-occupied with himself that's getting Yuvi into trouble. But that's his character, no-one can do much about it now. From a cricketing point of view he should be dropped seeing the next WC is in Aus and he has a pretty ordinary record there - better to throw a youngster in and see what happens.

  • indiancricfaninusa on April 8, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    Yuvi is a Fighter. Not a quitter.

  • sergio11 on April 8, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    Its so cruel to blame Yuvi like this...dont forget during the 2011 season,he was at the top of his game.not only with bat,but also with ball..from there it was a tough time for him...to survive cancer and come back..its not easy..but it was a long brake..just think..if he wasnt diagnosed with cancer and if he had played all the games after 2011 WC..do u think he will ever produce an inng like this??NO...now he is human..this might be going through his mind also..same thing i said..he will be cursing the cancer....now the world provided him with an even tougher situation...its cruel..he won us 2 world cups...no one remembering that now...one can argue..when a player play for his country he have certain responsibilities..bt in tough situation wat will we do??back ourselfs to do good..the past success we had will come to our mind..same thing with yuvi..he might have thought that he can catch by with the strike rate he normally plays once he is set..but SL bowled well...hence 11 of 21

  • on April 8, 2014, 4:52 GMT

    Well written ..........yes in T20 there is no room for errors. And one wrong decision will ruin the match and that is what happenedi in the Finals. But still india played well in their group stages and in the semis too. We should give credit to the sri lankan bowlers too. Its just a game in which one has to win and other has to lose. So called FANS..Pelting stones and burning the posters of the players is a idiotic.. thing to do......and those people are not true lovers of the Sport...........

  • on April 8, 2014, 5:24 GMT

    Yuvi will be back to his formidable best. He is a person of indomitable spirit. Just wait and watch, this IPL is going to be Yuvis and he will for sure make a comeback to the national team. There is nothing to be disheartened YUvi.

    WE ARE THERE WITH YOU.

    I am sure he will make his detractors EAT THEIR OWN WORDS.

    All The best YUVI

  • Prabs_M on April 8, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    Adulation and Criticism comes from the same place, fans immense passion and obsession for the game. You cannot have one without the other. While some fans might have gone a bit over-board you cannot under estimate their disappointment. It could be argued that if you cannot handle their exception, maybe it's time you tried some other profession.