India v Sri Lanka, World T20, final April 6, 2014

Yuvraj innings applies Dementor kiss to India

The driving force behind two of India's world titles had a nightmarish outing, struggling to provide the big hits or Kohli the strike
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Harry Potter readers will be familiar with what a magical creature called a Dementor does. It sucks all happiness, all positivity, all hope from a living being. It does not stop at that. It proceeds to suck the very soul out, leaving only the body behind, practically lifeless. The latter act is called the Dementor's Kiss. Now not even the most cynical person would brand Yuvraj Singh a Dementor even in the extreme emotion of what happened tonight in Dhaka. He has given Indian cricket and its fans numerous reasons and occasions to feel happy and proud about for over a decade. His deeds in limited-overs cricket, especially in the 2011 World Cup, are the stuff of legend.

His effort of 11 off 21, however, was the Dementor's Kiss for India in the World T20 final. It wasn't only the chasm between the number of deliveries he faced and the runs he scored. It was something more critical. It sucked all the momentum from their innings and left them with a total that did register on the scoreboard, but did little else for their prospects. It was so thorough a soul-destroying operation that it sought out whatever momentum Virat Kohli was building, and killed it. This despite yet another epic from Kohli, who must have felt like screaming out in frustration every time Yuvraj failed to hand him the strike.

Twice, Yuvraj consumed half an over to bring Kohli on strike. Two sets of three balls each producing a grand total of two singles. In the 15th and 17th overs, when all batsmen are supposed to be doing in T20 is try to hit the ball out of sight. This with a charged-up, in-form, incandescent Kohli straining to get his chance at the other end.

Denying strike to a batsman in full flow can rob him of his rhythm and the zone he has worked so hard till then to build for himself.

Off the fourth ball of that 17th, Kohli charged the bowler, but could only hit it along the ground to long-on, admonishing himself as he trotted to the other end for a single. How much of that anger was directed at Yuvraj, we will never know. Kohli finds it hard to hide his disappointment even when a team-mate misfields. All we saw was that after the game ended and Yuvraj walked up from his position at deep midwicket to shake hands with team-mates and the opposition, Kohli quietly slunk away when the senior batsman came close to him.

From the man who Kohli had so much faith in that he had made his franchise owner put in the highest bid of the IPL auction for Yuvraj just over a month ago.

India were out of it, barring a miracle, by the time their innings had ended. Yuvraj had left India with little positive vibe at the break, after they had seen their decorated match-winner of years gone past struggle to the extent and for the time he did.

West Indies had been 38 for 2 after 11 overs in the 2012 World T20 final, also against Sri Lanka. From there, Marlon Samuels had catapulted them to 137 for 6. India were 65 for 2 after 11 overs in this final. From there, they managed seven runs less than what West Indies had made, after starting 27 in front. Not only does that show you how inspirational Samuels was that Colombo night, it also rams home how dispiriting Yuvraj was this Dhaka night.

In the 2013 Champions Trophy final, India had ended one short of the 130 they made tonight. But they had been given a late boost by Ravindra Jadeja, and would have drawn hope from that. Hope can be a tenuous thing to maintain, especially in an all-or-nothing clash like a final. To watch someone as experienced on the big occasion as Yuvraj scratch around for nearly half the duration of a T20 innings can be gutting for the entire side.

The delivery that Yuvraj got out to, a high full toss, he would have clobbered for six nearly every time in his glorious past. By the time he holed out, it was the penultimate over, and India had had a gigantic suction pump run over them.

They had not got too many freebies from Sri Lanka till now, and they were not getting anything for what remained of their innings. Kohli, indefatigable but helpless Kohli, turned for an impossible second run off the final ball of the innings, trying to regain something, anything for India, and getting run-out for 77 off 58. But it was too late. The Dementor's Kiss had already been delivered. Most unfortunately for India, it had come from the man who had won them the 2011 World Cup. That is what will be the hardest to digest.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Jagdish3k on April 7, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    Time is a great leveller. Isn't it. The same Yuvraj has been a golden boy of India especially in World Cups. In 2007, he provided spark & firepower to Indian Batting. In SF against Aus he made 70 odd runs in 30 odd balls. In 2011, he was more than a batsman and bowled beautifully. He was like a man possessed and could do no wrong. Not to mention that for his performance he was chosen Man of the series. We should not be disrespectful and mean to him. Even Dhoni also could do little as SL bowlers executed the plans perfectly. The fact is that Yuvraj is not the same man. Due to continuous in & out from Indian team his confidence has been shaken.Let us accept it. He is simply out of form. We should leave him alone and be full of gratitude to him for the happiness he has provided to millians of Cricket lovers worldwide.

  • gmsjgmsj on April 10, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    Dont crucify Yuvi, yet

    Yuvi wasnt in form throughout the tournament. He was struggling in the previous 5 matches and it did need a bold but gamblign captain to send him up the order.

    Readers may recall that in last 3-4 years, whether captaining India or CSK, Dhoni had always promoted himself to two drop much to the astonishment of spectators (like 2011 WC final when Yuvi was the MoS). Dhoni had similarly done so in various crunch games of CSK in the IPL.

    I dont understand what Dhoni thought could be achieved by sending Yuvi up the order in the T20 finals when it is a known fact that Yuvi cannot belt wily spinners who bowl run denying length on a sub continent pitch. He has even struggled against Aussie spinners like Hogg in the past. When the ball is coming to the bat, theres no player like Yuvi. But stymie his free flow and u got him. Why Dhoni didnt promote himself or Raina is a million dollar question!

    Why is no one talking of the poor poor start that Rohit and Rahane gave us?

  • dmqi on April 10, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    If MSD had to take a chance to hit the ball, why the inform Raina was not sent? Did we not watch him sitting on the bench tense and watching helplessly India falling behind. It was not Yuvi's fault, wrong decision by the Captain in batting order. But Indian Fans should be happy that Kholi was dropped early in the Innings. Before blaming the out of form person , check all the events.

  • BigINDFan on April 9, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    Clearly for all the fans and the Indian team - you should have seen this disaster coming especially after the WI game. Gayle and Samuels were chuckling to see Yuvi struggle to take a stupid single to give Rohit the strike and Raina comes in and easily gets the winning runs. Fletcher and MSD blundered by keeping Yuvi in the side for the semis and finals. They should have brought Dhawan back and pushed Rohit or Rahane to the middle order. MSD should have played at No. 4 in this tournament - he would have rotated the strike and a few blows and that adds 20-30 runs in the end. SL could not believe their luck as even with their accurate bowling they would have expected at least 150.

    Here is some advice to selectors - make Kohli T20 captain and replace Yuvi, MSD, Dhawan and Jadeja with youngsters who are athletic and play fearless cricket. 3 seperate teams for Tests, ODI and T20 and Ind will become No. 1 even if they lose initially they will improve.

  • on April 9, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    As Dhoni mentioned, there is no one else in the world who will be more aggrieved about this innings than Yuvi himself. Let us recollect those lovely moments he gave us in the two WC wins in 2007 and 2011. His knock in the final was not his fault. It's the Dhoni/Fletcher management style which caused this embarrassment to Yuvraj. Despite being evident to several million fans that Yuvi was struggling for form, Dhoni/Fletcher still gave him a "chance to fail". They did exactly the same mistake with Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag and Gambhir. When a player is struggling for form, its better that they're left alone to sort out their form - rather than make them fail in front of millions of fans - and finish off their career for good. Will Yuvraj's failure stop this disturbing trend?

  • on April 9, 2014, 15:16 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..!!!!

  • on April 9, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    We knew that he was struggling for form, only the innings against Aus was a throwback to his glory days. MSD did a mistake by not playing himself at No4 but he too had been struggling for form. But would have been better to send himself in at 4 and Raina at 5. Both of them would have given able foil to Virat. At 111 for 2 in 16 overs, the match was evenly poised and we could have got 150 from there. Instead we ended at 130 and the advantage was clearly SL at the break.

    Time waits for no one, did not wait for our fab four, did not wait for Sehwag or Zak. Came up very fast for Bhajji and Gauti whose international careers are kind of over. Yuvi has played a lot and has had a huge contribution but its time he is now replaced since its evident that his best days are over. He should however be lauded for his numerous achievements.

  • AravindVatsal82 on April 9, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    After so much in his life & comeback to do what you do best,but i pretty him,the selectors have lost themself & dhoni testing him @ wrong time cost the t20WC otherwise Ind the best team in the whole tour beating likes of Aus,SA.If u look cricket alone then he should have not been in the playing 11 see those drop catches,mis filed from who set fielding standards for Ind @ point,If you Put the country first then play inform team which gives the results

  • merchacko on April 9, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    Of course, Dhoni or the selecting panel has to be blamed and not Yuvi for his failure. Yuvi must hv bn good those days, but his performance now leaves a lot to be desired. Anyways, team India good luck for the future games. God Bless you all!

  • on April 9, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    It's not just Yuvis fualt team management, non striker with him should have helped him out. this is cricket not golf and it is a team, sport....

  • Jagdish3k on April 7, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    Time is a great leveller. Isn't it. The same Yuvraj has been a golden boy of India especially in World Cups. In 2007, he provided spark & firepower to Indian Batting. In SF against Aus he made 70 odd runs in 30 odd balls. In 2011, he was more than a batsman and bowled beautifully. He was like a man possessed and could do no wrong. Not to mention that for his performance he was chosen Man of the series. We should not be disrespectful and mean to him. Even Dhoni also could do little as SL bowlers executed the plans perfectly. The fact is that Yuvraj is not the same man. Due to continuous in & out from Indian team his confidence has been shaken.Let us accept it. He is simply out of form. We should leave him alone and be full of gratitude to him for the happiness he has provided to millians of Cricket lovers worldwide.

  • gmsjgmsj on April 10, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    Dont crucify Yuvi, yet

    Yuvi wasnt in form throughout the tournament. He was struggling in the previous 5 matches and it did need a bold but gamblign captain to send him up the order.

    Readers may recall that in last 3-4 years, whether captaining India or CSK, Dhoni had always promoted himself to two drop much to the astonishment of spectators (like 2011 WC final when Yuvi was the MoS). Dhoni had similarly done so in various crunch games of CSK in the IPL.

    I dont understand what Dhoni thought could be achieved by sending Yuvi up the order in the T20 finals when it is a known fact that Yuvi cannot belt wily spinners who bowl run denying length on a sub continent pitch. He has even struggled against Aussie spinners like Hogg in the past. When the ball is coming to the bat, theres no player like Yuvi. But stymie his free flow and u got him. Why Dhoni didnt promote himself or Raina is a million dollar question!

    Why is no one talking of the poor poor start that Rohit and Rahane gave us?

  • dmqi on April 10, 2014, 3:37 GMT

    If MSD had to take a chance to hit the ball, why the inform Raina was not sent? Did we not watch him sitting on the bench tense and watching helplessly India falling behind. It was not Yuvi's fault, wrong decision by the Captain in batting order. But Indian Fans should be happy that Kholi was dropped early in the Innings. Before blaming the out of form person , check all the events.

  • BigINDFan on April 9, 2014, 17:17 GMT

    Clearly for all the fans and the Indian team - you should have seen this disaster coming especially after the WI game. Gayle and Samuels were chuckling to see Yuvi struggle to take a stupid single to give Rohit the strike and Raina comes in and easily gets the winning runs. Fletcher and MSD blundered by keeping Yuvi in the side for the semis and finals. They should have brought Dhawan back and pushed Rohit or Rahane to the middle order. MSD should have played at No. 4 in this tournament - he would have rotated the strike and a few blows and that adds 20-30 runs in the end. SL could not believe their luck as even with their accurate bowling they would have expected at least 150.

    Here is some advice to selectors - make Kohli T20 captain and replace Yuvi, MSD, Dhawan and Jadeja with youngsters who are athletic and play fearless cricket. 3 seperate teams for Tests, ODI and T20 and Ind will become No. 1 even if they lose initially they will improve.

  • on April 9, 2014, 16:13 GMT

    As Dhoni mentioned, there is no one else in the world who will be more aggrieved about this innings than Yuvi himself. Let us recollect those lovely moments he gave us in the two WC wins in 2007 and 2011. His knock in the final was not his fault. It's the Dhoni/Fletcher management style which caused this embarrassment to Yuvraj. Despite being evident to several million fans that Yuvi was struggling for form, Dhoni/Fletcher still gave him a "chance to fail". They did exactly the same mistake with Dravid, Laxman, Sehwag and Gambhir. When a player is struggling for form, its better that they're left alone to sort out their form - rather than make them fail in front of millions of fans - and finish off their career for good. Will Yuvraj's failure stop this disturbing trend?

  • on April 9, 2014, 15:16 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..!!!!

  • on April 9, 2014, 11:00 GMT

    We knew that he was struggling for form, only the innings against Aus was a throwback to his glory days. MSD did a mistake by not playing himself at No4 but he too had been struggling for form. But would have been better to send himself in at 4 and Raina at 5. Both of them would have given able foil to Virat. At 111 for 2 in 16 overs, the match was evenly poised and we could have got 150 from there. Instead we ended at 130 and the advantage was clearly SL at the break.

    Time waits for no one, did not wait for our fab four, did not wait for Sehwag or Zak. Came up very fast for Bhajji and Gauti whose international careers are kind of over. Yuvi has played a lot and has had a huge contribution but its time he is now replaced since its evident that his best days are over. He should however be lauded for his numerous achievements.

  • AravindVatsal82 on April 9, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    After so much in his life & comeback to do what you do best,but i pretty him,the selectors have lost themself & dhoni testing him @ wrong time cost the t20WC otherwise Ind the best team in the whole tour beating likes of Aus,SA.If u look cricket alone then he should have not been in the playing 11 see those drop catches,mis filed from who set fielding standards for Ind @ point,If you Put the country first then play inform team which gives the results

  • merchacko on April 9, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    Of course, Dhoni or the selecting panel has to be blamed and not Yuvi for his failure. Yuvi must hv bn good those days, but his performance now leaves a lot to be desired. Anyways, team India good luck for the future games. God Bless you all!

  • on April 9, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    It's not just Yuvis fualt team management, non striker with him should have helped him out. this is cricket not golf and it is a team, sport....

  • kapilesh23 on April 9, 2014, 3:08 GMT

    Unfortunately Yuvi fans, his bad day which was just a bad day for him resulted in India losing the world cup. I think it is a pretty big price to pay for a player to have his bad day. Also it was not like we didn't see this bad day coming. No one denies his contribution in those two world cups. However Yuvraj was never a big final match player. Even in his legendary 2007 and 2011 world cup victories he didn't do anything exceptional in finals. Really a more practical approach will be nice.

  • Al_Bundy1 on April 9, 2014, 1:42 GMT

    Yusuf Pathan would have been a perfect choice for the finals. He is a good player of spin. A couple of sixes, and he would have demoralized SL bowers. Yuvraj has been struggling for the past 3 years. His best days are behind him.

  • Al_Bundy1 on April 9, 2014, 1:36 GMT

    Agree with @thalagune - Send Yuvraj to Sri Lanka. He will be celebrated as a hero there! Nobody is above the game. The selectors and Dhoni made a big mistake by selecting Yuvraj. It has been clear to everybody that Yuvraj is not the same man he was b4 he got cancer. Team India plays for its fan, not to indulge senior players like Yuvraj or Tendulkar.

    What do fans want?? They want India to win!! Selectors and team captain have a duty to select the best player for the occasion. Yuvraj has been out of form for 2 years now. Select whichever player is in form - it could be Yusuf Pathan today, Robin Uthappa next year.

  • Abhishek272727 on April 8, 2014, 23:47 GMT

    @thalagune: Thanks for accepting the fact on behalf of your SL fans that SL won because of Yuvi or else they would have lost for sure. No we will not send him to SL or any where else because we still love and respect him for what he has done for India (2007, 2011). It was Dhoni's fault to send him at that crucial juncture. Dhoni should not have send him (he shouldn't be in team with his current form anyways) considering his performances in earlier matches.

  • abhyudayj on April 8, 2014, 23:24 GMT

    @Chandu Pelapolwatte - it was ajust bad day for india, look at india they had big win compared to srilanka. stats also clarifies that which team is better in final. Freien enjoy the moment.

  • ABHICA on April 8, 2014, 20:39 GMT

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

  • YogifromNY on April 8, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    It is funny, isn't it, that anyone who has come out in support of Yuvraj (either fans here or cricketers like Sachin or Harbhajanb) has talked about what he did in 2007 and 2011? To them, I would like to say this - when you are next sitting down hungry and expecting a nice feast, how would you like to be told, "Be satisfied with that mega feast we provided you three years ago, why are you upset there is hardly any food today?"

    That line of reasoning is so stupid and pointless. The fact is - Yuvraj was not in form and should never have been selected to play at all.

  • on April 8, 2014, 18:42 GMT

    Yuvraj is not to blame. The persons responsible for this fiasco are the selectors who chose a woefully out of form player and Dhoni who insisted in playing him despite all the indications.

  • on April 8, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    Its laughable as to some of the famous names are questioning Yuvraj's form/confidence/ability. I just imagined them with the bat in the middle!

    Besides being the man of the series, Yuvraj was electric on the field from the outset in the 2011 world cup Finals preventing Sri Lanka from building any momentum. Stopped at least 20 runs in the field. Had the best bowling figures including the scalp of Kumar Sangakkara. All this is forgotten now! I understand the psyched up fans, but I cant fathom some of the comments made by so called cricket pundits! Who do they think they are?

    In form Virat nor MS Dhoni could not get any decent connection with the bat in the last four overs. Malinga was exceptiona! Sachithra Senanayake was unplayable and any left handed batsmen would have had the same issues getting him away.

  • fanatics_cric on April 8, 2014, 17:45 GMT

    Everyone will look for a scapegoat especially after a defeat in a World Cup final with so many records at stake. This time it is 'Yuvraj Singh'. By bashing Yuvi, we are undermining the effort of the Lankan bowlers, who were very spirited and bowled exceptionally. Yuvi just had a bad day at work. Lets not do any yuvi bashing as he is still one of the finest batsman in the shorter version. Overall well done India, given their performances just before the world cup.

  • Koalas on April 8, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    Now who will caste the patronus charm for Indian cricket.

  • crimsonbull on April 8, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Yuraj is a tragic figure, much like King Lear

  • thalagune on April 8, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    Hi i am sri lankan,a kind plea to all those who are axeing yuvaraj,please dont do it to sir yuvaraj for he is a like national hero here in our country,if you dont want him anymore send him to colombo,he will be honoured with a red carpet and will be made the chairman of the SLC for the support he gave us in the final,,,thanks

  • crimsonbull on April 8, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    Yuraj is a tragic figure, much like King Lear

  • on April 8, 2014, 12:25 GMT

    Most people said SL is a much overrated team,but it seems india was the much overrated team in the end,SL on the other hand was well tested during the tournament under different situations,all india had learnt was to chase down targets and even then it was kholi who they depended on,so that left all the other batsmen untested,they had underestimated the SL quality bowling....so all in all overconfidance and arrogance led to their downfall...

  • on April 8, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    There is a lot of talk that even other players namely Dhoni and even Kohli could not get going. Well cricket as we all know is also a mind game and u give the opponent a inch they are definitely going to capitalize on that. The point of the matter is that Yuvraj's innings had a two way effect one it the helped in tremendously boosting the confidence of the Lankan bowlers which could have been otherwise shattered by a few lusty blows and this confidence booster came at a time when it was time to get on all guns blazing on the other side all the wasted deliveries frustrated the Indians no ends and destroyed the rhythm of even a well set batsman who was going great guns till then. In fact Yuvraj's innings was the most decisive factor towards the match result.

  • on April 8, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    In two years for next T20 Yuvraj will be 35 and so will Dhoni. So it's time Yuvi retires and Dhoni hands over the reins to Kohli for the T20s. After ODI World Cup next year even that can be handed over to Kohli... Beyond ODI World Cup Dhoni can announce retirement is T20 and ODI. In test matches he will be off anyways before that, based on his performance in NZ. So indian will have aset a new players altogether- the UnmukChands, and the Aparajits...

  • sachin_equal_to_bradman on April 8, 2014, 8:39 GMT

    Guys out here. Be logical here...Team is above sentiments!!! We guys should not do the same mistake that we did for sachin even after we realised that he is far far far gone past his Use Date.... What yuvi was not a normal bilateral series match!!! Its a WORLD CUP FINALS!!! Imagine had MSD (He was also out of form) done the same in WC 2011 would you guys be as easy going as for uvi??? This is a world stage. Winning or loosing is not an issue but putting such BAD display that too not even able to touch a ball is such horrible.This is not test match/Odi where you can spend time to get over tough period. Yuvi should have realised withinn 5-6 balls that he is not in a zone and hence he should have tried to get out by slogging!!! Why on earth did he hang around??? Can anyone justify it to me?

  • ooper_cut on April 8, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    Being very practical and emotionless, I still would not blame Yuvraj Singh alone. SL bowled beautifully, BUT India did not send in their best striker (Raina), he does not know how to play defensively. That is the trick Dhoni missed, everyone knows what young blood can do and Raina was seen raring to go, he may not have lasted long but certainly would have changed the tide even in the 16th or 17th over. BIG MISTAKE Dhoni & the team management.

  • balaji28 on April 8, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    I take yuvi's performance in a positive note as he can dropped at least in future series otherwise he will play spoil sports in the future tours too.Yuvi should retire from international cricket as soon as possible. Yuvi is totally out of touch in this whole series and why not a much deserved player like rayudu or new face get an opportunity in place of him.Please don't talk about past glories of yuvi and spoil the present and future.

  • ACJ11 on April 8, 2014, 6:51 GMT

    You may curse Yuraj or be sympathetic towards him after the poor showing on Sunday. But most importantly we have lost one excellent opportunity to bring glory to our nation and such chance may not come easily. It is important that nation should come first and before any individual performances. Did Yuraj feel that he could let his country down when he had played a few balls and realised it was tough going for him. Though our captain has done most things correct in this series at least, but did he fail to see that Yuvraj is struggling as was pretty evident in his previous innings. You may excuse him for a few low scores but the fielding lapses and drop catches could not be ignored. Just one good innings against Australia.. Was it enough to presume that he has regained the golden touch? All in all,was letting Yuvraj come back into form more important than making the Indian team a World Champion?

  • Naresh28 on April 8, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    Agree with what @nampally has said on most points. The slow players need to move down below Kohli, Raina, DHoni and Yuvi need to move up - slots in the batting order. Dhawan is a better player to open with. Rohit only bats well when things are to his liking because balls faced by the big hitters are better utilised and also that the fact that there are not many overs. India and Aust had similar problems with batting order. Even Jadeja could move up. This should be for T20 only. India should look at Uthappa in limited overs games as an opener. At the end of it the RAIN may also have played a part in spoiling India's chances. Sl bowling to wide of offstump should have been countered by batsman stancing to off side line.

  • Chatsworth on April 8, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    Totally unfair commentry. Not only yuvi many other good hitters failed to score against SL bowling attack with the only exception of Alex Hales. McCullum, Taylor, Gayle, Samuels, Dhoni all failed to score runs against SL. Kholi only managed 7 runs in the last 4 overs.

  • on April 8, 2014, 4:45 GMT

    yes i agree it was not a tournament of yuvi standard he was a great but aftr watching him in every match he was just nt njoying d game he was nt d same smiling hustling giving high 5 to fielders shouting at dem.on misfields type yuvraj singh. wat has happened to him he was just lost somewhere during dis tournament and d india-aus one day series im a great fan of urs yuvi and i just wish u wud come wd a bang but i feel ryt now he needs to assess himself need to find d passion for d game for wich he is well known ol d best yuvi

  • criclankasri1 on April 8, 2014, 4:24 GMT

    Correction; In the last 4 overs Kohli faced 8 balls; scored 7 runs.

  • criclankasri1 on April 8, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    Yuraj vs Australia; First 21 balls; 13 runs Next 22 balls; 47 runs

    Yuvraj against Sri Lanka; First 21 balls; 11 runs. Got out before shifting gear.

    Every one talks about the last 4 overs. Yuvraj faced 9 balls; scored 4 runs Kohli faced 8 balls; scored 9 runs Dhoni faced 7 balls scored 4 runs Batsman scored total 17 runs in 4 overs 2 wides; Total 19 runs in 4 overs

    There were 15 balls Yuvraj did NOT face in the last 4 overs, and only 13 runs were scored (excluding the 2 extras) of those 15 balls. Not a single boundary. It seems like Yuvraj was not the only one to miss out. The other 2 batsman were having a difficult time too, because the bowling was on target.

    So lets not just blame Yuvraj when others also were finding it difficult in the last 4 overs. He tried his best but it just did not happen on that day. He had won matches for India many times. If you are a true fan support your hero on the day when things did not go his way.

  • circit on April 8, 2014, 0:38 GMT

    I guess the title of this article is very unfair on sportsmen part who has kissed the imminent part of a human's life and returned to not only life but to reach to it's peak that everyone dreams to. I guess we should thankful for all the memories he has given and the spark to dying trend of late over slogs.

  • manizee on April 8, 2014, 0:14 GMT

    Probably one of the most biased articles I have come across on Cricinfo. Cricket is not all about batting. One-half of the game is bowling and the Lankans bowled brilliantly. Besides Yuvi, Dohni (supposedly) the world's greatest finisher had no answer to Malinga's yorkers as well. Finisher's hardly ever get time to build momentum and they have to fire from the get-go but he flopped. Kohli had his chances and he too wasn't able to execute what he wanted, so he also failed, simply because the bowling was just too good.

  • on April 7, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    Check this link for highest t20 run getters in world http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/282827.html

    U can see UV is highet run getter for India. See his Strike rate 144.69 which is 2nd best among top 40 run getters in the list. Gayle, Macculum,Kholi,Dhoni all of them has strike rae less then UV. Only Watson has better StRate 146.32 UV also has an healthy average of 132.

    Note: his StRate have dropped in this WC as u said,and before this WC he is the no1 when it comes to StRate.

    See what Sachin said about UV http://www.espncricinfo.com/wor.../content/story/735637.html

  • GayanDeAlwis on April 7, 2014, 19:12 GMT

    Yogesh Gupta on (April 7, 2014, 15:28 GMT) : I do not wish to take that right away from you. Maybe this is the difference between you and us. Did you watch the match at all? Kohli's innings was not a chanceless one. He should have got out in Heraths very 1st over but Malinga dropped an absolute sitter. You speak as if Yuvi was the only player who had got out of a bad ball. Just accept the fact that we bowled well at the depth with an effective plan rather more than saying, it was more of lousy batting by just 1 player than actually the bowling being good. Let me sum it up by quoting Kohli at the post match presentation - "they were brilliant in the last 4 overs...if you have Malinga bowling yorkers at you like that, there is not much you can do"

  • cla_beavis on April 7, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    This is one of the worst articles I have read on Cricinfo. The execution by Sri Lankan bowlers was impeccable. Dhoni faced 7 balls he was able to get bat on 3. Runs/Balls last 4 overs: Kohli 7/8, Dhoni 4/7, Yuvi 4/9. I agree that Yuvraj had a bad day with bat, but saying that his innigs was a dementor's kiss to Indian innnigs is wrong. The author doesn't give any credit to the Sri Lankan bowlers. Malinga and Kulasekara we unhittable in the last 3 overs. If you had watched the match, both Nasser and Bishop were saying the whole time to bowl wide yorkers and they did it in the last 3 overs. Match commentary "Superb death bowling by Malinga and Kulasekara there. Good tight bowling from Sena too, who was really the one who derailed Yuvraj."

  • LOKESHJETHWANI on April 7, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    Before we blame Yuvi one has to question Dhoni's reason for sending him ahead of both Raina and himself and Jadeja for that matter. Why chance Yuvi's from when you have a Kohli at one end going full throttle - all kohli needed was a Raina and Dhoni to rotate strike and take advantage of the bad balls. Dhoni made a huge strategic error - simple as that!

  • on April 7, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    I have seen loads of comments saying uv is a match winner he won us two world cups etc etc no denying those facts that was past Even gauti scored 92 in wc final viru gauti get dropped from all formats reason non performance lack of form well both of them have been match winners too they too have done great things in past if they can be axed y not uv.With due respects to uv for coming back after battling cancer he has looked clueless since return not one productive innings not one worth mentioning or to say uv is back.Fact that he was sorely out of form and confidence was known to selectors captain coach and uv yet they selected him.Dont axe him ask him to go to domestic cricket play a few games get his confidence and form back else both uv and team will suffer if continues like this

  • on April 7, 2014, 17:51 GMT

    Nobody talks about the fact that even Virat Kohli scored only 7 runs in 8 balls (Less than run-a -ball) during the last 4 overs and MS Dhoni scored only 4 runs in 7 balls and failed to give strike to Kholi during the last two overs. But everyone wants a piece of Yuvraj Singh. So isn't it obvious that its the quality of the bowling attack and not the fault of the unfortunate Yuvraj Singh that won us (SL) the world cup?

  • on April 7, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    to put blame on dhoni is not fair..sanjay manjrekar clearly said that yes india did see signs of yuvraj..yes they tried to give him confidence..remember yuvraj was sent in 11th over..he had good 9 overs..if it was 13-14th over raina was automatic choice..yuvraj was pathetic worst..example was match against WI...and for kohli and MSD it was very very akin to restart an inning after a rain affected match...more so over for kohli...as he was drenched in rain of frustration and endless wait..by the time his turn came the game was gone for good and bad..breaks always work for bowlers and never for batsman..put that in 20-20 game and batsman have higher risks to take...lesser chance of accelerating....all the best to SL fans..yuvraj played very well for them and himself

  • jithoosin on April 7, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    After reading this article and comments, I see 3 things. 1. Indian fans blaming Dhoni with out understanding Dhoni take risks which mostly pays off. Today it didn't. 2. Indian fans criticizing Yuvi - They also know in back of their minds Yuvi won them 2 WCs. 3. Surprisingly - SL fans reading this column mainly meant for India fans, and are not able to tolerate that India fans considering they lost rather than SL won. :)

    Fact: Even not considering the limited resources like population/infrastructure compared to India, SL is performing admirably well in world tournaments. But this match - more lost by India than SL had won it.

  • on April 7, 2014, 17:15 GMT

    Response to Jagdish3k: If the objective is to be 'nice and respectful' to players for past glory, then let us also include Sehwag, Dravid, VVS, Sachin and Ganguli besides Yuvi. But if the objective is to overcome a tough opponent in the final, then there is no choice but to field your best 11. So what is the objective?

  • Rambo-123 on April 7, 2014, 17:09 GMT

    It is bad to blame one player for loosing, it is a team effort and the bottom line is INDIA LOST, Indians think, what has he done in the past for Indian Cricket, he was a great cricketer and on this particular day unfortunately he could not perform well but there are 11 players not only him. Anyway I salute Kohli it doesn't matter how arrogant he was but as soon as Sanga scored 50 he came to him and wished him, he showed his great personality AND THE BOTTOM LINE IS LIONS ROAR BACK!! WHAT A GREAT MATCH TO WATCH, GO SRILANKA GO!!!

  • on April 7, 2014, 17:00 GMT

    Hope former Champion will fire again ,people making critics is just an easy attempt to make him understand, but he knows better than any body, he just need to rediscover himself and hammer all best bowlers in the world, As i am an Indian fan understands teams efforts and all great performances from Indian team. wish you all d best Yuvi & team...! A man who can win his life surely can make a once again a fireworks, thanks to Sir Tendulkar supports.

  • on April 7, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    I am judged today based on my todays performance and in any sphere of life- I can't rest on the glory of my past. In ay case, I got the due for my past laurel and in some jobs, consistent performance is a must, ma e only exception is Political leadership in India. The writing was on the wall even in previous matches and how come Dhoni could send him at no4 at that stage. How come Yuvi went on playing missing ball after ball, as if he was playing an endless test match. If Dhoni has erred n sending him at tat stage, then Yuvi did a blunder by overstaying with complete disregard to the cause, for the country and exhibited how his personal point became very dear to him than team spirit.. He just spoiled a fantastic party thru his attitude. Else, this T 20 would have been absolute joy for millions of Indians for ever

  • fijindu on April 7, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    Not reading the situation - oh really - an experienced short game player. No, it was wanting to be the hero again - not batting sensibly to take a single to let Kohli be on strike. That is how I saw it. YV missed a great opportunity to show greatness if he had taken singles to let Virat hit the ball. India were 40 runs short - SL would have clobbered the last 13 bals for at least 20 an over. 11 from 21 should have been 11 from 12 and Kohli would have had the opportunity to hit 9 balls. 4 X 6. 3 X 4 and 2 singles and throw in a couple of wides and no-balls for good measure. Dhoni made a decision error not allowing the hotter batsman in - RAINA or himself before YV. He takes responsibility for the loss.

  • flyonthewall2010 on April 7, 2014, 16:47 GMT

    Facebook messages apart, It will be worthwhile if Tendulkar spends some time working with Yuvraj on some basic technical issues that have crept in his game since his return. I have been a big fan and close follower of Yuvraj's game. I just love the way he times the ball. But ever since his return which was like 2-3 years ago, he is unable to time the ball properly in the first 30-40 balls he faces. He gets the timing right only when he gets a short ball which he wants to hit a six over mid on (which I think he can do even while he is sleeping)

    I have not seen him hit a proper front foot straight drive and cover drive since 2 years. No square cut. All he is doing is waiting on the back foot for a short ball which he can hit a six over mid on. this was not how he was in the initial days of his career when along with his sixes, he used to score of all these shots.

    Also, I challenge anybody to show me, one of the above mentioned shots during the world cup where he received the man of t

  • on April 7, 2014, 16:36 GMT

    @ Deepak Dhabhai - One Word "Brilliant". You summed up almost everything. But the missed one is Dhoni is also the reason behind as he failed to asses the match. Dhoni has great tactic towards press on answering the do ball with semi final but he failed to deliver the team punch by providing the dot. You can see the react from Kholi after dot ball and hits the finishing boundary. Real players knows what it means. God knows what might have played in the players mind like Shewag, Gambir, Irfan, etc. Kholi is poor chap eventhough i do not like his behaviour sometime but his attitude towards his game is great. We want to watch good match what Kholi has provided always. Dhoni is my fav CSK captain but time to take him away from national Captaincy and promote him in the batting. He is in making of another dada in the Team. We want out team to be Dada in the cricket world not inside the team. My T20 Team Shewag, Uttappa, Kholi(C), Raina, Dhoni, Sanju(WK), Rohit, Jadeja, Ashwin, Irfan, Buvanesh

  • bllas on April 7, 2014, 16:33 GMT

    You guys should see how SL comment about their players after loosing the final. Very few might criticise the team. but most of others just encourage them for the next series. And also think this in first poweplay overs spent 16 balls to get 11 runs. I would say he just waste best bowls to hit. And Mathews is the weakest bowler in the site, which batsman should try to target. yet he finished the his 4 overs for 25 runs even before yuvi see him. So just think it I just got a feeling that actually match was lost not because of the Yuvi but due to very negative partnership which had between Kholi and Rohit

  • RoshanF on April 7, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    What, I hear some Indians imply that India lost it rather than SL won it. Wow, how come millions of Sri Lankans had that feeling with genuine thinking when SL threw the 2011 World Cup (or was it something more sinister that happened?). Now West Indies in '83 certainly threw it. Guess who won on both those occasions - lucky India of course. Well they could not win even with luck yesterday. Oh yes they had luck, Sharma should have been run out with the normally brilliant Senanayake at the bowlers end stumps. But he fumbled Malinga laser like throw. Then Kohli could have been run out when Herath's throw missed by inches with Kohli 3-4 inches short. BUT the biggest piece of luck came when Kohli tried to cane Herath's 1st ball and Malinga, fielding unusually at close mid-wicket dropped a catch anybody normally at that position would have taken. But SL did not panic. When Kula was being caned, Mahela immediately ran up and gave him advice and he started bowling in a miserly manner.

  • on April 7, 2014, 16:27 GMT

    This is a pathetic search for a justification for losing the finals. Says the reason for WI scoring 99 in last 9 overs in 2012 final while India managing a mere 65, was an inspirational Samuels and a dispiriting Yuvraj. But the point this writer has missed, is the exceptional comeback by SL bowlers learning from the mistakes they did in the previous finals. Yuvraj scoring 11 off 21 was not a fault of Yuvi, but rather quality bowling by SL. Even an in-formed Kohli managed just 8 runs off 9 last deliveries he faced.

  • on April 7, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    Three mistakes cost India the title: First, Dhoni's error in including Yuvi in the playing 11 for the crunch game. You don't bring a horse with three legs to the horse race. Second, if Dhoni didn't have that choice, he should not have sent him at the stage he did when the need was to accelerate. Raina, Dhoni, Jadeja should have come ahead of him. Third, when Yuvi felt it was his off day, he should have sacrificed his wicket in favor of the waiting fire power. No team spirit. His selfish seal-indulgence cost India and Dhoni a hat-trick of World titles. Even SL captain dropped himself out of the playing 11 due to poor form. Great death-bowling notwithstanding!

  • on April 7, 2014, 16:04 GMT

    do not blame it on UV, it was SL who was dominating. multiply MSD's equation into 3 equals UV's innings. do not underestimate LANKAN LIONS. it was arise of the REVENGE. we ROAR back FIERCELY.

  • Nampally on April 7, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    In T20 every Dot ball in batting puts you closer to losing while every do ball in bowling puts you closer to Winning. India did not follow these main guiding Formula & lost the T20 cup final. In the previous 5 Matches they put the above winning formula in practice to perfection. But in this match only One Batsman Virat Kohli was in the game. The others seem to be still playing their shoeless Football! For the first 5 Matches India looked simply the Winners by such a dominant margin that this defeat has put the Indian Fans into a shock Mode! No body dreamed that India would lose the Final to SL. But SL executed exactly the winning formula - as above to perfection because Indian batting let them do it. Yuvaj lacked intensity when it was actually a panic time when he arrived at the crease. It was Dhoni's job either to speak to him on these lines or go himself or send Raina to start the overhaul job. This is where Dhoni failed as a captain! Frustrated Kohli at the Crease & Raina on Bench!

  • on April 7, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    GayanDeAlwis on (April 7, 2014, 14:55 GMT) : Doesn't matter what was india's RR , because at end of 16 overs we were 111/2. Thats good 24 balls and in T20 matches even team like Zimbabwe would back themselves to score 10 an over which takes our score to 150+ and this is mighty Indian batting line up. Go Figure.It was all pressure man that was created by Yuvraj that took toll on Dhoni and Kohli , both were trying to reach wide balls which suggests they were not in right frame of mind.I agree Srilanka bowled well but not as well as to restrain us to miserly 19 runs from last 4 overs. One example is cited in article itself that Kula bowled a loose waist high full toss which should have been six but ended up taking wicket. My point is that you guys did well, executed your plans well but our pathetic batting made it look unplayable which it was not as a matter of fact.

    I am not trying to demean SL performance but i am annoyed with my hero's performance to which i have every right.

  • metalthrasher on April 7, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    I'm clearly ashamed of how people think about someone who brought so much success and glory to Indian Cricket. Without Yuvraj,India would have NO chance of winning 2007 and 2011 WCups. Yes, It was an off day and maybe a bit off tournament for YV, but the fans of Indian Cricket should up his morale and help him play much better in the future because his service to Indian Cricket is just outstanding! Every good player has off days and the nation MUST stand behind him and push him to perform, not demoralise him more! And I still believe he is one of the players with good talent, he just needs some confidence to bring out his best. And the primary reason for his failure is EXCELLENT bowling by SL, remember even Kohli had <100 strike rate for like 40 balls! Accept the reality that SL were a much better and disciplined team on the day! India did NOT lose because of YV,maybe even Raina/Dhoni could flop because SL bowlers bowled exceptionally well.SL were a better side and DESERVED to win!

  • on April 7, 2014, 15:24 GMT

    yuvraj's efforts and their devastating impact on other batsman was difference of at least 40 runs..a target of 170 is different than 130...the momentum was gone and so was any chance at the championship.

  • on April 7, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    I hardly choose to comment..but yesterday's match was simple...yuvraj's catastrophe cost india the championship... a lot of comments are repetitive with one thing SL bowled well in last overs..kohli and MSD failed in those overs..so do not blame yuvraj...let's put more things in perspective...yuvraj came in 11th over..left in 19th..over all he himself played a total of 3 and half overs in which he scored 11..while kohli even after initial struggle created great momentum...yuvraj's terrible fitness, form and absolute zero efforts towards putting any momentum in innings put kohli's momentum to abrupt halt...i remember in kulasekara's over kohli started great and when there were 2 runs on taking..yuvraj did not take that run..there is not an iota of doubt that complete horrible efforts of yuvraj put kohli's momentum to halt..and adding to that was great death bowling by SL..kohli and MSD both had to start afresh and the game was lost.

  • GayanDeAlwis on April 7, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    Dear Yogesh Gupta, Sadly your the one who is in an illusion. India was scoring 6.5 runs per over throughout the innings and your batsmen never got going. Even your great finisher Dhoni couldn't put bat on bowl. Why?because of good bowling. Yes, Kohli & Dhoni have clobbered us in the past but so have our batsmen. We learnt from our mistakes and came out to be the champions. Pls stop being a sour loser and learn to accept defeat and failure with grace. It will do a world of good for your personal life as well. Just accept the fact that the team who played better cricket won end of the day.

  • S.Jag on April 7, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Don't think it was Yuvraj who should be blamed for the loss..he was carrying bad form throughout the tourney. Barring a 50+ against the Aussies he failed with the bat. His outing in the field was forgettable. He reminded me of Dinesh Mongia during the 2003 WC, a freeloader whose contribution was to only fill in the numbers to make it 11. The decision to keep playing Yuvi was taken by the team management. The decision to send him in after Rahane's exit was taken by MSD. If anyone should be blamed it the team management.

  • merandy on April 7, 2014, 14:24 GMT

    I think it is unfair to blame Uvaraj. No one intentionally plays to defeat his own team. It was true he struggled but it was magnificent bowling of last 5 overs by Senanayake, Kulasekara and Malinga did the damage. As Dhoni said Sri Lankan bowlers did not allow Indian batsmen to have their scoring shots in those overs. We have seen either Malinga or Kulasekara doing similar before. In other occasions if Kulasekara was good at one end Malinga would leak some runs from the other end. Only difference this time was that they both restricted runs from both ends.

  • S.Jag on April 7, 2014, 14:23 GMT

    Don't think it was Yuvraj who should be blamed for the loss..he was carrying bad form throughout the tourney. Barring a 50+ against the Aussies he failed with the bat. His outing in the field was forgettable. He reminded me of Dinesh Mongia during the 2003 WC, a freeloader whose contribution was to only fill in the number to make it 11. The decision to keep playing Yuvi was taken by the team management. The decision to send him in after Rahane's exit was taken by MSD. If anyone should be blamed it the team management.

  • on April 7, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    Abishek I have read articles from you in past but I don't remember any of them. This article I will remember as it presents what I was going to write in some comment section. You did the job for me and thank your very much for writing this article. Yuvi has been struggling ever since he came back and those who don't see that are blind. Hope the person responsible for sticking with Yuvi stand up and take responsibility for this debacle.

  • SrikanthMike on April 7, 2014, 14:22 GMT

    Mr.Purohit, if you say all the remaining 10players can get disheartened because of Yuvi alone, why can't they draw inspiration from Kohli who performed well!?

  • on April 7, 2014, 14:01 GMT

    we can't blame uv its poor performance by india @sweet2hrme for ur knowledge this is second time .

  • rizwan1981 on April 7, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    Its hash to single out Yuvraj - Even SACHIN TENDUKAR lost India a one - day match when he wasted a lot of deliveries when scored his 100 century

  • SrikanthMike on April 7, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    How can one man suck the spirit of all the remaining 10players! Had Yuvi done that our bowlers wouldn't have taken Sri Lankan innings almost to the end. I don't think our players are that weak hearted & if they are, they wouldn't have bowled so well after Yuvi left 2 important catches in the 1st two matches.

  • on April 7, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    Being a die hard Pakistan cricket fan it still bothers me the way the Indian media and some fans are treating yuvraj. India lost the match in the last five covers of first innings...yes us didn't play according to situation and should have gotten out trying for a boundary yes..... srilanka bowled beautifully in the death even mad and kohli cudnt do anything abt it Yes... Does ys deserve this treatment a big big NO ..... look at his contributions in Indias world cup glories.... he has done wonders to Indian cricket... its in the subcontinent culture I guess...Afridi becomes a hero in Pakistan by hitting two sixes in a match even though I cudnt remember the last time he won Pakistan a game with his bat and Ys becomes a villain in just one very bad game.

  • sweet2hrme on April 7, 2014, 13:35 GMT

    Why?? We are blaming UV only??? On that particular day, I think the whole indian team played very badly axcept Kholi. What was our openers doing? Aftr 10 ovr Ind can only managed 64 runs. Very-very poor captaincy by Dhoni. Why He always preferred to bat down the order. Whenever he wins the toss he always choose to field by saying that we are good in chasing. By doing so he has exposed that we dnt like to bat first. First time in the tournament they batted first and failed. Plz dhoni change ur mind set first. Secondly ur team selection for final XI was very poor. Now We plz stop blaming UV only. For me he is still one of the finest hitter in t20.

  • Tamilpower on April 7, 2014, 13:26 GMT

    Yuvraj is a legend! He messed up in one match! He has also won numerous matches for India on his own! Indian fans who are belittling his efforts yesterday should wake up! As for Kholi he is a great player in the making! However, he is an arrogant and stuck up so and so! He has yet to win India a world title as Yuvraj and co have done! so until that time he should pipe down and humble himself!

  • on April 7, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    Stop tellng us reasons for ur lose india..acspt that SL bowld realy well at death...YES! Yuvaraj got stuck and scoring was nt that essyy..wee all know how talent yuvaraj is..spcly in death overs..and we all saw what hapnd to india best death batsman (Dhoni) only scord 4 runs in 7 balls.. soo guyz acspt SL was the best side in that day and they plyd well then India..yuvaraj is nt the reason for Indians ending in losing side!! well plyd lions!!u r the best!

  • Nampally on April 7, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    When Rohit was out the score stood at 64 for 2 in 10.3 overs- a miserly 6 runs/over! This was an SOS signal for Dhoni to go all out & get another 100 runs in the remaining 10 overs. If Dhoni knew his players their current form & mode of btting th #1 choice was surely Raina. Remember Raina got 17 runs in 17th over vs. SA, just after Yuvraj was out. But "Cool" Dhoni showed total lack of leadership by sending Yuvraj with no instructions for accelerating. Secondly Yuvraj himself should have realised this instead of such clueless batting. When Yuvraj was out there were 11 balls left. Dhoni played 7 of those balls & got just 4 runs! Dhoni batted even worse than Yuvraj. Only Rahane took 8 balls for his 3 runs as opener batted slower. (Rahane + Yuvraj + Dhoni) took 36 balls to compile 18 runs- @ S/R of 50! In T20 the typical S/R is 120 to 150. So India lost about 30 runs from its total even if they played at T20 rate. Dashing Raina @#4 would have carried the total to 175& won the WC for India!

  • inswing on April 7, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    I don't blame Yuvraj for being out of touch. I blame him for staying on for so long and simply looking to nudge for singles. At least try to hit. If you can hit a few boundaries, good, if not, at least get out trying. 10 balls, 10-15 runs, out, is much better than 21 balls 11 runs. Here we have batsmen in much better touch who never got to play. Dhoni could play only a few balls, and Raina and Jadeja got 0 balls, not to mention strike deprived from Kohli. In hindsight, the worst thing that happened to India was Yuvraj scoring 60 runs against Aus. He was about to be dropped, and then he makes 60 and keeps his place. That cost India the finals.

  • on April 7, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    One bad match and everyone forgets who you are. I read it somewhere : Win two world cups for your country and no one bats an eye; fail in one innings and everyone looses their mind.

  • JayEye on April 7, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    We Sri Lankans also wondered what Yuvraj was up to and it appears he just got stifled by good bowling . It happens to the best and in this short version of the game, it gets amplified as well. India has a very good team but so does Sri Lanka and the best team won on the night. I think we should just leave it at that.

    As for your often adored hero Yuvraj, I am amazed at how short your memories are in regard to this wonderful cricketer's feats . He has won many a match for you folks from India , has entertained you with six sixes in an over and the saddest thing is he came back from cancer to serve you again. Give the man a break.

  • ghatnjchic on April 7, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    This was a disappointing loss for Indian fans. India were the favorites to win it all, yet they came up short. I have to agree with other comments about Yuvraj. Why persist with a player who is out of form? What was Dhoni's logic in staying with Yuvraj? Another 30 to 40 runs close to 160 or 170 would have put enough pressure on SL to make a game out of it. In the end it was not even close. India has to adopt a more professional attitude and not worship past heroes. Yuvraj should have been dropped from the final and a chance should have been given to an in-form player

  • ramli on April 7, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    @Anil Sahai ... your take on MSD is most uncharitable ... MSD instructing YS to hit out or get out is immaterial ... it is YS who should have read the situation as an experienced batsman and let the strike to VK ... about changing team combination for every match is just your imagination ... it will not work in T20 as you think ... the seamers just did not have enough ammunition to limit SL start ... that is all

  • on April 7, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    If Yuvraj hadn't performed so well in the entire tournament then Dhoni should have sent Raina ahead of him or he could have himself come out to bat.By the way i personally think Srilanka bowled really well at the death.In fact i should point out that a certain Pakistani former player said that he had seen the w's delivering amazing spells (150 odd runs for 1 and the entire team out in less than 200),but the kind of spell that malinga delivered was far more difficult,especially if you look at the circumstances under which he bowled.

  • on April 7, 2014, 12:55 GMT

    Stop Blaming Yuvraj, (even though I think he should not have been in the team in first place). Rahane played 8 balls for his 4 runs. Dhoni didnt do much either. Kholi played good but he struggled too at the end. It was very good death bowling by Malinga and Kulasekera. I think dhoni is one of the best captain and I really admire him, but I think he made a mistake or took a gamble which didnt work, he should have sent Raina or should have come himself before Yuvi. In the end Srilankans bowled really well so all credit to them. Indian bowling was not that good either, yes they took wicket but those were mostly gifted wickets. Even if they had 20 more runs I think Srilankans would have chased it down.

  • sathya1962 on April 7, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    yuvraj hasbeen a gamechanger for india on many occasions. inthe final also he was the game changer.he was just pathetic out in the middle. not only he couldnot score he could not rotate the strike also .hope he has played his lastinnings for india

  • on April 7, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    Yuvraj was and is a match winner who always plays decisive innings, people will remember him for his last match winning innings which helped the opposite team to win. So you see he has played in all probability his last match winning innings.

  • rajcl on April 7, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    i have never seen worst inngs like this by a batsman in final overs, & any one noticed he never good in spinning tracks, but when ball comes quckly he is too dangeres, send him to domestic if he finds the form next world cup in aus/nz where ball comes to bat quickly, but we indians blaming yuvi because he didnot try to hit boundary & also he didnot give single to virat , that means he has over confidence, any way get back ur rethem come back strongly ( u gave us 2 w/c but spoiled this final so peoples irritated )

  • KrikIndFan on April 7, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    Pls stop tying make Yuvi something he's not, a villain. Agreed, he's innings was one of the worst at the most crucial time, how bout Dhoni, he should not have gamble with the out of form Yuvi and send in Raina. But that's how sports is, you win some you loose some, it just wasn't India's day, that and some amazing bowling by Malinga & co. Lets congrats SL and move on, Kohli will have more chances in future to win it back.

  • on April 7, 2014, 12:45 GMT

    I blame Dhoni not yv it became Indian politics if you like one person you give him ticket. why did he come after yv got out why cannot he send Raina he made 4 out of 7 balls.

  • on April 7, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    Yuvi wasted precious 20+ balls & chocked momentum from Indian inns resulted in India getting well below par total for that ground.....

    He did this in his previous inns too but fortunately in previous inns he came too late to to wate too many deliveries but this time he costed India the World cup.

  • on April 7, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    at 112 for 2 after 15 overs, one of my doctor friends watching match with me said th ere is good chance that india comes closer to 200 because both yuvraj and Kohli can hit sixes.two overs later he left seeing yuvraj wasting delivery after delivery and junior kohli unable to tell him to hit out or get out. he just grimaced every time yuvraj failed to get even a single, forget about 4 fours. it was specially disgusting to see yuvraj blocking 3-4 dot balls and then getting a single and do the encore of last over. his parting words after 17th over- they would not be able to make even 150 now meaning he meant they will just make 150. even he could not imagine it will be 130.

  • AnilSahai on April 7, 2014, 12:38 GMT

    I would put 90% of the blame squarely on our "winningest" Captain MS Dhoni. Compare him with a rookie like Malinga. SL made the changes they deemed necessary for each match, whereas MSD's logic of not disturbing a winning combination defies basic logic. Yuvi has been woefully out of form since ages. He has dropped catches and fielded poorly. He should have been dropped long time back. When he saw that he he was making the team lose, he should have sacrificed his wicket for his country by the 15th over. Dhoni should have sent a clear message to him on the field: Hit out or get out. In my opinion, both Dhoni and Yuvraj should be penalized and dropped for the next series. Yuvraj needs to be sent back to domestic cricket like Viru and Gauti. Also, Mohit Sharma did not deserve a place in the Final. Mohd. Shami needed to be brought back. Yuvi should have been replaced by Shikhar Dhawan, who, we know, would have at least hit oout and put some quick runs on the board. BYE BYE YUVI

  • on April 7, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    Awesome.....How many deliveries Dhoni has taked to score 4 runs? Stop commenting about yuvi, admire that Srilankan's bowled to the perfection at death........

  • on April 7, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    Can you tell me one reason Why Viru is currently out of the Indian team, if he is out due to his form and then Why Yuvi is included in the team. Poor Team selection.

  • Steve92 on April 7, 2014, 12:33 GMT

    yuvi past is past.If you are not performed well in ipl everyone will blame on you.Because you are the one most expensive cost of 14 crores.

  • on April 7, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    There is nothing bad when a team performing better wins the match. The Final was not a match. It was simply a Game Show.

  • balkee on April 7, 2014, 12:31 GMT

    This sort of thing is going to happen to a batsman now and then, so i am not down on Yuvi. However, just asking out of ignorance: is there a provision whereby a batsman/woman can "declare him/herself out"? This would be something like a team declaring its innings closed in text cricket (sometimes even while behind, in order to exploit conditions conducive to the bowler, or to buy bowlers some extra time). Or like a suicide squeeze in baseball. Policy is for an individual to take a step back so the team can take two steps forward. i suppose you can just swing at each ball and hit out/get out, but you could lose precious balls that way.

  • on April 7, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    It is correct that Yuvi did not lose the match singe handeldy. However, he did a lot more than any other player to help India lose. The score was 66 for 2 in 10.3 overs when Yuvi took guard We had 6 good batsmen left with 9.3 overs in hand.

    The only plausibile strategy here was to accelerate to about 10 runs an over ( or to get out trying since there was plenty of batting to come in the last 9 oves ). We all know what happened but a big question mark remains regardng Yuvi's game plan. Was he planning to carry his bat to the end by scoring 15 off 30 balls? Why did he not go for his big hoicks and slogs in the situation? If he failed we still had Raina, Dhonii, Jadeja etc. to finish the job! Despite all the superlatves that have been dumped on Yuvi in this forum it seemed tht he was not paying fr the team. The face o his team mtes in the dressing room reflected that!

  • on April 7, 2014, 12:29 GMT

    Yes Yuvi literally won us two world cups himself and those cannot be taken away but yesterday he lost us one - I am still scratching my head almost 24 hours later trying to understand what he was doing. Yes the bowling was tight and SL bowlers must be commended for their game plan against him but for a player of his experience and for someone who should know how to manipulate the bowling especially in the last 5 overs of a t20 innings, its unfathomable. Even as an amateur cricketer, with a field set back, I know how to tip and run and rotate the strike! I never see Yuvi smile, his demeanour is all wrong and it looks like he is not enjoying his cricket at all - the complete polar opposite to the brilliant Kohli who lives, breathes and dies every ball of every game he plays. I can't describe how sorry I feel for him today

  • VettiPayyan on April 7, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    What ever SL fans say about Indians having excuses, when I saw Yuvi coming in after Rahane, I felt it was not a good move. But MSD's adamancy was at display. Raina was fresh from a positive innings and we needed impetus after a slow start. Raina's risk taking play might have helped India being a left hander, atleast he might have kept the singles going!

    Yuvi had done the same against SA, where he slowed Kohli down but alteast took singles.

    India lost due to this one tactical move, but SL was clever to grab the opportunity.

    SL took their chances and were at their usual disciplined best! Well practised bowling and very focused game play! Credit to them!

    But India lost it, more than SL won it! Not an excuse but a fact!

  • on April 7, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    The Demeanors always show up in a group of four or more, in this case there were four and disguised as bowlers, their game plan worked to perfection Yuvraj like Draco Lucius showed promise but could not deliver when called for.

    All rest reality really as Indians needed a wake up call from cloud nine

  • BRajuBM on April 7, 2014, 12:21 GMT

    I am disappointed with Yuvi although Abhishek's analysis is comprehensive still missed some major points. I am just beginning to wonder why Dhoni did not go and bat instead of sending Yuvi? As Dhoni did in 2011 world cup against same opponents instead of inform Yuvi. Where as Yuvi is out of form and struggled in most of the matches except against the Australia. What is the rational sending Yuvi when scoring rate was 6.4 after 10 overs 3 ball completed. Abhishek pointed out Kohli's faith, It is not just Kohli had faith in Yuvi the entire India had that faith and winning 2011 world cup credit goes to Yuvi. Is Dhoni jealous that even though he played the final and won, but the credit for winning the 2011 world cup goes to Yuvi? I think it is Dhoni's conspiracy against Yuvi and we lost the match. End of 14th over Yuvi took 11 balls to score 6 runs so at least at this point Dhoni leadership failed to send message. I think both Dhoni and Yuvi should go and let us build new team under Kholi

  • on April 7, 2014, 12:16 GMT

    Yuvraj was struggling against Australia also , but difference was he had more time to settle since India lost too many wickets early on and here we did not have much time. Signs were there to see for everyone that Yuvi is not his own self for whatever reasons. Yuvi you are a great player and i know you will come back much more harder but you need to find form and confidence in domestic matches of IPL. Srilankan fans are eager to protect Yuvraj because they know they won because of his performance only and that degrades their win.

  • AjiAravind on April 7, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    Its very harsh to say that the Indian Media Had shown what they are, In a Matter of 3 Hours they forgot who Yuvraj is for Indian Cricket.

  • on April 7, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    Dhoni should hve send raina above yuvi

  • on April 7, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    @Yogesh Gupta dude !!! I think it is high time for you to go and get some work done. It is hard to heal hearts of the people like you. So I strongly advice you to get some medicine. Win or loose we Sri Lankans know how to handle the happiness and sorrow and we dont throw stones at player's home. Good luck to you dude. Hope things will be fine in couple of weeks time for you.

  • on April 7, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    i think thats yuvraj's international career done and dusted.....very very dissapointing the way he held the strike for so long and not doing anything at all. a player of his stature and experience should have got out himself knowing that he was not at his best. still he held the strike and derailed the momentum kohli had built up.

  • on April 7, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    congrates srilanka for winning the cup.and fans dont blame yuvi for the loss.its a team game india should restrict srilankans.and yuvi u r not a villian by one bad game.hero is always a hero. u will be a super hero in future of indian cricket.

  • on April 7, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    Yogesh Gupta mate get a life give credit where it is due.Lankans bowled really well pitch was giving assistance to bowlers and they made full use of it.Uv came in the 11 th over and India were just scoring at 6 an over till then and ur comments are so absurd kholi was in and well set even before uv came in so simply saying opponents bowling is pathetic stuff is so silly.Remember indian batting was never tested all thro the tournament thanks to some poor batting by other teams and good bowling by us india chased below par scores and one once the middle order was tested we scraped thro and dhoni accepted the fact too.Stop being childish and learn to acknowledge when ur opponents perform better than you btw i am indian fyi

  • rahl16 on April 7, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    Yes, i agree that it was UV's inning which turned the momentum towards Srilanka, but i think whatever happened is happened, with the amount of joy (and 2 world cups) UV has given us in the past, i think 1 such an innings can be excused, I mean imagine if we all are so angry about it, how much UV himself would have feeling about it. He always has been a real team player, have never seen him playing for any personal milestones, we should consider all this before just blaming him. But this innings clearly stated that his golden days are over, and selector should think of other options now.

  • Lankan2 on April 7, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    They are talking about flow. What about sammy, Kholi, Dhoni in previous matches. At a time no one believing in of winning they came up and hit all over the ground and won the game for them. No flow there until those capable 3 batsmen come to the crease. Nothing about a flow. I think the Sri Lankan bowling was the main thing to blame for the Indian defeat. We watched how hard Kholi and Dhoni tried to hit boundries but couldn't do it.

  • on April 7, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    just it is not our day INDIA..no other reasons for this

  • innayatullah on April 7, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Congratulations to team Sri Lanka. What a send off to the veterans. Best wishes for your future Sanga and Mahela.

    How sad it is to see people thrashing yuvraj singh the same yuvraj who helped them clinch two world titles. The same yuvraj who hit broad for 6 sixes to register a record for India. Yuvraj you was, you are and you will always be a wonderful batsman. Best of luck from Pakistan

  • Sarangarajan on April 7, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    it is not why yuvraj could not score at least run a ball in this match. what was horrifying was that he could not rotate strike to allow virat to try. even this common cricketing sense he lacked woefully. ' PATHETIC' IS THE RIGHT WORD TO DESCRIBE HIS INNINGS. We all know that a batsman cannot bang sixers and fours in each of his innings- but what about cricketing sense and common sense.And why dhoni didnot not send raina ahead of yuvraj. it was raina's quick 20 odd which helped virat to win against south africa in the semifinal.loosing a game is not a big issue- but what hurts is that you loose after reaching 112/2 in 15 overs and end up at 130/4 in the end to loose by six wickets and 13 balls to spare.

  • Blackholesun on April 7, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    No matter what other says, the Truth indeed is that Yuvi's innings sucked the momentum out of Inida's innings. Yes Lankan bowlers did bowled well but we should not forget that there was immense pressure on Dhoni and Kohli to increase the run rate. That pressure was created by Yuvaraj's innings. Throughout the tournament Yuvi has struggled, dropped catches, misfield, poor bowling in one off chance he got (though I don't blame him for that). Except for his innings against Aus, he was not his usual self but he still got to play all the matches. It does happens in India that people get to play the matches not on form but on their big Names.

    Even if Yuvi had scored just run a ball, things would have been much different. There was clearly a sense of urgency and a panic in the last 10-11 balls of India's innings.

  • on April 7, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    I find it funny when people say it was one bad innings from uv.Guys wake up ever since he made his come back he is in pathetic form against oz in home series he was clueless and whole t20 world cup he was nowhere near the yuvi he used to be.Its not about just one match he has been out of form rhythm and touch even the 50 against oz in this world cup was scratchy.While we cannot blame uv only for the loss its mismanagement by think tank he was not in form sending him in 11th over was fine a message must have been sent by the 13th over either hit out or get out.it was not done and he got out in 19th over doing so taking away all the momentum that was there and with brilliant death bowling srilanka controlled the show.He was a match winner in past and can be in future if he rediscovers his form Viru gauti got axe for lack of runs same should happen to him as him to go back to domestic work his form back if he can be who he play him else look elsewhere same for zak

  • SLC-2020 on April 7, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    Ultimately, the Game of Cricket Won… Thank you SL for reaching the Pinnacle, Hopping over Nettings unstoppably in the preliminary stages & Grabbing the Title in the Final! Thank you Weather God for being kind this time… Thank you English Umpires for protecting the game they invented… Thank you BD people for supporting SL…. Thank you MS Dhoni for accepting the defeat gracefully! The astonishing display of bowling of Malinga / Kulasekara Combo in the DEATH OVERS against the Cream of Indian Batting proved yet again, how capable they are; restrict any Batsmen in the world. They Stamped their Class in the business of BOWLING at the DEATH, yet again in the Final. In the rain curtailed semi-final Vs. WI, the probability of Sammy scoring 81 runs from 37 balls against this Combo & Sachitra at their Best is your Guess…?

  • on April 7, 2014, 11:49 GMT

    don't worry yuvi fight back like a lion keep it up ..........love u always

  • on April 7, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    I think its first time when dhoni backed the wrong horse even at group stage against windies when rohit & kohli sealed the deal, yuvi could hit the winning run & got out. yuvi is a confidence player & he clearly lacked it right through the tournament. alas dhoni pushed him hard hoping for a miracle.i think dhoni should have stuck with dhawan & play rahane/binny in place of yuvi. In hind sight every thing can be done but it doesn't matter. so better luck next time.

  • on April 7, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    hi friends any one could tell why people call MS DHONI "a dangerous batsman " in t20 international.........he never scored a fifty and his strike rate less 115 . in the final he scored 4 runs from 7 balls .

  • on April 7, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    Dear SL fans , don't be in any kind of illusion. It was not great bowling but pathetic batting of Yuvraj that we lost this match. I hope you all remember how Kohli,Dhoni have clobbered your bowlers all this while in past matches. It was Yuvi who let the team down. As sammy said , "Gods wanted SL to win" .. i concur with him totally otherwise there is no explanation for such pathetic batting of Yuvi which let you win the final match.

  • Y2G_87 on April 7, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    It was only couple of overs where SL bowlers just escaped boundaries by bowling just short of wide line. But looking at score at 15th over it was much below par and not much could have happened in Indian team's favor.

    I am not one who is here to blame Yuvraj, because as Dhoni said nobody intentionally plays a bad innings, but it is a decision which Dhoni has taken which SL capitalized.

    If Dhoni could have faced few balls before facing vicious wide yokers from bowling unit lead by a slinger, India could have posted comparatively a big total.

    If India could had 150+ total on the board the confidence levels of spinners could have been much much better.

    What happened is happened, let them at least hold the trophy after some years of struggle and those 2 veterans leave International T20 with some happy note.

  • on April 7, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    Blade-Runner on (April 7, 2014, 11:06 GMT) : Yuvraj was on the crease from long time without making any significant contribution ; Kohli was toying with your bowling but due to pressure created by Yuvraj he also started feeling pressure. Same goes for Dhoni. So Dhoni and Kohli were dragged down by Yuvi's fault. And don't be in any kind of illusion , your bowling was not great , instead our batting was miserable. The loosener full toss ball which got Yuvraj out , could have been clobbered for six any other day. When you see player of such immense calibre playing so miserably, it affects the whole team's spirit also. It's because of Yuvi only that SL has won this final.

  • on April 7, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    UV is one of best players in the world.it can be happen. don't mind it.....

  • mangattu on April 7, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    Yuvi don't worry still we love you, we can't forget your heroic past performance , sorry for all our dogmatic fans blaming.

  • on April 7, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    this is absolutely absurd on indian analysts and writers to curse Yuvraj. he is and will always remain a champ. one off day does not make him a villian. yes india lost but bowlers should have been able to carry on momentum after 4th wicket but mishra and ashwin were clueless. give sri lanka due credit for performing brilliantly.

  • rafilafir on April 7, 2014, 11:26 GMT

    I feel Yuvi did sacrifice his wicket by either "hiiting out or getting out". In case he did this ealier people would have said "he threw his wicket away". It was the bowling which hurt the Indian batting. Would have no different with Raina either.

  • Pettel on April 7, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    It's very difficult to win 6 T20 games on the spin, it was just India's turn to lose. When you're winning you don't realise how you're getting the rub of the green. Sri Lanka had their reverse against England, the winners will probably lose one game, you therefore need your reverse to be in the group stage.

  • raviragu86 on April 7, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    I pity Yuvraj. To put up a patheitc show like that in the final should be hurting him. I don't understand why Dhoni had lost his ability to innovate. He could have sent a younger Raina first, as it was 11th over. He would have given good company to Kohli in accelerating the score. Though controversial, he could even have dropped Yuvraj from the team and given a chance to Dhawan and played Rahane in the middle order. Why is he still supporting Yuvraj in spite of his failures, whereas takes harsh decisions when it comes to others. Is it time to look for a fresh captain?

  • natarsx on April 7, 2014, 11:23 GMT

    Srilanka have a way of giving a sucker punch to India at key moments- Remember the Eden Garden's semifinal - Vinod kambli never was seen after that and his life became shambles. I hope Yuvi's life does not end up like Kambli. Yes one bad day for Yuvi and good execution by Lankans. We hope Yuvi to come back better by proving himself in the Domestic Circuit like how Raina did.

  • 4goodcric8 on April 7, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    Purohit's article is cruel, but unfortunately correct. It wasn't just the number of balls that Yuvraj took, it was the disruption in flow that also ended up derailing Kohli. But credit also to the Sri Lankan bowling for phenomenal death bowling and those great offside yorkers. However, the larger issue is that Indian selectors and team management need to let go of aging stars earlier. It should not be viewed as being disrespectful of their previous contributions if there is a clinical decision to drop a former star. If the Yuvraj episode serves to change this mindset in Indian cricket - and the Indian public - then it may actually help Indian cricket in the long term.

  • Dorababu743 on April 7, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    Why all are blaming yuvi, what about our bowling performances, can't we restrict srilankan's for that score. We have seen some low scoring matches which gave result for a good bowling side. Example Srilanka and Newzeland match. We are not having match winning bowlers

  • Noel-Kalicharan on April 7, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    Purohit is normally a good writer but casting total blame on Yuvraj is unwarranted and unfair. In the last four overs, Kohli scored 7 runs off 8 balls and Dhoni scored 4 runs off 7 balls. Is that really any better than Yuvraj scoring 5 runs off 9 balls?

    The "great" finishers, Kohli and Dhoni, scored just 11 runs off 15 balls. That's what cost India the match.

  • on April 7, 2014, 11:10 GMT

    Indeed the most pathetic display of batting in T20 Cricket by Mr. Yuvraj Singh, the chief of defeat. He completely ruined the match. He should have sacrificed his wicket for Raina or Dhoni. Someone should ask the think tank of the Indian Team, why Yuvraj was sent at no. 4 when his confidence was far below. Why Rania or Dhoni did not came to bat in his place.

  • rafilafir on April 7, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    Am proud of our folks, it was sheet team effort and credit must be given when and where it is due. The bowling is what stifled the strong indian batting line up, even an in form Kohli was subdued somewhat that he found it hard to get the ball to the ropes, though he occationally did and was pretty much lucky to be there. ( love the way he pummels the cricket ball). He failed to connect and so did MSD who usually gets bat on ball more often than not. That proves why Yuvi too could not find his touch,albeit India being in position to launch. The bowling pattern worked in SL favor. I suspect if fingers would point on Yuvraj had India posted a good 50 in the final three. It is the nature of this format and we need to accept that SL bowled brilliantly. This was widely evident in the manner in which SL batted against Indian bowling. Malinga bringing all is experience and executing to perfection. That made Sanga's life a lot easier.He made ammeds to grab the opportunity with both hands.

  • Blade-Runner on April 7, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    Why are Indians pointing their fingers at UV ? In last 4 overs (24 balls) --- UV 4 runs from 9 balls ---- Dhoni 4 runs from 7 balls ---- Kohli 7 runs from 8 balls. And nobody could hit a single boundary. So, the fact is that none of your batsmen were good enough to score off SL bowlers in the death overs. Dhoni was dancing around the crease against Malinga. LOL When Slinga and Kula started to hit those yorkers, India were simply clueless. Now stop blaming one person.

  • on April 7, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    I think it is time we give credit to SL first. Lots of people reckon dhoni is best batsman at the death. but he only got 4 off 7 balls in last 2 overs. Normally a batsman at this stage is expected to get 10-15 runs. So to point a finger at yuvraj is very unfair. And a lot of that was down to very good bowling with both nuwan and malinga bowling yorkers at will. Well done to Sri Lanka they were the better team an deserved to win.

  • Imad_K on April 7, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    India had more or less an ideal start which a lot of teams fail understand - around 70/80 off 10 overs with 2 wickets down is good with so many wickets left. There is no doubt India lost because of YS. If India had sent someone else to the crease there is no way they would have scored less that 160/170 minimum - which I'm sure would have been enough to win the game. Not sure why India picked YS - even in that game against NZ you could see the look of worry on the Indian players even when there were only a few runs to win. It was a big mistake to send YS to the crease - whether you blame Dhoni but it's not easy to ask a senior player not to go and bat when it's their turn - but I agree he shouldn't have been sent. This then forced Kholi to try and hit any kind of ball for a boundary rather than even think about rotating strike. Dhoni with hardly any balls left to face and with not many runs on the board had no choice but to try and hit sixes.

  • on April 7, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    im a fan of MSD but still i say he has done a bad captaincy in d finale....some errors i noticed 1) wen d team got a par total in frst 10 overs n considering d form of yuvi he shld have sent raina ahead of him. yuvi takes a min of 10-15 balls to swing. but still he send yuvi despite knowing the malinga treat in final overs. 2) wrong team composition. he took mohit instead of shami 3) wen bhuvi was drifting all balls towards leg side n mohit got hit for 3 boundaries he again gave the ball to bhuvi instead of ashwin 4)wrong tym of introducing jadeja. wen sanga is on strike he gave d ball to jadeja (instead of raina) who can b handled well by lefties (dat over costed 2 boundaries). dat increased confidence in sangakara. 5)he relied most on mishra. wen d game is quite balanced mishra bowled off spinners to sanga and perera (lefties handle dem perfectly) instead of his googles. 6) even msd didn get his feilding positions right. mohit missed a chance to dismiss sanga at longon.

  • on April 7, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    it is unreasonable blaming yuvi. I the wi match as well gayle, samuales stryggled with sl quality balling. in the finals even doni couldn't even hit the ball. so noone should blame yuvi. it is pure quality balling from sl and india should not make any excuses for their lost

  • AB-50 on April 7, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    I had,a few days ago,written that Yuvraj mst not be persisted with in World events like this,rather he should be tried in some bilateral sries to regain his confidence before bringing him back for important matches like this,but for some strange reasons,Dhoni & the Team India decided to continue wih him. The result is for every one to see.We lost a Cup,which we richly deserved, having defeated all the big teams.Yuvraj fans may not agree. I was myself,like so many others,one of his fans,but one can-not remain a blind fan even if the player has betrayed the team badly.Dhoni is mainly to blame-- first for persuing withhim despite his lacklustre performances in earlier games(except against Australia), secondly for sending him ahead of Raina or himself in the finals. Anyway,hopefully Team India has learnt a bitter lesson & they should be extremely careful for World Cup 2015 by selecting only in-form players,rather than based on their past reputation.

  • on April 7, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    I am not much concerned about the outcome of the match.what I am concerned about is the tardy reflexes of yuvi.His body language is not that positive.I hope this stuff is a one-off occurrence. such things usually happen here or there.Good bowling by srilanka is the only perceivable truth.

  • on April 7, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    really good bowling by the lankan at the death combined with yuvraj's not so great form was the reason for India's loss and lankans winning it.

  • vipinchirackal on April 7, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    @mscricket rahane didnt wasted much balls at crucial times .but yuvraj completely runied the match at the crucial moments.he always played like this is a practice match for him to regain the from.but that was at the coast of indias t20 crown

  • bootlicker on April 7, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    Purohit, I definitely not agree with you. Yes this is a final but it is another game only. It is true, that Yuvi is magical creature but definitely not the so called Dementor. He has performed so many magics for the country in the past, but when the opposition started to show their magics nobody could not stopped it. That is the ground reality

  • on April 7, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    Though I am from Pakistan but I really like Team India as well. there was no fault of Yuvi in my eyes. He played and he did what he could do as did Kohli and Dhoni did after he departed. The fact is SL bowling was far better at the end. No other team has displayed this king of bowling in the death overs.

  • mravikiran on April 7, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    Mahela's run-a-ball 24 was considered a good innings. That means if Yuvi made another 10 runs to reach run-a-ball 21, then even that would be considered equally good. Sri Lanka had extra 2.1 overs to spare, so they could have reached the target of 141 anyway.

    Don't blame Yuvi alone.

  • Azme on April 7, 2014, 10:30 GMT

    As Sri Lankans we are overjoyed by this long overdue victory. Although SL has played good cricket consistently in all big tournaments, failed to cross the line in finals and never felt bad about the players. Yuvraj has been a great campaigner for India and does not deserve this treatment.

  • on April 7, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    good to see ... india lost ... we cant see india in a victory stand.........

  • Shevahn on April 7, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    To be honest,in the end sri lanka wanted it so bad you could see it in heir faces they way they dove around the field,bowlers running after balls,they wanted to give a special send off to the two greats mahela and sanga,India on the other hand lacked urgency throughout their innings and if not for kohli they might have ended up a further 10-15 runs less than what they got. Sri lanka though losing wickets at key ntervals always looked to score runs,wheras India was banking on a big finish by reserving wickets till the end.But hats off to Sanga the way he played,under pressure simply an awesome innings,going to miss both of you'll Mahela and Sanga!

  • on April 7, 2014, 10:24 GMT

    Blaming yuvraj is not all good..I dont know y social media,electronic media and News papers are targeting yuvraj and saying he is the culprit for defeat in the final.What happened to Mr.Cool.He is aware that yuvraj is out of form and sending him ahead of Raina is bad decision and that Srilanka has come with a game plan and they bolwed well...Even dhoni ,Kohli struggled to play shots in the end.Please stop trageting a single player...Entire team should be responsible for the defeat,not a single player...Yes theree might be odd times where great finsihers in cricket face such situations.Plz doodnot balame a single player for this.The entire team will be responsible for this as they have not gone with out a game plan.

  • on April 7, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    The matter of fact is that India did not play well, Indians did not bat as finalists of a World Event. Lets say Yuvraj had scored 30 from 21 balls instead of 11 from 21 balls, now what major difference would that have made? We would have still reached a paltry score of 150 instead of 130. Combined score of Rahane and Dhoni was 7 from 15 balls. We managed to score only 60-61 runs in the first 10 overs, therefore blaming Yuvraj would be sheer foolishness. If we keep yesterday's match as the parameter, then we did not deserve to win. Well done Sri Lanka, Well done Mahela and Sanga, these guys deserved it.

  • on April 7, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    The law of averages caught up with India. After giving so many hammerings to Sri Lanka in the recent past this had to happen sometime. Remember, India had once chased down over 300 in just about 30 overs against SL in much more tougher conditions in Australia. Similarly, the likes of Viru Sehwag, MSD and Virat had taken a liking to their bowling hammering them time and again. A good example is the 2011 WC final. Man for man India is way ahead of the lankans. It is just that they had an off day. Otherwise they were the best team of the tournament.

  • Ms.Cricket on April 7, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    Agreed Yuvraj did not do well however what about the other batsmen too - Rahane wasted the new ball and Powerplays with defensive strokes and 3 runs from 8 balls while Rohit did not convert many easy 1s to 2s or 2s to 3s with lazy running. Everyone was expecting Virat Kohli to do everything and were very casual about it.

  • on April 7, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    Indian team not balanced,only kohi for make high runs,whole tournament defend on him.Sri lanka well balanced at all

  • on April 7, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    tactical error by team india , not to blame yuvraj alone in this matter, srilanka didnt won india lost the match. thats what i thinl of the game

    confused about his roll in team not explained properly what to do ,cant get 6,4 neither singles nor he cant get out srilanka used situation smartly and frustrate kohli , also no communication between yuvraj and kohli in the middle, kohli showing his frustration in the middle not helping yuvraj confidense on the other side of he pitch. all mind games

  • rasacasa on April 7, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    Very harsh article... The article has let down a great SL victory and one of the power hitting legends... Yes yuvi did not play well, but there was 15 balls played by dhoni and kohli out of the last 24 balls, even if they had scored at 200% strike rate the score would have been higher by 19 runs and that could have changed the match... But the difference was brought in by SL bowlers not yuvi or dhoni or kohli... Well done SL!!! enjoy

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on April 7, 2014, 10:03 GMT

    @DaisonGarvasis Kohli faced those 8 deliveries over the course of three overs. that is one delivery per three balls. Such a stop start motion can make any player lose his/her momentum. Yuvraj literally ate up half the over for one run and forced Kohli to go for the big shots immediately. Had he taken singles off the first balls of the overs, and then let Kohli settle in for a ball or two, Kohli could've played much better. Or, Yuvraj could have tried to hit big himself, either taking the pressure off Kohli and letting him play proper cricketing shots, or getting out and not wasting balls, letting someone like Raina (in-form) try his luck.

  • PPMMSS on April 7, 2014, 10:01 GMT

    Congratulation Lions , well deserve victory , Sri Lanka game plan was on yesterday with huge self confident. Indian body language also different than other days. they create the own pressure to collect all 3 title. (WC , Champion trophy , T20 WC). Kholi can not win the match along either Sanga can not. it is joint effort. remember Mahela ugly revers sweep in last T20 world cup. but no body hit stone on his home. Yesterday he was on shoulder carry round the ground. for us Mahela ,sanga, lasi and angi all heroes from 2007 - 2014. Yuvi is a fantastic player. indian fans must learn lot from Sri Lankan. we loss 4 world cup finals and no body harm any player or property. please love cricket and learn to accept losses.

  • on April 7, 2014, 10:00 GMT

    It was Dhoni's fault. Clearly Raina and Dhoni should have batted ahead of Yuvraj. Everyone who followed this tournament would have done that going by Yuvraj's form. But Dhoni has the weird habit of doing the opposite of the obvious. Remember in 2009 world t20 when Yuvraj was a beast, Dhoni sent Jadeja ahead of Yuvraj and India got knocked out? It was such a déjà vu moment last night.

  • on April 7, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    This article seems to be targeting a player whose one good innings took India to the final. Why couldn't Dhoni get the bat to the ball in the death overs??? Is he getting old too? I don't think so. Srilanka outsmarted India towards the end of their innings and I don't think only Yuvraj is to be blamed. Credit goes to Srilankans for their performance and thats all there is to it.

  • on April 7, 2014, 9:58 GMT

    I will not agree that it was Kohli's fault that he gave the strike to Yuvi by taking a single. Yuvi should have known that he may get some chance in future, had he thrown his wicket? What on earth took him 21 deliveries to know that he is out of form. Is it not Dhoni's fault to send in Yuvi when only 30-35 deliveries were left? We needed 70+ from those last 35 balls. If not himself at least he should have sent in Suresh Raina.

  • kc69 on April 7, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    Although Yuvraj was one of the reasons for the defeat but not the only, 1.First of all SL pace bowlers came with good strategy to restrict indian batsmen at depth,2. The ever so inconsistant Rahane who plays well in one and fails a few, 3.Selection of Mohit Sharma In the team are all the reasons India lost.Admit it or not a MSD also has his part in this loss.Anyways as of now happy that two greats of SL cricket got a deserving farewell and cup being wob by our own neighbors,

  • mzm149 on April 7, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    Thats why I say Kohli is not a finisher.

  • on April 7, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    india's old tradition to not to strike with high run rate in odi last 10 overs in ancient time, in wc t20,cost them the final

  • deadite11 on April 7, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    The fact is 2 main reasons: 1) Rain which dumped the pitch caused damaged to first batting wicket, with dew factor joining it. 2) Toss, which played the major part done the job. There's nothing special from Srilankan bowlers. They stayed for 100 days in Bangladesh for this occasion. They know the pitch conditions very well and applied it. Overall, India performed equally with srilanka in this tournament and this is the only defeat.

    The Blame is on dumbest track in Dhaka and not the Indian team. Thats what i can conclude with this.

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on April 7, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    @Vikram Parmani Actually, India were already in the final when they played Australia. They would've still ended i up topping their group even if they lost. And it wasn't just his performance in the final, (although the most glaring and important blunder), he had been scratchy throughout the tournament and nearly lost the match against West Indies too by playing too many dots. I understand that he has been a terrific player in the past and is going through a rough patch, but in times like these, he needs to be sent back to domestic, wherein if he scores big, he can return to the side. He's had a woeful few months much like Gambhir and Sehwag, and if they are out, he should be too. Sticking to players based on past glory is what sunk India in the first place, and they resurgence has been possible due to the emergence of new talent.

  • odysseus1 on April 7, 2014, 9:41 GMT

    It's not all bout Yuvi or gale , samuels, even Greatest finishers in cricket at the moment koli and doni scores 11 runs in 11odd delivery ...is it luck or coincidence , neither its purely srilankan depth bowling ......

  • on April 7, 2014, 9:38 GMT

    Not a fan of yuvi, but the team just didnt play with any intensity at all. 130 was fair total on the jaded dry surface.When Sanga hit Jadeja out of attack, it sealed the match for SL.The bowling wasnt sharp, fielding wasnt great at all.And SRL played better cricket than India since they have spent all of 2014 in Bangladesh. Demonizing Yuvraj is like demonizing Srinath for 2003 WC finals.Just admit you ran into efficient well oiled disciplined and functioning team.SRL was by far the better team of the tournament.

  • DaisonGarvasis on April 7, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    Everybody tends to forget one thing. Yes, Kohli was 70 not out at 16 over mark. Then he could only play 8 deliveries in the remaining of the innings. OK how many did Kohli score in those 8 deliveries? 7 runs!!! its not that Kohli's strike rate was 300 during that period. Neither was MSD's. Yes, Yuvi's performance was very very poor. But do not forget every other batsmen struggled to some astonishing death bowling by Sri Lanka.

  • Roger.A. on April 7, 2014, 9:35 GMT

    It was right from over no. 1 that India's struggle began. SL bowlers gave no room to hit. It was Kohli's exceptional form which made it look easy. Yes, definitely UV's bad form cost us around 20 runs. Leave the last five overs ... he couldn't play Senanayake, whom I don't consider highly. Still, even Rohit failed to accelerate. I doubt if having made 150 would have helped much. The wicket was good to bat, but SL bowling was just brilliant. All Indian's please watch the replay. It will give you a perspective sans emotion. Well done SL, hope your nation had a great blast. We need better planning for 2015 WC, and need to rely less on our spinners.

  • on April 7, 2014, 9:33 GMT

    all those blaming yuvraj....india got to final only caus of yuvi's innings against australia. he is a superstar, just this one failure doesn't make him villain or ordinary. His contribution to indian cricket is priceless. he has raised his performance expectations to a very high level. Everytime people expect him to hit sixes. He is a human and he didn't batted ordinary intentionally. It was because a bit of his form and much to do with good lankan bowling. He will bounce back from his bad form, just like he came out from cancer..a true champion yuvraj...a champion also has good and bad days....

  • on April 7, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    LOL...Why can't the indian supporters see that it wasn't UV that was the problem. The problem for india was the SL bowlers. They bowled brilliantly and even VK and MSD couldn't get them away. That speaks volumes of how good they were on the day. UV is a fantastic cricketer and has helped India accomplish so much. It would do everyone good, not to forget that.

  • arunapm on April 7, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    get over it guys... it was tremendous depth bowling and super game plan by sri lankan lions, one country, one team one voice,... don't try to look for excuses or whom to blame... learn to accept the defeat like gentlemen Go lions... it's your time !!!!!

  • on April 7, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    I was a big yuvraj fan,not anymore...EVERY RISING SUN SETS ...india has no shortage of good players....time to move on !

  • on April 7, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    I don't agree with this article. For goodness sake SL were the best side yesterday. They were sticking to their basics. If this sort of innings was played by Sanga everyone would be praising Indian bowlers. But even in the Indian lost no one is praising the SL team. Well bowled and bat by a brilliant team. And the best team are the champion. SL out classes the Indian team both in batting and bowling. Well Done SRI LANKA. YOU PLAYED LIKE A CHAMPION

  • on April 7, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    Sri Lanka came with a bowling plan and executed it very well. Kohli and Dhoni played 11 balls after Yuvraj got out and scored 11 runs only. It speaks about Sri Lankan's bowling in last four overs. Except Kohli, Indian batting is below average. Have you forgotten recent Indian tours outside India. We should be thankful that India reached final. Sri Lanka was a better team yesterday and they deserved a win.

  • on April 7, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    If some one is trying to make Yuvraj responsible for the loss of the match, I like to say watch the final of T20 2014 world cup once again. Its Kohli who has to take the responsibility after facing 40+ deliveries and scoring at blistering pace,but he just scored singles and gave back the strike to Yuvraj - who everyone knows is out of form. even after Yuvraj was out, Kohli and Dhoni didnt score many runs from the balls they faced.

    But Yuvraj is made a scapegoat for the inability of Kohli in the end.

  • Gupta.Ankur on April 7, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    Well no player can escape poor form but what has happened with yuvraj post his return to cricket is that he has lost his match-winning abilities.

  • ramz30380 on April 7, 2014, 9:23 GMT

    @Sidath346 well said mate - I admire u guys for the kind of support u offer to ur players thru thick and thin - Indian fans need to learn tht - this is why being an Indian cricketer is so hard!

    Remember the Indian team is a multi-traditional and multi lingual unit - the fact tht there are 11 players from diff states, speaking diff languages, from diff cultures and traditions but still play with the same feel and love for the game and the country by itself is a big thing - inspite of all the diff they still stand as one unit.

    No other cricketing nation has to endure this - lets be mindful of tht fact and learn to appreciate our players when they win and support them when they need it the most!

  • thaikkathameed on April 7, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    Congrats to SRI LANKA, they played like true champions. Indians should learn from Sri Lankans. They executed the game plan very well. Hats off to Malinga, Sanga and Mahela. It was a bad day for India. No need to blame anybody. After all it is a game and one team has to win, both cannot win. Anyway two best teams played the final, even though it was one sided.

  • on April 7, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    T 20 cricket is all about good starts and good ends. India did not start well from the very first over. In T20 first 2 batsmen should be given the license to use well the power play overs and if wickets fall then they can shift to safety mode which is 5 - 7 runs per over and to wait for the final 4-5 overs and then shift the momentum. Rohit and Kohli were playing just like the fist day of a test game and that was the main reason how pressure was built. Yuvi was only the victim of some poor start from the indian top orders. Does anyone blame the bowler if more than 15 runs conceded in an over??? No, they only say that good batting. Same this was some exceptional bowling from the lankans that did not allow indian batsmen to score runs in the last 4 overs. What Dhoni did when he came to the crease, was he able to even touch the ball with his bat? was kohli able to middle any ball in last few balls that he played?? the answer is definitely no.

  • annys on April 7, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    i would not blame yuvi, its the selectors and team management to be blamed. when you know that he is not in form why did you select him in the first place?????

  • on April 7, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    Yuvi got out on ball number 18.1, when India was 119. Both MS Dhoni and Kholi scored only 11 runs from last 11 deliveries. Even skipper MS Dhoni scored only 4 runs from 7 balls. That bcs world class bowling attack frm Kule & Malinga. Hey typical Indians, Why cant you see the truth??? Nothing wrong with Yuvi. Give credits to SL bowlers..

  • Newlandsfaithful on April 7, 2014, 9:12 GMT

    Blame the think tank, blame Dhoni. The signs that Yuvraj was floundering were already there in the SA match. Raina's short aggressive innings had a major impact on that game - possibly decided it - and he should have been promoted up the batting order ahead of Yuvraj. It would have been a tough decision to make - but it needed to be made nonetheless. That is the weight of captaincy.

  • Deesh_Banneheka on April 7, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Dear Indian fans: PLZ just accept the fact that SL WON it. Live with that. Don't apply 'IF ELSE' logic here. Even as good finisher MSD scored only 4 runs in 7 balls and last 4 overs Kholi scored only 7 runs out of 8 balls and Yuvi scored 4 out of 9 last 4 overs. Therefor Yuvi was not only reason for Ind to lose!!! Got to give full credits to the SL. It was just great depth bowling of SL.

    We have been to 6 finals. We won twice. We lost four times. We lived with that. am happy we won it defeating Indians. Otherwise we would have seen many more logic comments here. And PLZ PLZ PLZ accept the fact that SL are the Wold Cricket C h a m p i o n s !

  • Sidath346 on April 7, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan, I'm absolutely ecstatic with the win yesterday but I really felt sorry for Yuvraj. The way he walked after SL won just showed what even 1000 words could not express. He's been such a fine player for India, won them many games on his own and even battled a killer disease. To all the Indian fans, Yuvi will need time but most importantly he needs your support and he should be the old Yuvi once more.

  • on April 7, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    Sri Lanka came with a bowling plan and executed it very well. Kohli and Dhoni played 11 balls after Yuvraj got out and scored 11 runs only. It speaks about Sri Lankan's bowling in last four overs. Except Kohli, Indian batting is below average. Have you forgotten recent Indian tours outside India. We should be thankful that India reached final. Sri Lanka was a better team yesterday and they deserved a win.

  • on April 7, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    He was the one flying on Point and short fine leg to catch the impossible..(Ind vs SAF Champion trophy SL) He was the one who finished the Games with likes of Famous 315 chase partnership with Kaif , which gave Dada the Shirt Waving moment.. He was the one who never looked back once started.. He was the one who disappeared all 6 balls bowled by Broad.. The man of the Tournament of 2007 and 2011 world cup.. The man who recovered from Cancer and is as fit as ever.. Yuvraj.. You will always be the UV protection to Indian Cricket Team.. It was just a bad day for all Indian Cricket fans. It was SL who came out winner in ever changing T20 fanatics.. ‪#‎yuvi‬ ‪#‎iccwt20‬

  • on April 7, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    First point is that if the selection panel wanted yuvraj to play T20 world cup then they should have allowed him to be a part of playing 11 for Asia cup. This would have given him enough time to get into gear and if he would have failed somebody could have taken his place for world T20. Dhoni might have took hid decission to play yuvi ahead of Raina or dhoni himself after a knock of 60 gainst Australia, this shows the faith of dhoni towards his player. If yuvi could have tried to go for big shots instead of ducking the ball, then this argument wouldnt have come. Both Rahane and Rohit didnt play responsibly were there wasnt a need to big shots at that time. I think the point were Rohit got out was the peroid when runs were flowing and if he would have been on crease for few more overs things would have been different since the pressure would have been on Srilanka. Overall India lost the trick in this match.

  • nahan on April 7, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    Despite losing in final India is the best team of championship. But some points to be considered. T-20 format has't changed, but UV has been changed and his presence will make thing miserable for Indian middle order. Either Viru or Gambheer should be brought back into top order since the current opening pair running out of killing instinct. Full credit goes to Srilankan players for their relentless commitment and fighting spirit.

  • KrisRam77 on April 7, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    Unfair to blame Yuvi alone for this. AR and RS did not give the kind of start needed in a final. MSD perhaps made a error of judgement in sending Yuvi ahead of Raina who is a better player at the death and T20 is his favorite format. Considering the Wretched form Yuvi was in barring the game against the OZ, sending Raina ahead of him would have been better. Anyways congratulations to Sri Lanka for breaking the finals Jinx. Hats of to the Legends: Mahela and Sanga. SL executed the bowling plans just about perfect. Kudos to Lanka again.

  • ramz30380 on April 7, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    Oh My.... guys guys plz.... it was SL's day that was all - they bowled exceptionally well - I dont remember seeing such fantastic yorker length bowling tht baffled even the likes of MSD! Being the best finisher in the world, if he cudnt get bat on ball, then u cant take it on Yuvi!

    For heavens sake - think abt how India were at the end of the Asia cup - not many gave them the chance to even make it to the semis - lets not fret over the loss - yes, Yuvi is not his usual self but taking it on him like this isnt going to help!!!

    I think Indian fans need to learn from SL and Bangla fans who even if their team looses dont take it on their players and offer them comfort and solace instead....

    Yuvi won two World cups for India - which no Indian or no cricketer had done before! He needs our support now, lets give it to him.... I am sure the one who is feeling the worst at this time is Yuvi himself...

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

    I don't think its anybody's fault, India's luck just got run out, Dhoni has been very lucky with his tosses and the form of Kholi so far but you just can't win all matches by sheer luck. Sending Yuvi was a wrong decision but other batsman apart from Kholi didn't play well either. SL deserved this win.

  • gangs_cric on April 7, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    Agreed that Yuvi was unable to play to his potential but we should not forget the fact that becoz of him only we have won many memorable innings. Its just a bad day for him which has effected to the team. Not only that except virat no one else was able to play to there potential which is due to the best bowling of srilankhans. Indeed a very good bowling attack by then which could not allow any of the indian team to score runs freely...

  • on April 7, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    Pathetic Indian media. Now they highlight Yuvraj Sing as the only culprit for the loss. Dont they remember or understand ... 1. He was the man of the series in 2011 WC 2. Even Kholi or Dhoni could not hit any boundries during the last four overs. 3. Non of their fast bowlers could do the same thing that SL counterparts have done. 4. Who picked Yuvraj for the team. 5. Why Dhoni or Raina didnt come to bat before Yuvraj.

  • Samdanh on April 7, 2014, 8:57 GMT

    This is where India media and fas lose their balance. Anyone who came in in Yuvi's place would have struggled. What about Kohli - he too found it difficult to score during the initial 20 odd bals he faced. Kohli and Dhoni too could not do much in the 10 odd bals they got in the last 2 overs. Please be graceful to admit and digest that SL played far superior cricket on the day. They were deserved winners. God smiled on India enough to bring them to the final. Period. Cricinfo, please publish

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on April 7, 2014, 8:56 GMT

    To all those saying that everyone struggled...Kohli had just hit a 16 run over, and had the momentum. All Yuvraj needed to do was give him the strike. Instead, he ate up 3 balls, gave Kohli the strike with only three deliveries remaining in the 18th over, and Kohli had to try and hit the ball out since he needed to up the rate. All he managed was a single, as he was under pressure due to Yuvraj and then Yuvi again starved him of strike, taking away the rhythm Kohli had built over his innings. It was the same with Dhoni, except he had the excuse that he hadn't played all tournament, while Yuvraj has had plenty of opportunities. The biggest blunder was to not send Raina instead of Yuvraj. Even whe Yuvi was out, he should have tried to hit out or get out, with Raina coming in after him. Poor decisions and Yuvi/Dhoni cost India the match.

  • Suggsy on April 7, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    How can you say Yuvraj tried his best? Does that make it okay? Every cricketer tries his best, Chris Martin tries his best at batting too, does that mean New Zealand should keep him in the team for his batting?

  • Baundele on April 7, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    Singling out Yuvraj is an injustice. Except Kohli, no other batsmen could score freely. Even Kohli also struggled at the start. A batsman like Dhoni scored only 4 off 7 at the death. The credit goes to SL bowlers.

  • on April 7, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    It appears that Indian cricket players who, for one reason or another, have become heroes in the Indian fan mindset linger on well past their prime because we keep on calling them Gods, proven winners, champions etc etc. You do not see other countries apply such over the op verbosity to their players how ever good they mght be and this includes players lik Lara, Ponting, Smith, Kallis etc etc. This is the reason why Tendukar kept o playing or 203 years past his prime aand why Yuvraj was picked to play despite it being obvious that he has had at best a very mediocre coimeback snce returning from his illess.

    A lot of Indian fans are unabkle to keep perspective. We shower ourcrickters ith cash, cars ans prfaise when they win and become abusive when they lose. These two phenomenn are connected Let's try to be more mature and leep things in perspectie. In the meantime thre appear to be some wonderful talent waiing in the wings. The selectors need to give them a serious try out

  • on April 7, 2014, 8:53 GMT

    I think Kohli is as responsible as Yuvraj. Because he too didn't even try to up the score. He was very defensive against Senanayake even though he was an off spinner (11 of 12 balls). At 15.3 India was 109. And after he got only 10 balls (scored 9 runs), that was right. But how many ball you need to change the match in the last 4 overs? For someone who have already faced 48 deliveries, I must say Kohli messed up.

    After the match when you look at the scorecard you will say, "Oh, only Kohli played well, without his score India would not have scored even a 100!"

    But that wasn't the case. I need not tell the 'effort' of yuvi, bcoz you know that tale. But Kohli's case is different. Everyone telling like 'his effort was in vain', but there is no other baddest innings he ever played. I think if Mallinga had caught him, India would've scored at least 160 (provided Yuvi should went earlier too).

    All in all, a disaster for India & all the credit goes to Kohli,yuvi and Sanga.

  • Pavinasen on April 7, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    I am not sure how many games did Yuvi play in this tournament; I am assuming 3 before the finals. In 2 of those 3 matches Yuvi looked out of sorts, battling to bat, field & bowl. He clicked well in the semis and probably his best game. You cannot murder someone who is out of form. After all he is the man that won you the ODI world cup in 2011 and too long ago. Apart from that he won India many a games single handedly .Have most of the Indian fans lost their memory in this regard. India were excellently placed for a big one, but when Roith got out why why why didn't the best finisher in world cricket come out before Yuvi.The score line would have looked different. With the quality of batsmen that India has 50 to 60 runs in the last 4 overs could have been on the cards. With the wickets in hand it's hard to conceive that they did not attack the bowling.Maling a could only bowl 2 of the last 2 overs and let's say he went for 8 in each = 16 runs. The other 2 could have gone for 15 per over

  • Simple8 on April 7, 2014, 8:48 GMT

    This is the Perfect article .

  • on April 7, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    Do we really need a player who is short in confidence like Yuvi in such an important game like this?

  • on April 7, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    India lost the momentum after losing Rahane. at the end Kohli was on fire but was left stranded on non-striker end by Yuvraj. At least he could have nudge the ball and given strike to Kohli. At the end Yuvraj failed to hit the ball and consumed deliveries.

  • on April 7, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    Youvraj singh is not to be blaimed, Everybody knows what had he don in past. Now MSD knew that yuvi is struggling so why he send him on the creese why didn't promote him self in a high profile match, why not team manament said him to do so and we are blaiming yuvraj singh. It's disgusting... If MSD took the decission to play yuvi down the order it could be changed the senario... If someone is to be blaimed that is MSD and team management...

  • on April 7, 2014, 8:41 GMT

    I understand the anger felt by cricket lovers after yesterdays defeat to sri lanka. But why is every putting the entire blame on Yuvraj. Even Dhoni scored only 4 runs of 7 balls in the last overs. Agreed Yuvraj played slow, let us consider if he had scored 20 runs more we would have reached 150, was that a guaranteed winning score. NO. It would have given us a better chance, but no way it was winning score. I think it is wrong to blame Yuvraj for the loss.

  • drjardine on April 7, 2014, 8:38 GMT

    Please get off Yuvi'back! He tried his best but his kismet was against him today. Just a Kohli was lucky not to be caught by Malinga for a few. Instead, remember a great final between two excellent teams. Take the positives- two legends of the game showing what made them so special. For me the moment of many moments was Kohli congratulating Sanga with a big hug. Who says that cricket is no longer a gentleman's game! The Indian team and their captain showed that they were 'gentlemen'. Today was deservedly Sri Lanka' day. There is an old saying, " cricket by chance" Who knows, tomorrow it may be India, Bangladesh or even Australia!

  • AnoopMukundan on April 7, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    I hope Yuvi doesn't read this article. This won't help him any good. Now we have Kohli to shower praise does not mean we should take out the knives at someone else.

    Two things could have happened differently:

    1. It sure sounds like "everyone" knew Yuvi won't play well and he just made the inevitable happen. If so, then why didn't Dhoni or Raina come ahead of Yuvi in a crucial situation? They could have. They did not.

    2. Srilanka defended a paltry 119 to reach the Semis'. Steyn pulled back a game from the jaws of defeat through his aggression alone. If they can do that then why can't Indians try to show the same aggression and defend the total rather than seeking out demons and dementors to put blame on?

    I sure hope Yuvi misses this article.

  • iccchariman on April 7, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    The momentum lost in 4 overs which Yuvi consumed for his 10 runs. From over to 11 to 17 we struggled that resulted in SL getting an upper hand for death over overs. cant blame f Dhoni n Kohli as the pressure was so much to score in the slog overs. If Dhoni had come in 11th over, the story would have been different. It is as simple as that Yuvi lost the game for us. It is a fact and admit it. Yuvi is a class player but he is currently out of form. Dhoni and team management would have spare a thought about it at the crucial time of the innings in a WC final! We lost it. SL gained on our weakness. And it says now WC finals should have a best of 3 finals!. One bad day caused the champion team to lose a cup! sad!. Congrats SL

  • raj_n on April 7, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    While yuvi did play the worst innings of his life, Indian fans reaction has been far worse. Come on its just a game and this guy has won us matches from situations where others have seldom done. It is time for Indians to be less fickle and keep a healthier distance from their heores. Today its yuvi, tomorrow it could be Kohli or anyone else.

  • bouncer709 on April 7, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Kohli , and Dhoni are equally responsible as Yuvraj, in last 4 overs Kohli was also not able to hit any boundary, he played 7 balls, all he managed to do on these 7 balls was to take single, so if you are taking single if definitely takes you off-strike. he got to play 1st ball of 18th over, and he took single to bring Yuvraj on srike, then in 19th over after yuvraj got out, Kohli got 2nd ball of the over to play but again single to bring Dhoni on strike.... so can't blame Yuvraj for not giving strike to Kohli.

  • on April 7, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    indeed yuvi played a bad innings but actually india played into the hands of SL in the first six overs it self when the power play is on as the batsman could not attempt to hit the ball over the filed as many as 10 to 12 balls were dotted and the runs came only in singles which gave Srilankan team immense confidence. In the end overs the Srilankan bowling was superb as even dhoni and virat could not able to score freely. Congratulations to SriLankan for winning the cup

  • crazytaurean on April 7, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    It is a game after all..you lose some eventually...why blame Yuvraj.

  • ksquared on April 7, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    Why is every one only blaming Yuvraj in my count 5 other batsmen came to the crease. Rahane had a strike rate of 37 against the line and length stuff by Mathews and Kulsekera mind you there wasn't any big swing, by the 11th over IND had scored only 60 odd runs. The death bowling strategy and the consistency at which Malinga and Kulasekera bowled those yorkers were too good even Dhoni and Kholi couldn't get them away. All in all it was a shambolic batting display by IND apart from Kholi and even he was given two lives

  • Joxilyk on April 7, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    I guess I know who I will be cheering for in the IPL - It will be Yuvraj. The poor chap is too good a player to be going through this rotten phase, and the problems at the final just made it worse. He really needs to come out of this and not be bogged by all these hate going around.

    As far as losing the final, it was a tactical error made by the think tank of the Indian team and the blame should go right there. On the other hand, the SL team had a specific plan and they executed it perfectly. The Indian team just showed up and expected everything to fall into place...like it did for them throughout the tournament.

  • Poovhenden on April 7, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    Excellent article. It was not about strike rate but MOMENTUM. Yuvraj Singh's approach was forgivable if India had been 95-8 in the 16th over. It was also okay if it was 11th to 13th over. But it was atrocious that in the end overs he was busy trying to cement a place in the team by nudging deliveries when huge hitters were waiting in the bench. Even a 100% strike rate would've made score comfortable, let alone over 150% or 200%. Also, Rahane! Openers are a special spot in T20. By getting out the way he did, he created pressure for the rest. Think of Gambhir in his place. Not the unsure Dhawan. Bhuveshwar, another weakling is not fit for this format. Sami and Ashwin have the aggression to go for it. If players are out of form, world cup is NOT the place for them to regain it. Dhoni did the best with the resources. The bird brains in the selection committee working under political and financial forces is the root of the problem.

  • chikoo08 on April 7, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    We all have lots of appreciation for what Yuvi has done in the past. But its a fact that he is not the same he used to be. Should we say it was Yuvi's fault or should we analyze Dhoni's decision of sending Yuvi ahead of Raina? Dhoni, always listens to his brain and his decisions are not guided by emotions and that is what he had accepted in an interview a couple of days ago. But here it felt that the emotions had taken over his brains. Raina was in sublime touch since the beginning of the tournament. He had scored runs freely and with a very good strike rate. in contrast, Yuvi had really struggled to score runs, especially when spinners were on except for Australia who didnt have quality spinners. He was even hesitant while facing SAfrican spinners. the only knock he played well was against Australia. Dhoni, somewhere, had that innings at the back of his mind and decided to send Yuvi ahead of Raina, in spite of knowing that SL has high quality spinners. The price was paid for emotions.

  • cricketlover80 on April 7, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    Nobody expected this Indian Team to qualify to even semi finals before the start of the tournament. Give them some credit. To go unbeaten until the final is great job done. Whenever Kohli was on strike from 17 to 20th over, he was also only able to get singles. Made no difference even when Dhoni came. Why blame Yuvraj? Such was the bowling and fielding of srilankans. Bowling plan is always there but to execute them like the Srilankans did is extraordinary. This was Srilankas game to win like it was 2011 for India. Hats off to them.

  • 9ST9 on April 7, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    As a cricket fan I'm disgusted at the way people are making fun of Y.Singh, true he may have been arrogant at times. But this is a match winner who delivered the WC of 2011, as well as victory over Eng in 2007 in India's T20 WC Campaign that changed the face of cricket - we are talking a bout a game changer here. Plus he had recovered from Illness - deserves more respect than this!!!

  • rashivkd on April 7, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    Everyone is blaming Yuvi, yes, indeed, he played the worst innings in his career, but the strategy of Indian team should be criticized as well. I felt like, Indian team is doing a West Indies strategy without any home work. India should have been tried to score big in PPs, instead, they opted to play safe. Yes, we lost Rahane early, Kohli is the kind of player who can catch up anything later, but the role of Rohit in this situation is where my question lies. Kohli the man, as everyone knows, to play through the innings, so why didn't management asked Rohit to play aggressively. What kind of effect he will bring to the match by an innings of 30 of 30? Instead, I think he made the difference Vs SA of his 24 of 12. Wasn't it?

    MSD, in the post match conference, mentioned, only Raina can move on immediately. Yes, a fact, but while the partnership between Rohit and kohli never tried to increase the tempo. I am not blaming individuals, it was strategy that lacked!

  • on April 7, 2014, 7:52 GMT

    While congratulating Lankans, I would like to point out the flaws in our Indian Team. For many years Indian team winning only from few strong performances of Sachin/Dravid/Dhoni/Shewag/Yuvi and now Virat. It is ok on Sub-continent pitches. But not on International grounds. It should be total team effort which will fetch a better result. Our batting never got tested because of some wonderful bowling from our spinners which restricted the opponents to a below par score which made easier to the batsmen. As a die hard fan of Yuvi and I am really disappointed by the batting from him. But you have to give credit to the Lankan bowlers Mathews/Slinga Malinga/Kulasekara. What a comeback bowling from Kulasekara after the mauling from Virat in his previous over. Even Virat could not hit boundary in the last eight balls he faced. It was wide yorkers did the trick for Lankans. We lost the Warm up match against Lankans. Had we done the home work properly we could have done better in the finals.

  • aussieperthindian on April 7, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Well done SL for winning-you guys should rightly be proud. India-well done for dominating the tournament till the last game. Poor selection on part of India in persisting with a clearly out of form and lacking in confidence Yuvraj. He should accept his fate and retire. Not his fault entirely but he should have stepped aside knowing he is not performing. No matter what is said his innings was the difference between defeat and victory-not meaning to take away the great seam bowling from SL. SL enjoy your moment-your greats will be missed by all.

  • fiddlerv90 on April 7, 2014, 7:49 GMT

    Indian fans should start looking at things the right way and stop blaming yuvi for their defeat. Since many of you think that virat kohli was the only stand out player for india then why didn't he make better score out of 58 balls? 77 of 58 balls is not a score to cheer about. Imagin what would have happen if sanga had to face those balls. 69 of 28 by de villiers is the score to win games. India should give the guy(yuvraj) a break and give credit where is due. Bowlers were the only different in that match. Malinga was superb!

    Well deserved victory by the lankan.

  • on April 7, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    I purely believe the MSD should be responsible for the loss directly as a worst gambler last night. He just could not bank the situation in the right perspective. Though UV was in bad form, he could not have been brought him any way in that situation as there were much better performer than him to opt but UV could do much better things than just hang over for 21 balls, at least getting out would be best thing he could do in style. But I think we need to appreciate SL team efforts to bid farewell to their senior players and we should happy for that.

  • Oracle_Magus on April 7, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    One can't blame Yuvi or MSD for this loss. One can always pit in a lot of 'ifs' and 'buts' after a match. It had been quite disappointing for us Indian fans, but due credit has to be given to Lankans for their excellent show on the field. it's true that due diligence was not shown in the field by Indians and a score of 130-4 with a few bug hitters waiting for their turn is unacceptable to many, the 5-6 sixers our batsmen expected never materialised in the death. And for this the credit goes to the Lankan attack. The better team always win and yesterday Lankans were the better team. It has been a great send off for Mahela and Sanga. Cheers!

  • on April 7, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    Lets stop targeting Yuvraj here. It was a bad day for Indian cricket as our captain was also struggling to hit Malinga and Kulasekara. Even if India would have posted 150+, the way Lankans batted was really impressive. They played better cricket than us.

  • Sandasiri_Asitha on April 7, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    Such a team like India, they got superb batting line up n all are big hitters. So I feel it's not UV down India, it's Dhoni. After Rohit wicket, 9n half overs left, if they send Raina or Dhoni him-self, it could have given better chance of adding extra 20+ runs to da final total. But, finally It was Sri Lankan day, not only UV, but grt Kholi n Dhoni weren't able to hit run-a-ball in last overs. Superb death bawling against best batters in business by SL attack.

  • on April 7, 2014, 7:27 GMT

    Both in Cricket & Football eleven players in each team, the difference we know that in Football all the 22 wull be on the ground at a time in cricket only ( 11 + 2 ) 13. While the remaining players watch them from outside , the non striker watch it from 22 yards away.They used to communicate , celebrate and talk about the plan or policy in between.Then why didn't Kohli discuss that with Yuvaraj rather than showing frustration .In such situation with so many wickets and hitters are stand bye why he didn't he try of the policy hit out or get out.

    But as Yuvaraj get out Dhoni came and not produced any magic.Even Kohli idid not hit any big shots in the last 4 overs.Lankans were too good in depth overs.

    So may be Yuvaraj at fault, but other factors also like to take effect.We Know how good he is a player and match wiiner, If he prodece another big inninings the Indian cricket lovers will surely back him.

  • bablankalhan55_youtube on April 7, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    Dhoni should have promoted himself ..Also rohit sharma's run a ball 20 and 30's gets India under presurre every time..they were 64 for 2 when Yuvraj arrived after 11 overs..Kohli also at one stage was 31 off 30 balls..If guys like Kohli who is in form of his life requies 30 balls to settle in how will yuvraj hit from the first ball..bad captaincy,bad planning and highly inconsistent openers cost India badly..Mohit sharma was included ahead of shami...what was the logic behind it?

  • bouncer709 on April 7, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    Pakistan included Shoaib Malik and Kamran Akmal despite their bad form and no performance in domestic, and paid for it, India included Yuvraj even after his bad performance and they at last paid for it, Srilanka had Chandimal, and he was their captain, salute to their selectors when they found him out of form they made brave decision to drop their captain, and respect to Chandimal too, he made no issue of it. and sacrificed his position for the big interest of his country...

  • SAURAVJAIN on April 7, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    He played like a talender in the entire wc including practice match.Against bangladesh too India should have won in 16-17 overs,but due to him only the match lasted till 20th over..Due to these big paper names only Pujara could not make place in ODIs,Jadeja could not manage to play up the order at no 4 or 5 even after performing right after the champions trophy 2013..I wonder why there is no pujara in the ODI line up and why Ravindra Jadeja is not sent up the order at no 4 or 5 in ODIs and T20.

  • on April 7, 2014, 7:14 GMT

    I fully agree with Abhishek Purohit, I would like to say that the blame should lie at the door of Fletcher and Dhoni who carried on playing a player who was completely out of form. Yuvi's blank expression shows no confidence, he doesn't look the same player we used to admire. It is difficult to understand why he didn't hit out or get out as even the players do at club level.

    Selectors should also take note that they should not select players who are out of form, they dropped big players like Sehwag and Gambhir, why not Yuvraj? It should not mean they are gone for ever, these players should come back when they are showing form. It is difficult to find quality players every day, for example Sehwag is once in a lifetime player. Yuvi has not shown any form in the recent tour to SA and the domestic games. Poor selection has cost India the World Cup.

  • thelapal on April 7, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    I had some feeling from the beginning that yuvraj is going to cost us world cup and it became true in finals. Yuvraj is a good player and good striker if he cant strike the ball why he played that many dot balls beside dhoni and raina waiting to bat and india having such a good mometum going 160-170 was easily on the cards. This is horrible he broked so many hearts. Past is Past we cannot revise his heroics in other world cups and support him then gambhir had played even more crucial role than yuvraj. So so Frustrated with yuvraj innings.

  • Sahil788 on April 7, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    Both (Dhoni & Yuvi) should be blamed for the loss. Dhoni is the man to blame for sending out of form Yuvi ahead of inform Raina on such a crucial game. And Yuvi has to be blamed for staying so long at crease when you are finding difficulty to put a bat on ball. For sure he must have realized that he is not middling or even touching the ball, so his duty was to get out by getting himself bold or stumped by keeper or running himself out, atleast he should have thought about the NATION and done that. And for Dhoni, before backing players who are out of form, he should also think about the NATION and not about individual feelings. Before the match began I felt like why on earth yuvraj is in the team?? Shikar Dhawan was 100 times better than yuvraj in his current form. Atleast Dhawan will hit or get out and gives others chance to accelerate the score board. Dhoni & Yuvi are the guys who left INDIA down.

  • on April 7, 2014, 6:59 GMT

    it's rediculous to blame yuvraj, india los tthe match bcz sri lanka played better than india, india's pace bowling attack and death bowling are nothing when compared to srilanka, srilankan bowling is way ahead than india,and also we can't say tht it was a bad decision to put yuvi bcz he is a bigmatch player,sangakkara was also out of form before the final and had scored lesser than 20 runs in the whole tournament whic implies that his form was worse than yuvi, but he was the man of the final match,and he was the one who took srilanka to the victory,tht's what players like sanga,mahela,yuvi can do, yuvi failed to score bcz srilankan bowlers bowled really well to him, the didn,t give any loose bowl to yuvi, samething may have happened to srilankan batsmans if indian bowlers bowled well, but they gave many loose bowls and srilankan batters took the advantage, in a match the better team win, and srilanka was the better team yesterday and they deserve the victory more than anyone.

  • on April 7, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    very one is blaming yuvaraj and Dhoni for the defeat. I believe that its a bit of both emotional and strategic decision by Dhoni to include Yuvaraj in the playing 11. The Man (Yuvaraj) gifted two world cups (2007 and 2011) to India and Dhoni. I think a player like Yuvaraj should be given an opportunity which he got by playing all the matches of t20. Even Sangakara dint do much in the tournament except in Finals. But now since Yuvi played all the matches in t20 tournament with proper backing by Dhoni and team management, ball is now in Yuvi's court. He is now compelled to take decision either to retire from t20 cricket or get back and improve.The tournament has posed some serious questions in front of Yuvi which are facts in form of runs and cannot be denied.

  • lancia71 on April 7, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    I am a sri Lankan and was at the ground yesterday. I think it's not fair for Indian fans to criticize Yuvi in this manner. Fine he took 21 balls, what about the balance 99 India had. Except for Kholi, all others failed and let the whole team take the responsibility. I have the greatest respect for Kholi and there is no dispute of the fact is the best out there ( he will be one of the all-time greats) but he should try to keep his emotions in check a little bit. Yuvi has done wonderful things to Indian cricket and should be respected for that. It's not his fault he was selected and for some strange reason Dhoni didn't send Raina ahead of him.

  • kazun2 on April 7, 2014, 6:52 GMT

    I am surprised how fans criticising Yuvi, Dhoni is the best finisher in the cricket. Even he was struggling last two overs so did Kohli. Even if Raina came to bat he would have struggling too. Be realistic fans. Its not Yuvis' fault. It's just no batmen can hit a ball that kind of bowling attack. Don't make lame excuses and caught Yuvi as guilty. If you remember before starting this tournament you guys call him as KING YUVI.

  • bansal12 on April 7, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    First, sending Yuvi, at that point of time, was definitely a tactical Error from Dhoni. Second, Saying that even Kohli or Dhoni could not make runs in the last overs, is completely wrong. Cricket is a game of partnership and fluency. Yuvi is not a lower order batsman, that he should have been protected from coming on strike. For that matter even Kohli was not able to strike the ball in the begining. But he recovred to bring out another classy innings. But when the flow is disturbed, every one gets affected. We have to realise, that though, Yuvi no doubt has been a class player, and won numerous games, single handedly, we can't take such chances in a crunch game like Wotld Cup Final. This, I am saying with full regard to Yuvi's erstwhile efficiencies. Another thing, to get some player in form, A world Cup Match, leave about Final, can not be a stage. We have to have our domestic schedule in such a manner that all senior players are playing in the same. Look at Australia, England,

  • Waqs77 on April 7, 2014, 6:44 GMT

    everyone is blaming yuvraj but my question...what kohli did in last 4 overs who was already a set batsman on 70. They are saying kohli got strike only for 7 balls in last 4 overs. But the fact is he also was unable to hit big shots in those accurate off side yorkers. Singles what he could only manage to take. It is obvious, if u ll take single u ll get off the strike. So why saying he did not get enough strike. But the truth is that he got strike but instead of hitting big himself he only could manage singles. So stop putting all balme on yuvraj kohli is equally or may b more responsible for not putting big score along with dhoni. In all, it was SL's brilliance in performance which did not allow anyone to hit. give credit to them.

  • Sam_BLR on April 7, 2014, 6:41 GMT

    Yuvi was completely out of form. He lacked confidence , which could be seen in all the league matches. His game against Aussies was also not confidence boosting. At 77/2 , Dhoni should have sent Raina or promoted himself to score runs and rotate the strike so that Kohli could play more balls. It was a strategic blunder on the part of Dhoni. Yuvi should have been left out of the game itself. He did not bowl in the leagues matches and dropped some simple catches as well. I would blame Dhoni more than anyone for this error.

  • DJardine on April 7, 2014, 6:36 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan fan, I'm happy SL won. but as a cricket fan.... I'm appalled of the way Indian fans are treating Yuvraj . he has given more to the Indian team than most of the new age stars. he has won many a tournaments -including WCs for you. Have some gratitude you sorry lot. FYI Dhoni didn't do any better (Strike rate 57%)neither was Kholi in those few last overs. It was SL bowling that stifled the life out of indian batsmen...

  • shanks1967 on April 7, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    Boss. Give some credit to the Sri Lankan Bowlers. When they kept that full wide yorkers consistently on, there was nothing that even a master finisher like Dhoni could do. Yes, Yuvi wasted Senanayake's over. If he had given the strike to Kohli, I think things would have been different, because Kohli had just taken India to 110 in the Kulasekara over. Anyway I think the Indian performance in the tournament overall was exceed expectation, given the youth and inexperience, and they really put up a good show. But all things said and done I think Yuvraj should take a call on his career. Not only in the finals but he struggled with spin through out the tournament and generally was a pale shadow of his once great match winning self.

  • on April 7, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    again india short of a bowler like malinga srilanka bowled their death overs on the 8th stump yorker length they were fast accurate and the indian batsmen were clueless there was no innovative thinking but i tell u it was just one bad day otherwise the indians will just run down sl 70 to 80 times out of 100 india is the best team in any limited over format at present just let these teams meet again and see the result

  • on April 7, 2014, 6:28 GMT

    Agree with most people here that MSD is to be blamed for persisting with Yuvi. Anyone who has followed this T20 nd Yuvi's previous games could say without a doubt that it would require a miracle for him to make any fruitful contribution for India in the form he is in. Someone pointed out 'Kohli' will also go through this phase- I seriously doubt. He's class apart. People like him, Sachin, Dravid- they don't go through such miserable form ever because they have the technique, skill and the class to overcome the 'out-of-form' period in a much lesser time than the others.

  • on April 7, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    It destiny that Sanga & Mahela wins a world cup and they totally deserve it. I am sure most of the Indian fans would have felt for them if SL would have lost this match. Loosing 5 WC finals will torment the palyers and the fans for their life. It was shocking that Dhoni send an out of form Yuvraj before the in-form Raina or Dhoni himself. That move costed them the cup. As an Indian fan it hurts but has to pacify myself just bcos of the two SL legends. India can be proud of themselves the way they played through out the tournament.

  • gurusInd on April 7, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    Going forward should not select the players based on stats need to look in depth based on form. The same thing happened in case of openers, result cost SA and NZ series. We need Sehwag/Gambhir kind of attacking player and need to put pressure on the bowlers no matter even he get out with 20 or 30 runs. At least got guts to put Dhawan in bench similar things should be strictly followed in future for underperforming players. I think Sanju Samson can be selected for 2 down, he got the fire and similar attitude of Kohl and if he gets chance like Rohit/Dhawan sure he will capitalize and make the middle order very strong. Our poor performance started from Eng series lets put full stop this Jun. At least by this time Ishant, Aaron, Sami, Yadav & co should have started their practice in Eng/Aus/NZ. BCCI have enough money should invest a lot on players to increase the standard, always batting will not bring victory.

  • chin-music on April 7, 2014, 6:22 GMT

    I thought the result of yesterday's T20 final was such poetic justice - it was a clash between 2 vastly different team cultures & clearly the better one won!! Look at Sri Lanka - theire team culture has no time for petty ego clashes/ personal loyalties to "marquee" players etc --- witness how absolutely anyone can be the "official" captain, but in reality "collective" decision of old brains trust can even unsentimentally stand down offical captain - if he gets in the way of team success. Contrast with India - anyone could have seen from a mile off what a disaster Yuvraj Singh vintage 2014 is -- & it's certainly not about "1 bad day" - he has been exposed repeatedly in his establishment-helped attempts at comeback - first Johnson messed him in ODIs & even in T20 , apart from that one 60-odd vs Aus, he repeated the same painful , momentum killing innings in the other 4 games - but Indian culture refused to see the writing on the wall & wallowed in past sentimentality.

  • on April 7, 2014, 6:17 GMT

    This is ridiculous. Stop blaming it on Yuvraj. He used some balls to settle in like every Indian did in the match including Virat Kholi who was also slow to start off. After the 15th over they were supposed to attack-pretty sure even Yuvraj was do so- , but SriLankan bowlers executed the plan very well. Kholi faced 7 balls, Dhoni faced some balls and so did Yuvraj. Had Dhoni and Kholi made use of those 15-16 deliveries they shared, India would have easily scored 150+. But they couldn't. Look at the number of dot balls Kholi had in this game and against South Africa.

  • on April 7, 2014, 6:14 GMT

    Well uv is not the only person to blame in total he was rushed into t20 squad without much runs/form behind him purely based on his reputation of being a match winner in the past.He may have won us many games but that was past offlate he is just a shadow of what he was.So when seniors like viru gauti can face axe for not scoring uv should have faced axe but msd being the person he is persisted with him he struggled.Many comments here said kholi struggled and dhoni also.Let me remind you cricket is a mind game and game of rhythm once the bowler or batsmen get settled into one you can stop them thats why many tactics like stopping a bowler when he is on a excellent spell for some reason or delaying momentum is done.Indian bowling was successful coz other teams let them settle into rhythm and line uv did the same by playing dots they settled and bowled perfect wide off off stumps yorkers.it is totally upon uv to either get back to basics get his confidence form back or call it quits

  • devang_thakker on April 7, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    Its really sad to see everyone blaming Yuvi for the defeat. I agree to the fact that he is not in the best of forms but its to harsh to solely blame him for the defeat. i feel the decision to send him at no. 4 was right as it was in the 11th over he came at the crease and had a lot of time to build the innings. But sadly for the Indian fans, he couldn't capitalize and succumbed to the pressure. Also, when he got out , I feel Dhoni should have sent Raina instead of promoting himself in the batting order as Raina was in better nick as compared to Dhoni. But not taking credit away from the Sri Lankans who bowled brilliantly at the death with yorkers at precision from the slinger Malinga. Also the veterans Jayawardene and Sangakkara signed of in style by playing their roles and keeping Sri Lanka in the game all the time and breaking the jinx of a winning the finals in a major tournament. In the end, its a game and a game is won with collective effort nd not individual brilliance. Suoer SL

  • Samar_Singh on April 7, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    Forget out of form Yuvi, it was SLankan bowlers who really bowled brilliantly and they deserved loads of credit. It is not that India lost but its SL who won the watch. Praise good cricket. Its Dhoni and selectors blunder to select Yuvi on nothing basis. Players should be selected on merit of their present performance not on past glory.

  • subcontinent-expert on April 7, 2014, 6:12 GMT

    Those thinking that Indian fans are too critical to Yuvi should understand that we have see him ball by ball since he came into the Indian team.. And hence we can tell when he missed out... Taking nothing away from Srilankan bowlers but he could have easily played atleast run a ball innings even in poor form which he has done in SF... This is hard 2 digest as we are not used to see him like that..

  • on April 7, 2014, 6:10 GMT

    I was afraid the time yuviraj was palaying that now all blame will be thrown on Yuviraj Shoulders and indian fans will forget all good work done by Yuviraj for Indian Cricket. Definitely it was a bad day in Yuvi's Career and unfortunately his bad falls on very big day. but the fact is Dhoni also struggled not been able to hit single boundry in last two overs so credit goes to SL bowlers more then discredit goes to youviraj . I am Pakistani fan Yuviraj and Dhoni are my favorites due to their gentleness and SL is my second favorites. Hence very please by result and feel very sorry for KOHLI as his efforts wasted .

  • sundoo on April 7, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    Dhoni's mistakes are always glossed over .It was his mistake to have not sent Raina ahead of Yuvi .Yuvi was struggling through the tournament and was lost in his own mindset while Raina was straining to go in as he did against South Africa.Dhoni was also mistaken to believe that Rahane would do good .Rahane for all his dedication etc is not suited talent wise or temperamentally for the shorter version of the Game Rahane panicked when he played three dot balls and a cross batted shot was the outcome in the second over itself .He heightened the tension for both Kohli and Rohit to score quick and thus handed over the psychological moment to the Srilankans . He should have remained there as Kohli did ,working his way through . Dhoni ought to have sent a message to Yuvi to hit out.or get out .Dhoni inspite of all that he has done for us erred in team selection where form ,temperament and cricketing brain should have dictated the team composition

  • SaifS on April 7, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    Wonderful article because it mixes no words in pointing out what it aims at. No rocket science, Yuvraj Singh lost us the WorldT20 and put the last nail on his career I guess. I am sad that it is for the first time I am criticizing UV but the fact is for all to see. Next comes Dhoni and again this is the first time I am criticizing him being a huge fan of his...Backing your team is good but an excess of everything is bad. Friendship is fine but should be kept out of professions Dhoni MUST remember! DF is a weak coach he cant take bold decisions or be assertive, always in awe of high stature Indian cricket stars. It's easy job for him, don't do anything just occupy the chair because Indian players coach by themselves and too much interference spoils them. These three in that order are the culprits of yesterday. Sri Lanka were fabulous so taking no credit away from them btw and many congratulations to Sanga and Mahela. I always voted for them to lift the trophy anyway...

  • on April 7, 2014, 6:00 GMT

    I read it, and I read the comments too. Many people here are echoing my sentiments, that Yuvraj should not be blamed alone ! I will tel u some more points why india lost 1. Dhoni shud have sent raina, or himself before sending yuvraj since everyone knew he is out of form, or he shudnt have selected him in playing 11 at all ! 2. Sri Lanka's bowling was outstanding 3. Whats the gurantee that if yuvraj would have scored, India wouldnt have lost? SL won with 13 balls to spare ! even if we would have got 40 runs in last 4 overs, hitting 20 runs in 13 balls is not at all difficult, given that SL batsmen were hitting well 4. Dhoni and Kohli faced around 15 balls together in last 4 overs, without a single boundary. Maybe yuvraj took the momentum from them. But what about SL's bowling? They bowled perfect yorkers. Agree that yuvraj is just one of the many factors for India's loss. NOT THE ONLY FACTOR.

  • on April 7, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    I have a very unpopular suggestion but it might just work. The different states should represent themselves internationally in cricket. Not as India. That will add a long list of teams to world cricket and each state or zone can be autonomous. Some states will be honest and do well. Others will disappear. But that's ok. Talent will come through and teams will play with more passion. I think only for cricket it can be tried out.

  • Rajeshj on April 7, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    Its quite hard to blame Yuvraj for the defeat, because SL had cleverly planned for unplayable yorkers outside off stump in the death overs and India did not have plan B.. And looking at Yuvraj these days, its quite obvious that he is past his best.. Excepting the odd match against Australia, he did not bat with the swagger that he is associated with.. and his tiger'ish eyes were sorely missing.. it was filled with lots of self-doubts.. The semi-final match itself gave clear indications about his state of mind.. Raina could have been sent-in instead of Yuvraj.. Same goes with Mishra.. On helpful pitches (same ones) he spinned his web quite nicely.. But towards the business end he was found out and was thrashed in both semi-final and finals.. And Jadeja was obviously out-of-form and leaked runs in all matches.. Overall its a selectorial quandary which cost us the cup.. Dhoni and Fletcher should take the blame and not Yuvraj.. Everyone tried their best.. lets leave it that way..

  • on April 7, 2014, 5:53 GMT

    No blame games please. It was a game of cricket. We lost. Yuvi got choked and so did Dhoni. It happens in T20 cricket. Sri Lanka have been knocking at the doors of ICC events for way too long now, so they deserve this one. They played brilliantly yesterday. It's sport, and losses happen. So chin up fello Indians and salute to the Sri Lankans. Peace.

  • PadMarley on April 7, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    This is very unfair what everyone is doing to Yuv Raj. You simply cant make him responsible for the final result. It was sheer Sri Lankn planning and immaculate execution that got them the trophy.They even Dropped Kholi one time.. just imagine what would have happened if it was really cought!!! Even if India had another 20 runs on board, Sri Lankan still had another 2.5 overs left to face. Stop making all these nonesense logic around defeats and congratulate the deserved champions!!

  • on April 7, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    Yuvraj is not playing for team he is playing for himself only. I know what he did in 2011, but time changed and people got changed with time too. So for me yesterday what happened it's because of the super play and team effort by Srilanka but on the other side I must say Yuvraj created the main stage for them to perform more.

  • on April 7, 2014, 5:27 GMT

    It is quite a business as usual to assess the situation and make alterations in the batting line-up. We all know Yuvraj's confidence, batting freedom of late. One is at loss to understand why on earth DHoni should not have sent Suresh and himself before Yuvraj in the situation that India were in when the second wicket fell. It is not Yuvraj, but DHONI, to be held solely responsible for India;s defeat from a situation which could have turned winnable !!!!

  • MiddleStump on April 7, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    There are a few reasons for a shoddy batting performance. 1. Yuvraj has been playing on past reputation, not on form. On current form, he would not make it even as a reserve in the Irish team. 2. The 60 he scored against Australia was the worst disaster for team India. Had he failed in that match, management would have been forced to drop him. 3. All the easy wins in the matches to the final proved to be the kiss of death for India. Dhoni and Jadeja hardly got an opportunity to hit a few balls in real match conditions. Dhoni was rusty in his seven ball innings and it showed. To be fair, the match had been lost by then and even Dhoni realised it. 4. An utterly unimaginative coach and captain. The game against Australia was academic for both teams. It could have been used to move Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja up the order to prepare for the two final matches. Raina could have gone in at 4 instead of Yuvraj in the final. In contrast, Sri Lanka held back Angelo Mathews at 78-4. They won in style!

  • sarangsrk on April 7, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    Every thing has a Use by date and Yuvraj is well past his Use by date. So is Dhoni's captaincy for T20. Not just saying this because we lost the final, we lost the match which we should not have if our captain was alert. It is a very lame excuse by Dhoni that Yuvraj tried his best and Raina could score from ball one and hence, could be sent later. Dhoni has been a master at reading the game situation and should have known that India needed to snatch the momentum back from SL which required Raina and not Yuvi. There is a very fine line between backing your key players and being inflexible with changes. Dhoni crossed that line yesterday. There was no reason that Raina could not have batted for next 5-6 overs with Kohli to give India about 45-50 runs or so and then Dhoni could have come and hit 2-3 sixes. If at all required, Yuvraj and jadeja could have come and thrown their bats around at the very end. An alert Dhoni would have done this and more and we would have had 160+ on the board.

  • on April 7, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    I don't know if the writer was aware of this, but there was another team out there too, working very hard with the ball and with the fielding in order to deny the opposition runs, which is EXACTLY WHAT THEY ACCOMPLISHED! Not a single bowler goes for over 30 runs in their quota, a fantastic effort as a bowling unit, the only other Indian batsman to get anything over a run a ball barely did so with 29 off 26. Even Kholi's 6's barely cleared the rope and should have been out TWICE. He might be in the form of his life, but he was damn well riding his luck out there yesterday.

  • TerryOZ on April 7, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    I am sorry but I think this article is way too critical on Yuvraj. Yes, he probably did not bat too well but surely, a large part of the reason for that has to go to the good bowling job by the Sri Lankan. Otherwise, tell me this. The world's best finisher, MS Dhoni, came in and see what happened to him too. I understand momentum and all that, but surely, one cannot blame Dhoni inability to hit the Sri Lankan for even a single boundary on Yuvraj. So please, fair dinkum, Yuvraj had a bad game but that is due to good bowling. Same poor batting from Dhoni proved that. In fact, I dare say any batsmen from any country would be hapless against such incredible great death bowling by the Sri Lankan last night. That last 5 overs, even with Kohli on strikes would probably yield a few extra singles at best.

  • on April 7, 2014, 4:27 GMT

    One should agree that the strategy that srilanka employed during death overs is outstanding. They bowled far too out from the offstump in yorkers. Surprisingly no indian batsman took offstump guard. Even though looked like Yuvaraj. We should not blame yuvarag alone for not hitting the balls but atleast yuvarag would have tried to give strike to Kohli, the in-form batsman. Nonetheless Indians have to learn how to deal with death bowling and also our bowlers should learn how to bowl fast yorkers outside the offstump.

  • Jan on April 7, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    Well said. Yuvraj is no where different from what Sehwag and Gambhir are. Let Yuvraj get back to the basics and come up strong. Why this hurry to get him to the national side. He is the architect of India's 2011 world cup win. Sehwag and Gambhir didnt contribute any less than Yuvraj for India. If Sehwag and Gambhir are axed so should Yuvraj be. As a team man, Yuvraj should have atleast got out the moment he knew he couldnt keep the momentum. India had wickets in hand and in form players to follow. So playing a slow innings when just 2 down is unacceptable.

  • on April 7, 2014, 3:30 GMT

    This is not Yuvi problem. Dhoni is the man to blame. Because Dhoni has the habit of persisting with out of form players throughout the tournament as if to back the player or show the confidence. When players are out of form, it is not going to come back overnight, and in T20, there is really no time to play your way back into form. So why persist with those player and cost India World cup.

    Very bad of Dhoni. Dhoni costs the world cup not Yuvi

  • on April 7, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    As Dhoni said, no one ever plays to lose the game. Yuvraj was out of form, lets not be harsh on him. But Yuvraj himself should have assessed his form and should have tried to regain it in domestic form. It's true fans were irated on the way Yuvraj has batted. But at the same time everyone knows he is a match winner.

    I love every batsman when they play really well, I like Kohli too, but in the recent tournament I really dont like his attitude - fuming in anger every time Yuvraj misses a ball, that clearly debases your team mate. Every great batsman have gone through rough patch in their lives, and "mark my words" - Kohli himself will go through such situation somewhere in his career.

    I am an Indian fan you would like India to win every time. But in reality better team wins. This final match will trigger many angers and emotions over Yuvraj by the fans and selectors, but be rational and try to give Yuvraj some time, he will certainly outshine many others in the team.

  • on April 7, 2014, 3:09 GMT

    Its ridiculous to blaim only yuvraj for not able to score in the last 4overs of the inning. Even Kohli managed only singles and was giving strike to yuvraj who was clearly out of form. And when even the "master" of finishers can only make 4 runs off 7balls ,its clearly a collective failure of team India. Sri Lanka deserve all the credit to restrict Scoring through ther outstanding death bowling.

  • SouthPaw on April 7, 2014, 3:09 GMT

    It was not an "off day", it was more of an "off tournament". The team management should have recognized the poor form Yuvraj has had with the bat (& in the field, too) and changed the batting order. If you can drop Dhawan and bring in Rahana, Yuvi should have been dropped and someone else brought in.

  • hkiran1 on April 7, 2014, 3:05 GMT

    You live by sword, you will fall by sword. You keep an out of form batsman in an international team and hope to play him to form in international matches, its gonna hurt somewhere sometime. Well played Srilanka, congratulations. Srilanka in T20 becomes a mediocre team from today as it will be like a motorcycle without the two wheels which used to carry them. Its not the two great players batting they are going to miss, but their experience as in the recent times it was apparent who was captaining, whatever the team gave their captain's name was. Thank you Mahela and Sangakara.

  • on April 7, 2014, 2:07 GMT

    From Hero to Zero.

    Single handedly, Yuvi had won the world cup in 2011, and single handedly he gave it away this time.

    Dhoni's assessment of situation also went wrong this time. Knowing very well that Yuvi would have been under pressure in the final, bringing Suresh Raina would have been a better option.

    Anyway, well played Sri Lanka, full credit to their pacers for the death bowling. It really brough death to India's hope for the cup and to yuvi's career. Sad to see Yuvi going to history this way.

  • Dinkepo on April 7, 2014, 1:48 GMT

    Nobody response and commend for this artcle, this is the end result indian fans emotion against YUVI's bad and irresponsible performance, everyon have few question in their minds as why he was selected for this tour eventhough got poor form, why he got chance to play alomost all the matches with lowest run rate, why MSD never listen to cricket fans voice and very cool even his mate ducking all the ball during 16th or 17th overs, can not happened this kind of funny things in any other teams, unnecessarily lost one world cup due to MSD's stubborness and YUVI's outpaly, better he need to quit from all format of cricket before he damages his reputation further!

  • Jay.Raj on April 7, 2014, 0:01 GMT

    Dont worry Yuvi...everyone has their bad day.... it just happened to be today for u...u r a true rare match winner...2 ODI world cups that are more significant than this is lifted by India caz of u.

  • CoolArpita on April 6, 2014, 23:35 GMT

    Not sure why Yuvraj has been tried as No. 4, I still feel Dhoni needs to come up, in this case when they needed the push for a big total, Dhoni himself should have come up. Yuvraj has never been in any sort of form these days, time to think of his inclusion in the team now! But again, SriLanka bowled exceptionally well..wide full yorkers, very hard to score for anyone! Well done Sri Lanka!

  • on April 6, 2014, 23:26 GMT

    The T20 team we have currently is never going to play together again. Yuvi has definitely shown he has lost his midas touch and will need a super human performance and consistency to come back again into this team. Apart from spinners, this team does not have a lethal or atleast a respectable bowling attack. Time for the selectors to rebuild the team.

  • on April 6, 2014, 23:18 GMT

    Yuvi has to announce his retirement as soon as he lands back in India. He is already 33 plus and most certainly won't be part of the plans for the next World Cup. He is already out of ODIs and Tests. Another youngster needs to be groomed soon. Even Dhoni has to consider retiring from this format as a sort of pre curser to his overall retirment plans. He too will be 36 next T20 World Cup and it's time he hands the baton to Kohli in T 20. Will the indian selectors bite the bullet?

  • ProdigyA on April 6, 2014, 22:38 GMT

    Yuvi has been a great servant of Indian cricket and has given innumerable wins single handedly...but no disrespect to this legend he has to retire. It will be painful to see a player of his calibre cause anymore pain. From a die hard Yuvi fan.

  • on April 6, 2014, 22:29 GMT

    I would blame Dhoni for not taking Yuvaraj out of the game and send in himself to bat. I know its not the nicest thing to do. But be nice and lose or be little rude and win?

    If it was Arjuna, I am sure option 2 would be the choice. Mahela or Sanga as captains may not have the stomach to take out a batsman from the game. I could see someone like Clive Loyd do something like that

  • Nampally on April 6, 2014, 21:40 GMT

    Yuvraj's innings was like a "Kiss of Death" to the India. He came in with score of 63 for 2 in 10.3 overs. That clearly showed that the run rate of 6/over was V. slow to win the Match. His job was to raise the rate to 10/over straight away if India had any aspirations of winning. That is the first thing each batsman must know that a competitive/Winning total is not less than 170. Yuvraj thought he had all the time in the word to bat at his own pace irrespective of Indian total. He knew that Dhoni & Raina are the top hitters in the T20 & are right behind him. He has to put the team before himself & go for the slog straight away. In 16th over Kohli must have got exasperated with Yuvraj & launched into 6,4,2 &1 off Kula. Even then Yuvraj did not follow the lead with another Six! Any one with common sense knows it. Above all he hogged the strike frustrating Kohli into stagnation at the other end. Yuvraj, you single handedly killed India's chances with 11 runs @ a S/R in 50's as did Dhoni!

  • on April 6, 2014, 21:27 GMT

    Yeah congratulations to Sri Lanka. They played a good game but also credit to Indian reaching in the final. And yeah Yuvraj had a bad day but also don't forget his good days. He is one of my favourite player. He had stunned the world so many time with his brutal hitting.

  • on April 6, 2014, 20:47 GMT

    As a Lankan when our players lose we do not throw stones at them, we love them when they win and when they lose. That is something Indian fans should learn. Yuvi has been a wonderful for India.

  • on April 6, 2014, 20:34 GMT

    A superb article which has brilliantly described what happened. I however fail to understand why a message was not sent to Yuvraj to hit out or get out much earlier in the innings. It is criminal that India had lost only three wickets and did not push out .

  • ashehryar1 on April 6, 2014, 20:31 GMT

    I don't think Yuvraj should bear the brunt of blame. Today was an off day for him but also for Indian openers, who failed to give a good start and Dhoni who was unable to hit towards the end. Srilankan's bowled very well throughout the game. It was clear that they had a game plan and they executed it very well. They were a much better team today. Indian fans; please don't blame or do any harm to Yuvraj's legacy. He has been tremendous in the past. <From a Paki fan>

  • on April 6, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    I'm really not sure why Yuvraj was brought along to a World Cup when his form is so bad, he doesn't even merit a spot on the Punjab team. True, he won India two World Cups, and has been outstanding for India everywhere; one of the greatest. Now, one doesn't have to wonder if, after his battle with a long and unforgiving illness, he is anything close to his former self: he is clearly not. Team selection based on wishful thinking is no strategy for winning a World Cup.

    No one should blame Yuvraj; there is no doubt he was giving it everything he has got. Yuvraj is that kind of guy. Blame the selectors, and especially the Captain. A World Cup is not the place for rehabilitative experimentation. There is a whole IPL season, and after that, a full year of domestic and international tours, when the stakes are much lower. Yuvraj is clearly not back, and now they have made it even harder for a proper comeback, by pushing him in too early.

  • na_ga on April 6, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    FIrst of all hearty congrtulations to sanga and mahela. Even the mightiest person can take wrong decisions at sometimes. it has happend today to our MSD as well. After knowing the SL batting lineup containing more lefties, he should have dropped mishra and gone with sami. At least he should have given overs to jaddu. Let's not forget dhwan's role in the champ tropy final. he should have been picked considering his temperament rather than his form as MSD always does for yuvi. After rohit's wicket either dhoni or raina should have come to bat instead of yuvi as he is out of his golden touch through the tournament. The only mistake yuvraj made was denying the strike to kohli that would have saved his captain as well as the whole team...

  • on April 6, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    If Yuvraj won the 2011 WC is that justification to keep playing him even though he is just a dark shadow of what he was then. This is exactly what is wrong with the Indian psyche - that it sustains itself on nostalgia and not what is practical. This match today should be a lesson for the selectors who cling on to the old until it dies.

  • on April 6, 2014, 20:14 GMT

    I think sri lanka bowled excellently in the death overs, rather than blaming yuvraj we should appreciate sri lanka's effort in restricting india to a low total. Dhoni also struggled to score. Sri lanka planned the game excellently and executed it superbly too!

  • on April 6, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    yuvraj shud be dropped for that miserable score which cost india the T20 cup

  • on April 6, 2014, 19:59 GMT

    So reminds me of how one should know exactly to call it a day! What is he playing for? It cant be money esp when he make potloads in IPL. If that isnt he is better off stepping aside to aide the countrys cause! A man should know his limitations!

  • on April 6, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    Yuvi applied the Dementor's Kiss not only to Team India, but to the Indian fans as well. I, for one, was pretty emotionless at the end of Yuvi's innings, and didn't care how much India had made when 20 overs were up. In contrast, I was cheering each and every Kohli boundary in the 15th over, and was mentally making up different scenarios. So much change in mindset just because of one innings. A sad end to a glorious career.

  • pvwadekar on April 6, 2014, 19:56 GMT

    Yuvi's innings was really scratchy but now that the T20 WC is gone, we must prepare for for the 2015 ODI WC by identifying batmen that can survive and score on the bouncy pitches. Two examples come to mind Rahane and Pujara both have excelled in Test cricket and are proper batsmen. Kohli(at 3) will be the key around which the middle order (4) and (5) will revolve and lay a foundation for the likes of Raina /Dhoni/ Jadeja to provide a score that can be defended.

  • bouncer709 on April 6, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    So that was Yuraj when India did not make to Aisa cup Indian fans were saying that Asia cup is low profile tournament and it was India A team in Aisa , that now in T20 cup they will have their main players.... So the two main players were i think Yuvraj and Dhoni.... I was feeling sympathy for yuraj when he was not able to take single, and what a cruel moment when a player like Yuraj was trying to take single on by in keeper hands, but still was not able... add to that Dhoni the best finisher in the world scoring 4 of 7 ball,.... first defeat in Asia cup with Afridi hitting two sixes of Ashwin, and now messing in final of world cup, this will hurt India for long time... a big C word, they gona carry for long time ahead.

  • KapilsDevils1983 on April 6, 2014, 19:54 GMT

    Umm Yuvraj Singh won us the 2011 world cup? He made a 50 in the QF, but so did Gambhir, Sachin and Raina's cameo were equally useful.Still, with his two wickets his contribution was valuable. He got out for 0 in the semis and did not have to contribute in the finals.

    He did make 362 runs and take 15 wickets. 5 wickets against Ireland in the group stages, 2 against Netherlands. his 362 runs consisted of two fifties against Netherlands and Irelands and a 110 in an inconsequential group stage match against the windies.

    As far as the 2007 T20 WC is concerned, he did not make any contribution of note in the final, and did not play the do or die match against SA. He did fire beautifully in the semi- final however.

    The point I make is, Yuvraj contributed very well to the wins in 2007 and 2011, but they were team efforts through and through and its hardly a case of 'Yuvraj won us the WC'.

    Yuvraj's innings stalled the momentum of Indian innings today, and in the matches before.

  • on April 6, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    Check out this..:-

    Indians in the last 24 balls: Kohli 7 (8),Yuvraj 4 (9),Dhoni 4 (7),Extras 4 No Boundaries. Perfect bowling by Lankans! None of the them could score runs at the depth..

    so.,lets hail the Sri Lankan bowling attack.,especially in the death..before blamin Yuvi or some other..

  • on April 6, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    @Abhishek.,Yuvis inigs might have let the innings down..But.,later dhoni came into the crease and couldn't even touch the ball..This is also something that had let the team down..The biggest let down of the match is Dhonis Captaincy and strategies.,a complete disaster..He could have sent the in-form Raina i place of Yuvi.,who has been searching for perfect form and complete touch..And yuvi always takes sometime to get ito the touch..Then.,how can u expect him to hit runs from the first ball..Yes.,he z low at confidece and thats why.,he should not have been sent there @ 4..When yuvi was in form in 2011.,dhoni came up the order doing a gamble..Today.,when Yuvi was not in form.,dhoni sent him @ 4..What a poor strategy it was by dhoni..!!! Truely poor n sick.. So., i blame Dhoni.,before blaming Yuvi.. Dhoni has to answer to this "why did he send yuvi before inform raina.,in that crucial moment.??"

  • on April 6, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    We don't want to see Yuvi any more in India side in all format of cricket. We all knew that he is struggling to find timing and beaten in many occation. He suppose to sacrifice his wicket when we have lot of wickets in hand how come such senior batsman play like a bad cricket.

  • AviLall on April 6, 2014, 19:45 GMT

    Two reasons for India's failure in the Final. First is Yuvi. 21 balls 11 runs ??? And not giving the strike to Kohli. As he was struggling, he should have given his wicket away, if he had any team spirit. Look at the selflessness of SL captain taking himself out of the playing 11. There were far better batters waiting to get a chance. But Yuvi's selfish self-indulgence got the better of him. Just for that, even if he was in best form, he should be punished by dropping him from the next few games. Second mistake was Dhoni's. He should not have included out of form and struggling Yuvi in the playing 11. And if he didn't have that freedom, then he should not have sent Yuvi in at the stage when the team needed badly to accelerate. Raina and Dhoni should have come before Yuvi. SL won largely because of these two blunders by India, their death-bowling notwithstanding. India could have posted another 40 odd runs, but for Yuvi. SL would have struggled with 170 target.

  • on April 6, 2014, 19:44 GMT

    Under 15 world cup 1996 champions- INDIA Man Of the Series -Yuvraj Singh U-19 world cup 2000 champions- INDIA Man Of the Series - Yuvraj Singh T-20 world cup 2007 champions- INDIA Best player - Yuvraj Singh ICC world cup 2011 champions- INDIA Man Of the Series- Yuvraj Singh Came Back From Cancer...!!! When yuvi gave India two world cups and being man of the series in both, no one even appreciated him... bcoz all are behind Dhoni's performance... n now everyone is barking on Yuvi.... RIDICULOUS...!!! Moral: One Bad match or moment... People will forget all ur past...

  • on April 6, 2014, 19:42 GMT

    Yes very hard to digest. Very well documented Abhishek, yeah i have read Harry Potter so i can exactly relate to what you mean here. It was dismal, me and my 3 friends watching were so frustrated. We wanted Yuvi to do so well always but tonight we were praying Gods that he should get out.

  • Retour on April 6, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    It was sad to see Yuvraj bat today. In the game against SA, one could feel that the key thing on his mind was to not get out, and that line of thinking continued in the game vs. SL. To an extent, it felt like a selfish kind of innings.

    Yuvi has given Ind many happy moments and probably got a chance to play in this tourney because of that. But with these recent performances, Yuvi's has used up his goodwill.To play in to the team again, Yuvi will need to show some serious form, confidence and more importantly the ability to play as per the situation (and not on how he wants to go about in a match).

    Dhoni too missed the trick by not sending a relatively in-form batsman such as Raina at 4. In the finals, a team needs to innovate and ensure that the players in form get to play the most deliveries. Have to say that SL was more street smart in this particular final.

  • criccritic1 on April 6, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    Also Dhoni needs to be blamed too for encouraging players to waste deliveries!!!

    when will you learn... you need to encourage players to take risk and score..

    the idea of keeping wickets in hand is old school dude!

    scoring slow and waiting for last 2-3 overs with 7 wickets in hand is Dhoni and media should talk about it.

    interesting enough media is tight-lipped to highlight such facts and old school mentality of Dhoni. are they afraid of something?

  • criccritic1 on April 6, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    I absolutely agree!!! Yuvraj should not be in the team. period.

    He is so bad as if he is playing cricket first time in his life!!

    Dhoni should stop pampering Yuvraj and give chance to the young players who can make a difference.

    just think about how Shikhar Dhawan would have handled it!

  • swiftgate on April 6, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    Well it was Sri Lanka's evening and their master players made this a memorable one for themselves and their countrymen. Well done Sri Lanka and very well done Sangakara, what a finishing Bravo Sri Lanka, enjoy the moments

  • Rahul_78 on April 6, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    It was gutting to see the man who hit six sixes in the past strugling to even get a bat on ball. India has lost a world cup final but give a thought to Yuvraj. He has seen brightest of highs by wiining 2 world cup and darkest of lows with his cancer battles and tonights struggles. It is very very dispiriting indeed but Yuvraj is a champion and Indian fans need to cut him some slab. He does deserve this much.

  • RibhavBansal on April 6, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    A very nice article, Yuvraj has been a true match winner for India in the past when he has single-handedly won multiple games for India. But he was chosen into the World T20 solely on reputation and was clearly out of form which was pretty evident from the warm up matches itself. Even against Australia, it was a scratchy innings, but the worst part is that after that match, Yuvraj was back to his boastful self saying everything is all right and I have been in wonderful T20 hitting form which was incorrect. True, his innings robbed India of all the momentum, but Kohli and Dhoni both faced 8 balls in the last 4 overs and were not able to do much of it, Sri Lanka were bowling to a plan and it worked wonderfully well for them. Really happy for Sanga and Jayawardene, they truly deserved to go out on a high!!!

  • gaga001 on April 6, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    why everybody is blaming yuvraj singh, it was great bowling by srilankans in the end overs, although yuvraj sing became victim but dhoni and kohli too were not able to scort in that period. Yeah india posted a much low total in the match but finisher's responsibility was to be fullfiled and india was not finished on a high and srilankans finished there bowling on a high we can't write off malinga and kulasekra end over bowling in this tournament throughout, it is only kohli who is pronouned to play Mallinga better.

  • sj55 on April 6, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    It is not as if Dhoni set the world on fire... 8 balls 4 runs (plus 4 extras). In fact, in the last four overs Kohli faced 9 balls and scored 8 runs. Just great death bowling, must admit.

  • Sammy171 on April 6, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    Oh.. stop only blaming Yuvi! Is credit does n't go to Malinga's wide line yorkers strategy and its great execution. What is needed to improve is fast bowling which has been a long problem for India.

  • on April 6, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    While Yuvraj must take his full share of the blame , we Indians were caught napping with a significant change in Sri Lankan death over bowling strategy.

    Instead of slower balls or yorkers on the stumps their pacers bowled yorkers 2 feet outside off only. We didn't have a good strategy to counter that and even Kohli coudn't score of that line off attack.

  • Haleos on April 6, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    It is the fault of team management too. raina should have been promoted. Rahane started it all. His body language was one of pressure. I love his technique but he is not cut out for t20.

  • Haleos on April 6, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    It is the fault of team management too. raina should have been promoted. Rahane started it all. His body language was one of pressure. I love his technique but he is not cut out for t20.

  • on April 6, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    While Yuvraj must take his full share of the blame , we Indians were caught napping with a significant change in Sri Lankan death over bowling strategy.

    Instead of slower balls or yorkers on the stumps their pacers bowled yorkers 2 feet outside off only. We didn't have a good strategy to counter that and even Kohli coudn't score of that line off attack.

  • Sammy171 on April 6, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    Oh.. stop only blaming Yuvi! Is credit does n't go to Malinga's wide line yorkers strategy and its great execution. What is needed to improve is fast bowling which has been a long problem for India.

  • sj55 on April 6, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    It is not as if Dhoni set the world on fire... 8 balls 4 runs (plus 4 extras). In fact, in the last four overs Kohli faced 9 balls and scored 8 runs. Just great death bowling, must admit.

  • gaga001 on April 6, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    why everybody is blaming yuvraj singh, it was great bowling by srilankans in the end overs, although yuvraj sing became victim but dhoni and kohli too were not able to scort in that period. Yeah india posted a much low total in the match but finisher's responsibility was to be fullfiled and india was not finished on a high and srilankans finished there bowling on a high we can't write off malinga and kulasekra end over bowling in this tournament throughout, it is only kohli who is pronouned to play Mallinga better.

  • RibhavBansal on April 6, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    A very nice article, Yuvraj has been a true match winner for India in the past when he has single-handedly won multiple games for India. But he was chosen into the World T20 solely on reputation and was clearly out of form which was pretty evident from the warm up matches itself. Even against Australia, it was a scratchy innings, but the worst part is that after that match, Yuvraj was back to his boastful self saying everything is all right and I have been in wonderful T20 hitting form which was incorrect. True, his innings robbed India of all the momentum, but Kohli and Dhoni both faced 8 balls in the last 4 overs and were not able to do much of it, Sri Lanka were bowling to a plan and it worked wonderfully well for them. Really happy for Sanga and Jayawardene, they truly deserved to go out on a high!!!

  • Rahul_78 on April 6, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    It was gutting to see the man who hit six sixes in the past strugling to even get a bat on ball. India has lost a world cup final but give a thought to Yuvraj. He has seen brightest of highs by wiining 2 world cup and darkest of lows with his cancer battles and tonights struggles. It is very very dispiriting indeed but Yuvraj is a champion and Indian fans need to cut him some slab. He does deserve this much.

  • swiftgate on April 6, 2014, 19:32 GMT

    Well it was Sri Lanka's evening and their master players made this a memorable one for themselves and their countrymen. Well done Sri Lanka and very well done Sangakara, what a finishing Bravo Sri Lanka, enjoy the moments

  • criccritic1 on April 6, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    I absolutely agree!!! Yuvraj should not be in the team. period.

    He is so bad as if he is playing cricket first time in his life!!

    Dhoni should stop pampering Yuvraj and give chance to the young players who can make a difference.

    just think about how Shikhar Dhawan would have handled it!

  • criccritic1 on April 6, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    Also Dhoni needs to be blamed too for encouraging players to waste deliveries!!!

    when will you learn... you need to encourage players to take risk and score..

    the idea of keeping wickets in hand is old school dude!

    scoring slow and waiting for last 2-3 overs with 7 wickets in hand is Dhoni and media should talk about it.

    interesting enough media is tight-lipped to highlight such facts and old school mentality of Dhoni. are they afraid of something?