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

No one will be as disappointed as Yuvraj himself - Dhoni

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'Nobody wants to really play bad cricket' - Dhoni

It was to be expected that MS Dhoni would be asked mostly about Yuvraj Singh after India's defeat in the World T20 final. Yuvraj made 11 off 21 as India never built any momentum in the middle overs to manage a below-par 130 for 4, which Sri Lanka chased down with 2.1 overs and six wickets to spare.

Did Dhoni send out any instruction to Yuvraj seeing him scratch around in the middle? "The thing is he was trying. That is the most you can do," Dhoni replied. Did Yuvraj's knock rob India of the impetus they so desperately needed at that stage? "It's a team thing, let's not talk about individuals."

When asked how disappointing it was for fans that a player of the calibre and experience of Yuvraj was not able to click, Dhoni said no one would be more gutted than the man himself tonight. "I can tell you one thing, you talk about the anger of the fans and all, you know it's always the individual who is more disappointed than the fans," Dhoni said. "As a player you go through more because you have your expectations and everything else. So I think that's not the statement you should talk about. Yes, fans get angry but you should also think about the individual.

"Nobody wants to really play bad cricket. In front of 40,000 people you don't really want to drop a catch or misfield. It's part and parcel of the game. And we have seen it happen to some of the international athletes, not just cricketers. Let's get rid of it. Yuvi tried his best, it was an off day for him, at the same time it is not easy for a batsman to go out there and start slogging."

Dhoni said that because Yuvraj, like most India batsman, was one who took some time to get going. They had batted him at No. 4 ahead of Suresh Raina and Dhoni himself. "We only have one - somebody like Suresh Raina who can go in and really start hitting from the very first ball. Most of the other batsmen like to spend a bit of time and then play the big shots. That's the reason why we want Yuvi at 4 and then Suresh Raina at 5. And also this game what happened is, two right-handers were batting at that point of time [Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli]. So you wanted a left-right combination to make it difficult for the bowlers to execute their plans. And that was the reason why we had Yuvi at 4. After that we wanted to keep a left-right combination. But the last two overs, I said let me go [ahead of Raina] and try something."

Yuvraj has lost his place in the India Test and ODI sides. In the World T20, he made 100 runs in five innings at a strike-rate of 98.03. Sixty of those 100 came in a largely inconsequential group game against Australia, when India had already qualified for the semi-finals following three successive wins. When questioned how long India would be able to retain Yuvraj in the shortest format, Dhoni said now was the not the time to speak about selection-related matters.

"Today is a big day, so let's not talk about selection because, effectively our season ends today. Now we go into the domestic cricket with the IPL. So let's not talk about selection as of now, we'll see when it comes."

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY Johnny_129 on | April 11, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    Yuvraj is a great striker. In this instance he was selected to play when he obviously was not mentally ready after his traumatic health issues - Any of us would play for the country if selected. We would not turn down that opportunity even if the selection is unfair on other players or the player selected. However, in this match, Kohli aside, no other batted at an exceptable rate - Rohit, Rehane and Yuvraj were all slow!! I have always maintained that Rehane and Pujara are two pure batsmen who should be saved for Test matches only.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | April 9, 2014, 21:24 GMT

    @rajrajan99: I fully agree that good batsmen find a way to handle any bowling & succeed. India showed this against all the 5 teams they played earlier in this T20. I always stated right from the first match that Yuvraj is NOT a #4 Batsman. Dhoni experimented with him in ODI's & failed. He is not the great hitter he was before 2011. In T20 he should not go any higher than #6. Both Raina & Dhoni should bat ahead of him. In the middle overs India needs Finishers who can "belt" the ball. India nearly did not win against WI when Yuvraj hogged the strike. Raina came in & finished the match with the first ball he faced. In SA match again, Yuvi's timely out allowed Raina to come & get those crucial 17 runs in the first over he faced. Raina was Crucial guy + Kohli the Main guy, who brought India to Final. Dhoni needed to put these 2 guys as trump cards to win the WC T20. Unfortunately Dhoni preferred Yuvi to Raina in "desperate hope of seeing Yuvraj of Old".MSD's "experiment" Failed in T20 too!

  • POSTED BY on | April 9, 2014, 18:37 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..!!!!

  • POSTED BY hnlns on | April 9, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    It was Dhoni's failure in not sending Raina ahead of Yuvraj, Raina hits big shots too and is certainly far better in running between the wickets than Yuvraj. Dhoni's justification of Yuvraj having an off day in a WC final is just not acceptable. Throughout the tournament, everybody knows that Yuvraj had struggled except against Australia where he played well just to save his place in the team. He is going rapidly downhill in all aspects of cricket - batting, fielding, and bowling, which he never has done anyway in recent times. The selectors should to think ahead and must drop Yuvraj for the WC in 2015 as there are enough talented youngsters who are good at batting and bowling and fielding younger in age. They should be provided opportunities at international level over the next 8-10 months to prepare them for the big battle in Australia and NZ.

  • POSTED BY AravindVatsal82 on | April 9, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    Dhoni's magic-Gamble just did'nt work & cost WC this is should be eye opener to use the cricketing brain what australia does most off the time & be succesfull for almost 2decades.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 9, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    It is really sad to know that Yuvraj home is been stoned ! he has won so many matches for India ! these people are not true cricket lover ! winnig and loosing is a part of a game ! I can understand how Yuvraj may be feeling now ! God will give him more strength and courage to fight , how he has defeated the cancer same way he will defeat the bad time and bad people.God bless Yuvraj and give him strength.

  • POSTED BY on | April 9, 2014, 2:51 GMT

    Cricket is just a game, some times when opposition plays too good, one has to admit and appreciate..So well played SL.. Only fanatics do blame Yuvi for T20 final loss...Yuvi has been such a champion batsman throughout...We are with you Uvraj...

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 8, 2014, 19:45 GMT

    There were four levels of error. First by selectors who included Yuvi in 15. Second by the coach by including Yuvi in the playing 11. Third by MSD by sending Yuvi at number 4 in the 11th over. Fourth by Yuvi taking his time to settle.

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | April 8, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    I am seeing the repeat of 1992 for 2015. Most of the matches will be decided by D/L method and remaining will be for fair ending. Finals will be played by two undeserving candidates (as per the group stage progression) and a sub-continent team will lift the trophy.

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | April 8, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    Fans in India should behave with responsibility. Shame on whoever involved in stoning.... They did for MSD before and they are doing again this time on Yuvi... If they have to throw stones, they should do it to themselves... do destroy the thoughts of stoning others... If a fan cannot accept defeat against a better show... they should hurt themselves instead of showing their anger on others...

    Seriously... they are not fit to be fans of any sport

  • POSTED BY Johnny_129 on | April 11, 2014, 13:53 GMT

    Yuvraj is a great striker. In this instance he was selected to play when he obviously was not mentally ready after his traumatic health issues - Any of us would play for the country if selected. We would not turn down that opportunity even if the selection is unfair on other players or the player selected. However, in this match, Kohli aside, no other batted at an exceptable rate - Rohit, Rehane and Yuvraj were all slow!! I have always maintained that Rehane and Pujara are two pure batsmen who should be saved for Test matches only.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | April 9, 2014, 21:24 GMT

    @rajrajan99: I fully agree that good batsmen find a way to handle any bowling & succeed. India showed this against all the 5 teams they played earlier in this T20. I always stated right from the first match that Yuvraj is NOT a #4 Batsman. Dhoni experimented with him in ODI's & failed. He is not the great hitter he was before 2011. In T20 he should not go any higher than #6. Both Raina & Dhoni should bat ahead of him. In the middle overs India needs Finishers who can "belt" the ball. India nearly did not win against WI when Yuvraj hogged the strike. Raina came in & finished the match with the first ball he faced. In SA match again, Yuvi's timely out allowed Raina to come & get those crucial 17 runs in the first over he faced. Raina was Crucial guy + Kohli the Main guy, who brought India to Final. Dhoni needed to put these 2 guys as trump cards to win the WC T20. Unfortunately Dhoni preferred Yuvi to Raina in "desperate hope of seeing Yuvraj of Old".MSD's "experiment" Failed in T20 too!

  • POSTED BY on | April 9, 2014, 18:37 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..!!!!

  • POSTED BY hnlns on | April 9, 2014, 10:31 GMT

    It was Dhoni's failure in not sending Raina ahead of Yuvraj, Raina hits big shots too and is certainly far better in running between the wickets than Yuvraj. Dhoni's justification of Yuvraj having an off day in a WC final is just not acceptable. Throughout the tournament, everybody knows that Yuvraj had struggled except against Australia where he played well just to save his place in the team. He is going rapidly downhill in all aspects of cricket - batting, fielding, and bowling, which he never has done anyway in recent times. The selectors should to think ahead and must drop Yuvraj for the WC in 2015 as there are enough talented youngsters who are good at batting and bowling and fielding younger in age. They should be provided opportunities at international level over the next 8-10 months to prepare them for the big battle in Australia and NZ.

  • POSTED BY AravindVatsal82 on | April 9, 2014, 10:07 GMT

    Dhoni's magic-Gamble just did'nt work & cost WC this is should be eye opener to use the cricketing brain what australia does most off the time & be succesfull for almost 2decades.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 9, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    It is really sad to know that Yuvraj home is been stoned ! he has won so many matches for India ! these people are not true cricket lover ! winnig and loosing is a part of a game ! I can understand how Yuvraj may be feeling now ! God will give him more strength and courage to fight , how he has defeated the cancer same way he will defeat the bad time and bad people.God bless Yuvraj and give him strength.

  • POSTED BY on | April 9, 2014, 2:51 GMT

    Cricket is just a game, some times when opposition plays too good, one has to admit and appreciate..So well played SL.. Only fanatics do blame Yuvi for T20 final loss...Yuvi has been such a champion batsman throughout...We are with you Uvraj...

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 8, 2014, 19:45 GMT

    There were four levels of error. First by selectors who included Yuvi in 15. Second by the coach by including Yuvi in the playing 11. Third by MSD by sending Yuvi at number 4 in the 11th over. Fourth by Yuvi taking his time to settle.

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | April 8, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    I am seeing the repeat of 1992 for 2015. Most of the matches will be decided by D/L method and remaining will be for fair ending. Finals will be played by two undeserving candidates (as per the group stage progression) and a sub-continent team will lift the trophy.

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | April 8, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    Fans in India should behave with responsibility. Shame on whoever involved in stoning.... They did for MSD before and they are doing again this time on Yuvi... If they have to throw stones, they should do it to themselves... do destroy the thoughts of stoning others... If a fan cannot accept defeat against a better show... they should hurt themselves instead of showing their anger on others...

    Seriously... they are not fit to be fans of any sport

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2014, 19:05 GMT

    no player can be judged on basis of one single performance ... good or bad ... having said that it was a failure of captain and coach to specify the role of each individual in the team ... yuvi may well have been over his best but as a human and legendary player he deserves respect ,,,,, a pakistani

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    Sri Lanka won the world t20 2014 and,it's all over now.Analyses,comments maybe everywhere.Anyway,teams might not have much time to wander around since 2015 is also reaching soon.It'll be a very big event.Australians won't have any excuses this time around and sub-continentals have to strengthen their pace attacks.It'll be a real test for each and every team and be a lot different than sub-continental pitches seen over the last few years at world events.India will face the heaviest pace attack at the moment in the group stage and Sri Lanka will face the rest of it.The sub-continentals have proved well for themselves at their own backyards.But,everyone will have a point to prove at Oceania.......

  • POSTED BY Sakthiivel on | April 8, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    There is a difference between bad cricket and poor cricket. What we saw in the Indian batting was poor cricket by yuvi.

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    It should be admired that a captain defending his player under whatever circumstance.You could tell the team spirit,how the team members are feeling for each other and what kind of unity they have within them,only if you're a team member.Someone can put comments or pelt stones but,in cricket,a team means a whole country and is one.Players come and go but,the team has to remain rigid.That's why you can't point your finger at a particular individual or feel free from the responsibility,if you're a team member and of course,specially if the captain.You've got to protect the team no matter who're playing as long as they all are playing for the team,for the country.This is true with any national team of any sport.Once again,players come and go.The team doesn't......

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    @ Mr.Mahendra Singh Dhoni - You talk about individuals when it comes to Virat Kohli but,you don't want so when it comes to Yuvraj Singh.Why the contradiction,Mr.Dhoni?I understand that Yuvraj Singh must be disappointed about unable to at leaast sneak through for a single,TRYING HIS BEST.But,if you're really saying Yuvraj Singh tried his best,with or without your intention,full credit should go to Sri Lankan bowlers.Well,you might have forgotten to mention that.And,you may notice that Yuvraj Singh wasn't the only one srtuggling at that point.Within India's 19th over Virat Kohli faced 3 balls and got only 2 runs;he also had trouble in reaching those wide yorkers.Also in the previous over,he could just manage 2 singles against Malinga and same happened in the previous against Sachithra.True that 16th over by Kula went for 16 runs but,not to forget he was also dropped in the 3rd ball of that over which went for a boundary.And,he was also dropped on 11 earlier.....

  • POSTED BY SanasDoha on | April 8, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    The fact can be analysed from this match in support to Yuvraj is, even if he maintained the strike rate as 150 his individual score will be 31 runs and the total would be 151.

    SL won the match with 13 balls spare can reach this score as well.

    Stop blaming Yuvraj....

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2014, 15:00 GMT

    Let me also rephrase and summarize my comments...Yuvraj is the greatest match winner ever when it comes to Top notch ICC tournaments...

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2014, 14:55 GMT

    Yes, it was a bad day in office for Yuvi.But lets not isolate him as the principal cause of our failure during the finals. Even in the initial stages Rohit and Virat found it difficult to score, coz the lankans bowled at a very tight leash. And strategically speaking it was a bad decision to send in Yuvi instead of the in form Raina, knowing that Yuvi wasn't in spectacular form barring shades of brilliance in the inconsequential match against the Aussies. However lets sit back and acknowldge the fact that, if it was not for Yuvi we wouldn't have seen a glorified history of Indian Cricket in terms of World Cup. I mean, the under 15 world cup in 1996, the under 19 world cup in 2000, T20 world cup in 2007, ICC 2011 world Cup.We won for Yuvi.He was the man of the tournaments in all these instances. The nation should be grateful to this guy for his contribution to Indian Cricket instead of throwing stones...And hey, the way this guy has fought his way back is truly inspirational.

  • POSTED BY AravindVatsal82 on | April 8, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    Yes i agree,Yuvi was as expressive as kholi when at helm,but not the right time OR format to test OR back up since game changes every ball,every over this is just the demonstration of how confidence & form impacts the game of t20 look at all the big names & scores of all teams which tells clearly the in form player & high confidence can control single handedly,hails (Eng),wrong move done the trick here either raina OR ashwin would have been helpfull atleast less frustrating for kholi 11 dot balls cost the match,for Ind who heavily rely on big score to defend R@6.5 IND had lost the game before start of 2nd inngs,dressingroom would be down withnegative thougths,opening pace attack never bowled keeping the score to defend in mind,but lot of worries @Aus WC where spinners have very less impact i can gaurantee to all fans IND hopes of Winning is less than 10% so dont disappoint yourself guys.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 8, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    yes yuvi is geat batsman and my fav we should support him what he did is part of the game .just remember his wonderful inngs at many time Noman from Pakistan

  • POSTED BY nsonu1 on | April 8, 2014, 10:26 GMT

    I am not an ardent Yuvi fan nor is he my favorite player(since all of them are retired now) but to me he has always been a match winner unpredictable and inconsistent , but a match winner. I felt sad given India's run up to the final to see the team struggle in the final overs while at the same time the Lankans bowled well. I am a big believer in that there is a huge mental aspect to the game and thus there are many players who do great at domestic level but fail at the big stage. Yuvraj is someone who is mentally strong hence his selection despite his form was not shocking. There were other factors as Shami not being there or Rahane who has less experience than Dhawan as an international opener being persisted with.Clearly our start was slow and the occasion got to Rahane as well. So though disappointed I think everybody deserves a break even cricketers so I wish Yuvraj and Rahane the best of luck. For me it was good run for Team India at the T20 league and good entertainment

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

    It is surprising that most of the anger is directed towards Yuvraj and not at Dhoni. Yes, Yuvraj was trying as in most of the other games. It was fairly evident through out the tournament that Yuvraj was not even close to his best. The game against Australia, he got a little lucky as the tyro leg spinner delivered a couple of half trackers which was promptly pulled for the maximum. Yuvraj built on that momentum in that match which was anyways dead even before it began. Dhoni had one more chance as he saw Yuvraj again struggle against RSA in the semis. A more dynamic captain would have taken the initiative and sent Raina or come in himself. After all, Dhoni did this in WC 2011finals. Along with the decline in Yuvraj'sbatting it is quite evident that we see the decline in Dhoni's decision making skills.

  • POSTED BY irishhawks on | April 8, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    Okay Guys,,We all are disappointed that India lost final..But is that an excuse for throwing stones at homes of our cricketers, irrespective of their stature? India has played badly before..Lost everything abroad from last 3 years..But even then we never heard of stone pelting at cricketers homes..So why Target Yuvraj? He played badly..we all know, he knows too...Whole tournament he looked woefully out of touch..MSD could have sent Raina instead..knowing fully well..he is struggling with timing..But still..it is not end of the world, is it? As a cricket fan our role is to support our players and take defeat in our lap sportingly... It is shameful that few people are doing embarrassing things like pelting stones..What are they trying to show to rest of cricketing world? That we as a nation still don't respect our fellow countrymen? Guilty should be punished strictly..

  • POSTED BY balaji28 on | April 8, 2014, 7:55 GMT

    May be selectors should press yuvi for his international retirement and yuvi is totally out of touch.what is the logic of having him in the side while a deserved player like ambati rayudu is out of the squad.Please understand that yuvi's past glories aren't going to be helpful and if he gets selected again and again it will only demoralize the indian team.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | April 8, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    I Didn't expect yuvraj to play big shots..i simply expected him to Keep rotating the strike because there was virat kohlti on the other end who was in his peak form...i agree that lankan's were bowling at the right spot but it wasn't that difficult taking the singles.. Yuvraj's slow inning affected kohli's batting.. At one point I was desperately hoping that yuvi throws his wicket.. Because we had MSD,Raina,jadeja down the line who could have played better at that stage. I regret that Yuvi couldn't even threw away his wicket..

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2014, 5:51 GMT

    I agree > 100% with MSD's comments no body will be disappointed than Yuvi himself. But it is the strategy adopted by MSD, Yuvi was disappointing. Ok Yuvi takes time to settle down if I remember correct he scored 3 runs of 3 balls in the middle of the bat. & then he went to shell right from 12fth over till his dismissal he defended the 1st ball, beaten by the 2nd, 3rd ball, getting a couple in the 4th ball, 0 trying to slog the 5th ball & getting a single in the last-ball this went on from 11-14th over. Then he scored a single off the 1st ball Kulasekara then Kohli blasted Kulasekara for 6, 4, 6, 1, then Yuvi scored a single & worse till he gave Left-armer Jadeja when S'kara & Perera were at the crease & Mr.Jadeja gave two hits over fence, he gave Mishra the 15th over when 54 runs needed off 36 balls & Mishra gave 17 runs then Aswin the 16th over gave 9 runs picked a wicket & there again when 28 needed off 24 balls gave Mishra 17th over & he gave 11-13 runs, game, set & trophy for SRL.

  • POSTED BY fjurang on | April 8, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    Feeling sorry for Yuvi as he did his best but Sri Lankan bowling was too good bowling yorkers after yorkers even the best batsman found difficult. Indian fans there 11 players in the team and blaming Yuvi is unsporty.

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    Not only UV but MS also couldn't score. 4 runs in 7 ball at the death.

  • POSTED BY fjurang on | April 8, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    Feeling sorry for Yuvi as he did his best but Sri Lankan bowling was too good bowling yorkers after yorkers even the best batsman found difficult. Indian fans there 11 players in the team so dont blaming Yuvi is unsporty.

  • POSTED BY on | April 8, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    I hate to trash someone like Yuvraj. But it has to be done. It was obvious to anyone who was watching that Yuvi was struggling. I think the most important reason for India's win in the semi finals was Yuvi's dismissal at the right time. Then Raina got the chance to come in and give India that big over. What would have happened otherwise? Even his innings against Australia, eventhough he scored runs, wasn't a pretty picture. He was struggling there too, but got lucky. I was very surprised when someone like Dhoni, whom i regard as one of the great analysts of the game said Youvraj has found form after this game, as it was obvious he had not. The best decision was to leave him out of the team for the finals. We could have given another chance for Shikhar. But i now have concluded that Dhoni believes too much in luck. Yes, he has delivered fantastically, but this was so obvious a decision. The comment is late because i was too depressed to write anything yesterday.

  • POSTED BY jaguar7777 on | April 8, 2014, 3:16 GMT

    we performed better than expected is a falser cover up for not winning the final.players should be selected on current form and not on history. yuvraj was out of form and out of sorts in all departments from the begining of the tournament, scored 63 in the match of no consequence and still played the final.we won against the west indies with one ball to spare because yuvraj made it interesting for the opposition.raina is perhaps the only batsman in the world who can hit from ball 1 and he was a mere spectator.india lost the game because of inept tactics and axed their own feet.even dhoni the great finisher needs a few balls to get in before he can inflict damage. he coming ahead of raina defies logic as only a few balls of the 20 overs were left.dhoni should have been man enough to take the blame.130 for the loss of 4 wickets in 20 overs, by the best batting side in the world is unthinkable. this should be an eye opener to all concerned.let us learn from our mistakes at least this time

  • POSTED BY rajarajan99 on | April 7, 2014, 23:41 GMT

    Why so many Srilankans keep bringing this point about how their bowling was great and that won their match when India is debating about it's batting failures? You want somebody to not talk about anything else other than your team and how great your team is, is that it is ? there is nothing else? I agree that SL bowled exceptionally well but that is not the point, the point is that the batsmen who are supposed to handle the exceptional bowling and do better than what they did. It is far everyone to see that SL bowled well, it is also for everyone to see that Yuvi did not even try hitting, he was only trying to take singles and was not successful in doing that and did not even try to hit when he could not get singles. Other better batsman are there, hit or get out. Now SL, stop your annoying I am also there business. You are always there and are a very good team and there are lot of Indians respect your players. Remember Jayawadene, Sangakara, Angelo Mathews were captains to IPL team

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 22:39 GMT

    Really sad to see fans blaming Yuvi. He was the man of the series of the world cup India won.

  • POSTED BY right_arm_fastest on | April 7, 2014, 21:46 GMT

    Superb bowling by Sri Lanka's bowlers to cripple India's batting. Well done Lanka.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 21:00 GMT

    Reminds me of 99 WC. When Pakistan played like champs and lost final pathetically. same thing happened to India now. Played like champs whole tournament and then worst performance. Ironically Pak total was 130 in 99 final and India total is 130. It's wasim akram affect on Indian team now. Wow Wasim is legend.

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | April 7, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    When Rohit was OUT, Indian score was 64 for 2 in 10.3 overs- past halfway mark. India needed at least 170 to win the match. So if Dhoni did his maths, it will need >10 runs/over. India needed a batsman who can get going straight away with 4's & 6's- Not someone who takes time to settle. When Dhoni knew Raina is that Guy, why bother sending Yuvraj in the first place? No room for Favouritim. In T20 you got to be calculating & ruthless all the time as Kohli does on his Feet. If Dhoni did want Yuvi to go IN, "he should have told him firmly we need to score @10 runs/over". After 10 overs, it is all about hitting especially when you score 35 runs in power play. Dhoni knows it & entire Indian team should know it. Clearly Yuvi did not take it seriously by hogging the Strike + Not going for big hits. Dhoni could have sent a message for YUVI to slog after 14 overs. Clearly 2 guys failed in their jobs - Yuvi as a Batsman & Captain Dhoni Failing to show Leadership. Sadly it Cost T20 WC for INDIA!

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 20:00 GMT

    It is all about momentum, if Yuvraj edged couple of balls to boundaries then momentum would have shifted in favor of India.. what is so confusing is, why yuvraj kept defending during the initial deliveries.. all those balls are easy single scoring balls.. he just didn't approach it properly..with his experience he should have known better.. at the least he could have run himself out.. SL bowled well credit to them as well. as they executed the plan successfully for 4 overs..

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 19:21 GMT

    yuvi never tried for big shots that was the most embarrasing moments atleast he could hv tried and for the same reason Malinga and co got the confidence and bowled beautifully if he had hit one or two shots then automatically line and length of the bowlers would hav gone in matters of minutes and they would be demoralized.He digged his own grave.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 17:56 GMT

    Cricket is a team sport! You win as a team you loose as a team! You can always look back and analyse and say Raina was the inform batsman no reason to send yuvi ahead of him.!

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 17:49 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?

  • POSTED BY jingopack on | April 7, 2014, 17:08 GMT

    un proffessional team management is to be blamed for this dissappointment. yuvi was not 100 % even in tat match against oz...apart from one from watson he missed many full tosses from starc..even when batting 50+...one struck him on knee and appeared as if injured..this match also he got out to juicy full toss... those used to sail into crowds previously...team mngment wantd to convince everybdy tat he is back to form......although i beleive if yuvi had got out earlier also india would hav managedsay 10 runs more not more.... lankan bowling was tat good...

  • POSTED BY arvindy on | April 7, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    You have to bat according to the situation. A player needs some time to get going, is not good enough. The game will not change for the player, the player has to adopt to the game situation. The writing was on the walls, MS Dhoni and India choose to ignore it. On current form Yuvi should not have been in the Team. Without taking anything away from SL, the indian fans got robbed of a competitive finals.

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | April 7, 2014, 16:05 GMT

    Yes Yuvi has been an ODI legend for a long time for Indian cricket...but really the biggest question that drives me insane is the selection process. Why are we so hell bent on big names, when are we going to select players based on merit.

    One thing India needs to learn from SL is ruthless selection. They even dropped their captain because he was not a fit in the team. Thats how it has to be and sadly as long as Dhoni is at the helm, that is never going to happen.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    India still got to the Final without being anywhere near in trouble. On the day the Sri Lankans were the better team and obviously it was their day. I am proud of the Indian 20/20 side and the only shame was that Ashwin (probably the best bowler in the Tournament) ended up on the losing side.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    I strongly Believe SL outplayed India. You need to give credit to Srilankans. The score was not enough to defend. The Death Overs by SriLanka was the reason behind their success. I strongly believe, Yuvraj is not the only reason for defeat. He has an offday and it happens to every professional including Cricketers, Sportsman and even any other professional. Even Big hitter like Dhoni could not make much impact. So, it was a collective failure of Indian Batting and not only Yuvi.

    Let us support Yuvi and he needs to be in Team for 2015 ODI world cup and he is an impact player... Time to support him

  • POSTED BY Temuzin on | April 7, 2014, 15:03 GMT

    Losing hurts but fans should be considerate. Yuvi tried his best so does Kohli and Dhoni. It was a very good bowling of Yorkers. Even Kohli who was on 70 could not strike big whenever he got a chance. Dhoni tried but the line and length of Malinga was superb. Lankans had studied their game well. He sent balls at yorker length on almost wide line. Tough to hit those balls. So lets congratulate our team for being runner up this time. They will take their lessons and will win next time.

  • POSTED BY Kruns on | April 7, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    It is disappointing for Indian fans that after playing such professional cricket for the tournament India Ended up on losing side but that Is how it is. Fans are upset with Yuvi's performance and the most dissapointed person would be none other than the man himself which is correctly said by Dhoni. After this innings critics have started blaming him and ofcourse he is to be blamed for the innings he played yesterday but this was just another game and a bad day for the champion unfortunately for all it was a final of T20.

    Just was going through some of the tweets and just saw a tweet mentioning that there were stone thrown at Yuvi place , this is absolutely disgusting. Please please do not forget that this is just a game and you have bad days in game… And how can people forget those day when he has made us jump in joy by winning world cups (Both 20/20 and 50 Overs)…

    Yuvi you are a champion and one match cannot make you an ordinary player…. CHAMP IS A CHAMP

  • POSTED BY kumarcoolbuddy on | April 7, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    Good death bowling by Malinga and Kula. Yuvi might be a hero and people agree that he contributed a lot in previous world cups and that even adds to the debate that being such a big hero why couldn't he go for a Big one in those many balls he has faced? Please don't say great bowling blah blah for every thing(Not taking the credit away from SL). This is after all T20 and never worry about death bowling. Rohit Sharma and Kohli played so well against the same SL bowling. Yuvi played as if there are no batsmen next down and he has to play carefully and shouldn't go for big shots. In fact same prob with Dhoni as well. Being a best finisher in the world he couldn't go for Big one as if he has decided not to go for. So what Yuvi did was completely unacceptable because this is the final. I blame Dhoni also.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Yuvi struggled throughout this tournament and people responsible for putting Yuvi in this situaion much shoulder the blame for this worldcup defeat.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    I wonder why Dhoni retire Yuvaraj? As captain he can retire Yuvaraj and send Raina or come himeself. By the way I am a SL afn

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | April 7, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    Agreed, no one wants to play bad cricket. However, the question is why an out form batman was sent in to bat at a critical juncture of the game? The bigger question is why he was picked in the playing eleven? One the basis of one off performance against depleted Australian attack? The even bigger and the most important question is to the selectors. Why Yuvraj Singh was picked in the first place for the T20 WC squad? Clearly his Domestic performance suggests that he was out of form. Still, he was picked ignoring many who had consistently put up good performance. The fault is not with Yuvraj Singh. The fault is with the system that put him out there in the middle despite his patch of continued bad form.

  • POSTED BY metalthrasher on | April 7, 2014, 14:09 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!

  • POSTED BY cric1965 on | April 7, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    Why blame Yuvi. only. Dhoni also blame himself of his 4 runs in 7 balls. He should score at least 15 in this 7 balls. Dhoni is out of form. Kohli score 7 runs in his last 8 balls. He also should be blame himself. He should have scored at least 15 runs during this last 8 balls. Then you have to add 19 to score then 149. Do not blame YUVI only and try to safe guard your captaincy.

  • POSTED BY spin-chaman on | April 7, 2014, 13:51 GMT

    As a Pakistani cricket fan I believe that Yuvraj has been a cornerstone of Indian batting for a long time. He could be anything but selfish, a team man to the core. We all still remember his batting exploits in 2007 T20 World Cup. A man who would spare no bowler on his day. Just one bad performance doesn't necessarily make him a bad player. I have an utmost respect for a player who has an unmatched tenacity, not only on the cricket field but a fighter in his real life. I feel this might be the last time we would be watching him holding the bat. But I for one don't want to have this image of him struggling in the middle, with desperation writ large on his face, as his last memory. He is a great competitor and player. I totally agree with Dhoni that he would be the most distraught person over this whole affair. But Indian fans need to temper their outbursts and instead remember the player Yuvraj really is

  • POSTED BY gorafa on | April 7, 2014, 13:49 GMT

    @agupta429...so wat..does it gives yuvraj the license to lose 1 world cup for india.....

  • POSTED BY Texmex on | April 7, 2014, 13:39 GMT

    Everyone is praising SL death bowling. How did they do in the group games? I still think but for Yuvi India would have crossed 150+ and game would have been a lot more interesting......

  • POSTED BY agupta429 on | April 7, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    @gorafa without yuvraj's 50 in 12 balls in 2007, we would not have been in the final

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 13:27 GMT

    you win some you lose some...onto the next game. Probably Yuvis last game for India, thanks for all the memories

  • POSTED BY gorafa on | April 7, 2014, 13:25 GMT

    @TRAM..exactly..the point here is yuvi didn't even tried a single slog..he was just blocking every ball..hit out r get out....wickets in hand...nd mind u dhoni nd kohli also didn't connect last few balls..so wat..but they were swingining their bats..disapponting/frustrating was not he scored 11 off 21..but he didn't tried a single shot....

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 13:19 GMT

    Nothing succeeds like success; and nothing fails like failure. Many of us (fans) prove that. There is no doubt about Yuvi's approach (poor batting and letting others bat); and its serious demoralizing effect.

    But we should applaud the brilliant death bowling by Malinga & Kula. Had never ever seen a pair bowling wide yorkers so consistently over so many balls in a row (with just ONE wide called). I really doubt whether any team would and vcould have scored freely against that kind of stranglehold. Indian batsmen usually handle Malinga's bowling better. But this particular show, fully supported by Kula was a sight to behold (if one can set aside our disappointment in India losing).

    Though an Indian fan, I salute you Malinga & Kula.

    Dhoni & the selectors; your trust in yuvi went unrewarded in this World Cup. And, there is no chance of we getting back our old hero Yuvi. He has fallen badly in all areas (batting, fielding, bowling, fitness and confidence) Sorry Yuvi.

  • POSTED BY voyager on | April 7, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    MS Dhoni, You should give seimnars on handling stress. Very good replies really. Short and simple neither agressive nor defensive.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | April 7, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    Yuvraj didn't even try. Did he try a big heave and miss, of the 21 balls he faced? So it is wrong to say he was trying. I do not think Yuvraj did that deliberately. I said before - Even if he was physically weak he would have tried his shots. He never tried. So it has got to be his mind. His mind got locked up / frozen. Thats not the Yuvraj people have seen 6-7 years back.

  • POSTED BY DingDong420 on | April 7, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    you win some you lose some...onto the next game.

    Probably Yuvis last game for India, thanks for all the memories

  • POSTED BY izzidole on | April 7, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    T20 is a fast game with just twenty overs of cricket per side to play and you just cannot afford to make a single mistake. Yuvraj did just that when he came into bat and took his time to settle down first without realizing that the overs were running out very quickly. He didn't even make any effort at all to palm the strike to his partner Virat Kholi. Kholi himself was getting very frustrated because Yuvraj was not scoring and using up all the deliveries. He used up 23 balls to score 11 runs and deprived his team of posting a bigger score of around 160 runs which was already on the cards which would have easily secured victory. Neither did he want to throw away his wicket or retire to give Raina or Dhoni the opportunity to accelarate the the scoring rate. It was too late when he finally got out with just 2 overs left while the damage had already been done for Dhoni to resurrect the innings. This could well be the last innings Yuvraj has played for his country.

  • POSTED BY Mark07 on | April 7, 2014, 12:13 GMT

    Yuvraj was surely not in his prime form throughout the series. It was clearly evident from his struggle against spin bowling. Yesterday, the Srilankans(particularly Senanayake) bowled well and tested his technique outside the off stump. Well played Srilanka, you were clearly a better team last night.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    Very mature and calm as always. Viewers and commentators all through the tournament were missing Yuvi of the past (the hero of 2007 and 2011 cup wins). They were saying he wasn't there mentally. I don't know about that. A player of Yuvi's caliber can't be discarded on some observations about his mind set. Such things are more visible for people who are with him in the team. Credit has to be given to SL bowlers the way they executed their plans. I agree that at the least Yuvi should have rotated the strike and let Kohli handle the hitting. I do believe that Kohli would have scored much more if he wasn't struck at the other end. I also felt Raina should have walked in instead of Dhoni. Raina has his weakness against short ball an all. But he is capable of hitting the first ball he faces. Perhaps the bowling was too tough and Dhoni just did Raina a favor by promoting himself up the order. Vital was the loss of momentum and the way SL bowlers pounced on the chance.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    Dhoni must should agree that he did a great mistake by sending Yuvaraj instead of Raina, India would lose the game with South Africa also if Raina did not make 21 runs from 8 balls. Even Dhoni did not able connect a ball rightly of 7 balls he faced in the final.Is there any ego problem between Dhoni and Raina? I am very much disheartened with Dhoni,s captaincy in the Final match. I have a great honour for Yuvraj but he is not definitely fit now and it is not very difficult to understand.Why the Indian team management did not understand it?

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | April 7, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    So Dhoni continue to be captain? How many more defeats b4 the axe on Dhoni? Never?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 7, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    nice gesture by dhoni to back his player in such a situation... Indian fans need to learn to be more considerate and dignified.... u can't crucify a player for some bad day at the office.... and then what if we lost? nothing changes much anyway...

  • POSTED BY Ashar_Ansar on | April 7, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    119 on 99 balls. Was it only Yuvraj who played slow? Please admit it was Lankans exceptionally good bowling and a bad day for India and that bad day was unfortunately a consequence to some easy days in last 4-5 matches. They often chased scores like 130 in the tournament and the day came when they also were unable to set a target beyond that. It happens in Cricket, its what we call LUCK!

  • POSTED BY gorafa on | April 7, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    yuvraj tried his best..lol..did yuvi tried any slog in his entire innings..he won 2011 wc for us .how?..in QF match he scored 50s alongwith sachin,gambhir,rana was equally gud,semi final 0..final not req.almost...2007 final 14 off 19 balls...

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 10:58 GMT

    This silly sense of loyalty that Indian team management shows to its older players is costing the Indian team dearly. International events are not the arenas where you work on confidence of older players.Let them prove themselves in domestic tournaments before they are put in International competitions. Yuvi has gone through a lot. Surviving Cancer and recovering enough to get back to Cricket is challenging enough and a great credit to him. There are effects of Cancer which are mental as well as emotional and they can leave even toughest of men fragile. Yuvi in this competition had appeared right from the first game to be in a fragile state. Instead of trying to prove their loyalty to him the team management had to be impartial and fair to him and should have pulled him out. The blame lies with selectors and the team's sense of loyality. India has arguably been deprived of a Cup and more importantly Yuvi has ended up with a blot on his name that will stick to him for a life time.

  • POSTED BY muftee on | April 7, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    Days are just "days" niether good nor bad. In a game we are responsible to make it good or bad. Our choices has consequences.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 10:20 GMT

    Time has to come to change opening slot Rohith is fit for middle order ..Rahane is test player he got enough of chance bt he nt proved ..he us good fr test ..ithink selctore try some in farm plyers ...Robin uttappa and gambir should open the innghs ..drop yuvi and rahane ..select this people ..dhawan as 3rd opener It is a Very good advice from Sri. James Sebastian

  • POSTED BY jana8k on | April 7, 2014, 10:13 GMT

    We got 2007 world cup and 2011 world cup because of him.It is just a bad day.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 10:08 GMT

    No netwest, no world cup 2011...Now yuvraj will always be remembered for his 11 off 23.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Every great player has a bad day (including Sachin, Lara & Ponting). In our zeal to find the scapegoat for the loss of a cup, I think we are exaggerating the issue.

    Yuvraj had a bad day. Period. What happened after Yuvraj got out, 11 runs in 11 balls is no pyrotechnics either!

    Anyway, Lankans played better cricket and deserved the cup.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 7, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Time has to come to change opening slote Rohith is fitt fe middle order ..Rahane is test player he got ennoff chance bt he nt proved ..he us good fr test ..ithink selctore try some in farm plyers ...Robin uttappa and gambir should open the innghs ..drop yuvi and rahane ..select this people ..dawan 3rd opener

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 8:58 GMT

    MSD can be a nice public relations man. Yes, what he says is true but there is one question that he needs to answer: tactics. Why is India playing in exactly the same way? 6 Batsmen, 3 spinners + 2 pacemen. The some part time overs. Batsmen are all good. Nothing different there. In T20 Shewag and Yusuf must be considered.

    Bowling - same old stuff. No sheer yorker bowler.

    No pinch hitting options or slogging big allrounders.

    Ok. How does tactics come about? By thinking and planning. And you need the right ammunition for that. India don't have any. They have the classic and traditional with some who can clear the ground but none who can just hit. Who can also afford to get out.

    Same with the bowling.

    Okay such players need to be groomed. For that the powers need to talk. Not just about money.

    See hoe Sanath was there and plotting. Where is the Indian selector? indian cricket is run by non-cricketers. There is greed. So how can these people be expected to drive in strategies?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 7, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    MSD when india was 65 for 2 in 10.4 and u wanted a left right combo there was jaddu and raina who were in form , but u send yuvi who is not in form by trying to revive somebody career you compromised with the cup . please admit

  • POSTED BY shaykumar on | April 7, 2014, 8:49 GMT

    I think as an Indian supporter I feel so sorry for yuvi. Unfortunate time to have a bad day. Maybe its time for him to look at retirement but I iwll never forget what this man has done on his day. One of my favourite cricketers ever! Sad to see his demise like this but I did feel lankans bowled extremely well. Hard luck uv!!!!Hard luck India you lost to the best around though!

  • POSTED BY Simple8 on | April 7, 2014, 8:47 GMT

    Dear Yuvi when u shine u had loads of flowers. when u hav no answer u had nothing. when u play extremely bad , u get pelts of stones. this is the true world .yesterday if u wer out for duck no one would have blamed, but u went on to play the worst innings of your life. it was bad than many ducks.

  • POSTED BY mithun2880 on | April 7, 2014, 8:30 GMT

    One bad evening cannot rob Yuvraj from his achievements. Surely he has past his prime and India need to move ahead of Yuvraj now !

  • POSTED BY sarangsrk on | April 7, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    Yuvraj being disappointed is all fine but what about you, MSD? Everyone has seen your rigidness with not changing playing elevens easily and even the batting order. However, yesterday was not just another game where you could see how Yuvraj would go. We all know how brilliant MSD is as a captain over the years but I believe his appetite for even shorter formats wins is going down now. I would have given MSD benefit of one bad call if yuvraj had performed well in Semis but he struggled there too. So it was imperative that Raina should have been sent up knowing that SL is tightening noose over the runs. I thought MSD will be much more hungrier this time to win this WC as he has not won this after 2007 and this was a golden chance but he didn't look hungry enough yesterday as much as SL did. Being a huge, huge MSD captaincy fan, I hate to say this but I think its time for MSD to leave the T20 captaincy. Continue to be ODI and test captain till we get right replacement.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    What is more surprising is that Yuvi never tried to slog or go for big hits. Last 4 overs were a mix of spin & pace. So if he was uncomfortable with pace, then he should have gone after the spinner or vice-versa. Neither happened. "Tried his best" is not a valid excuse for non-performance. Least he could have done was to get himself out. The skills he demonstrated yesterday, if he would have shown in test matches, he could have played some more tests for India.

  • POSTED BY Naresh28 on | April 7, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    Rahane, Mohit and Yuvi failed us today. Yuvi won us the last ODI WC. In this tournament Yuvi looked grumpy throughout - he just could not time the ball and slower pitches means he was always going to struggle. Any day I would choose SHAMI over MOHIT. In T20 there is very little margin for error. SL continuously bowled outside off-stump. Indian batters should have taken a more offstump stance or moved more towards the off when batting. Malinga was probably the only one they had to watch. Furthermore it follows that Indian batsman love legside runs - SL denied them this luxary.

  • POSTED BY SatishTembey on | April 7, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Agreed no body wants to play bad cricket, however you should accept your inability to perform on a particular day. Yuvraj should have realised and should have sacrificed his wicket in team's interest. Surprised that he didn't and Dhoni never forced!

  • POSTED BY Anubhav-the-Experience on | April 7, 2014, 7:41 GMT

    Lankans bowled beautifully yesterday...Everyone struggled and even Kohli...I do not think that even 30 more runs would have mattered...we were just 64 at the end of 10th over...its a shame that Yuvi got became the face of Indian batting failure...but Indians tried, they tried a lot and it was to Sri Lanka's credit that they Indian batsman could not hit.... Congrats to Sri-Lanka...I really feel that you wanted it more than us...

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    Because you lost one match that doesn't make you bad. You were remain unbeaten means that, you deserves it. But, dont underestimate our talent, you all are world class players and we had the the talent to keep nonscoring runs means, our plans worked out and sometimes it happens. Dear Indians, this really irritating the way you digest cricket. You respect the talent of opposition rather that shaming yourselves and this what we felt when we defeated during last 4 World Cup and we would have acted with the same respect for our team if lost in the final. That is we stand differently and this is what we are proud of. Finally, regardless of many other ICC titles, please win the title of " ICC spirit award" at least once in your life.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 7, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    How is denesh Ramdin a disaster? he got the team 4 stumpings vs. Pakistan and is quite possibly the best keeper we've ever seen. just a shame he's more of a test/odi person who relies on placement and timing than power

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

    It was a great game of cricket but India ended on the wrong side. After doing all the hardwork and cementing their place in the final they were unable to cross the final hurdle. But I believe 130 was a good score to defend on a pitch which more to offer the bowlers. The credit goes to Srilankan death bowling where they tied up Kohli to the non-strikers end and made Yuvi play and miss. Though fans may curse Yuvi for the slow game but the pitch was really tough to create shots. Dhoni rightly said that Yuvi will would be more disappointed than anybody. Shami would have given us a better chance than Mohit Sharma who lacked experience. I think Amit Mishra was not confident and under severe pressure and didnt toss the ball. The 15 runs which he gave could have been 5 or 6 then we had a match in hand. Raina bowled brilliantly. Dhoni should have tried Yuvraj for a over or two. It was a nice farewell to Jaya & Sanga to end on the winning side in World cup. Wish them a great future in ODI Tests

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 7, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    @ Siddhartha 87, looks like you have not watched WCT20 2014 properly. .. if your have watched then....how can you forget SHOAIB MALIK in that list ???????

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 7:15 GMT

    Dear Yuvi, when u shine u had loads of flowers, when u have no answer, having pelts of stones. This is the true world. cheer up and stand in the storm for a next edition. -True fan-

  • POSTED BY siddhartha87 on | April 7, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    great.With this "stellar" performance from great Yuvi my "WC 14 disaster XI" is complete. The squad-

    1. Dhawan 2.Guptill 3. Watson 4. Samuels 5. Yuvraj 6. Hafeez 7.Ramdin 8. M.Morkel 9. Dernbach 10.Hogg 11. Mortuza

    Honorary mention: Gayle ,who tried really hard to keep the run rate down.But played a very good knock against Australia

    Sangakarra- Disaster throughout but showed his class in the final

    Bailey- Almost made it to the disaster XI due to his poor captaincy

  • POSTED BY karnamgiridhar on | April 7, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    Its an irony that time and again this happen in india, people pelting stones when we lose. Just take it as a game of cricket pals. If somebody watched the match, and knew cricket you would have understood, in the first innings, it was difficult to play free strokes. even kohli could not connect some of his pick to big ones. I never discount sri lankans bowling here. Pin point accuracy and made the best on the day. another 25runs on board things would have been exciting. but being an indian, I support Indian cricket and congratulate srilanka for having outplayed India. Playing at the highest level and commenting cheaply on individual players is 2 different ends. Just love cricket guys! be a true game lover

  • POSTED BY bharath241222 on | April 7, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    I accept that no body wants to play bad cricket,,but if you know that you can contribute to the team at the highest level just hang up your boots..I accept the Yuvraj was the architect behind the world cup triumph..but does that mean you have to have him in the team for forever?????? silly team selections...jus frustrated with the way the match had gone yesterday....Indians surrendered with out a fight...that too in a high voltage game like this....

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 6:30 GMT

    Thanks a lot Yuvi.....we're looking forward to see you in 2015 WC as well................

  • POSTED BY gurusInd on | April 7, 2014, 6:25 GMT

    I put this way one ringmaster failed lions attacked.After all we are humans:(

    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.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 6:24 GMT

    "We only have one - somebody like Suresh Raina who can go in and really start hitting from the very first ball..." If that is the case one wonders why Dhoni promoted himself before Raina in the penultimate over when Yuvraj got out. If Raian had come, a right-left combination would sure have imposed dome more problems for Sri-Lanka.

  • POSTED BY hassanazh on | April 7, 2014, 6:23 GMT

    True and sensible captain. He supported his player like he should be. Dhoni for me is the most respectable personality in cricket. Nobody can see that he is over joyed, insulted anyone, a captain who don't support his players. Great captain, great man

  • POSTED BY Minnow_Team_Fan on | April 7, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    I am not an Indian fan but it's India's good luck that they have Dhoni as their captain. He is trying to defend his player no matter what happened in the final. This is a true 'captain's most match interview'.

    It was a collective failure of the Indian team. In the last overs, when Kohli and Dhoni got the chance of hitting the ball, they couldn't. In fact, more to blame is the Sri Lankan bowling. I didn't watch the live match, however, I watched the recording and I bet that no one in the world could have hit those perfect off-side yorkers. Dhoni couldn't do it as well as Kohli.

  • POSTED BY 10000000 on | April 7, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    really bad day, tis will end his cricket career. malya ji, its u r turn to rethink

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 6:02 GMT

    yes, season ends but with disappointing day for indian fans no interest in IPL drama.

  • POSTED BY Jacobchikku on | April 7, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    you can tell from the face that how disappointed man himself is, he was not even in himself through out the tournament and it really showed even in the celebrations, yuvi was in a different zone even when India was winning. He himself knew that things are not flowing in his way. What a terrible way to End a fantastic career. Hope something good happens for him and we can see the Sixer Singh back in full flow someday.

  • POSTED BY GlobalCricketLover on | April 7, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    "at the same time it is not easy for a batsman to go out there and start slogging.." MSD, were you there in the match when T.Perera smoked sixes minutes after he came in??? Wish you were there...

  • POSTED BY indiaindiyeah on | April 7, 2014, 5:54 GMT

    I think Kohli will be more disappointed than anyone else for losing the finals. Glad he has Danny to look after him. :)

  • POSTED BY god4cric on | April 7, 2014, 5:45 GMT

    Persisting with yuvraj cost the tournament, this is on you Mr Dhoni.

  • POSTED BY salman.mdn687 on | April 7, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    I just love the way Dhoni justify his things. I have never seen him apologize for anything so far. He will always come up with some very good (lame) excuse. Man! it was a blunder to send him ahead of Raina and You :)

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 5:38 GMT

    Yuvraj has struggled every game. He looked out of place. He got out to a ball he should have hit for six. Took 21 balls to score a scratchy 11 that took the impetus out of the India innings. Kohli lost momentum as a consequence as well. Yuvraj was the star in the 2011 World Cup but I'm afraid his time is up. Retirement beckons for him.

  • POSTED BY Balumekka on | April 7, 2014, 5:35 GMT

    I was shocked to see the news on Yuvraj's house has been stoned by angry fans! This man has done so much for India, and one bad day in the field would be enough for brainless "fans" to treat him like this. I just can't believe. Come on fans, your team has done some wonderful stuff and any day any team can loose a T20. We Sri Lankans always welcomed our team even after each final they lost, crowds gathered and they showed that they are with the players. This is really what you need to do at this moment.

  • POSTED BY sarancricinfo on | April 7, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    Hi I too support MSD, bec v cannot blame yuvi itslef, y am saying dhoni also played only 4 runs from 7 balls without any boundries, shortest match v cannot judge in right manner, it may vary and a over is enough to change the game.. SL players are really bowled well and explore their full effort and fullfill at the end..

    90% credit is for yuvi at the time of v won the WC in 2011, now its bad / tough time to retain the same.. Few credits to virat and Ashwin..

    Might be another chance is Malinga is luckiest captian for SL, who deserve it well, apart from captains in WC Attapattu, Jayasuriya, Dilshan, Sanga and Mahela.. They took WC after 18 years with Ranathunga period in 1996, they met lot of finals and lost every time, thats y i mentioned above Malinga is luckiest captain for SL..

    As a Indian fan am quiet happy bec of mahela and sanga who deserve for his nation over 18 yrs and derived it 1st WC title participants..

    Gud to see MSD / cool captain for his ideal captaincy..

  • POSTED BY TNAmarkFromIndia on | April 7, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    To be honest, I feel bad for Yuvraj Singh. I hope people aren't too harsh on him. He's still the guy that's won us two World Cups. Don't stone his house just because he couldn't win us a third. It's a great enough achievement that we reached the finals, that too in such a dominating fashion. Couldn't ask for anything more from our team.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 5:22 GMT

    You can't e serious, a guy who has a career average strike rate of 144 all of sudden scores at 50 in the final, questions have to be asked?

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 5:15 GMT

    Yuvraj should be thanked for his help in winning 2007T20 and 2011 ODI finals. However, you should also know when your time is up. Not knowing when your time is up drags your team down and results in self embarrassment. Imagine if he would have not played this game, he would have gone out on a high note. Instead he earned the abuses of several cricket fans. Is that how you want to retire?

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 5:11 GMT

    Yuvraj is a liability...We lost this finals only becoz of him ..ONLY bcoz of YUVRAJ!!*Drop him for gods sake

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 5:10 GMT

    Any other captain would have ventilated his anger & frustration on the individual. How modest MSD is? Tears in my eyes.

  • POSTED BY kvaish89 on | April 7, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    Dhoni is pretty right here. But he also should not have taken this risk in a world cup final.

  • POSTED BY balaji28 on | April 7, 2014, 4:59 GMT

    I am a yuvi fan but my sincere request to him is to bid adieu to international cricket as I don't like to see him get degraded like this and become a punch bag to cricket fans. When I saw his batting skills against pakistan,windies,proteas, my heart got shattered like anything.Even yuvi's performance against aussie wasn't at his best.While his performance against lanka was a nightmare. I really feel bad for you yuvi.Please retire from international cricket,take care of your health and please don't shatter your fans again.

  • POSTED BY Samar_Singh on | April 7, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    First of all congrats SL for some monumental display both with bat and bowl. It was SL bowling that made a difference. All Credits to SLankans. Its not Yuvi's fault but rather a selection blunder not to select a player in a good form. Apart from some runs here and there Yuvi has not been in the same form after the 2011 WC. He averages just around 19 in his last 19 odd ODI after that WC and have not played enough cricket since then.

  • POSTED BY hyderabad_nawabs on | April 7, 2014, 4:51 GMT

    MSD says it is one of those off days for him. You cannot say that when he is having almost off every day in the tournament. Even in the innings against AUS he looked a bit scratchy. It was a wrong choice for Dhoni to sent him up the order. It should have been Raina absolutely at that point.

  • POSTED BY Bansam on | April 7, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    When you win every body is behind you. When you lose Indians hound you. It is time Indian fans learned to accept defeat as well as winning. Today Sri Lanka was the better team. There was nothing wrong with Yuvaraj. The last five overs the Sri Lankans were determined to restrict the Indian bats whether Yuvi. MS or Virat. When there are 11 players one man cannot win or loose a game.

  • POSTED BY Vikram_Rathore on | April 7, 2014, 4:37 GMT

    Nobody want's to talk about Rahane's perpetual failure, or Rayudu's unfathomable inclusion... or Rohit getting a 1 big hit in some 10 innings and getting for single digits in the other 9... Even in today's game, Rahane gave the momentum to SL right at the start... and Rohit scored at a run-a-ball... Nobody wants to talk about it. I mean, Yuvraj gave us the WorldCup twice... everybody's entitled to an off day!

    Cricinfo, please publish!

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 4:15 GMT

    His best isnt good enough any more

  • POSTED BY ms2000 on | April 7, 2014, 4:10 GMT

    Yuvi, no one will forget te great performnaces of you in the past. Last night was not yours. It could happen to anyone. even Dhoni. Just take if off your mind. This is not the end. The Great Virat will lead India to many voictories in the future. God luck India from Sri Lanka

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    Thank you Dhoni for defending Yuvi. Yes he did his best. But Sri Lankan bowlers lead by Malinga didn't allow him to do what he is good at.

  • POSTED BY criccritic1 on | April 7, 2014, 4:04 GMT

    i can not even believe how much Dhoni wants to defend his buddy....

    this is ridiculous to say the least for Dhoni..

    he is not good fit as team leader and hope media also talks about it.

    when you have options why do you keep defending someone who struggles..

    Dhoni has purposely let go so many good players and he is keeping his buddy in the team. I must salute Dhoni to have courage to still not say anything about Yuvraj when the whole India can see that this guy has nothing to offer and others are not getting any opportunity

    hopefully, media can talk about Dohni more vs Yuvraj now!

  • POSTED BY rajuramki on | April 7, 2014, 3:59 GMT

    If, according to Dhoni , Yuvaraj tried his best then his best is not enough to propel the team score . It was sheer captaincy error on the part of Dhoni to send Yuvaraj ahead of Raina and himself .Yuvaraj could not even rotate the strike and thereby denied strike to the inform batsman Kohli . The fact remains that Yuvaraj is no longer good enough to represent India and it is high time that Dhoni and the selectors realise this truth . Kohli must be cursing within himself for having strongly recommended Yuvaraj to his franchise and rob RCB of getting better players at much lower costs.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    sad to see such a talented player struggle but he lost the match for India rather than the lankans winning it

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 3:50 GMT

    It was failure of Dhoni the Captain & Virat Kohli the Vice captain that led to the defeat. It was clear from the way he played 15th over that he was not in form. He should have been removed immediately, either telling him to step out everyball or recalling him back retired. it is a tough decision but should have been taken for the interest of the team. What the hell was kohli doing in the middle with Yuvraj. He was not at all talking to yuvi to step up the accelerator and he was taking singles and giving strike to Yuvi. Unbelievable failure from Indian captain and vice captain.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 7, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    Reaction has been a bit harsh. Yes, he batted poorly but he's been in bad form and his selection game after game was the downfall in my opinion. India cruised through the group games but Yuvraj struggled to find form in those matches. Just shows there's room for changes in a winning team if players underperform.

  • POSTED BY prakash_ajp on | April 7, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    I agree with Dhoni that nobody wants to play badly. I also agreed with him that Yuvraj tried his best. But there is one thing that I can't forgive him for: The attitude - he seemed to be more keen on being in the limelight than the team's performance. It was obvious when he settled for a single instead of giving the strike back to Kohli. It was terrible cricket. Besides, if he wanted, he could have easily found singles on many occasions, but he would either defend (hoping he will get back into form) or trying big shots. That's selfish if you asked me.

  • POSTED BY hkiran1 on | April 7, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    Dhoni always play all the experienced players if they are selected to the team. There is a pattern. If the selectors are dumb enough to select out of form players on their past glory, dhoni persist with them with single minded compulsion. He doesn't care about the result as much as the cricket he plays.

  • POSTED BY fairfan70 on | April 7, 2014, 3:35 GMT

    Credit to Dhoni for backing Yuvraj publicly. For next year's world cup in NZ, Yuvraj should still be selected as a member of the squad (he can start in the first 11, if there are consistent failures by other batsmen in the top / middle order). It is also time India begins to ring in next round of changes in the team. Dhoni no longer commands a place in the test side either as a batsman or wicket-keeper. He should restrict himself to shorter formats, while the selectors find and groom a replacement for him. Likewise Zaheer should retire from Int'l cricket and be a mentor for budding bowlers. He can of course continue playing IPL.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 7, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    yuvi is a great cricketer and a best batsman. It is so disappointing to see fans talking about homelike this. just imagine howany times had he been the shoulder for the team when it is required... true this was a big game but I really oppose this as it is not a good sportsmanship.. we should be able to accept the win and also the defeat!!! We Sri lankan have been with our team even in their hardest time and hardly did such a thing to an individual member ever!!!

  • POSTED BY Priyadarshan_kr on | April 7, 2014, 3:19 GMT

    Yuvraj played the last Test match of his career

  • POSTED BY SouthPaw on | April 7, 2014, 3:06 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.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 3:04 GMT

    What a great captain Dhoni is, in defeat as well as in victory. He very rarely criticizes his team mates to the press, others should take note of this. Yuvi indeed contributed to SL's victory with his occupation of the crease, and Kohli was getting more and more frustrated, as were his team mates who were sitting in the dugout. And we, the fans were getting more and more edgy as the overs began to run out. Many of us never gave a thought to poor Yuvi himself, and what he was going through, and probably many of us will also say, 'that is his job', and if he can't perform he should be out'. Yes that is true, but at the end of the day, this is just a game, and he is human after all. Let us all not forget that he has played a huge part in previous WCs, and has also been though a lot with his recent illness, so I applaud Dhoni for saying what he did. Yuvi must be going through hell after what happened, and needs all the comforting words we can offer him.

  • POSTED BY VinothSam on | April 7, 2014, 2:56 GMT

    Don't blame Youvi for what he has done. He tried his best but Sri Lankans bowling was super good that Indians could not hold of it. Even Dhoni choked as well. They need a person to put all the blame. There we go, they found Yuvi. Don't forget if it wasn't Yuvi choked yesterday, would have been another one,. That is how Sri Lankans attacked by their bowling unit. Doesn't matter anyway. We Sri Lankans are the World Champions and we are ready to welcome our heroes home by our style.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 2:33 GMT

    Man in form Raina didn't even get to bat and he was solely responsible for the big win in semi final...... that's weak captaincy and everyone knows yuvraj was out of form the whole tournament... Dhoni's favoritism and stubbornness will ruin Indian cricket one day. In spite of having all the talent in the world he is nowhere near gangluly's level but he still have some kind of divine right over the captaincy.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 2:22 GMT

    We cannot point figure at individual for loss of world cup, rather I would ask why management/selection committee selected yuvaraj in this world cup when he has yet to proove in the domestic cricket. Cant make Yuvaraj a scapegoat here, Management needs to take the responsibility. Anyways given the conditions Suresh raina should have batted ahead of Yuvaraj.I hope mgmt have learned the lessons at loss of the T20 world cup. PLEASE DO NOT BLAME YUVARAJ !! DO NOT FORGET HE WAS THE CHAMPION IN THE WINS OF LAST 2 WORLD CUPS THAT INDIA WON.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 2:20 GMT

    Dhoni claims that Malinga was bowling (wide) yorkers from low height. Was it the first time Malinga has done that? Malinga has bowled like that especially during the death overs through out the tournament. How did the finishers in Indian team, including Dhoni and Yuvi prepare for it? Did going into the finals without a loss make the Indian team complacent? Did they prepare for the final as well as they could have? I don't think playing football helped :-;

  • POSTED BY intcamd on | April 7, 2014, 1:57 GMT

    Dhoni himself was not that good today, he could never get going. And the Lankans kept bowling too wide, just out of reach. But Yuvi was hopeless, the man needs to be dropped pronto

  • POSTED BY whyowhy on | April 7, 2014, 1:54 GMT

    He tried his best, now give him a rest..........................

  • POSTED BY bjcm12 on | April 7, 2014, 1:52 GMT

    I think time is up for Dhoni to give up T20 format !

  • POSTED BY MdNayon on | April 7, 2014, 1:47 GMT

    No one can blame Yuvraj because he tried his best to hit the bowl, so credit goes to srilankan bowler who ended the death bowling very well.

  • POSTED BY IndiaGoats on | April 7, 2014, 1:44 GMT

    Yuvi has dropped several catches earlier on in the tournament and has never batted to win for India, the game against Australia just a fluke. It is time he is thrown out of the time. I remember Jadeja losing us the 2009 T20 WC, this time it was most definitely Yuvi.

  • POSTED BY Nagi_von_NJ on | April 7, 2014, 1:23 GMT

    MSD knows his mistake and cannot swallow and admit it. Yuvi is past his prime and hurt as well two days ago playing football said one source. This is a crime to even play him that too when you do not bowl him even for two overs. Even if he played Raina must have been sent looking at the score and number of overs bowled. Dhoni made a colossal mistake and has no class to accept it. Forget it - MSD should go in the Test and T20 arena right now. Give the first to Pujara and the second to the indomitable Kohli.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 0:55 GMT

    The moment Yuvi came to the crease, I was furious. Furious at Dhoni, sending him instead of Raina, who can (a) strike big blows (b) give strike to Kohli through even unbelievable singles, or (3) plain and simple "get out". Raina had been doing it consistently in the early days and also after the recall.

    Then I thought, Dhoni acts on intuition and most importantly trust. Kohli trusted him, we all trusted him. To bat! We sentimental fools, who hang on to the past. Past glory. Past happiness. Even after enough evidence that the expiry date is over. That's all right; we are all humans. But Yuvi? A team man of the past, turning selfish at a most crucial time?

    He tried to regain form! And, when? Hell with Kohli's form! Hell with the team's fate! Did he even think of the match situation? Did he see anything other than his desperation to regain form? Willy-nilly, it amounts to selfishness; intended or not. Sorry, Yuvi. Have to say, goodbye!

  • POSTED BY kobrak on | April 7, 2014, 0:41 GMT

    Can not agree with Dhoni when he can not say what should be said. It was solely Yuvraj who was playing for himself and Kohli self confidence got undermined. NOt once did the two batsmen talk to hammer out the situation or the strategy but kept playing till it was too late to change.

  • POSTED BY on | April 7, 2014, 0:20 GMT

    Dhoni should be disappointed with himself, first and foremost. Yuvraj was in the team from his past performances but they are just that - past. They are in the past tense.

    Whether Yuvi feels bad is another story. He ought to. He should have known that this would happen (he is a step slower and he is clearly showing his age) and he should have opted out. Instead, he was hoping for a last laugh. Yes, there was laughter and amusement - but from SL !!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY TG_Katta on | April 6, 2014, 23:49 GMT

    Not sure why the blame comes to Yovi, SL did really well in bowling department; simply India could not break free!!

  • POSTED BY rohanblue on | April 6, 2014, 23:45 GMT

    spare a thought fr the man, yuvi is d man who single handedly won us two WC(2007, 2011), you win some you lose some in life.Plz dnt bring hatred towrds him. no one can be more saddened than yuvi because he will probably never ever wear that indian jersey again. Its ok yuvi and team India. you guys played really well, proud of you and deepest love fr Dhoni and team india, god bless you all, we will win next time.......

  • POSTED BY spinkingKK on | April 6, 2014, 23:40 GMT

    Yuvraj should have got himself out in one of those balls where he missed and the ball went to the keeper. It was very easy to hit wicket and walk away. That way, the team wouldn't have lost an extra ball in his loss of wicket and the new batsman can come in. Finally, he got out when all he needed was to get a single to give as much strike as possible to Kohli. Even after his dismissal, I don't know why Dhoni promoted himself. Raina is the biggest hitter in the team and he doesn't need too many balls to get going. Even after all these, Dhoni kept giving the ball to the seamers, rather than bringing in the spinners early on to apply pressure when defending a small target. So, in my opinion, it is Yuvraj and Dhoni(with his horrible batting and poor captaincy) who had an off day and that cost the game and the cup for India. Sri Lankans may have came up with a different plan even if India played differently. But, that we can't tell. Anyway congratulations to Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 6, 2014, 22:52 GMT

    India bat as well as any other team would have..it just Sri Lanka bowling was very good and they could not do anything about it.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2014, 22:39 GMT

    Dhoni is.too adamant. Cool yes but at the cost of indian cricket. July tour of England and wc2015 will decide the fate of indian cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2014, 22:23 GMT

    Dhoni was right Yuvraj tried his best but that was one off those days which can happen to anyone, even Dhon himself cudnt able to hit a boundry in last 2 overs. It was very hard to deal with Malinga off line yorkers. Sri lanka deserved to win as they had plan how to bowl . Yuvraj won us World cup 2011 and just 1 bad game of him lets not criticised him.

  • POSTED BY DingDong420 on | April 6, 2014, 22:04 GMT

    Yuvraj has been a passenger the whole tournament, he should have been dropped after the first 2 games, came good in the match that didn't matter.

    I have often called for him to be in the team but even i can see this is his last game for India. He lost India the WC today

  • POSTED BY Amit_4_Sachin on | April 6, 2014, 21:53 GMT

    If that was his best, I hope I never see him playing int's cricket again.

  • POSTED BY aiksa on | April 6, 2014, 21:49 GMT

    MSD is not the best captain for nothing. He is a great leader. The way he answered questions about Yuvi shows the quality of his leadership. Yuvi is a great player and one bad game can't take that away from him. He has won so many games for India both with bat and ball. Today just wasn't his day. It was a great game in the end and Sri Lanka were the worthy winners. But India didn't lose either.

  • POSTED BY Raj12345 on | April 6, 2014, 21:24 GMT

    Do you miss person like Badrinath in place of Yuvi. I never seen Badri scoring runs less than 100 Strike rate. Please think many times before taking out of date batsman into team.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2014, 21:22 GMT

    Yuvraj cost India the cup they have been playing for in the last 2-3 weeks. On paper it might not seem so, but everyone who saw the game knows yuvraj Singh is was the reason India lost today.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2014, 21:13 GMT

    its hilarious people singling Yuvi out and not acknowledging the fact that Sri Lankans bowled lovely death bowling....*sigh*

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | April 6, 2014, 21:01 GMT

    Feel sad for Yuraj but it was brilliant bowling by Sri Lanka & blaming Yuraj making him the scapegoat is not right. Even Rohit & Rahane did not give a flying start they were expected of scratching around for runs. Kohli too was lucky he was dropped, easy catch by Malinga so he strode his luck. It was just a case of amazing bowling by Sri Lanka india did not have. Kudos to Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    Yuvraj cost India. No doubt. He should NEVER had been picked for this tournament. Poor throughout. Thanks for 2011 but should have retired thereafter. Lost us the game and just a massive let down really. Not even that great in the field anymore.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2014, 20:54 GMT

    anyways!!! it was an off day for UV.....n we luv him infact i rate better than sachin! never mind UV...will always luv u!!!

  • POSTED BY Amarjitmadan on | April 6, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    Very matured and positive comments by Dhoni accepting loss with grace without giving any excuses.

  • POSTED BY paul_rocks on | April 6, 2014, 20:44 GMT

    Let's call a spade, a spade, India being short 15 to 20 runs is primarily because of the way Yuvraj Singh settled in and then gave up. Looking at his recent performances and also Suresh Raina's it was very evident that Raina should have been promoted. It would have satisfied the left-right combination. Yuvraj did not have a smooth ride against SA and Raina came in and eased the pressure. Yuvraj was playing to secure his position in the side not for the team. I think Dhoni as India's captain is reaching its shelf life, time to ease someone else into the role. We need a dynamic captain not a stubborn one who refuses to make timely and critical changes. Of course, another person whose stomach is churning is Vijay Mallya, did he pay Rs. 14 crores for a bench warmer.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 6, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    yuvi has won two world cups for India.he deserve sparing for loosing this one

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    We shouldnt be too hard on Yuvraj, low in confidence and out of form was again put in a pressure situation like in the Semi final and again poor Yuvie struggled and dug a hole for himself. Dhawan wasnt played as he had been struggling so why was Yuvraj selected ?. Select him but again when scoring rate needed boosting why was he sent ahead of Raina ?. This mistake has cost us 20-30 runs perhaps as Raina would hve given Kohli more assurance and confidence. Even when Yuvraj was out why didnt MSD send an inform Raina, when he himself takes an over before he can get going ?. Blunder after blunder very woeful decisions by Captain Marvel

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  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    We shouldnt be too hard on Yuvraj, low in confidence and out of form was again put in a pressure situation like in the Semi final and again poor Yuvie struggled and dug a hole for himself. Dhawan wasnt played as he had been struggling so why was Yuvraj selected ?. Select him but again when scoring rate needed boosting why was he sent ahead of Raina ?. This mistake has cost us 20-30 runs perhaps as Raina would hve given Kohli more assurance and confidence. Even when Yuvraj was out why didnt MSD send an inform Raina, when he himself takes an over before he can get going ?. Blunder after blunder very woeful decisions by Captain Marvel

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 6, 2014, 20:33 GMT

    yuvi has won two world cups for India.he deserve sparing for loosing this one

  • POSTED BY paul_rocks on | April 6, 2014, 20:44 GMT

    Let's call a spade, a spade, India being short 15 to 20 runs is primarily because of the way Yuvraj Singh settled in and then gave up. Looking at his recent performances and also Suresh Raina's it was very evident that Raina should have been promoted. It would have satisfied the left-right combination. Yuvraj did not have a smooth ride against SA and Raina came in and eased the pressure. Yuvraj was playing to secure his position in the side not for the team. I think Dhoni as India's captain is reaching its shelf life, time to ease someone else into the role. We need a dynamic captain not a stubborn one who refuses to make timely and critical changes. Of course, another person whose stomach is churning is Vijay Mallya, did he pay Rs. 14 crores for a bench warmer.

  • POSTED BY Amarjitmadan on | April 6, 2014, 20:45 GMT

    Very matured and positive comments by Dhoni accepting loss with grace without giving any excuses.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2014, 20:54 GMT

    anyways!!! it was an off day for UV.....n we luv him infact i rate better than sachin! never mind UV...will always luv u!!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2014, 20:55 GMT

    Yuvraj cost India. No doubt. He should NEVER had been picked for this tournament. Poor throughout. Thanks for 2011 but should have retired thereafter. Lost us the game and just a massive let down really. Not even that great in the field anymore.

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | April 6, 2014, 21:01 GMT

    Feel sad for Yuraj but it was brilliant bowling by Sri Lanka & blaming Yuraj making him the scapegoat is not right. Even Rohit & Rahane did not give a flying start they were expected of scratching around for runs. Kohli too was lucky he was dropped, easy catch by Malinga so he strode his luck. It was just a case of amazing bowling by Sri Lanka india did not have. Kudos to Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2014, 21:13 GMT

    its hilarious people singling Yuvi out and not acknowledging the fact that Sri Lankans bowled lovely death bowling....*sigh*

  • POSTED BY on | April 6, 2014, 21:22 GMT

    Yuvraj cost India the cup they have been playing for in the last 2-3 weeks. On paper it might not seem so, but everyone who saw the game knows yuvraj Singh is was the reason India lost today.

  • POSTED BY Raj12345 on | April 6, 2014, 21:24 GMT

    Do you miss person like Badrinath in place of Yuvi. I never seen Badri scoring runs less than 100 Strike rate. Please think many times before taking out of date batsman into team.