India news April 7, 2014

Don't write Yuvraj off - Tendulkar

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Manjrekar: Yuvraj's phase of self-doubt

Sachin Tendulkar has come out in strong support of Yuvraj Singh, who has faced plenty of criticism after a 21-ball 11 that sucked the momentum out of India's innings in the World T20 final against Sri Lanka on Sunday.

Yuvraj, Man of the Series in the 2011 World Cup, has already lost his place in the ODI side, and his spot in the Twenty20 side is under scrutiny after a difficult World T20, but Tendulkar hoped Yuvraj would be a part of India's defence of the World Cup in 2015.

"Yuvi, one off day cannot undermine your tremendous contribution in many sweet memories over the years. You may be down today but you are far from being out," Tendulkar wrote on his Facebook page. "I want you to know that there are many like me in India and across the world, who keenly look forward to you being a part of the campaign to defend the ODI World Cup title in 2015."

There were reports that Yuvraj's house in Chandigarh was pelted with stones following the dismal performance in the World T20 final. Tendulkar urged fans to show their support for him. "Last evening, Yuvi had a tough day and he can be criticised. But he should not be crucified nor should he be written off.

"I have been an admirer of Yuvi's indomitable spirit which has overcome many challenges, both on and off the field.

"Knowing Yuvi's determination and ability to fight adversities, he will emerge stronger, proving his critics wrong, yet again."

Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar, meanwhile, told ESPNcricinfo that he could understand what Yuvraj was facing out in the middle, and could sympathise with him having faced similar situations himself. "When you get into this sort of situation where the runs are not coming, you just don't want to throw it away and make it look like a horrible innings," Manjrekar said. "You still feel because you have done it in the past and all you need is two-three hits. It happened against Australia [in the Super 10s], James Muirhead gave him two short balls, he hit two sixes and the innings suddenly changed, so this is what goes through a batsman's mind, he thinks it can all change, so he doesn't want to throw his wicket away, he wants to make amends for what has happened before.

"The other thing that happens is you realise that you are doing a lot of damage to the team, the shots are not coming, the balls that you want are not coming... There is another thing that happens, which I have also personally experienced, which is suddenly the strength and everything just vanishes from your forearms because of the state of mind that you are in. So yes, you can feel for Yuvraj Singh for what happened to him."

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  • Johnny_129 on April 11, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    Too many fickle Indian fans on this site. Yuvraj is a match-winner who is struggling at this time. he requires our support, NOT criticism for the obvious! He is still young so I do not know why people are putting him into "yesterday's news" category.

  • ABHICA on April 11, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    we must remember the past records of player & consider it as key factor for playing XI inclusion rather than his current form/state..based on this,ODI WC 2015,will be held in AUZ-NZ,we need a good bowling all-rounder & dnt think Ind had anyone better thn Kapil Dev,based on past records,so he must be included in playing XI...!!!!

  • dummy4fb on April 11, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    It'd over lads. get over it. It's just a tournament alright. Losing 1 out of 3 major finals isn't that bad. There are off days. Team India gave their best on that particular day. Yuvi can't be blamed for everything that happened. He was the guy who was instrumental in winning many major tournaments.

  • Aashiyer on April 10, 2014, 22:16 GMT

    @guesswhoami even if Yuvi threw his wicket, Dhoni would have brought himself on not Raina

  • ABHICA on April 10, 2014, 20:40 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 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 the bowling was good when they cud'nt out the worst batsmen b4 21 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..!!!!

  • Johnny_129 on April 10, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    Yuvraj needs our support at this time - He is at an age where batsmen peak and he will win India matches in the future. At this time, I would also add the SL had played a great game and SL would have won on the night even if India had another batsman instead of Yuvraj. India came very close to holding all limited overs trophies - An unprecedented feat. But congrats to SL.

  • Johnny_129 on April 10, 2014, 15:27 GMT

    Tendulkar is absolutely right - Yuvraj is not finished and he needs our support. We all knew that Yuvraj was in bad form, leading into the T20 WC but Dhoni and the selection committee took a gamble to select him. I am not passing the blame onto Dhoni and the selection committee - They took a calculated gamble because if Yuvraj came good during the tournament then India would have won the cup! After all, Yuvraj has not only been a key member but he has, in fact, been Player of the Tournament in nearly all significant Indian wins (eg. ODI WC, T20 WC, Champions Trophy, U19 WC, U15 WC - All Yuvraj won). Here the selection gamble did not pay off as Yuvraj returning from cancer (on the back of winning India the ODI WC) did not find consistency and found himself mentally lost in the final.

  • GuessWhoAmI on April 10, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    Yuvi should have purposely thrown his wicket with a stumping or hit wicket to allow Raina to come in and score faster

  • Khurpeto on April 9, 2014, 21:14 GMT

    On final day, rest of the Indian Team made 119 runs out of 99 balls - just a poor performance. We have to agree that there was absolutely no hand of Yuvraj Singh on last invaluable 11 balls, where only 9 runs were made. It was not only Yuvraj who was off on that day. Learn to digest my Indian Fans.

  • jimmyvida on April 9, 2014, 20:57 GMT

    Love to see Sehwag, Yuvi, Pathan and Zaheer in world cup 2015. Hello! Forget about the youngsters who are trying to get their feet in the door. We owe these guys. Don't just carry them play them. Pls do not complain about them, just remember their past laurels, and give them another chance. We might start with the tour of England. As I say, do not worry about their constant failure, remember what they did in the past. That is all we ask.

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