Sachin Tendulkar stood firmly behind his former team-mate Yuvraj Singh, saying that the batsman “is down but far from being out.” He also backed him to make it to the 2015 World Cup squad. (Also Read: Harbahajan defends Yuvraj)
“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.” (Also Read: Yuvraj, hero of 2007 and ’11, flops in ’14)
While Tendulkar agreed that Yuvraj can be criticised for his slow batting but people should stop short of writing his epitaph or predict the end of his international career. (Express LOL: Over the top Yuvraj jokes)
“Last evening, Yuvi had a tough day and he can be criticised. But he should not be crucified nor should he be written off.”
Tendulkar is confident that Yuvraj will return to prove his detractors wrong. “I have been an admirer of Yuvi’s indomitable spirit which has overcome many challenges, both on and off the field.”
Don’t single Yuvi out: Yograj
Chandigarh: Yuvraj Singh’s father Yograj has come out in defence of his son, saying the left-handed batsman, who struggled for his 11 runs off 21 balls, should not be singled out for India’s loss in the ICC World Twenty20 final. (Also Read: Stones pelted at Yuvraj’s Chandigarh home)
“Yuvraj should not be singled out,” Yograj said when asked if his son consuming 21 deliveries was the main reason behind India losing the title clash against Sri Lanka in Mirpur.
“When we lose there is criticism from all sides. Ups and downs are a part of life and part of this game as well,” Yograj added. “When a player goes through a lean patch, the state of mind becomes such that he starts thinking if he does not make runs he may be out of the team or the team may lose.”
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