Yuvraj should not be crucified: Sachin
Mumbai, Apr 7 (IBNS): While Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh was critiscised by his fans for his knock in the ICC World T20 final against Sri Lanka on Sunday, Indian cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar on Moday defended his former teammate and said he should not be 'crucified' for one tough day on the cricket field.
"It is the unpredictable nature of the game that makes cricket such an exciting sport. As cricketers, we always enjoy the applause when we succeed but it is the support and encouragement from fans, during tough times, that we appreciate the most. All of us took pride in the heroics of Yuvi when we won the T20 World Cup in 2007 and his outstanding contribution in the ODI World Cup win in 2011 will always be cherished," Tendulkar wrote on his Facebook page.
"Last evening, Yuvi had a tough day and he can be criticized. But he should not be crucified nor should he be written off," Tendulkar said.
The cricket icon said he feels that Singh will emerge stronger and prove his critics wrong.
"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.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 said.
India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh also backed Yuvraj Singh and said he was one of the rare match winners the country has ever produced.
"Shocking to c every1 blaming @yuvstrong12. Guys this man has won u 2wc's. One of the rare match winners india has produced," he tweeted.
The off-spinner said: " From 1st 19wc to natwest to 2007t20 to 2011wc. Find me a player who has done so much in big matches. 1 bad day n we become so bitter. N pls don't forget he wasn't there alone. 10 others were there too. Let's admit better team won. Why to find a scapegoat. It's a team game. We r a great team guys let's support our team and players."
Indian skipper MS Dhoni said no body 'wants to really play bad cricket'.
"Yuvi tried his best. It was an off day for him," Dhoni earlier said.
Yuvraj Singh's 21-ball 11 knock has been criticised and even stones were reportedly pelted at his residence in Chandigarh.
India lost the final to Sri Lanka who won the tournament for the first time.
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