Everyone in India is a doctor and a cricket expert. You report a minor headache and everyone around you has his prescription ready for you. Be it English, Ayurveda, Homeopathy or homemade. Likewise, we are in-born cricket experts. We know Dhoni should have promoted himself before Yuvraj and Raina before himself.
- Yes, all Yuvraj could get was a paltry score of 11 in 21 balls.
- A strike rate of 52.38 is mocked in test matches these days, leave alone ODI and T20.
- In 15th and 17th over, it took Yuvraj half of the over to give the strike to in-form batsman, Kohli. So India got 2 off 6 during death overs.
- Yuvraj got out on a low full-toss, a ball begging to be slapped to stands
- Yes, Yuvraj had 10 dot balls to his name, i.e., almost 2 overs.
Aren’t these reasons good enough to blame Yuvraj for the defeat in T-20 world cup final??
No doubt, his performance was dismal. Given the high standards he has set for himself and his reputation as best finisher, his slump pinched his critics and fans alike. If we discount the clash against Australia, Yuvraj has never looked comfortable in the entire tournament. His preparation looks half-baked. He is not match fit and he surely needs to go back to his state team and get back to basics before coming to the international arena.
Having said all this, I seriously feel that we crossed the line by blaming him for the defeat. Suddenly social media was abuzz with posts criticizing Yuvi. Someone had audacity to suggest him to commit suicide; others were kind enough to suggest him an alternative career as commentator. No sooner his loyalists joined the bandwagon. They recounted how Yuvraj has won four world cup for us, namely, U-15 world cup(1996), U-19 world cup(2000), T-20 world cup (2007) and ICC world cup (2011). He was adjudged the best player in all these tournaments. Amidst this din and chaos at social platforms, some cricket ‘lovers’ expressed their disappointment by pelting stones at Yuvraj’s house in Chandigarh.
Even at my workplace today, Yuvraj was the most favored ice-breaker. I could distinctly see the two camps, one defending and other implicating Yuvraj for the defeat. Everyone in India is a doctor and a cricket expert. You report a minor headache and everyone around you has his prescription ready for you. Be it English, Ayurveda, Homeopathy or homemade. Likewise, we are in-born cricket experts. We know Dhoni should have promoted himself before Yuvraj and Raina before himself. We know that Yuvraj should not have been in the playing 11 in the first place. We know that Yuvraj did cost us the World Cup T20!!!
As much as I appreciate our expertise in cricket, I vehemently believe that it is unfair to blame Yuvraj for the defeat. Same as I wouldn’t credit any world cup victory entirely to him. I am not gainsaying the fact that his poor show took the sheen off Kohli’s blistering knock. Neither am I disparaging that we could have expected 20-30 more runs had Yuvraj been his better shelf. But by blaming him, you are denying the credit that Sri-lankan bowlers deserve. Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara bowled phenomenally well and were backed well by others. Even Dhoni, who came after Yuvraj was seen searching for the ball. It was very uncharacteristic of him to make 4 runs off 7 deliveries given that he had came to bat in 19th over of the inning. So it was not just Yuvraj who struggled to score in death overs. Let’s appreciate the effort put in by the Srilankan bowlers.
Even before Yuvraj came in to bat, Indian Inning was cruising at no gale speed. Indians were 64-2 in 10.3 overs owing to disciplined bowling by the Sri Lanka. Hence the debate- Did Yuvraj cost India the T20 world cup holds no ground?
Did better side win? Yes
Did Sri-lanka bowl better? Yes
Did Sri-lanka bat better? Yes
Did Sri-lanka field better? May be, May be Not
Did Yuvraj Cost India the T20 World Cup 2014?? NO!!!
Its NOW or NEVER!!
Its NOW or NEVER!!