When Sachin Tendulkar comes out to back you, understand the importance of the situation. Yes, the Master Blaster came out in support of Indian player Yuvraj Singh, who is being portrayed as the main villain for his bad innings that cost India the ICC World T20 2014 trophy.
Yuvraj Singh looked a shadow of himself while playing against the Sri Lankans in the finals, barely managed to score 11 runs off 21 balls. And as an experienced campaigner of the game, the southpaw would well understand of his under performance. But the way media, fans have taken on him to write him off looked uncalled for. (Also Read: Does one bad match ruin everything for Yuvraj Singh?)
In his defence, Sachin Tendulkar, the greatest batsman of the cricketing world, reminded the nation of the immense contributions the very same Yuvraj Singh has made for the country in not one but two World Cup victories. He is backing Singh for the 2015 World Cup to be played in Australia-New Zealand.
It is one thing to criticize and totally different thing to perform in the same situation. Only a player can understand what is really like playing under the daunting pressure of huge expectations. Yuvraj Singh, who was hailed as the hero of Indian cricket after he not only won the inaugural and only ICC World T20 for India in 2007 but repeated his fine performance in the Cricket ICC World Cup in 2011.
Read the full statement by the God of Cricket in defence of Yuvraj Singh:
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.
Last evening, Yuvi had a tough day and he can be criticized. 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.
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.