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Sachin: Yuvraj shouldn’t be written off

Calcutta: 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, in Dhaka, on Sunday.

Sri Lanka won the final by six wickets, chasing down the 131-run target in 17.5 overs.

Yuvraj’s house in Chandigarh also came under attack. According to the local media, reports of stone pelting at Yuvraj’s house were received at the police control room, following which heavy police force from Manimajra police station rushed to the spot.

Sources in the police control room said unidentified youths in three different cars created ruckus outside the cricketer's house.

“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 criticised. But he should not be crucified nor should he be written off,” Sachin wrote on his Facebook page.

“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.”

Sachin also hoped that Yuvraj would soon bounce back.

“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.”

Another close friend and teammate Harbhajan Singh has also come out in support of Yuvraj.

“Shocking to c every1 blaming @yuvstrong12. Guys this man has won u 2wc’s. One of the rare match winners India has produced,” tweeted Harbhajan.

“From 1st 19wc to natwest to 2007t20 to 2011wc. Find me a player who has done so much in big matches. 1 bad day we become so bitter.”