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Sunday , December 30 , 2012
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Yuvraj: I’m devastated

Yuvraj Singh

Chennai: “I’m devastated... I don’t know what else to say...”

That was an emotional Yuvraj Singh, reacting to the death of the 23-year-old gang rape victim, at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.

“She’d been there in my prayers and I was hoping she’d come through... I don’t have a message for the family, for no matter what one says, it won’t mean anything... It’s such a big loss, a tragedy for the family...

“I hope nobody suffers what she went through... It should be the last such incident... That has to be the resolve... What’s pleasing is the support she received from the common man and woman... People stood up for a cause and I’ve followed their protests on the TV,” Yuvraj told The Telegraph at the Taj Coromandel on Saturday evening.

On Friday night, after a stellar MoM award-winning show in the final T20 International, against Pakistan, Yuvraj had said: “I hope she gets the best medical treatment... I just hope she can pull through.”

Last week, after being adjudged the MoM in the Pune T20 International versus England, Yuvraj dedicated his award to the young lady. She’d then been in a New Delhi hospital.

Meanwhile, at a media conference here, ahead of the ODI series against Pakistan, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni remarked: “Let’s stick to cricket... What happened is very sad... We all know about it... We have an important series ahead.”

Dhoni may have reacted in a sensitive manner had the very first question not been on the gang rape victim.