Yuvraj Singh's Critics: World Cricket's Clowns of the Month, March 2014

Antoinette MullerFeatured ColumnistApril 9, 2014

DHAKA, BANGLADESH - APRIL 06:  Yuvraj Singh of India looks on during the presentations after the Final of the ICC World Twenty20 Bangladesh 2014 between India and Sri Lanka at Sher-e-Bangla Mirpur Stadium on April 4, 2014 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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Poor Yuvraj Singh. He had a very poor World Twenty20. Barring one stand-out innings, Yuvi's form was dubious, to say the least. And it culminated in a dot-ball-gobbling innings in the final against Sri Lanka. 

It made fans angry—so very, very angry.  So angry, in fact, that some fans even went so far as to allegedly stone his house.

Added to that was the Twitter outrage—and these are some of the more modest Tweets.

Yuvraj's innings in the final against Sri Lanka was shoddy. At a time when India should have been hitting out, he could not even muster singles and give Virat Kohli the strike.

Out of the 21 balls he faced, 11 were dot balls and he managed just 11 runs in total. It was the wrong time have a bad day, but Yuvraj cannot be held solely responsible. For one, MS Dhoni's decision to not promote himself up the order should be questioned. 

Furthermore, Yuvraj didn't exactly sail into the World T20 squad on a free pass. Before the tournament, his last two T20I innings were an unbeaten 77 against Australia and 72 against Pakistan. He had been an integral part of the team when they won the World T20 back in 2007. Yuvraj's contribution in the 50-over World Cup win over Sri Lanka in 2011 was also very important.

Since his exploits to help India get over those lines, he has also beaten cancer.

This is a man who has given a lot to play professional sport for his country. 

Yes, players have a bad days. Yes, they deserve criticism, but the brutal and downright hateful behaviour from Indian fans has been galling.

Players know that their performances will always come under scrutiny, they expect to be questioned when they do not perform, but they do not deserve outright abuse and certainly not violations of their personal property. 

Everyone has a bad day at work. We've all been there. We've all had that terrible howler which has caused us to look foolish. We've all copped criticism for it. That criticism is deserved but people bounce back.

His ability and talent of years gone by should not be forgotten because of one poor tournament. Cricket is a team sport and although it can be argued his contribution to the team was significant enough to lead to the downfall, it is unfair and foolish to make him a scapegoat. 

Humans are fragile and fallible and cricketers are just human. While the debate raged on about Yuvraj's effort, Sachin Tendulkar offered a rational assessment of the situation through his Facebook Page.

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The tribe has spoken.