I Felt Like a Culprit and Villain: Yuvraj Singh Recalls T20I World Cup Final

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I felt like a villain who had killed someone: Yuvraj Singh

The 2014 T20 World Cup fan was heartbreaking to watch for every cricket fan in India. The Indian team which was unbeaten in the tournament till that point had just tumbled down in front of Sri Lanka. By scoring just 11 runs in 21 balls, Yuvraj Singh had played one of his most disappointing innings in the match. And by the time Nuwan Kulasekara took Yuvraj’s wicket, the tide had shifted towards the Lankans already. India crawled to 130/4 in 20 overs, going on to lose the tie by six wickets against the Lankans in Dhaka. The left-handed batsman was heavily criticized by media and fans after that, and the 2011 World Cup hero felt like a villain who had killed someone. While speaking on this incident, Yuvraj revealed that he takes full responsibility for the defeat, and he credited Lasith Malinga for bowling exceptionally well. “I take full responsibility for that day. I didn’t play well,” Yuvraj recalled. “A lot of dot balls went by. Lasith Malinga bowled six good yorkers, and neither I nor MS Dhoni or Virat Kohli could get them away.”

The event invited a lot of scrutinies and stones were thrown at Yuvraj’s house

Yuvraj pointed out that no one would have reacted that way if it had been an IPL match. The event invited a lot of scrutiny and stones were thrown at his house. “Unfortunately, it was a World Cup final. I see a lot of people scoring 11 off 21 balls in an IPL game, but the scrutiny was a lot. I remember there were comments made on me on my career. When I went back home, I felt I was a villain. On reaching the airport, I got attacked by the media who was yelling at me. Stones were thrown at my (Chandigarh) house as well,” the left-handed batsman said. “I felt like a culprit. It felt like someone shot someone and went to jail. In a player’s career, you have won the 2007 T20 World Cup, the 2011 World Cup, you don’t get the credit, but when you lose the World Cup, all the criticism comes on to you,” he said. “Others also couldn’t hit. But having scored 11 off 21, the criticism came on to me. I remember Sachin tweeted later that evening, (urging) media to calm down,” Yuvraj added.