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Rohit Sharma: How can you blame Yuvraj Singh when the team lost ICC World T20 2014 final?

Rohit Sharma said he was disappointed with the way he batted on tours to New Zealand and South Africa © Getty Images
Rohit Sharma said he was disappointed with the way he batted on tours to New Zealand and South Africa © Getty Images

Apr 12, 2014

Rohit Sharma, the Indian batsman, has come out in defence of Yuvraj Singh, who has been targeted for his struggling innings during the ICC World T20 2014 final against Sri Lanka. When India were batting first, Yuvraj scored 11 off 21 balls and that hindered India’s progress in the slog overs. Since then, he has been a target of the fans’ rage, including an incident where his house was stoned.

Speaking to Indian Express, Rohit spoke about the tirade Yuvraj faced. “It was really disturbing. I can understand that we have high expectations back home but anyone can have one bad day in office. When the team wins, people say its team game. So how come when we lose, only one man is blamed?,” Rohit said.

“He is the same guy who won you the World T20 in 2007 and also the 2011 World Cup. If he had not batted the way he did against Australia in 2011 World Cup quarterfinals, we could not have won the tournament,” Rohit said while defending Yuvraj.

Rohit also said that he was disappointed with his own performances on tour to South Africa and New Zealand. Rohit had a good season leading up to the two tours and had become the third batsman to score a One-Day International (ODI) double-ton. Speaking about his own form, Rohit said, “The IPL captaincy gave me lot of confidence and it helped me when I played international cricket. I had a good home series but the tours of South Africa and New Zealand did not go as expected.

“Test cricket is very different and I realised it post South Africa tour. I don’t want to give any excuse but I was disappointed with the way I batted,” Rohit said.

Rohit is set to lead the Mumbai Indians in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014, which would be played in the United Arab Emirates and India.

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