An exhausted and disappointed Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was expected to be asked mostly about Yuvraj Singh after India’s defeat in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 final. Yuvraj slow batting never built any momentum for Indian team in the middle overs as they manage to a below-par 130 having wickets in hand, which Sri Lankan team chased down with 2.1 overs and six wickets to spare.
MS Dhoni explained Yuvraj Singh’s career obstructing slow batting in the Big Final against Sri Lanka but insisted that the underfire player tried his best.
“It was an off-day for Yuvraj. He tried his best but it’s not easy to come in and start slogging from ball one,” Dhoni said at the post-match press conference on Yuvraj’s performance.
When asked about any message for Yuvraj when he got stuck in the middle, Dhoni said, “No he was just trying his best. That’s the most you can do.”
Dhoni was mostly asked about Yuvraj’s future in the team considering others have more or less performed their duties or at least have age on their side.
The smiling skipper gave an open-ended reply. “Indian cricket season is over, and now we have all domestic tournaments including the Indian Premier League. The next selection is far away so let’s not talk about it.”
There had been couple of angry reactions from the fans and Dhoni got a bit serious while answering.
“Look, you need to understand that fans can be angry but they can’t be more disappointed than the individual who is out there in the middle. As a player you don’t want to do badly in front of 40000 people. You don’t want to drop catches. But off-days happen. And it can happen with any athlete. May be it was an off-day for him (Yuvraj).”
“Fans will be disappointed but it is the player who is always more disappointed than the fans,” he explained.
When he was asked whether Yuvraj’s innings “robbed the team” of momentum, Dhoni seemed like wanting to put an end to the endless queries. “It’s a team thing. So let us not talk about individuals.”
Dhoni also explained the reason for sending Yuvraj ahead of Suresh Raina at No. 4.
“Most of our batsmen take time to hit the big shots and it is only Raina, who can start hitting big from the onset. That was the reason that we sent Yuvi up the order at No. 4.”