Media’s hypocrisy and stupidity over Yuvraj Singh

Nikhil Deshpande / 08 April 2014

Media’s hypocrisy or just stupidity over Yuvraj Singh –

It’s no secret that the Indian fans haven’t taken the defeat to Sri Lanka that nicely with fingers being pointed in every possible direction to find a scapegoat for the loss. The media left no stone unturned in picturing Yuvraj Singh as the main culprit and formed a very dreadful, ridiculous and downright disappointing image of Yuvraj Singh.

Every tv channel had just one target, Yuvraj Singh. Be it blaming him for wasting deliveries or hogging the strike for a long time the media dragged him in the middle of every accusation they could possibly think of.  If they could they might even have blamed his hairstyle or his shirt being 2.3 inches longer as a factor for India’s loss.

It’s not a secret that Sri Lanka was as good as India throughout the World Cup, if not better. They were the in-form team having already won the Asia Cup last month. Sri Lanka also had an added advantage of spending some extra time in Bangladesh prior to these two tournaments when they faced Bangladesh. Now the Sri Lankans clearly were the better side on the night and may even have been the best side in these conditions for sometime now. Rather than giving the credit where it’s due all the media was witnessed doing was busy playing the blame game.

This stupidity had its repercussions too and ugly ones. People pelted stones at Yuvraj Singh’s house during that night and that is no way to treat a man who represents our country at an International Level. And after this incident the media as usual turned around and took a 180 degree turn by claiming the moral high ground and praising Yuvraj’s previous accolades. Hypocrisy isn’t new in the world of media but this was a new low they have hit.

These same people were the ones who awarded this same Yuvraj Singh Godly stature when he did incredible things for the nation. If we need a reminder, here’s few of the things that Yuvraj Singh has contributed and achieved spreading joy among millions.

  • He won the ‘Man of the Tournament’ award playing for the U-19 Indian side which won the U-19 World Cup in 1999-2000.
  • He was named as the “Man of the Series” in 3 consecutive series against South Africa, Pakistan and England.
  • After 2003 World cup, Yuvraj was signed by Yorkshire, becoming only the second Indian after Sachin Tendulkar to represent the county.
  • His famous partnership with M.Kaif during the Natwest finals against England  is still one of the most memorable run-chases Indian cricket has ever seen.
  • He famously hit six sixes in one over bowled by Stuart Broad — a feat performed only three times previously in any form of senior cricket, and never in an international match between two Test cricket teams.
  • He was the Man of the Tournament in the2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, and one of the top performers at the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, subsequently winning India two World Cup titles.
  • He was conferred with Arjuna Award, Padma Shri, India’s second highest sporting award in the year 2012 by the President Pranab Mukherjee.
  • In 2014, he was conferred with India’s 4th highest civilian honour “Padma Shri”

If such high level of achievements and contribution towards the nation cannot be respected by the media, it’s a huge ignominy. What people also opportunely decided to brush side was the fact that Virat Kohli and M.S.Dhoni who were the other two players present in those death overs against Malinga and Kulasekara, couldn’t do much off their chances either.

If stats are to be followed stubbornly then Virat faced 8 balls in the last 4 overs and scored 6 runs only. M.S. Dhoni faced 7 balls and scored a mere 4 runs. Now this in comparison to Yuvraj’s 8 balls and 6 runs doesn’t seem that bad, does it?

The very fact is that everyone got it wrong. Rather than appreciating the high-class bowling in the last 4 overs from the Sri Lankans, everyone decided to blame the batsman. One of the best cricketing pundits, Harsha Bhogle in the world put this crystal clear in his tweet.

But the most surprising part of all this was that people were surprised. Lasith Malinga bowling 4 yorkers out of 6 in the final overs is a rare exception. An exception that just didn’t happen that night and infact he bettered everyone’s expectations and bowled some of the best Yorkers possible.

For some that was no surprise as Lasith Malinga is not only, arguably, the best T20 bowler in the world but Lasith Malinga was already ranked #1 in our very own rankings for the Top 5 bowlers in death overs

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