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Out of favour Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh has said that he is unconcerned by what critics say and write about him and is confident that once his bat starts to do the talking, everything else will take care of itself.
In a crucial match against Mumbai Indians (MI) on May 5, Yuvraj, who so far has under-performed in IPL 8, played a blistering innings of 57 off just 44 balls to save his team from the blushes. But in reply, MI skipper Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu played sensibly and guided their team to a five-wicket victory with three balls to spare.
At the post-match press conference, Yuvraj said:
“My job is to play cricket, critics’ job is to write. So I don’t really read or watch what comes on television, I don’t have that much of time in my life at the moment. So I just try and stick to my job.”
Speaking of his own form, he said, “I was hitting the ball well. I was getting few 20s and not getting 35-plus scores. IPL is a format where you can’t assess consistently, you have to win games for your team. My job is to play and win it for my team.”
Yuvraj also said that Delhi Daredevils are in a tough situation to qualify for the final stage but is optimistic that players will rise to the occasion when it matters the most.
“Now it’s do-or-die situation for us. We have got four games and we need to win four. It’s going to be tough but not impossible. I remember Kolkata Knight Riders winning six or seven matches in a row to qualify and win the tournament. We will try our best,” Yuvraj concluded.