Written by Kumudu Jayawardana
10 Apr, 2014 | 12:41 pm
India’s senior opener Gautam Gambhir says “had there been an Indian Premier League auction today, he would have still gone” for Yuvraj Singh and called him India’s “greatest match-winner” in limited overs cricket.
“I don’t think any cricketer has criticised Yuvraj. It is the media which has attacked him and we need to be careful about what we say. He has been our greatest match-winners in limited overs cricket,” Gambhir said during a promotional event here.
Yuvraj has been castigated by fans for his 21-ball 11 that was one of the primary reasons for India’s ICC World Twenty20 defeat against Sri Lanka on Sunday.
“At the IPL auctions, we were really close to getting him before RCB won the bid. Let me put it this way. Had there been auction today, the Kolkata Knight Riders would have bid for him in the same aggressive manner. Yuvraj according to me is our greatest match-winner till date,” Gambhir, who was the top-scorer in 2007 World T20 said during an event organised by ‘Advanced Hair Studio’.
Asked if the team is becoming overtly dependent on Virat Kohli as it was with Sachin Tendulkar in the early 90’s and Gambhir’s answer was an emphatic no.
“That’s never the case. Cricket is a team game and 11 players are out there in the field. The game is won by 11 players and lost by 11 players. It’s not an individual sport,” he said with a lot of conviction.
But if one man scores 77 out of a total of 130, doesn’t it reflect the over-dependence, Gambhir counter-questioned: “How many deliveries do you get in T20 cricket? 120 balls and not 300 deliveries! It is natural that your Nos 1, 2 and 3 will score more than your Nos 4, 5 and 6.”
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