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MUMBAI: With angry fans throwing stones at his house in Chandigarh and critics slamming for letting India down at the most crucial juncture by scoring just 11 of 20 balls in the finals of the T20 World Cup on Sunday, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, spinner Harbhajan Singh, Yuvi’s alleged girlfriend Neha Dhupia and other Bollywood stars have sprung to the support of beleaguered batsman.
Defending Yuvraj, Sachin posted on his Facebook page, “Yuvi, one off day cannot undermine your tremendous contribution in many sweet memories over the years. You may be down today but you are far from being out.
“I want you to know that there are many like me in India and across the world, who keenly look forward to you being a part of the campaign to defend the ODI World Cup title in 2015.’’
Telling those who are crucifying the left-handed batsman, Sachin said, “Last evening, Yuvi had a tough day and he can be criticized. But he should not be crucified nor should he be written off.’’
Hoping that Yuvi will prove his critics wrong, Sachin said, “I have been an admirer of Yuvi’s indomitable spirit which has overcome many challenges, both on and off the field. Knowing Yuvi’s determination and ability to fight adversities, he will emerge stronger, proving his critics wrong, yet again.’’
Standing by Yuvi in his dark hour, spinner Harbhajan Singh tweeted, “Shocking to c every1 blaming @yuvstrong12. Guys this man has won u 2wc’s. One of the rare match winners India has produced.’’
Added Harbhajan, “From 1st 19wc to natwest to 2007t20 to 2011wc. Find me a player who has done so much in big matches. 1 bad day n we become so bitter.’’
Even Harbhajan’s girlfriend Geeta Basra defended Yuvi, saying, “What happened to Yuvi was really unfair. The Sri Lankans were a good side, they bowled beautifully. And Yuvi tried his best. You can’t react so childishly by blaming him alone. By pelting stones at his residence, you are putting someone’s life at risk. People who have nothing better to do, troll. Give Yuvraj a break.”
Neha Dhupia, who is reportedly dating Yuvraj Singh, said, “People have forgotten what he has done for the country. Pelting stones on his house? It’s absolutely ridiculous. It’s exactly what Sachin Tendulkar said – every player has a bad day. Knowing Yuvraj, he’s so far above all this. He’s gone through a lot, on and off the field.”
‘Main Tera Hero’ actor Varun Dhawan tweeted, “Yuvi won us the World Cup, he gave us happiness when he was still having cancer. how can people forget that #Shame…’’