Yuvraj Singh is being unfairly blamed for India's World Twenty20 loss: Kevin Pietersen

Yuvraj Singh scored 11 off 21 balls in the ICC World Twenty20 final versus Sri Lanka. The left-hander has been slammed for his slow innings by former cricketers like Ravi Shastri and Krishnamachari Srikkanth. Kevin Pietersen has defended 'good friend' Yuvraj now.

updated: April 10, 2014 12:48 IST
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New Delhi: Once labelled a 'pie-chucker' by Kevin Pietersen, beleaguered Yuvraj Singh has found support from the maverick batsman, who says the India left-hander is at the receiving end of "unwarranted criticism" following his scratchy knock in the World T20 final. Yuvraj's 21-ball 11 sucked the momentum out of India's innings on Sunday and some unruly fans pelted stones at the all-rounder's residence in Chandigarh. India lost the title clash to Sri Lanka by six wickets. (Don't crucify Yuvraj: Sachin)

Standing behind Yuvraj, who is now a friend, Pietersen said: "I haven't read the newspapers here but what I have seen on twitter is that he has got a bit of stick. I think that it was unwarranted and he did not deserve this."

Former India players such as Krishnamachari Srikkanth and Ravi Shastri had been critical of Yuvraj's batting, prompting Pietersen to say that it's "very easy to say things" when one is not an active international cricketer. "You can't always be good. It's very easy to say things when you stop playing. I see a lot of players talking who don't even play international cricket and wished they were playing, have a lot of things to say. Because criticising is the easiest thing to do," he told PTI during an exclusive interaction. (Read: Don't judge Yuvraj by one bad day, says Harbhajan)

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