For captain Virat Kohli, watching Yuvraj Singh torment the bowlers was a pleasing sight as he lashed out at detractors of his Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate, saying that people should refrain from writing off cricketers who are a class apart.
Yuvraj, the flamboyant left-hander struck form with two consecutive half-centuries in the last two IPL matches after being criticised for a prolonged lean patch. On Tuesday night, Yuvraj struck a 29-ball 68 to blow away the Delhi Daredevils bowlers as RCB raced to an imposing 186 for four in 20 overs. Bangalore won the match by 16 runs.
The costliest players of IPL 7 at Rs 14 Crore, Yuvraj was chided following the Indian team's defeat to Sri Lanka in the final of the World Twenty20 in Dhaka as he could manage just 11 runs off 21 balls during the death overs of the Indian innings. Tuesday night, Yuvraj hammered nine sixes in his knock against Delhi Daredevils to set up RCB's win.
"I am glad that Yuvraj Singh has stood up. Lot of people had written him off, which I think should never been done to any cricketer because we never know when one can make a comeback," Kohli said in Bangalore.
People should respect Yuvraj since he made immense contribution in country's win in the World Cups, Kohli said. "What a world class player Yuvraj has been for India. It is all about respecting him. He has won two World Cups for us single-handedly. I am really glad to see him stepping up at crucial times for RCB," he said.
Kohli was also pleased to see contribution from other RCB teammates in the business end of the tournament. With eight points from 10 matches, Bangalore are sixth in the standings.
"I am really happy to see that rest of the players also are picking themselves up. Now, we are looking to take one game at a time and not thinking too far away," he added.
On the changing game plan, Kohli said some changes were made because the management wanted to give bowlers rest after being hit all over the park in the last game against Rajasthan Royals.
"You tend to try a few different things when the results are not going in your way. We try to stick to the same team. Probably we make one change every game. After the last game we wanted to give bowlers mental rest, and that is why these many changes," Kohli said.
(With inputs from PTI)