Tendulkar wrote on his Facebook page that Yuvraj, who took 21 balls for his 11 runs, had a tough day and should be criticised but should not be written off.
“It is the unpredictable nature of the game that makes cricket such an exciting sport. As cricketers, we always enjoy the applause when we succeed but it is the support and encouragement from fans during tough times that we appreciate the most,” said Tendulkar.
Tendulkar reminded the fans when they took pride in Yuvraj’s scintillating performances in the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 50-over World Cup in 2011.
“All of us took pride in the heroics of Yuvi when we won the T20 World Cup in 2007 and his outstanding contribution in the ODI World Cup win in 2011 will always be cherished.
“Last evening, Yuvi had a tough day and he can be criticized. But he should not be crucified nor should he be written off,” he said.
Tendulkar said he admires Yuvraj’s indomitable spirit and hoped that the southpaw will bounce back strongly.
“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.
“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,” Tendulkar said.