Sachin's wicket changed momentum in our favour: Yuvraj

Mumbai, May 21 (UNI) Admitting that luck played a major part in their side's one run victory over Mumbai Indians, King's XI Punjab captain Yuvraj Singh today said the dismissal of Sachin Tendulkar changed the momentum in their favour.

Yuvraj Singh, addressing media persons after the match, said ''Giving VRV Singh the last over was not a gamble, but infact me bowling myself in the 18th over was a gamble.'' ''There was every chance that the batsmen would go after me being a spinner rather than VRV Singh, a paceman who is that much more difficult to hit,'' he added.

The left-handed batsman however expressed dissatisfaction with his bowling attack, saying that the bowling was well below par today, especially the last over when they needed 19 runs.

''We should not have allowed them to come so close in the last over,'' Yuvraj said.

Yuvraj, however, praised young spinner Piyush Chawla, saying that he has been a revelation.

''Anytime the team is in disarray I turn to him (Chawla) and eight times out of ten he delivers the goods for me,'' he said.

Yuvraj also felt sad about the Mumbai crowds booing Sreesanth.

''Sreesanth is an India player and when he plays for India in Mumbai then the crowds need to support him. This type of booing is not good against India players,'' Yuvraj added.

The Kings XI coach Tom Moody said it was nice to be in the semifinals early, but still there is a lot of hardwork left for us.

''It is a good thing that we have three more matches before the semifinals, so that we can get out main team right till the semis come,'' he added.


Story first published: Wednesday, May 21, 2008, 22:04 [IST]
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