London, Nov 16 (UNI) Such was the brilliance of Yuvraj Singh's unbeaten knock of 138 that British media was forced to wonder what was the need for him to use a runner and is now questioning the intentions of the left-handed batsman in the opening ODI at Rajkot.
Yuvraj looked in deep pain while he was batting in the opening ODI which England lost by 158 runs and the pain in his back forced him to call out Gautam Gambhir when his individual score was on 37.
''He (Yuvraj) did not seem overly indisposed as he made 138 from 78 balls, with 16 fours and six sixes, reaching the eighth fastest ODI hundred (64 balls) along the way,'' The Guardian wrote in its match report.
The Daily Telegraph reported, ''While many might question the pain threshold of a man unable to run, but capable of striking the ball a long way with power and precision, England did not.'' The Times joined the same line and said it would be interesting to see if Yuvraj is fit to play the second ODI.
''Kevin Pietersen, the England captain, was happy to take Yuvraj on his word and allow him a runner, though eyebrows may be raised if he is fit for the second game, in Indore on Monday,'' The Times said.
However, The Independent did not align itself with any such cricticisms and dismissed the questions raised over Yuvraj's fitness.
''Much will be made of Yuvraj's back injury and his use of a runner for the majority of his innings. The ailment did not appear to affect his strokeplay and there were many quizzical looks as he lithely sent the ball flying to and over the boundary.
''Some will feel it was a calculated decision so that he remained fresh. It is hard to believe. A runner normally causes huge mix-ups that often result in a run-out, and Yuvraj would not have wanted to be dismissed through no fault of his own,'' the newspapers said.
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