Umesh Yadav has been facing a lot of flak on social media after conceding 14 runs in the last over of the first T20I between India and Australia in Visakhapatnam, which helped the visitors win the fixture.
The pacer struggled to get his line and length right as the tailenders Pat Cummins and Jhye Richardson took Australia, who were on the cusp of a defeat till the 19th over, to a memorable victory.
But amid all the criticism he is facing, renowned cricket commentator and expert Harsha Bhogle has come out in his defence.
Bhogle took to Twitter to bash all those who are mocking Umesh after his performance. He not only sympathized with the pacer, but also called his critics as the real "villain".
"Am hearing terrible words like "villain" used in the context of the last over yesterday. The only villains in sport are those that have a stake in losing. The others,like us,have good days and bad; they win some, lose some. If you call someone a villain,you don't understand sport," his message read.
In the first match of the series, Kohli and his men were sent to bat first by Aaron Finch. Coming on back of some wonderful form, the Men in Blue were brought to their knees by some wonderful bowling by the Aussies.
Barring a 36-ball 50 by KL Rahul and a quickfire 24 by skipper Kohli, the other Indian batters struggled, including MS Dhoni, as India ended up with a score just in excess of 120.
In reply, Australia look on course for a win much thanks to a 84-run partnership between Darcy Short and Glenn Maxwell. But their respective dismissals meant Australian wickets fell like a pack of cards. Yet, in the end, Aussies ended up on the right side by somehow managing 14 runs in the final over.