The Most Inspiring Icon of the Year Award Goes to Yuvraj Singh

Published - 29 May 2018, 02:00 PM

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Yuvraj Singh. Image Courtesy: BCCI

Out of favour India batsman, Yuvraj Singh has been awarded the ‘most inspiring icon of the year for Social Welfare’ at the Dadasaheb Phalke International Film Festival (DPIFF).

The award was bestowed upon him for his noteworthy contributions in the field of social welfare. Yuvraj was the Man of the Tournament in the ICC  Cricket World Cup 2011. Later, he got diagnosed with cancer shortly after the quadrennial event.

Following his successful completion of the chemotherapy cycle in the United States, Yuvraj returned to his hometown in 2012. One of the most stylish batsmen in the world made his national comeback in a T20 match against the Kiwis.

Post his recovery, Yuvraj opened his own foundation ‘YouWeCan’. It focuses on making people aware of cancer and helps the cancer survivor kids get educated in this aspect.

Yuvraj Singh is currently out of the Indian national team. He had failed to impress in the domestic circuit. The southpaw was quite ordinary with the bat in the just-concluded Indian Premier League as well.

The Kings XI Punjab bought him for his base price of Rs 2 crores. However, he failed to realise his potential and struggled in the opportunities he got for Punjab. It was due to inconsistency, Yuvraj couldn’t find a permanent place in the Punjab XI.

Yuvraj Singh
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The southpaw ended up scoring just 65 runs in eight matches at a below-par average of 10.83. He also registered an unwanted record in the tournament. His strike rate of 91.42 was the worst for a batsman who has faced more than 50 deliveries in the season.

A horrendous IPL for Yuvi 

Yuvraj who had a horrendous IPL said the Indian players had an opportunity to observe and learn from the “phenomenally talented players” that come together during the Indian Premier League. He added the comfort level is the most important.

“We have a different comfort level and, all in all, a much better equation as players of the game. Obviously, when we don the national colours, we are all playing for our country, and that is the passion that drives us to give it our best,” he said.

Yuvraj Singh. (Credits: IPL/BCCI)

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