Yuvraj Singh. Okay! Tell me what is the first thing that comes into your mind when you hear, read or watch Yuvraj Singh? Is it his flamboyant bat lift that crowds your mind with him flaying the bowling attacks all around the ground or is it his handy left-arm spin bowling or is it the sight of him taking absolute blinders in the field? Or is it his six sixes against England in the 2007 T20 World Cup? Or his guttural roar that he let out every time he orchestrated an Indian win?
Well! Such was the multi-faceted talent of Yuvraj Singh that you can be forgiven if you say ‘all of the above’. Yuvraj Singh burst on the international scene at the turn of the century following his exploits in India’s triumphant 2000 ICC U-19 World Cup campaign.
Yuvraj was handed his India cap for the first time during the 2000 ICC Knockout Trophy and the southpaw did not waste any time in stamping his authority as a premier white-ball batsman. Whether it was his classy 84 on debut against the likes of Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee or his stunning diving catch to dismiss Mark Waugh, Yuvi had a dream debut and during the next decade or so, he would go on and play a crucial role in some of India’s greatest-ever triumphs.
NatWest Trophy 2002 final? Check. 2003 World Cup fixture against Pakistan? Check. 2007 T20 World Cup in which he stroked Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over before smashing the Aussies to the tune of a match-winning 30-ball 70 in the semi-final? Check. 2011 World Cup where he scored 300-plus runs besides claiming 15 wickets? Check. Check. Check. Yuvraj Singh was there when India needed him the most.
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) December 12, 2020
He was a fighter on the field, just as he was a fighter off the field; a quality that he so brilliantly displayed when he overcame cancer. Unfortunately, Yuvraj’s career was severely affected by cancer and even though he made multiple returns to the side post-2011, he was never able to replicate the same performances- barring a few instances, of-course- as he had done prior to the deadly disease.
His Test career too did not flourish but he did play some pretty classy knocks; the best of the lot will always be his hundred in Lahore on a green pitch against a fiery Pakistani attack in 2004. Yuvraj Singh called time on his career in 2019 but not before he had represented India in 402 games across formats, in which he racked up 11778 runs with 71 50s and17 hundreds besides claiming 148 wickets.
Yuvraj Singh is celebrating his 39th birthday today and needless to say his fellow teammates have flooded Twitter with heartwarming wishes.
Here’s how cricketers wished Yuvraj Singh on his birthday-
Happy Birthday Yuvi!
Wishing you a year full of happiness, health and success. Hope to catch up soon. pic.twitter.com/E4ddLjaszh
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 12, 2020
Jab tak balla chalta tha, tab tak thaat thi,
Bowlers ki vaat thi.
Ab balla chalne ke baad bhi alag hi baat hai.
Bowlers ke kachhe utaarne se lekar, Baniyan pehnkar match dekhne ka Swag- yahi hain apne Yuvraj#HappyBirthdayYuvi pic.twitter.com/GoQOoeyj9s
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 12, 2020
Warm Birthday wishes to a friend who is an inspiration and who has given all of us hope, everlasting joy and happiness. May God shower you with blessings today and always @YUVSTRONG12 pic.twitter.com/7qmYi8iZ9f
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) December 12, 2020
Wishing India’s man of both world cups and my dear brother @YUVSTRONG12 a very happy birthday! Your journey has been an inspiration for millions Prince! Stay healthy and happy always! pic.twitter.com/Ohqah6qvVA
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) December 12, 2020
Happy Birthday Yuvi Pa @YUVSTRONG12 ❤️?.May you be the healthiest & happiest always. Keep shining & keep inspiring us forever. Here is to all our wonderful memories on & off the field.#HappyBirthdayYuvi pic.twitter.com/ziON2lbU8G
— Suresh Raina?? (@ImRaina) December 12, 2020
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) December 12, 2020
— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) December 12, 2020
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) December 12, 2020
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) December 12, 2020
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) December 12, 2020
— S.Badrinath (@s_badrinath) December 12, 2020