Yuvraj Singh has been one of India’s most favourite cricketers in post-2000 era. He has been a player for big tournaments for the Indian team and has achieved enormous highs on a personal level as well. Yuvraj has fought high odds to reach at such a huge level, the most difficult of them being, the fight against cancer. Yuvraj was India’s man of the tournament when India won the 2011 Cricket World Cup after a gap of 28 years.
Yuvraj was instrumental in the World Cup with both bat and ball. He scored 362 runs, which included one century and four fifties and picked up 15 wickets in the tournament. He won four man-of-the-match awards and was also adjudged the man of the tournament. It was during the World Cup, when he started feeling difficulties while breathing. In a match against West Indies in Chennai, he had bouts of vomiting blood, he scored a century and picked up two wickets in that match.
Other than South African Herchelle Gibbs, Yuvraj is the only batsman to hit six sixes in an over in international cricket. Yuvraj achieved this feat against England in a knockout match of the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007. Yuvraj was involved in an ugly spat with Andrew Flintoff just before Stuart Broad’s over began in which he hit six sixes.
Talking about the 2007 T20 World Cup, Yuvraj almost single handedly won India a match against England in which he scored the fastest ever international fifty in 12 balls and the semi final against Australia in which he scored a 30 ball 70 taking India to the final. India eventually the won the T20 World Cup.
In the 2000 Under-19 cricket World Cup which India won under the captaincy of Mohammed Kaif, Yuvraj was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his all round performances throughout the tournament. In 2000, he was the first intake of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.
Yuvraj made his international debut in the 2000 Knockout Trophy against Kenya but did not get an opportunity to bat in the match. In the next match against Australia, he scored 84 runs against the likes of Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie and won the man of the match as India won the match by 20 runs.
He is currently vying for a spot in the Indian team to play in the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England.
We Wish Yuvraj a Very Happy Birthday.