Cricket was never the first choice for Yuvraj Singh. In his childhood, he was deeply inclined towards skating. But one day when Yuvraj returned home with the medals he won at skating, his father, Yograj Singh, decided his son had enough of skating. A cricketer himself, Yograj Singh saw in his son the potential to take his legacy forward. And Yuvraj Singh has done that in style. On his birthday, we list a few key highlights of Yuvraj Singh’s life that will make us go ‘Singh is king’.
After Yuvraj Singh’s all-round performance in the U-19 World Cup in 2000, he earned the national call. An ODI debut against the mighty Australians can be intimidating for a 19-year-old. But Yuvraj Singh had other plans. He smashed the likes of Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie and Glen McGrath around the park. Scoring 84 off 80 balls on his debut at such a big stage, was enough for Yuvi to stamp his authority in the cricketing fraternity
Yuvraj Singh’s debut made him the blue-eyed boy of captain Sourav Ganguly. After all, he brought to the table not just his batting prowess but Yuvraj was a handy off-spinner and a great fielder too. He partnered with another rising star of Indian cricket, Mohammed Kaif, and led India to a famous win in the NatWest final in 2002. There was no looking back for Yuvraj after that. He went on to play a key role in the Indian team’s dream run at the 2003 World Cup
The year was 2007 and T20 was just beginning to take shape as a format. Nobody knew what to expect. Enter Yuvraj Singh. It was the 19th over of the match against England when Yuvraj Singh decided to go loose. He hit Stuart Broad for six sixes all around the park and went on to set the record for fastest fifty in 12 balls
Cometh the hour, cometh the man! Going into World Cup 2011, Yuvraj Singh had hit a purple patch in his career. The stage couldn’t have been bigger, India was hosting the marquee event. The stakes couldn’t have been higher and Yuvi Paaji, as he is lovingly called, stood up to the occasion. Yuvraj Singh amassed 362 runs and took 15 wickets to bag the Man of the Tournament award at the World Cup. His five-wicket haul and a half-century against Ireland, made him the first cricketer to achieve this feat in a World Cup game
While the country was immersed in the World Cup victory celebrations, there was cruel news waiting. Yuvraj Singh was diagnosed with cancer, a germ-cell tumour located between his two lungs. After difficult chemotherapy, Yuvraj Singh triumphed over the disease, much to the delight of cricket lovers. He soon set-up a foundation, YouWeCan, to spread awareness about cancer and fight it. But the real goal was to make a comeback in the Indian cricket team. Yuvraj Singh rose like a phoenix from the ashes, to again be a part of the Indian team in a T20 international against New Zealand in 2012