Amongst the cleanest hitters of a cricket ball, when Yuvraj Singh first started making waves in junior and Under-19 cricket, everyone believed that a future Indian batting star had arrived. …
Amongst the cleanest hitters of a cricket ball, when Yuvraj Singh first started making waves in junior and Under-19 cricket, everyone believed that a future Indian batting star had arrived. His debut, when he was not yet 19, confirmed that in spectacular fashion, as he smashed an Australian attack comprising of Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie and Brett Lee to make 84 runs at better than a run-a-ball in the 2000 edition of the Champions Trophy.
However, the wheels fell off soon after, as Yuvraj had to face accusations of a lack of commitment and focus. There were also whispers about his ability to play spin bowling. He didn’t display his earlier form too and had to endure a spell away from the team after being dropped.
He made his way back to the team though and showed greater commitment and focus. His transition from fringe player to established member was complete when he shared a match-winning partnership with Mohammad Kaif as India chased down England’s imposing total of 325 in the finals of the 2002 Natwest Series at Lord’s.
His electric fielding was an added asset in a team that had always been lethargic in the field. The added assurance of being in the thick of things in ODIs and knocking on the doors of Test cricket saw Yuvraj bloom.
Yuvraj’s biggest moment – in cricket and probably his life – came in the year 2011 when his huge contributions with ball and bat helped India win the World Cup after 28 years. He was named the Man of the Tournament for scoring 362 runs and picking up 15 wickets. However, there was a harsh twist in his life soon after; he was diagnosed with cancer and he fought hard to win the health battle after almost a year and successfully overcame the disease getting quality treatment in USA.
Yuvraj was one of the five senior players who were not considered for the 2015 World Cup and was not included in India’s 30-man probables list for the tournament. However he performed brilliantly in the 2014-15 Ranji season, finishing with 671 runs, which included three centuries.
All his work for India cricket team is wonderful and I think he has long way too go.
Blog by- Shivangi Jaiswal
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