Victory is only for the people who never stop fighting!
A phrase that can clearly illustrate the efforts and endurance of Yuvraj Singh’s cricket journey.
This blog as you all know is about the life of a former Indian cricketer who played 400 matches, secured more than 10 thousand runs, fought cancer, and turned back to cricket. – Yuvraj Singh.
Yuvraj as Yuvi!
Yuvraj did his formal education from DAV Public School in Chandigarh and completed his college degree from DAV College, Punjab University, Chandigarh.
He commenced his sports career with Tennis and roller skating, he was good in both the games and also won Under- 14 for National Roller Skating Championship. It is believed that his father threw away the medal, asking him to forget about roller skating and concentrate on cricket. He also started taking Yuvraj for cricket training every day.
All his practices turned out to be worthy as he got an opportunity to play for Punjab Under-16 at the age of 13 years against Jammu and Kashmir and soon he was preferred to play for Punjab Under 19 against Himachal Pradesh.
Beginning of cricket journey
Yuvraj started his domestic career by representing Punjab in the first-class debut against Orissa in 1997 Ranji Trophy but was gone for a duck.
However, this was just a beginning, his first breakout performance was seen in the Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy 1999. The tournament was held against Bihar where the opponent team scored 357 runs and Yuvraj scored 358 runs himself.
This was the time that highlighted his game and he was selected to represent India in the series against Sri Lanka Under-19 in 1999 where he scored 89 runs from 55 balls. In the next Ranji Trophy, he scored 149 against Haryana.
The year turned to be sparkling for Yuvraj, in the Under 19 Cricket World Cup he earned a tag of “Player of the tournament” and a call from the national team.
Since then there was no turning back!
If you intend to achieve something, you will always find a way!
Yes, that’s what happened in the international journey of Yuvraj, his impeccable performance in under 19 confirmed his selection in the Indian squad for 2000 ICC knockout trophy. His international debut was against Kenya where he bowled 4 overs admitting 16 runs but did not get to bat.
Later in the quarterfinal which was against Australia, Yuvraj won “man of the match” for his score of 84 off 80 balls and helped India to win by 20 runs. This was the time when his cricket journey was rolling up to the sky, year by year his achievements were remarkable.
Let travel to the yearly glimpse of Yuvraj’s journey!
|2000||Yuvraj made his mark as a cricketer with his impressive performance in Under 19 in Sri Lanka where he scored 203 runs and picked up 12 wickets.|
|2000||In the ICC Knock out Trophy 2000, he announced his arrival with 84 runs off 80 balls against Australia and was then awarded as man of the match.|
|2002||Yuvraj finally proved his ability to win matches for India under pressure in a home series against Zimbabwe. He scored 80* off 74 in Hyderabad and another 75 in the next match.|
|2002||In the first match at Lord’s, he won man of the match for his all-round performance. In the final match against England, Yuvraj and kaif contributed a total of 121 runs for the sixth wicket leading to India’s greatest ODI wins at lords.|
|2003||Even with the average form Yuvraj. was selected for ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 where he scored a total of 240 in the tournament. Yuvraj scored his maiden ODI century against Bangladesh. In the same year, he made his home test debut in Mohali against NewZealand and was signed up by the Yorkshire County Cricket Club making him the second Indian to represent the country|
|2004||In a gripping series against Pakistan, Yuvraj scored his maiden test fifty (59), maiden test wicket, and a remarkable test century (112 off 129 balls) taking India to a series victory. He suffered a drop in form for the latter half of 2004.|
|2005||In the 2005 Indian Oil cup triangular series, Yuvraj being a leading run-scorer for India scoured a total of 192 in four matches with an average of 48. His third ODI century was recorded against West Indies in Colombo for which he received the man of the match. With this Yuvraj back to his original form.|
|2006||Yuvraj was unstoppable against Pakistan in the ODI series which India won by 4-1. He claimed the man of the series award by scoring 39,82*,79*,37,107* in five matches.|
|2007||Yuvraj became the second player after Hershell Gibbs to achieve high in an international match, so this was the 2007 T20 world cup in South Africa and Yuvraj amazingly scored 6 sixes in one over.|
|2008||In a test match against England Yuvraj and Sachin cumulatively scored 387 runs in the Chennai Test.|
|2011||It started in the year 2011, this was the year of fame, name, and spectacular game of Yuvraj.
Yes, the year 2011 ICC World Cup, as he says is the biggest victory of his cricket journey. He scored 362 runs and was named “Player of the Tournament” with a score of more than 300 runs and 15 wickets in a single world cup. He won 4 “Man of the Match” awards and the nation titled him the reason for World cup victory.
Who knew small things inside his lungs were soon going to cause drastic changes in his life. Later that year he started facing respiratory difficulties, the issues began with breathing problems and led to nausea and vomiting blood.
While making all these records Yuvraj was already at the first stage of cancer.
|2012||The year with the downfall in health, specifically speaking he was diagnosed with mediastinal seminoma (a germ cell tumor located in his lungs).
However, the warrior returned in the same scoring 34 runs against Newzealand in a T20 international.
|2013||This was the time Yuvraj was fighting with his body conditions and trying hard to come back to the same pace. Finally, in a match against Australia, he made it scoring 77 runs in 35 balls leading India to victory.|
|2014- 2015||The year was a downfall for his cricket career, the graph was inclined upside down this time. However, Delhi Daredevils made the highest bid of 16 crores making him one of the most expensive IPL buys in IPL history.|
|2016||Scored 150 against England which was his last century and highest ODI score.|
|2017||In the champions trophy, he scored 53 runs in 32 balls against Pakistan and won the “man of the match” award. This turned out to be Yuvraj’s last appearance in the ICC tournament.
He played his final series as an Indian player against West Indies in the same year in which he scored a total of 57 runs in 3 matches.
Do you remember how smoothly Yuvraj got selected for team India, however this time the path isn’t that smooth? Yuvraj had to travel long to reach his love destination.
- His first relationship rumor unfurled in the year 2014 with Neha Dhupia when they were spotted to hit the birthday party of Sophie Choudry together. Neha, on the other hand, denied this fact.
- The second name that was attached to Yuvraj was Minissha Lamba when a kissing picture was leaked, Minissha also denied the reports.
- Anushka Dandekar and Yuvraj were spotted together in an event in Mumbai and later they were highlighted in reports.
- Yuvraj dated Kim Sharma for consecutive 4 years, later Yuvraj broked up with her stating that she has abusive and obsessive nature. Reports also say that Yuvraj’s mother didn’t like the way Kim exposes in firms.
- Yuvraj’s name was also highlighted with his childhood friend Aanchal Kumar as they were spotted in many matches together.
- Later he was seen in IPL hanging out with Preity Zinta, there were many pictures that went viral and highly popular among his fans.
- And the last name attached to Yuvraj was Deepika Padukone, the reports were highly spread. It started when Yuvraj played amazingly in World Cup T20 2007 and Deepika was cheering him. Later he also organized a birthday party for her.
These were the names that were highly popular in the media but eventually, Yuvraj met the love of his life.
Hitched for life!
Unlike most of the other love stories, this is a story with an amazing vibe of Cricket and Bollywood. It was indeed a romantic and typical love story, the only thing that this adorable couple missed is “love at first sight” as their friendship turned to love after years. Yuvraj said he never believed in love at first sight. It’s a thing for teenagers, he also said that he earned this relationship.
So it all started at a party where Yuvraj saw Hazel for the first time, he was very much attracted to her smile. Yuvraj approached her for a date and she ignored him for at least 8 times. Finally, they started building a relationship of trust and friendship.
One fine day Yuvraj proposed her in a perfect destination, yes I should reveal it. So the marriage proposal was at the beach of Bali, Yuvraj revealed that he was so nervous and finally got a “yes”.
The couple formally announced their togetherness on twitter and got hitched on 30 November 2016.
“Seminoma Lung Cancer” is a word that has the power to scare or bring hell out of any person. Well, the same happened with Yuvraj. As he quotes in most of his interviews that how he felt during the days back then.
It started in the year 2011 when he was diagnosed with rare cancer which was observed in only 1% of the whole cancer population i.e. with a cancerous germ-cell tumor located between his lungs. However, he never gave up his positivity and self-motivation towards a healthy life which helped him to fight cancer.
So making the story short, after being diagnosed with cancer he immediately moved to undergo the chemotherapy medication in Indianapolis and Boston, finally discharged in March 2012 following his third cycle of Chemotherapy.
He returned to India in April. He also started working out for and later rejoined the cricket team, all this was not less than a miracle.
“After 25 years in and around the 22 yards and 17 years of international cricket off and on, I decide to move on”
This is what Yuvraj quoted on 10th June 2019 announcing his retirement from all the forms of cricket. He made this announcement calling the media. His emotional speech made all his fans travel time along with him. He thanked everyone and said that cricket has given him more than he ever thought of.
Even after retirement, the game called him back as he was selected to play for the Toronto Nationals franchise team in the 2019 Global T20 Canada tournament.
It’s not been years that Yuvraj announced his retirement but turning from a cricketer to ex-cricketer says it all. However, Yuvraj is and will always be India’s hero for the 2011 world cup campaign and for this dynamic journey that inspires all of us to work beyond any limitations.
In an interview, Yuvraj’s mother revealed that after retirement he is giving time to other sports and happily enjoying his life.
Life of Yuvraj started with passion and enthusiasm to achieve the heights and his hard work made him an Indian cricket superstar. If you have a thought to be India’s cricket superstars in this virtual world, play with us. – Fancy11