Yuvraj Singh, the hero who won India two World Cups, turns 36

first_imgIndia’s 2011 World Cup hero and arguably one of the greatest match-winner’s in the limited-overs formats, Yuvraj Singh turns 36 today.It is a very special birthday for the Punjab batsman as he also celebrated his first marriage anniversary a few days ago, and he was conferred with a doctorate by a Gwalior university for his contribution to Indian cricket and the society.Yuvraj tied the knot with Bollywood actor Hazel Keech on November 30 last year in a glittering ceremony which was attended by Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma and the Indian team along with celebrities from the Indian film industry.Kohli and Anushka followed in Yuvi and Hazel’s footsteps and got married on Monday in an intimate ceremony in Borgo Finocchieto in Tuscany, south Italy.Yuvraj, who is a celebrated figure in Indian cricket and is known for his fighting spirit, has over 10,000 international runs in over 400 appearances and has been India’s go-to player on numerous occasions.The left-handed batsman had made a successful comeback into the ODI team this year and played 11 ODIs scoring 372 runs at an average of 41.33.Wishing #TeamIndia all-rounder @YUVSTRONG12 a very Happy Birthday! pic.twitter.com/6JpciQxqG3- BCCI (@BCCI) December 12, 2017The highlight for him this year was the career-best 150 that he smashed off 127 balls against England in the second ODI of the series at Cuttack in January.The flamboyant batsman then slammed a quickfire 32-ball 53 against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy group stages in June but since then had a string of low scores and was ultimately dropped from the squad after he failed to pass the yo-yo test ahead of the tour to Sri Lanka in August.advertisementBut the fighter that he is, Yuvi has no qualms in conceding that he has been “failing” but the out-of-favour Indian cricketer says he won’t give up on his career at least till 2019.”I would like to tell that I am failing. I still fail. I failed the last three fitness tests but yesterday I passed my fitness test. After 17 years I am still failing,” Yuvraj said last week.Many many happy returns of d day 2 u @YUVSTRONG12 Paa G. U r One of d best inspirational cricketer India ???? has ever produced ?????? May God always bless u wit loads of happiness nd success ??? #legend pic.twitter.com/R9Rr7eZt9j- Manoj Tiwary (@tiwarymanoj) December 12, 2017″I am not afraid of failure. I have gone through ups and downs. I have seen defeat and that’s what’s the pillar of success.”To be a successful man, to be a successful person in your life, you need failure and you’ve got to be defeated. That will make you a stronger person and it will take you to the next level,” he explained.Yuvraj broke into the international scene after being named the Player of the Tournament in the 2000 Under-19 World Cup held in Sri Lanka.The southpaw was then immediately drafted into the national side for the ICC Champions Trophy in 2000 where he smashed a match-winning 84 in his debut against Australia in Nairobi and caught the attention of the world thereafter.He has since played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20 Internationals in his 17-year-career scoring 1900, 8701 and 1177 runs across the respective formats.1,900 Test runs8,701 ODI runs1,177 T20I runsThe fastest 50 in T20I historyHappy Birthday @YUVSTRONG12! pic.twitter.com/I5zQDr3hlk- ICC (@ICC) December 12, 2017Yuvraj will always be remembered for the six sixes that he smashed in one over against England’s Stuart Broad in the inaugural 2007 World T20 at Durban.6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6!Happy Birthday @YUVSTRONG12! pic.twitter.com/3I1NqllFcZ- ICC (@ICC) December 12, 2017But being named Player of the Tournament in the 2011 World Cup and receiving the winner’s medal at the Wankhede remains the crowning moment of his career.Happy Birthday to an inseparable part of my life. Wish you nothing but the very best in everything @YUVSTRONG12 . May you have a great year ahead. pic.twitter.com/P32Wy0VdWh- Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) December 12, 2017Yuvraj, who loves to perform at the biggest stage, scored 362 runs in 9 matches at a staggering average of 90.50 with one century and four half-centuries. He also went on to pick 15 wickets in the tournament including two in the final played in Mumbai.His life turned completely upside down after he was diagnosed with a rare germ-cell cancer tumour located between his two lungs which was there when he was representing the country at the World Cup.He immediately headed to the United States after the tournament ended for treatment and rehabilitation. In March 2012, Yuvraj was discharged from hospital after completing the third and final cycle of chemotherapy and returned to India in April.advertisementAnd then the prince returned to the Indian team in 2012 after fighting against all odds.Now in the final stages of his career, Yuvraj is eyeing the 2019 World Cup before calling time and we wish him all the best and hope to see him in the Indian team very soon.last_img

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