In early 2000, Yuvraj had arrived with his charisma and swooned away the Indian team by showing off his batting and on-field skills. India’s fielding was on an average level in that era and hence someone like Yuvraj came as a whiff of fresh air. He was and still is right up there among the greatest match-winners in white-ball cricket.
A few years passed by when Yuvraj Singh and the newly added member on Indian team, MS Dhoni became vital cogs of the Indian middle order that relished chasing down scores in ODI cricket. During this time, he had his health issues going on but he still managed to score big in the important match.
A miracle took place when the inaugural World T20 happened and his stroke play in that showpiece even is till date regarded as one of the best in cricket’s history. Not only did he become the first Indian to smash 6 sixes in an over but also produced a free-wheeling assault in the semi-final against Australia as India surged into the finals and eventually became the champions.
In 2010 – 2011 again Yuvraj was struggling with the game. But in the ICC world cup 2011, he scored big fat runs and also took a good deal of wickets which led him to get ‘man of the tournament’ award after 28 years in the game. Post 2011 world cup, he was hit by the tragic news that he was battling with the initial stages of cancer. In real life, he was a fighter too and fought cancer. He worked a lot later on maintaining his fitness.
This also led him to start his own clothing brand YWC, YouWeCan. It is a sports lifestyle brand that represents all individuals who fight despite insurmountable odds and make us fighters. The initiative focuses on all the aspects of the disease including the advantages of early detection. YouWeCan always comes up with interesting ways to educate people on cancer by organizing sports events and fairs and not restrict to seminars and lectures.
This does not mean the end of his career. He still will be seen playing at a domestic level such as IPL and ODI’s. He’ll always be the inspiration to all those who think of backing down due to illness.
Here is his career summary:
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