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Yuvraj Singh - India's world cup hero. Photo: YTB

Who is Yuvraj Singh - India's world cup hero?

Yuvraj Singh was born on 12-12-1981 in Chandigarh, India. He is an Indian Cricket Player & Philanthropist. The forgotten legend of Indian Cricket is still counted among the best left-handed batsmen that the world of cricket has ever encountered. Here’s the all in one biography of Yuvraj Singh with his born Age, Family, Career Stats, Records,

According to the timesofsport.com, in his prime, Yuvraj could hit the ball coming at him as clean and far that anybody could imagine. He used to do it all with so much ease and flamboyance that bowlers always wanted to avoid bowling to ‘the six-king’ of India.

Yuvraj Singh's early life

He was born to former cricketer/Punjabi film actor Yograj Singh and Shabnam Singh. He has an elder brother named Zoravar Singh. He married his longtime girlfriend actress and model Hazel Keech in December 2016. The active kid had early popularity also due to his acting skills. Yuvi has acted in 2 Punjabi films named Putt Sardara and Mehndi Sajna Di. He hailed from the DAV Public School in Chandigarh which was also the school of another great Indian Cricket legend Kapil Dev.

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Photo: Times of sports

Yuvraj Singh Career

Yuvraj was sent to Mumbai by his father to train at the Elf-Vengsarkar Cricket Academy. His strenuous training and hard work paid off when he was selected in the U-19 Punjab State Team. An ambitious Yuvraj then worked harder and made it to the U-19 Indian cricket team.

Domestic Career

Yuvraj Singh’s first-class debut for Punjab against Orissa in the 1997-98 Ranji season. He was dismissed for a duck on his opening innings. In the U-19 Coach Behar Trophy final, Yuvi scored 358 against Punjab against Bihar. The whole Bihar team together scored 357.

In the 1999-00 Ranji Trophy season, Singh scored brilliant innings of 149 against Haryana. His good performances saw him picked for India U19 against Sri Lanka in February 1999. In 2000, Yuvraj was selected to play in the India U19 team at the U19 ICC Cricket Cup, Sri Lanka.

Yuvraj scored 203 runs in 8 matches at an average of 33.83 and strike rate of 103.57. In the semi-final against Australia U19, Yuvi scored 58 as he powered India 284. He followed it up with 27 of 40 balls as Boys in Blue beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets to lift their maiden U19 World Cup.

With the ball, Yuvraj picked 12 wickets in 5 matches at an average of 11.50 and economy of 3.39. His best bowling performance in the tournament (4/15) came against Nepal U19 in the group stage. On the field, Yuvraj took 4 catches in 8 matches. His all-round performance ensured the wonder boy from Punjab won the Man of the Tournament.

ODI Career

With the dawn of a new era in the Indian Cricket under the captaincy of another legendary left-handed batsman, Sourabh Ganguly, youngsters like Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif got the opportunity to wear the blue colour and represent the senior team.

Yuvraj Singh made his ODI debut on 3rd October 2000 in the ICC KnockOut Trophy against Kenya. The first-timer did not produce any notable performances in the beginning. But the 19-year-old showed his intent to perform under pressure scoring 84 off 80 balls in the quarter-finals against Australia. The then world champions contained the likes of Brett Lee, Jason Gillespie, and Glen McGrath.

After mixed performances in the 2000-01 season, both domestic and international, Yuvi returned with strong outings in the NatWest Series. The series featured 3 teams- India, England and Sri Lanka.

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Yuvraj Singh in ICC Cricket World Cup. Photo: Sportzwiki.

ICC Cricket World Cup

As reported in kreedon.com, Yuvraj Singh has played in three world cups for India – 2003, 2007 and 2011. In 2003, WC, Yuvi’s performances in India’s matches against England (42), Pakistan (50*) and Kenya (58*) helped India reach the finals. With the ball, he picked 5 wickets in the 5 matches he bowled.

In 2007, Yuvaraj hit his peak form. However, while he was able to help India win the T20 World Championships, he would have been disappointed that he was not able to do the same in the World Cup.

2011 ICC Cricket World Cup

Yuvraj Singh was on an absolute tear in the 2011 ICC World Cup. He won the man of the match award 4 times in the tournament. He was Mr. consistent whenever the team needed him to chip in some runs or break a partnership taking some crucial wickets. In nine matches, Yuvraj scored 362 runs and took 15 wickets with his slow left-arm spinners to emerge as the man with the golden arm for his country.

Defeating Cancer

In the shining lights of Wankhede stadium in 2011, when the whole nation was feeling the joy of being Indian, the man of the match’s cancer surfaced. People thought Yuvi might not be seen at all but he rose like a phoenix from the ashes and then return proves the mettle this man possesses.

The experience of going through chemotherapy led him to start his new great initiative “YouWeCan” which helps cancer patients in their treatment.

Facts You Never Knew About Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj was an ardent fan of tennis and roller skating.

He was so good at his chosen craft, roller skating, and won the National U-14 Roller Skating Championship.

Yuvraj featured in Punjabi movies as a child actor in Mehndi Sajda Di and Putt Sardara.

His voice also features in the Bollywood animated film, Jumbo.

Codemasters’ cricket video game Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 was released as “Yuvraj Singh International Cricket 2007” in India.

Yuvraj’s autobiography is titled: The Test of My Life: From Cricket to Cancer and Back.

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