Yuvraj Singh Biography
Yuvraj Singh is a left-handed batsman who also bowls left-arm orthodox spin, a flamboyant and fearless cricketer. A better player of fast bowling, Yuvraj has the ability and power to strike the ball long and clean, and his aggressive batting has even proved to be a match winner on many occasions. He is also a spectacular point fielder, with quick reflexes that make him rank high on the list of prolific fielders effecting ODI run outs.
Yuvraj Singh began his cricket career playing domestic cricket in tournaments such as the Under-19 Cooch-Behar Trophy and the Under-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka (2000). He was selected for the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, and since then his cricketing career moved ahead in full stream. Yuvraj made his One-Day International debut for India against Kenya at Nairobi in 2000, at the 2000 ICC Champions Trophy. He proved his potential with brilliant innings at tournaments like the Natwest Series final (2002) with his amazing partnership with Mohammad Kaif; the 2003 Cricket World Cup and the 2005 Indian Oil Cup where he scored a memorable 110 runs of 114 balls, and was also judged the man of the match against West Indies.
Although Yuvraj Singh was dropped from the team on a few occasions and with his attitude and clashes with the team management citing differences with former coach Greg Chappel, he always bounced back with his stunning performances.
Till date, Yuvraj has played 37 Tests, scoring 1775 runs with his highest being 169. He has taken 9 test wickets and 31 test catches till date. He has played in 274 ODI’s scoring 8051 runs with thirteen centuries and 49 half centuries. His highest score in the ODI’s remains his 139 runs knock against Australia on their home turf. He has taken 109 ODI wickets. He has taken 84 catches in the ODI’s. Yuvraj has appeared in the 2003 and 2007 ICC Cricket World Cup playing 14 matches and scoring 376 runs with his highest being 83. Performance of Yuvraj Singh in the Cricket World Cup 2011 has been instrumental in taking India to the path of becoming the World Champions. He played 9 matches in the World Cup 2011 and scored 362 runs while also taking 15 wickets. He went on to become the “Man of the Series” in the tournament.
Yuvraj Singh’s career took a backseat when he was diagnosed with cancer in his left lung in the year 2011 after not being in a good form for a long time. The things worsened when in January 2012, it came to light that the left hand batsman also has tumor and the cricketer went through chemotherapy in the United States.
Yuvraj Singh returned to India on 9 April after going through treatment for a cancerous tumour between his lungs in the US where he spent two and a half months. His fans that had been a constant support ever since his illness were present in large numbers at the airport to welcome their hero along with several other famous personalities. The ailment Yuvraj was suffering from is called mediastinal seminoma. Yuvraj went through three sessions of chemotherapy at the IU Simon Cancer Centre at the Indiana University Medical Centre. The left handed batsman who took India to victory in the World Cup 2011 announced his arrival on Twitter and his return was anticipated ever since. In 2016, Yuvraj kept himself busy with Duleep Trophy and also became the captain of the team ‘India Red’.
Yuvraj has been brand-ambassador of many brands like Microsoft’s Xbox 360 video game, sports365.in, Puma and Ulysse Nardin. He also runs a charity YouWeCan and has treated thousands of cancer patients through it.
He is going to be the main protagonist in the upcoming animated film Captain India.
Yuvraj Singh was born on 12 December, 1981 in Chandigarh, Punjab. He is the son of Yograj Singh who is a former Indian fast bowler and a Punjabi movie star. He did his schooling from DAV Public School, Chandigarh.
Yurvraj married Hazel Keech on 30 November 2016.
- He hit six sixes in a single over in a 2007 ICC World Twenty20 match
- He is the first all-rounder to score 300 plus runs and to take 15 wickets in a single World Cup
- He was the Man of the Tournament in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011
- In 2012, he was awarded with the Arjuna Award (India’s second highest, Sporting Award) by the President of India.
- He was awarded with the Padma Shri Award in 2014.
- He was honoured with FICCI Most Inspiring Sportsperson of the Year Award in February 2014.