Yuvraj Singh hangs up his boots: A look at the 19-year glittering career of 2011 World Cup hero
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Yuvraj Singh has been one of the most free-flowing batsmen for India. The left-handed batsman's elegance, agility, and diligence to make an impact on the field caught the attention of everyone.
Yuvraj is the son of former cricketer Yograj Singh. Since his childhood, he was known for classy batting and soon he made it to the Under-16 squad of Punjab. In 1997, he made his first-class debut.
His first breakthrough performance came against Sri Lanka Under-19 with a brisk 89 off 55 balls. Soon he was selected for the 2000 U-19 World Cup where once again he showed his class and he was adjudged the Man of the Tournament for his brilliant all-around effort. In the same year, he made his international debut but was not able to impress that much.
Then came the 2002 Natwest series final, where the world saw the emergence of Yuvraj Singh. Chasing 326 runs, India had lost five wickets for 150 runs but then came Yuvraj who along with Mohammad Kaif added 121 runs for the seventh-wicket and ensured a victory for India. He scored 69 (63) before getting caught to Paul Collingwood. This final still remains one of the best ODI chases to date.
He scored his first ODI century against Bangladesh in 2003 and in the same year, he signed up the Yorkshire club. Soon, he made his test debut against New Zealand.
There was no looking back for Yuvraj after this. Along with MS Dhoni, he won numerous matches for India from many difficult situations. The duo formed a dangerous partnership in the middle.
This was the beginning of the ‘Golden Period’ for Yuvraj Singh. He was soon appointed as the deputy to MS Dhoni in the inaugural T-20 World Cup where he played many match winning knocks especially against England where he smashed Stuart Broad for 6 sixes. He also played a brilliant knock against Australia which helped India reach the finals. Though he didn’t get the man of the tournament award, for many fans, he was the real player of the series in the World T-20.
But this was not the end of the Golden period for Yuvraj. His dream run came in the ICC Cricket World 2011 where he became the Man of the Tournament for his all-around performance. Yuvraj scored more than 300 runs and picked up 15 wickets.
But after that things turned for Yuvraj. He was soon diagnosed with a cancerous tumor and he had to head to the US for treatment. Recovering from chemotherapy done in the USA, he couldn't be the same lightning and athletic fielder he was. With few very good knocks post-surgery, he still couldn't find a place in the team due to fitness issues.
Not just in the Indian team, Yuvraj struggled to keep his place in the IPL too.
Many former players suggested that it was time for him to retire but Yuvraj kept on playing as he wanted to represent India in the 2019 World Cup but he couldn’t manage to get a spot in the squad.
Thus on June 10, 2019, Yuvraj decided to hang his boots. It was the end of an illustrious career and the cricketing fans around the world will definitely miss Yuvraj.
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