Hyderabad: Former Indian all-rounder and the Man of the Tournament in 2011 World Cup, Yuvraj Singh turns 38 today. Tweeple made sure they wished the World Cup hero using the hashtag #HappyBirthdayYuvi, which is trending on Twitter with over 33,000 tweets.
Born on December 12, 1981, Yuvraj took up cricket as his father and former Indian cricketer Yograj Singh wanted him to play for the nation. In that process, he also acted in a movie, which is a fact many don’t know.
Yuvraj first rose to popularity, when he scored a magnificent 358 against Bihar in the Ranji Trophy. Notably, in that match, his score was one run more than the entire team total of Bihar (357). Moreover, he is the only player to be adjudged as Man of the Tournament in U-15, U-19 and World Cup.
He soon made his debut for India in 2000 and grabbed all opportunities he got, as he became a regular in the side. His one-handed blinders at the point position, as a fielder, are still one of the better sights anyone could enjoy in the sport.
He then made headlines in 2007 when India was playing England at the inaugural T20 World Cup. He hit Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over and scored 50 in 12 balls, which is still a record for the fastest fifty in T20s. India eventually went on to win the T20 World Cup, for which he played a crucial role.
Recalling a few innings in international matches, his 138* against England with a sore back, and 150* again against England in his comeback series in 2017 are some of the best.
The next significant milestone came in 2011, as India won the World Cup after 28 years at home ground. He scored 365 runs, picked 15 wickets in the World Cup, and even scored a hundred against West Indies in spite of vomiting blood.
His biggest battle, the battle with life, began as he was diagnosed with cancer. He fought the diagnosis like a king and made a comeback to the national side when no one expected it.
It was on June 11, 2019, that Yuvraj Singh ended his 19-year-long illustrious career without a farewell match in spite of passing the Yo-Yo test. He is actively participating in T20 leagues, entertaining crowd all over the world as he always did.