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Yuvraj Singh: A Name To Remember

Yuvraj Singh is a remarkable cricketer in the history of Indian cricket and World cricket as well. His retirement was a sad moment for Indian cricket fans. His contribution to Indian cricket is unforgettable. Sports persons go through ups and downs in their career and struggle a lot but he is the one who also struggled for his life in his fight against cancer. He is one of those players of the world who became The Man of the Match in their first innings of an international cricket match. Since then, he never looked back and achieved many milestones. He played six sixes in one over against England’s bowler Straut Broad in the International Cricket. Before Yuvraj Singh, Herschelle Gibbs made this record.

The rise of Yuvraj Singh as a cricket legend

Yuvraj Singh’s cricket career lasted seventeen years and only a good athlete can play for such a long time. He played for India in 404 matches scoring 11,778 runs and 148 wickets in his name. He scored 17 centuries in One Day Internationals and most of these centuries were made in matches where India was under pressure.

A few fans are aware of the fact that he was named Player of the Tournament for his all-round performance when India clinched U-19 World Cup for the first time in Sri Lanka in 2000. Such talent did not escape the eyes of the BCCI and he was selected for the Champions Trophy. He was now ready to perform well on a bigger stage.

In his very first knock, Yuvraj Singh scored 84 runs against the best bowling attack of Australia consisting of Bret Lee, Glen McGrath, and spin wizard Shane Warne. He even showcased his fielding skills in the very same match with a flying catch of Mathew Hayden and a direct throw which sent Michael Bevan back to the pavilion.

Yuvraj at its peak

In 2002, Mohammad Kaif and Yuvraj Singh scripted one of India’s greatest wins when India beat England in the final of Netwest series. While chasing the score of 326 runs, Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif made a remarkable inning with 69 and 87, respectively. Yuvraj’s first test century came in the highly pressurized match against Pakistan in Lahore in 2004. It was in the first edition of the T20 World Cup in 2007, when he butchered Stuart Broad with six sixes in an over and scored the fastest ever fifty runs in just 12 balls in any format of the game.

The downfall and come back of Yuvraj Singh 

It was around 2009/2010 when we saw the downfall of Yuvraj Singh’s cricketing career. He was dropped from the Indian squad in 2010. India was preparing the team of best eleven for the 2011 World Cup. BCCI had their faith in Yuvraj’s talent and they called him in for the 2011 World Cup. In spite of his poor form, he bounced back well and became the hero of Team India, the winner of the 2011 World Cup. He scored more than 300 runs and picked up 15 wickets in the World Cup which was enough for the ICC to announce him Player of the Tournament.

Now, Yuvraj Singh has announced his retirement from the International cricket. It is really hurtful that we could not make his send-off as memorable as that of Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, and Steve Waugh. Please share with us your idea on conducting a match to honor Yuvraj Singh for his contribution to Indian cricket. Do write your suggestions in the comments section below.

 

 

 

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