On the occasion of Yuvraj Singh’s birthday let’s find out some interesting facts about the Indian Icon Yuvraj Singh.
Yuvraj Singh an Indian international cricketer, was born on December 12, 1981, in Chandigarh, India. He bats left-handed in the middle order and can bowl part-time left-arm orthodox spin. He is the son of Yograj Singh who is a Punjabi movie star and a former Indian fast bowler and his mother is Shabnam Singh. He decided to live with his mother when his parents divorced. He did his schooling from DAV Public School, Chandigarh. Yuvraj married Hazel Keech on 30th November 2016. Despite the occasional inconsistency, he has time and again proved his worth in the team and rescued Team India with match-winning performances.
Here are some other interesting facts about the Indian Icon Yuvraj Singh:
- He is a sportsperson since childhood as he was an ardent fan of tennis and roller skating. He won National U-14 Roller Skating Championship. However, his father asked him to focus only on cricket.
- Yuvraj’s father played a big role in shaping his batting skills. His father requested Navjot Sidhu, to train him. Sidhu had given up hopes because he was bad at batting. After this, his father took a charge to train him by throwing wet tennis balls at him in the nets. He went to train at the Elf-Vengsarkar Cricket Academy, Mumbai.
- In 1995, he debuted for Punjab Under-16s and promoted to U19 team the following season. He made his first-class debut at 1997–98 Ranji Trophy.
- In 2000, under the leadership of Mohammad Kaif, India won the ICC U19 World Cup. Yuvraj Singh was the star of the tournament as he shone with both ball and the bat.
- In 2000, Yuvraj made his ODI debut in the ICC Knockout Trophy against Kenya where he did not get a chance to bat. But in quarterfinals against Australia, Yuvraj scored a belligerent 84 off 80 balls.
- He became the only second Indian after Sachin Tendulkar to represent the county team of Yorkshire.
- Hitting 6 sixes in an over was one of his greatest achievements against England. It was the fourth time that six sixes had been hit in one over in senior cricket, the first time in Twenty20 cricket, and the first time in any form of international cricket against a bowler from another Test-playing action.
- His career came to a sudden halt after he was diagnosed with lung cancer (Left lung) in 2011. He successfully battled the illness and made a strong comeback to cricket.
- He also runs his own charity ‘YouWeCan’, facilitating treatment of thousands of cancer patients.
- In 2011 he got the title of the Man of the Tournament in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.
- He was awarded the Arjuna Award by the President of India in 2012.
- February 2014, he was honored with FICCI Most Inspiring Sportsperson of the Year Award.