Eight years after he successfully defeated cancer, Yuvraj Singh, a star cricketer, who proved his mettle both on and off-field, has announced retirement from the international cricket.
His life is a tale of courage, dedication, and strong will-power. As a warrior, Singh touted as most stylish batsman, a great finisher and a deadly match-winner who drove cancer out of boundary of his life.
Singh, who did international debut in 2000 against Kenya, reached to pinnacle of his cricket career in 2011 world cup. He was instrumental in paving path for India’s victory in 2011 world cup after a long gap of 28 years and was rewarded man of the series for scoring 362 runs in nine matches at a staggering average of 90.50, including a century and four fifties.
Won battle against cancer
The Punjab cricketer was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer soon after India registered a roaring success in ICC World Cup 2011. A tumour was located in the middle of the two lungs, which is considered a rare form of cancer.
Some reports said the cancer was detected in the middle of the world cup, but he chose to continue playing for the team rather than attending to his illness immediately.
He underwent chemotherapy treatment in United States and came triumphant. In his first media interaction after undergoing treatment, he had said, “I am thankful to God that I got my life back”.
Reports said that Singh felt little shattered after he was first diagnosed with the fatal disease. During those days, he didn’t like watching cricket as it bottled up frustration of not being in the field.
Comeback in international cricket
After winning battle against cancer, he made a comeback in the Indian team in a Twenty20 match against New Zealand shortly before the 2012 World T20.
However, life on the field did not remain the same for Yuvraj after his illness as his performance witnessed several ups and downs, lacking the consistency that was much needed on the international stage. However, Yuvraj scored a brilliant 134 off 122 balls in an ODI against England at Cuttack to help India win the match by 15 runs and gave critics a befitting reply that his cricket career gets over.
His never give up attitude is testament of the courage of the man, who came winner both in life and cricket ground.
Unmemorable moments of his cricket career
- Yuvraj was instrumental in India’s 2007 World Twenty20 victory in South Africa.
- He hit England fast bowler Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over in one match in the 2007 World T20.
- He was named player of the tournament for his performances that won India the 2011 World Cup.
- He became the first all-rounder to score 300-plus runs and take 15 wickets in a single World Cup.