You cannot talk about the history of cricket and not mention Yuvraj Singh in it. This guy is an amalgamation of pure talent and hard work. He is undoubtedly a born legend that helped India win multiple trophies & has several records in his name and, every citizen of India loves this man. Yuvraj's contribution to cricket is unforgettable.
Yuvraj Singh - Early Life
Yuvraj Singh was born in a Punjabi family. His father, Yograj Singh, was a former actor and an Indian cricketer too. His mother is Shabnam Singh. You might be surprised to know that cricket was not Yuvraj's first choice. His father forced him to focus on cricket and took him for training every single day.
He completed his schooling at DAV Public School, Chandigarh, and graduated from Punjab University, Chandigarh. He has also acted in two Punjabi movies as a child actor.Fun Fact: Yuvraj loved Tennis and roller skating & also won a National award in Roller skating.
Yuvraj Singh – Statistics
- Full Name - Yuvraj Singh
- Nickname - Yuvi
- Born - 12th December 1981 (39 years)
- Birth Place - Chandigarh, India
- Zodiac Sign - Scorpio
- Height - 6 ft
- Spouse - Hazel Keech
- Role - All-rounder
- Batting - Left-handed
- Bowling - Slow left-arm orthodox
- No. of tests played - 40
- No. of ODIs played - 304
- No. of T20I played - 58
Yuvraj Singh - Family & Personal Life
Yuvraj Singh has never been too open about his personal life. He always tried to keep his professional and personal life separate.
He married Hazel Keech in November 2016 after being engaged with her for over a year. She is a former Bollywood actress and has acted in movies like ''Bodyguard''.
Yuvraj Singh – Career
- Youth Career Yuvraj has been a champion player since the beginning. He has played Ranji Trophy and has given some of the most memorable moments. His 358 runs against Bihar, 149 runs against Haryana, all-rounder performance in U-19 World Cup, 2000, etc. These outstanding performances helped him make a place in the Indian team.
- International Debut After his impressive performance in U-19 World Cup, Yuvraj got a chance to play for the Indian team. He played some brilliant knocks and won many Man-of-the-Match awards too.
- 2007 T20I World Cup Yuvraj Singh's performance in the T20I World Cup was phenomenal. He was also the vice-captain and helped India lift the first-ever trophy of the T20I World Cup. Yuvraj scored the fastest fifty against England in that tournament. He became the first Indian cricketer to hit 6-sixes in an over. Yuvraj also won many Man-of-the-Match awards.
- 2011 World Cup Yuvraj played in the World Cup while fighting cancer. He became Man of the Series and was the first all-rounder to take 15 wickets and score 300 plus runs. He won 4 Man of the Match awards, one of the highest by any player in a single World Cup tournament. India lifted that World Cup after 28 years and, we couldn't thank Yuvraj Singh enough for this.
- Comeback Yuvraj Singh returned to the game after winning his battle with cancer. He got selected for various matches. But unfortunately, his performances were mixed. He also didn't get selected for the 2015 World Cup, despite being a senior player in the 2011 World Cup.
Yuvraj Singh - Social Media
Yuvraj Singh is pretty active on various social media.
- Instagram: 11 million+ followers
- Twitter: 5 million+ followers
He constantly engages with his fans and tries to reply to them on his social media pages.
Yuvraj Singh - Cancer Battle
Yuvraj was diagnosed with cancer (Semiona Lung Cancer) while playing for the 2011 World Cup. He didn't tell this anyone and continued playing for his team. Such dedication for the team is very rare.
Yuvraj only went for the treatment after the World Cup. His chemotherapy got done in Boston and Indianapolis. It was a difficult stage for him and his family. But with God's grace, he recovered completely after his third and final chemotherapy. He returned to India in March 2012 (after a year-long battle with cancer).
Yuvraj Singh - Retirement
Yuvraj took retirement from International Cricket on 10th June 2019 through a press conference in Mumbai. He retired from all the formats and recounted his best and worst memories of the game. He decided to focus on his philanthropy and help as many cancer patients as he can.
His decision did shatter a lot of his fans. People expected him to play for a little longer.
Yuvraj Singh - IPL
Yuvraj being the legendary player, every team wanted to buy him. He has played with various franchises such as Kings XI Punjab, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai Indians, and Pune Warriors.
He has also been one of the highest bidders ever in the history of IPL. He was bought for 16 crores by Delhi Daverdevills in 2015.
His performance in Ipl has been good. Yuvraj helped his team to put a good score on the scoreboard and took some valuable wickets too.
Yuvraj Singh - Awards and Achievements
- Padma Shri Award, 2014
- Arjuna Award, 2012
- Man of Series - ICC World Cup Tournament, 2011
- Most Inspiring Sportsperson of the Year - FICCI, 2014
- Fastest fifty against England in 12 balls - ICC World T20, 2007
- Six Sixes in an over - ICC World Cup, 2007
Yuvraj Singh - Brands Endorsements
Yuvraj currently endorses a lot of brands. Some of those are:
- Microsoft Xbox 360
- Birla Sun Life
- Laureus and Benz
- Royal Stag Mega Music
- Parachute Hair Cream
Yuvraj Singh - Philanthropy
Yuvraj Singh has himself battled a tough fight with cancer. He has a charity working for cancer patients by the name “You Can”. Their main goal is to treat as many cancer patients as they can. He also plays various charitable matches to generate funds for his charity.
They are also planning to invest 40-50 crores for its expansion. Charity's campaign has also spread nationwide awareness for cancer. He has also helped many students to be aware of this deadly disease. His charity is working great on various levels.
Yuvraj Singh - Inspiration to all
Yuvraj Singh's career has been an inspiration for all of us. Even if you are not a sports person, his story will fill you with motivation. This man came out from the mouth of death and showed his strength to the whole world. His story is proof that with strong willpower, no one can stop you from doing what you want. He is a true inspiration for every youth in the country.