Cricketer Yuvraj Singh played his 300th ODI against Bangladesh yesterday. 300 International matches is a big feat. The stylish left hand batsman made his ODI debut against Kenya on Oct 3, 2000. He didn’t get to bat in that match but in next match against Australia he scored an explosive inning of 84 runs in only 80 balls. 48 runs came from boundaries that showed his capabilities.
In 2005-06 Yuvraj Singh became one of destructive batsmen middle order batsman of Indian team along with wicketkeeper MS Dhoni. He is not only a destructive batsmen but also a good fielder and a handy spinner which makes him a perfect all-rounder.
When one hear his name two world cups images comes in one’s mind. First hitting Stuart Broad for 6 sixes in an over in ICC T20 World Cup 2007 and second is his performance in World Cup 2011 how he won matches for India. He was the man of series in the World Cup for scoring 362 runs and 15 wickets.
In that world cup his performance wasn’t ordinary as we all know the incident when he vomited blood in dressing room on the day before world Cup finals which indicate that his cancer getting serious seeing this Harbhajan came and told him that he would tell coach that yuvi is unfit for final he was bleeding, but yuvi told, “Even If I die the next day it doesn’t matter, I just want to play till last over.” Later on he played a remarkable mark inning and make every Indian proud.
Just after the world cup he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor stage-1 in his left lung and underwent chemotherapy treatment at the Cancer Research Institute in Boston, United States. In March, 2012 he was discharged after completing chemotherapy treatment.
After coming from a life battle he put on some weight and lost a little bit of The Vintage Yuvraj touch. Though he worked hard and selectors also showed faith in him, he failed consistently. While many newcomers making their way into team it was hard for him to make a place in current team but we all know that he is a fighter. He did at he always do – “Never Giving Up and working hard.” He worked hard in domestic matches and attracted selectors once again and gained his place in India’s home series of limited overs against England this year. And the Vintage yuvi came back, this time he fixed his spot. His performance gained his middle order spot again and he was also chosen for ICC CT 2017.
In current Champions Trophy he is playing well and reminding everyone why he is the one of the best left handed batsmen. Yesterday he played his 300th ODI against Bangladesh. Earlier he made an emotional tweet. He tweeted, “300th game ! I’m sure my parents ,gurus,friends and well wishers will be proud of me today how far I have come with my battles in life.”
300th game ! I'm sure my parents ,gurus,friends and well wishers will be proud of me today how far I have come with my battles in life 🙏👊🏽
— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) June 14, 2017