The biggest match-winner in Indian cricket's history, Yuvraj Singh, has turned 37 today (December 12). Mere words are not enough to describe what Yuvraj has done for the Indian cricket team. He was the biggest reason behind the team's glorious campaigns in the 2007 T20 World Cup and in the 2011 World Cup. The southpaw became an inspiration all around the world with his dedication and hardwork towards the game and the country.
The Punjab-born player has never given up a single time in his career and has fought his way back from every slump, be it poor form or even cancer. Here are some instances when Yuvraj not only inspired his team but the whole country.
5. 2002 Natwest Series final
13 July 2002 is the date when India finally got their biggest match-winner in Yuvraj Singh when he scored a monumental 69 runs in the finals of the Natwest Series against England at the iconic Lords. It was a big final for the visitors and they got to a good start while chasing the mammoth target of 326 but the middle order collapse brought back the English team into the contest. But it was the day when India got what they deserve-their search for the match winner was over when they saw the southpaw leading the charge with Mohammad Kaif and ran riot over his favourite opponent England.
4. 2007 T20 World Cup
After the massive failure in 2007 World Cup in the West Indies, India went to South Africa later that year with underdogs tag in the inaugural T20 WC. Before the big-ticket tournament, the Men in Blue had only played one T20I match, but during the course of the tournament, Yuvraj gave them the belief by winning the matches for his team in the knockout stages against England and Australia single-handedly. The 2007 T20 World Cup will always be remembered in the history books for his iconic six-ball 6-Sixes against England's Stuart Broad.
3. 150 vs England in 2017
After playing for more than 15 years, Yuvraj registered his highest score in 2017 against England. Before that match, his place was in doubt and he shut down his critics with a solid 150 in Cuttack. Yuvraj and England have a different connection as most of his iconic innings came against the English team. The Punjab-born player smashed 21 fours and three sixes in his innings and show the world that there is some cricket left in the southpaw.
2. 2011 World Cup journey
Nobody in the country disagrees with the statement that it was Yuvraj who won the World Cup for India and became an inspiration for a lifetime. The all-rounder played the tournament with the deadly Cancer and didn't let anyone know about his condition. He was so determined and selfless that he took India to many victories in the tournament with both bat and ball. Yuvraj was chosen Man of the Tournament for his unbelievable stats, he scored 362 runs for India with the average of 90+ and picked up 15 wickets to inspire India to the World Cup glory after 1983.
1. Comeback match after beating cancer
The warrior of Indian cricket beat the hell out of cancer like a boss and made a comeback to the Indian team in 2012 and smashed 34 runs off 26 balls against England in a T20I match and was applauded by the cricket fraternity. Yuvraj's road to comeback took him to 2012 World T20 where he was the highest wicket-taker for India but was not up to the mark with the bat. The southpaw's journey of battling cancer was inspiring for everyone and his comeback made it even more special.
Happy Birthday #YuvrajSingh @YUVSTRONG12 . May God bless you with a long and happy life. You once revealed in #AapKiAdalat how Navjot Singh Sidhu @sherryontopp told your father you lack talent, but had to withdraw his remark after four years. @indiatvnews pic.twitter.com/L2vNVOTKZi— Rajat Sharma (@RajatSharmaLive) December 12, 2018