Yuvraj Singh, the name which rules on millions of hearts, one of the greatest cricketer of all time, the legend, and the Warrior. Today 15th June 2017, Yuvraj Singh is playing his 300th ODI game. What a journey this has been. From winning 2000 under-19 world cup to becoming World Champion in 2011.
Yuvraj born om 12th December 1981 at Chandigarh in Sikh family, his father Yograj Singh was also Indian Cricketer. Tennis and Roller skating was Yuvraj's favorite sports in childhood.
Yuvraj started his career from Punjab under-12 team at the age of 11. Yuvraj made his first-class debut in 1997 against Orissa but was dismissed for a duck. Yuvraj's first big performance came in under-19 Cooch Bihar Trophy 1999 where he made 378 runs in an inning against Bihar.
In 2000, Yuvraj represented India in Under-19 world cup which they won under the captainship of Mohammed Kaif. Yuvraj's all-round performance earned him Player of the Tournament.
Yuvraj made his international debut in ICC Knock-Out Tournament 2000 against Kenya, where he didn't get a chance to bat. Yuvraj's young career was full of ups and downs, he was dropped from national side few times but his impact performances in domestic cricket earned his place in national team.
Yuvraj was vice-captain of India in ICC World T20 in 2007 in South Africa, where he smashed 6 sixes of 6 balls against England and also made a record of fastest fifty in any form international cricket in just 12 balls. Another big inning come against Australia in the Semifinal of World T20 2007, where he made 70 of 30 balls including longest six of 119 meters off Brett Lee's over.
Yuvraj had a dream run in 2011 at World Cup, where he scored 367 runs with the bat and took 15 wickets with the ball, meanwhile he becomes the first player to score more than 300 runs and picks up more than 15 wickets in a single World Cup, and also he was Man of the Tournament in World Cup 2011. In ICC World Cup 2011, Yuvraj won four Man of the Match awards, which is joint best with Sri Lanka's Aravinda De Silva (1996) and South Africa's Lance Kluesner (1999).
Post-ICC World Cup he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor stage-1 in his left lung and underwent chemotherapy treatment at the in theUSA. In March 2012, Yuvraj was discharged from hospital after completing the third and final cycle of chemotherapy and returned to India in April. He returned to Indian side in T20 World Cup 2012 at Sri Lanka.
- In 2007 T20 world cup he hits 6 sixes off 6 balls.
- He holds the record for fastest fifty in any form of International cricket is just 12 balls.
- Man of the Tournament in 2011 World Cup.
- Awarded with Arjuna Award in 2012 by the president of India.
- In 2014, he awarded with Padma Shri Award.
- He was honored with most Inspiring Sports Person of the Year by FICCI in 2014.
- Test Debut: 16 October 2003 against New Zealand
- ODI Debut: 3 October 2000 against Kenya
- T20 Debut: 13 September 2007 against Scotland.
Career Statistics (till 15 June 2017)
- Test Career
- Match: 40
- Runs: 1900
- 50s: 11
- 100s: 3
- Highest Score: 169
- Wickets: 9
- Catches: 31
- ODI Career
- Match: 299
- Runs: 8540
- 50s: 52
- 100s: 14
- Highest Score: 150
- Wickets: 111
- Catches: 93
- 5 wickets: 1
- T20 Career
- Match: 55
- Runs: 1134
- 50s: 8
- 100s: 0
- Highest Score: 77*
- Wickets: 28
- Catches: 12