Yuvraj Singh is one of the most famous cricketers in the world. He retires today from international cricket, and as one of India’s best cricket talents ever produced, we go over some of the hidden facts about his life known to only a few people.
Most people know Yuvraj was a southpaw, but a lot of people don’t know he was born in the household of Yograj Singh, a former Indian fast bowler. He was born in Chandigarh, on December on December 12th 1981. When his parents got a divorce, he chose to stay with his mother.
His first sport love was not cricket!
Yuvraj was a sportsman from childhood, but not in cricket! He was a fan of roller skating and tennis. He was an excellent skater and won the National Under-14 Skating Championship. His father however, wanted him to focus only on cricket.
When he started playing cricket, he was not very good at it. In fact, Navjot Sindhu, his trainer at the time had given up hopes for him when he got bowled out after a full toss delivery.
Training by his father
Yuvraj’s cricketing career owes a lot to his father, who did not give up hope. His father took him training every day at the Elf-Vengsarkar Cricket Academy.
Though he was certainly a good trainee and had special talent, initially adjusting to the work ethic his father expected of him from a young age was a tough battle for Yuvraj Singh. He was even initially scared to travel the local trains in Mumbai at the start. However, he kept at it and soon his talent was honed with discipline and skill.
His early career began with in the Punjab Under 16 in 1995. His first class debut was made against Orissa in the Ranji Trophy in 1996.
Forever a Prankster
Yuvraj was always a prankster. During his training in Mumbai, they had a Satara trip. He and his friends used to scare people near their hotel with laser pens!
Big talent with a big stomach
Yuvraj was said to have a love for eating. During his Mumbai training days, he is said to have polished of two huge Keema parathas dripping with butter upon his special request to the chef.
Partnering with Sachin
Yuvraj has had a troubled relationship with Test cricket, unable to secure a firm place in the team. Yet, his unbroken partnership with his idol Sachin to defeat England in the first Test at Chennai December 2008. It was the 4th Highest chase successful chase in history, and the highest one for India.
The Crowning glory
His crowning moment is probably the six sixes he hit in an over. He hit it during a T20 match against England in Stuart Broad. And was the first time this was done in T20 cricket.
Read the book that talks about him, his childhood and his growth as the Prince of Cricket.