On this day 38 years ago, in the sector 12 Hospital of Chandigarh, a fighter was born. Someone, who would not only go on to realize his father’s dream of becoming a cricketer, but also fulfil the country’s dream of basking in World Cup glory- not once, but twice- Yuvraj Singh. There are cricketers who are not judged by the yardstick of how many runs that they accumulated mated or the number of hundreds that they scored or their average or the number of games they played.
And a distinctive category comprises cricketers like Yuvraj Singh, who are judged by the sheer impact that they left while displaying their precocious talent on the cricket. These are cricketers who transcend all the individual fan bases and are adored by one and all for their heists on the cricket field.
And, Yuvraj Singh comes in the uppermost echelon of that list of cricketers. Yuvraj thrived in times of adversity. The prolific left-hander was that sort of a cricketer who was the hope of every Indian fan whenever Team India was in a precarious position and needed something special win.
And, so everyone -from fans to ex-cricketers to compatriots, critics, and journalists- is taking to social media to wish the champion left-handed batsman on his birthday. Joining the bandwagon is a former Indian opener and Yuvraj’s ex-teammate, Gautam Gambhir.
Hailing Yuvi as the biggest match-winner that India has ever produced, Gambhir wrote on his Twitter account, “Birthday wishes to one of the biggest match-winners India has ever had @YUVSTRONG12. Enjoy your day prince, have a good one.”
Birthday wishes to one of the biggest match winner India has ever had @YUVSTRONG12. Enjoy your day prince, have a good one. pic.twitter.com/YlkFsD8yAJ
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) December 12, 2019
Yuvraj Singh is an epitome of unrelenting grit and perseverance
And, Yuvraj Singh’s achievement is not only restricted to the cricket field. Yuvraj is an epitome of grit, persistence, perseverance, tenacity and the unrelenting zeal to win games for India, no matter what is health is. Who can forget his contribution in India’s 2011 World Cup campaign where despite battling what turned out to be a life-threatening rare-germ cell cancer.
But, Yuvraj continued to fight. He not only spearheaded India’s World Cup win at home but also went on to successfully defy cancer and return back to the cricket field.
He may have not been the same cricketer as he was before cancer, but the fact that he made a return to the national side; scored his highest individual score (150 vs England, 2017) and is still plying his trade in franchise leagues, underlines his unrelenting grit and never-say-die-attitude.
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