By Saurabh Kumar
17 years ago it was in 2000 in the second edition of the champion’s trophy when a real gem was seen for the first time on the cricket field and no one would have thought that he will emerge as one of the best and the cleanest strikers of the cricket ball. Guessing his name? Let me make it simple to you. It was Yuvraj Singh. The real warrior who survived a lot of things and gone through many tough phases and now he is going to become the Fifth Indian to play 300 One Day International on Thursday in the semifinals versus Bangladesh.
He emerges as star from the domestic arena and the under-19 world cup. He was the star player of the tournament which India won under the leadership of Mohammad Kaif. In the first match he only could bowl but in the second match against the pace battery of Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee and Jesson Gillespie he earned himself a man of the match award by scoring a brilliant half-century.
However after it his position was on and off till 2002 when in a series against Zimbabwe India was trailing the series by 1-2 he was called for some replacement and after it he never look back and added feathers to his cap by good performances in NatWest series and World cup 2003.
Well his career has seen many ups and downs and criticism also for not becoming a good test batsman etc. but the most admirable things about him is the capability to bounce back and shut the mouths of the criticizers with splendid performances. He hold a unique record of winning the man of the series records in major tournaments such as Junior world cup, ICC T20 Cricket World Cup, and cricket world cup 2011.
He had given us a lot of things to remember whether it be the Final of the NatWest series 2002, hitting Sturt broad for 6 sixes in 2007 ICC T20 Cricket World and the most notable contribution comes in 2011 when he bagged the man of the series award while battling with Cancer and we will always praise him for that.
He recently married Hazel Keech and started a new inning in his life. We wish him a successful career ahead and wish that he keep entertaining us as long as he wants to play.