Yuvraj Singh turns 39: A look at his monumental feats
Indian legend Yuvraj Singh turned 39 on Saturday. Yuvraj is arguably the most prodigious middle-order batsman ever produced in Indian cricket. One of the cleanest strikers of cricket ball, Yuvraj helped India win the coveted World Cup after 28 years, with his all-round exploits. Later on, he staged an emphatic comeback to the field after defeating a deadly cancer. Here are his splendid feats.
In a career spanning nearly 17 years, Yuvraj bolstered India's middle-order in white-ball cricket. In 304 ODIs, he racked up 8,701 runs at an impressive average of 36.55, including 14 tons. He also registered 1,900 Test and 1,177 T20I runs in his career. In the latter stages of his career, Yuvraj also served the bowling segment. He finished with 148 international wickets.
Yuvraj was named the Player of the Tournament as India lifted the World Cup in 2011. He became the first-ever player with the double of over 300 runs and 15 wickets. He also became the only player to score a fifty and record a five-for in a WC match (vs IRE). His awe-inspiring effort for his nation will always be treasured among the Indians.
Prior to the World Cup, India were crowned champions of inaugural World T20 (2007). Yuvraj was at the helm here as well, as his monstrous hitting grabbed all the attention. In the game against England, he smashed Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over, a feat which remains unbreakable. He also slammed a half-century of 12 balls, the fastest in T20Is till date.
Yuvraj couldn't replicate his performance in the Indian Premier League, however, his bowling did the trick. Notably, he is the only player to have clinched two hat-tricks in a single IPL edition (2009). He is only behind Amit Mishra (3) on the overall list.
In 2011, Yuvraj was diagnosed with a deadly cancer. He had "mediastinal seminoma", a germ-cell tumour located between his two lungs. It was later reported that Yuvraj contracted the disease during the 2011 WC, which meant he played the tournament in pain. His spirit was hailed all around the globe as he underwent nine weeks of chemotherapy, and later returned to cricket field.