Yuvraj Singh

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Yuvraj Singh
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Yuvraj Singh at a promotional event in January 2013.
Personal information
Born (1981-12-12) 12 December 1981 (age 32)
Chandigarh, India
Nickname Yuvi,UV
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Role All-rounder
Relations Yograj Singh (father)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 247) 16 October 2003 v New Zealand
Last Test 5 December 2012 v England
ODI debut (cap 134) 3 October 2000 v Kenya
Last ODI 11 December 2013 v South Africa
T20I debut (cap 15) 13 September 2007 v Scotland
Last T20I 06 April 2014 v Sri Lanka
Domestic team information
Years Team
1996–present Punjab
2003 Yorkshire
2008–2010 Kings XI Punjab
2011–2013 Pune Warriors India
2014–present Royal Challengers Bangalore
Career statistics
Competition Test ODIs T20I FC
Matches 40 292 34 106
Runs scored 1900 8329 868 6829
Batting average 33.93 36.37 33.38 44.92
100s/50s 3/11 13/51 0/7 20/32
Top score 169 139 77* 209
Balls bowled 931 14988 316 2508
Wickets 9 111 23 28
Bowling average 60.77 38.18 16.22 51.78
5 wickets in innings 0 1 0 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 2/9 5/31 4/17 5/94
Catches/stumpings 31/- 92/- 9/- 97/-
Source: Cricinfo, 5 December 2013

Yuvraj Singh (About this sound pronunciation ) (born 12 December 1981) is an Indian international cricketer. He is an all-rounder who bats left-handed in the middle-order and bowls slow left-arm orthodox. He is the son of former Indian fast bowler and Punjabi actor Yograj Singh. Yuvraj has been a member of the Indian cricket team in ODIs since 2000 and played his first Test match in 2003. He was the vice-captain of the ODI team from late-2007 to late-2008. He was the Man of the Tournament in the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, and one of the top performers at the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, both of which India won. In a match against England at the 2007 World Twenty20, he famously hit six sixes in one over bowled by Stuart Broad — a feat performed only three times previously in any form of senior cricket, and never in an international match between two Test cricket teams.

In 2011, Yuvraj was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his left lung and underwent chemotherapy treatment in Boston and Indianapolis.[1][2] In March 2012, he was discharged from the hospital after completing the third and final cycle of chemotherapy and returned to India in April.[3][4] He made his international comeback in a Twenty20 match in September against New Zealand shortly before the 2012 World Twenty20.

Yuvraj was conferred with the Arjuna Award, India's second highest sporting award, in the year 2012 by the President of India Pranab Mukherjee.[5] In 2014, he was awarded the Padma Shri, India's fourth highest civilian honour.

Early years and personal life[edit]

Yuvraj was born to parents Yograj Singh and Shabnam Singh.[6][7][8][9][10] After his parents divorced, Yuvraj chose to stay with his mother.[11] Tennis and roller skating were Yuvraj's favorite sports during his childhood and he was quite good at both. He had also won the National U-14 Roller Skating Championship. His father threw away the medal and told him to forget skating and concentrate on cricket.[12] He would take Yuvraj to training every day. He studied at the DAV Public School in Chandigarh. Yuvraj also did two short roles as child "star", Mehndi Sajda Di and Putt Sardara.

Career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

Yuvraj started his career from the Punjab Under-16s at the age of 13 years and 11 months in November of the 1995–96 season against Jammu and Kashmir-16s.[13] In 1996–97, Yuvraj was promoted to the Punjab Under-19s and scored 137 not out against Himachal Pradesh Under-19s.[14]

Yuvraj made his first-class debut in late-1997 against Orissa during the 1997/98 Ranji Trophy season. In that match, he did not score any runs.[15] His first breakout performance came in the Under-19 Cooch Behar Trophy Final of 1999 against Bihar; Bihar were all out with a score of 357 and Yuvraj opened for Punjab and he made 358 runs alone. Yuvraj represented India in the series against Sri Lanka Under-19s in India in February 1999. In the third ODI, Yuvraj scored 89 runs from 55 balls.[16] In 1999-2000 Ranji Trophy, he scored 149 against Haryana.[17]

In the ICC Under-19 World Cup 1999/00 which India won under the captaincy of Mohammed Kaif, Yuvraj's all-round performance earned him the Player of the Tournament award and a call to the national squad.[18] His performance in the tournament included a quickfire 58 off 25 balls against Australia in the semis [19] and, 68 (62) and 4/36 against New Zealand in a group stage match.[20] Yuvraj was subsequently selected in 2000 for the first intake of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.[21]

International breakthrough[edit]

Yuvraj was selected in the Indian squad for the 2000 ICC KnockOut Trophy in the back of his impressive outings for the Under-19 team. He made his international debut against Kenya in the pre-quarterfinal. He bowled four overs conceding 16 runs but did not get to bat. In the quarterfinal match against Australia, Yuvraj won the man of the match for his innings of 84 (80), against a pace attack consisting of Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie, that helped India win by 20 runs.[22] In the semifinal against South Africa, he scored 41 and picked 1/15.[23] He scored only 14 against New Zealand in the final which India lost. The tournament was followed by a tri-series involving India, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. Yuvraj scored just 55 runs in five innings at an average of 11. Yuvraj averaged 15.50 in the ODI series against the touring Zimbabwe side in December 2000 after which he was dropped from the team.

Yuvraj made his comeback during the 2001 Coca-Cola Cup in Sri Lanka. He scored a crucial 98* against Sri Lanka in the fifth match in an otherwise disappointing series with the bat.[24] However, he proved to be useful with the ball as he picked up 8 wickets at an average of 27.[25] In the Standard Bank triangular series involving hosts South Africa, India and Kenya, Yuvraj managed to score only 69 runs from 6 innings, including a duck in the final against South Africa.[26] Following this, Dinesh Mongia and Hemang Badani were chosen over Yuvraj in the squad for the home series against England in January 2002.

Yuvraj returned to playing domestic cricket in early-2002. After a disappointing run in the Ranji knockouts, Yuvraj struck 209 for North Zone against South Zone in a Duleep Trophy match in March 2002.[27] He was immediately drafted into the national squad for the final two ODIs against Zimbabwe with India trailing the series 1-2. Yuvraj made impact in his return match at Hyderabad, scoring an unbeaten 80 off just 60 balls, to take India to a five-wicket win and level the series. He won the Man of the Match award for his efforts.[28] In the final ODI at Guwahati, Yuvraj made 75 runs from 52 balls, sharing a 157-run fifth-wicket partnership with Mongia who scored his career-best unbeaten 159, to help India post a total of 333 in their 50 overs. India went on to win the game by 101 runs and the series 3-2.[29]

2002 NatWest Series[edit]

After winning the ODI series in the West Indies 2-1, where Yuvraj managed scores of 1 and 10, the Indian team toured England in June for the NatWest triangular series and a four-match Test series against the hosts. The NatWest Series featured teams from England and Sri Lanka, apart from India. In the first match at Lord's, Yuvraj won the man of the match for his all-round performance (3/39 and 64*) as India successfully chased down England's total of 271.[30] In the next match against Sri Lanka, Yuvraj scored 31 and shared a crucial 60-run sixth-wicket partnership with Mohammad Kaif to set up another successful run-chase.[31] India's next match against England was washed out due to rain after Yuvraj had scored an unbeaten 40 off 19 balls to take India to 285/4 in their 50 overs.[32] Yuvraj's knock of 37, along with a fifty from Rahul Dravid, helped India recover from 59/4 to reach the target of 188 against Sri Lanka.[33] This win eliminated Sri Lanka from the series with another round of matches still to be played. Yuvraj had scores of 5 and 8 in the final round of matches but proved to be useful with the ball as he picked one wicket in each of the two games. At the end of the round-robin matches, India topped the points table with 19 points while England finished second with 15 points.[34]

The final was played at Lord's on 13 July between India and England. After winning the toss and electing to bat first, England posted a daunting total of 325/5 in 50 overs. In reply, India were struggling at 146/5 at the end of 24 overs, when Kaif joined Yuvraj at the crease. The pair initially stabilised the innings and later scored at a brisk rate. The duo shared a partnership of 121 runs for the sixth wicket which came to an end when Yuvraj was dismissed for 69 (63 balls) as he top-edged a sweep shot in the 42nd over off the bowling of Paul Collingwood resulting in a simple catch to Alex Tudor at short fine leg. India went on to win the game by two wickets with three balls to spare.[35] This was India's first win in the final of an ODI tournament since 2000, after nine consecutive defeats.[36] This win is regarded as one of India's greatest victories in ODI cricket.[37]

2002/03–2004[edit]

Yuvraj batted in two games of the 2002 ICC Champions Trophy which was held in Sri Lanka in September. He scored 3 against Zimbabwe in the opening match, and 62 in the semifinal against South Africa. In November 2002, Yuvraj struggled in the first five games of the 7-match ODI series against West Indies, with a high score of 30. He returned to form in the sixth ODI at Jodhpur with a crucial half-century that helped India win the match by three wickets and level the series 3-3.[38] He top-scored for India in the 7th match with a 69-ball 68, but could not get support from any other batsman. India crashed to a 135-run defeat and lost the series.[39] Yuvraj struggled for runs in the 7-match ODI series in New Zealand in December 2002-January 2003, averaging just above 19 with a solitary fifty.

Despite his indifferent form leading to the World Cup, Yuvraj secured a place in the 15-man Indian squad for the 2003 ICC Cricket World Cup in South Africa. Yuvraj scored 37 in India's opening match against Netherlands. In the following games, he had scores of 0, 1 and 7* against Australia, Zimbabwe and Namibia respectively. He scored a brisk 42 against England, followed by an unbeaten 50 against Pakistan setting up wins for India in both games. In the Super Six stage of the tournament, Yuvraj had scores of 58* against Kenya, and 5 against Sri Lanka. He scored 16 in the semifinal against Kenya, and 24 against Australia in the final.

Yuvraj scored his maiden ODI century (102* from 85 balls) against Bangladesh at Dhaka on 11 April 2003. In May 2003, Yuvraj was signed by the Yorkshire County Cricket Club for the 2003 county season. Yuvraj became only the second Indian after Sachin Tendulkar to represent the county.[40][41] Yuvraj's Test debut came on 16 October 2003 at his home ground Mohali against New Zealand. Batting at six, he scored 20 in the first innings, and 5* in the second innings. In the TVS Cup tri-series in October-November 2003 involving India, Australia and New Zealand, Yuvraj scored 113 runs from 7 games at an average of 18.83 and top-score of 44.[42]

Yuvraj returned to form in early-2004 in the tri-series involving Australia and Zimbabwe. He scored 314 runs from 8 innings at an average of 39.25, including his second ODI hundred - 139 runs from 122 balls, with 16 fours and two sixes - against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground.[43] Yuvraj had a mixed tour of Pakistan in March-April 2004. He disappointed in the ODI series with 141 runs from 5 matches, averaging just over 28, but found success in the Test series. In the first Test at Multan, Yuvraj scored 59 - his maiden Test fifty - as India registered an innings win. He also picked up his maiden Test wicket during the second innings of Pakistan.[44] In the second Test at Lahore, Yuvraj scored his maiden Test century during India's first innings while the rest of the batting lineup struggled against the bowling of Umar Gul. Yuvraj's innings of 112 came from 129 deliveries with 15 fours and two sixes. He made only 12 runs in the second innings and Pakistan leveled the series by winning the match by 9 wickets.[45] He scored 47 in the final Test at Rawalpindi where India secured the series with another innings victory.[46] However, he lost his form in the latter half of 2004 with batting averages of 31 in the 2004 Asia Cup, 12.33 in the Natwest Series in England and 4.50 in the 2004 ICC Champions Trophy. In October 2004, after the first two Tests of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, he was dropped from the Test squad as his dismal run with the bat yielded just 47 runs from the two matches.

2005–2006: Revival in form[edit]

Despite the dip in form towards the end of 2004, Yuvraj continued to be a regular feature in the Indian ODI team. In the Platinum Jubilee Match against Pakistan in November 2004, Yuvraj scored a 62-ball 78 in a losing cause.[47] In December 2004, Yuvraj scored 94 runs at an average of 31.33 in the three-match ODI tour of Bangladesh including a blistering knock of 69 from 32 balls in the final ODI at Dhaka.[48] He had a disappointing ODI series at home against Pakistan in April 2005, scoring 98 runs in six matches at 19.60.[49]

In July-August 2005, Yuvraj was the leading run-getter for India in the 2005 Indian Oil Cup triangular series in Sri Lanka also involving the hosts Sri Lanka and West Indies. He scored 192 runs in four matches, averaging 48.[50] He also recorded his third ODI century during the series - 110 runs from 114 balls (11 fours and one six) - against West Indies at Colombo for which he was awarded the man of the match.[51] Yuvraj then played in the Videocon Cup in August-September 2005, a triangular series involving India, New Zealand and the hosts Zimbabwe. He averaged 54 with the bat in the series, scoring 216 runs from 5 matches.[52] His innings of 120, in the final round-robin match against Zimbabwe at Harare, helped India recover from a precarious position of 36-4 and successfully chase down the target of 251. It was his fourth ODI hundred and he won the man of the match award for his efforts.[53] In the two-match Test tour of Zimbabwe that followed the tri-series in September, Yuvraj had scores of 12 and 25. In October-November 2005, Yuvraj had a quiet seven-match ODI series at home against Sri Lanka. He managed just 124 runs in six innings at an average of 31 with a top-score of 79*.

In November 2005, Yuvraj scored 103 in the first ODI against South Africa at Hyderabad to take India from 35-5 to a respectable total of 249-9. Yuvraj won the man of the match award although South Africa won the game by five wickets.[54] He picked up 1/17 and scored the winning runs in the second ODI at Bangalore, before the third match at Chennai was washed out due to rain. He scored 53 and 49 in the final two matches at Delhi and Ahmedabad respectively, and the series was drawn 2-2. Yuvraj and South African captain Graeme Smith were jointly awarded the man of the series as each of them scored 209 runs at 69.66, finishing as joint-highest run-getters of the series.[55] Yuvraj had a mixed home Test series against Sri Lanka in December 2005 as he registered two ducks and two half-centuries. He scored 0 & 77* in the second Test at Delhi, and 0 & 75 in the third Test at Ahmedabad as India won both the matches by comfortable margins.

Yuvraj was picked in both Test and ODI squads for the Pakistan tour in January-February 2006. The first two Tests were drawn in which Yuvraj batted only once, in the second Test, scoring 4. In the third Test at Karachi, Yuvraj top-scored for India in both innings. After scoring 45 in the first innings, he went to score his second Test hundred in the second innings (122 runs from 144 balls). India lost the match by 341 runs and the series 1-0.[56] In the one-day series, he continued to be in sublime form. He scored a 28-ball 39 in the first ODI at Peshawar which Pakistan won by 7 runs by Duckworth–Lewis method.[57] He scored an unbeaten 82 in the second match at Rawalpindi taking India to an emphatic 7-wicket win,[58] before scoring an unbeaten 79 in the third game at Lahore and helping India successfully chase the target of 289.[59] In the low-scoring fourth match at Multan, Yuvraj scored 37 as India took the series with a five-wicket victory.[60] In the fifth and the final ODI at Karachi, Yuvraj, batting at three, hit his sixth ODI century. His innings of 107* which came off 93 balls with 13 boundaries, helped India comfortably chase down the target of 287 for the loss of only two wickets. He won the man of the match award for this innings and was also adjudged player of the series.[61] Against England, Yuvraj averaged 21.33 in two Tests in March but proved to be successful with both bat and ball in the ODI series in which he again won the player of the series award. During the series, Yuvraj won back-to-back man of the match awards in the third and fourth ODIs. In the third match, he made 103 from 76 balls, and in the fourth match, he picked 2/34 and scored 48. He scored a total of 237 runs in the series at an average of 47.40 and picked up 6 wickets with his part-time bowling.[62]

2007-2011[edit]

On 19 September 2007 against England in the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 Super 8 match held at Kingsmead in Durban, he hit 6 Sixes in an over off Stuart Broad. This helped him to reach the fastest fifty ever in a Twenty20 game, off just 12 balls and also the fastest in any form of international cricket.[63][64][65] This was the fourth time that six sixes had been hit in one over in senior cricket, the first time in Twenty20 cricket, and the first time in any form of international cricket against a bowler from a Test playing nation. He has also hit the longest six of the tournament: 119 metres (390 ft) off Australian bowler Brett Lee.[66] Yuvraj was awarded a Porsche 911 for his 6 sixes achievement by the Vice President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Lalit Modi. Yuvraj also received Rs.10,000,000 (US$252,716) in cash from the BCCI for his performance in the tournament.[67] He is also the first Indian player to cross 100 Sixes in Twenty 20 matches.

Yuvraj also scored 70 runs off 30 balls and went on to claim the Man of the Match against Australia in the World Twenty20 semifinals at Durban.[68]

In September 2007, he was named as the ODI vice-captain of Mahendra Singh Dhoni after the resignation of Rahul Dravid. He then scored 121 in a losing cause during India's One-day International series defeat at the hands of Australia before enjoying a return to form as India beat Pakistan 3-2 on home soil in November 2007. He was named Man of the series. In the five matches, he scored four half-centuries, although he was fined after showing dissent in the final match in Jaipur. Yuvraj was included in India's Test squad to face Pakistan in November 2007, but was not included in the playing 11 for the first test. Yuvraj was picked in the 3rd Test due to an injured Sachin Tendulkar. India was 61/4 before he and Sourav Ganguly made a 300 run partnership with Yuvraj recording his highest Test score of 169. He had a very poor Test series against Australia in Indian tour to that country in 2007/08. After his poor showing in the first two Tests he was dropped for the remainder of the series. In November 2008, he hit 138 not out from 78 balls against England at Rajkot, taking 64 balls to reach his century which at the time was the second fastest by an Indian in ODIs after Mohammad Azharuddin's century in 1988 against New Zealand came off 62 balls. After reaching 50 from 42 balls, he added a further 88 in the next 36 balls. He did so despite straining his back, which necessitated the use of Gautam Gambhir as a runner. This was followed by 118 from 122 balls and a 4/28 all his wickets being specialist batsmen in the next match in Indore, earning him two consecutive man of the match awards. Yuvraj scored 85 not out put on an unbroken partnership of 163 with Sachin Tendulkar to defeat England in the First Test at Chennai in December 2008. It was the fourth highest successful run chase in history and the highest in India. Yuvraj scores a quick, unbeaten 54 in the second innings of the Napier Test against New Zealand to help India save the game after following on. India preserves their lead and go on to win the series 1-0. Yuvraj is dropped from the Asia Cup following the team's return from the World Twenty20 in West Indies. Lack of form, disciplinary reasons and fitness are talked of as the reasons for his exclusion, but he makes a return for the series against Sri Lanka. With Suresh Raina scoring a century on Test debut and Cheteshwar Pujara making a compelling case for higher honors with his consistent first-class performances, Yuvraj is dropped from the Test squad for the two-match series against Australia. World Cup was dream for Yuvraj as he scores 362 runs including one century and four fifties takes 15 wickets, wins four Man-of-the-Match awards and is also Player of the Tournament. In the process, he becomes the first allrounder to score 300-plus runs and take 15 wickets in a single World Cup. In the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, in India's match against Ireland, he became the first player to take 5 Wickets and score 50 runs in a World Cup match. He took his 100th ODI wicket, with the dismissal of Wesley Barresi in the 2011 World Cup match against the Netherlands. In the 2011 World Cup till he took charge of the chase against defending champions Australia. In recent years, he has added value to the side through his improved off spin. In the ICC World Cup 2011, he has thus far won the Man of the Match award four times, which is joint best with Sri Lanka's Aravinda de Silva in 1996 and South Africa's Lance Klusener in 1999. Yuvraj had respiratory difficulties through 2011 and in May he withdrew from the ODI series in the West Indies due to an illness. He toured England but had to return home after breaking his finger in the Nottingham Test and later played two home Tests against West Indies. However, he then pulled out of the ODI series against West Indies in November citing an abnormal tumor in his lung. Yuvraj had originally targeted the CB series in Australia for his return to international cricket.

His issues began with breathing difficulties, nausea and bouts of vomiting blood during India's successful run through the 2011 World Cup, which he ended as the player of the tournament. In 2011, he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor stage-I in his left lung and underwent chemotherapy treatment at the Cancer Research Institute in Boston, USA as well as Medicine Facilities in Indianapolis, Indiana. Shabnam Singh was with Yuvraj during his diagnosis with a cancerous tumor in his left lung in USA.

2012-2014[edit]

In March 2012, Yuvraj was discharged from hospital after completing the third and final cycle of chemotherapy and returned to India in April.

After his chemotherapy sessions treating seminoma in Indianapolis, Yuvraj's cancer showing full signs of remission, he aimed at resuming cricket at the World Twenty20. The selectors picked Yuvraj Singh to be a part of the 15-member Indian squad for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in September, 2012.

He played against New Zealand in a T20I at Chennai where he scored 34 off 26 balls (1 four, 2 sixes) as his side lost by only 1 run. He started his World Twenty20 campaign with a 3/24 against Afghanistan. He took 1/16 against Australia, 2/16 against Pakistan and a 2/23 against South Africa. He ended up being the highest wicket taker for India in the tournament, though he could not match up to the expectations with his bat.

He got selected to the Test series against England at home, and while preparing for test, he played a single Duleep Trophy match against Central Zone at Hyderabad where he scored 208 off 241 balls (33 fours and 3 sixes) before being caught and bowled by Murali Kartik. Then he also starred in a first class match against England as a member of India A cricket team, where he scored 59 (7 fours and 4 sixes), and took 5/94 at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. He later played 3 test matches in the 4 match test series against England after which he was dropped. He later was selected for the India Pakistan Series in the second T20 he came back to form by scoring a blistering 72 off just 36 balls. He could not make an impact in the One Day series against Pakistan and England only scoring 1 half century in 7 matches. He did not have a very good IPL troubled by a back injury and bad form he was dropped from the squad for the Champions Trophy and Zimbabwe series. He made a come back through India A against West Indies A series scoring 123 off just 89 balls in the first ODI followed by 40 off 58 balls and 61 off 59 balls.

In September 2013, Yuvraj made a comeback to India's limited-over’s squad for the Twenty20 and first three ODIs of the home series against Australia. However, following a fitness programme in France, he has shown a return to top form in List A cricket.

He was the leading run-getter for India A in the limited-overs series against the touring West Indies A, with 224 runs from three matches, including one hundred and a fifty at an average of 74.66. He also scored a half-century for India Blue in the Challenger Trophy, a domestic 50-overs tournament.

In October 2013, Yuvraj scored 77 off 35 showed his dominance in the only T20I against Australia at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot. India was facing an asking-rate of nearly 12 at 100 for 4 in the 12th over but Yuvraj's response was so forceful that all Dhoni needed to do was give him the strike. By the end, the partnership was 102 at exactly two runs a ball. But Yuvraj had a woeful home ODI series against Australia in October, scoring 19 runs in four innings, when he was visibly troubled by the pace of Mitchell Johnson.

He couldn't bat himself back into form in the home ODIs against West Indies or on the South Africa tour and was expected to be dropped for the New Zealand tour given the conditions in that country and the hosts' pace-heavy attack.

In February 2014, Yuvraj was bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for a whopping 14 crore. Kingfisher Airlines employee union sent a letter to Yuvraj. It requests him not to play for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

He was not selected for Asia Cup 2014 in Bangladesh but he selected for the World T20 same place. Yuvraj performances in the practice matches were major boosts for India ahead of the World T20.

In Super10 match against he missed a full delivery and was bowled second ball. In both matches, he put down what could have been costly misses Chris Gayle and Mohammad Hafeez but India created and converted more chances soon after. His solitary over in the tournament so far went for 13.

Yuvraj Singh scored 60 of 43 balls is his third fifty against Australia at Mirpur and his eighth in T20Is. Yuvraj has gone past Gautam Gambhir to become the top run-scorer for India in T20 internationals.

He had 84-run partnership with Mahendra Singh Dhoni is India's third-highest for the fifth wicket. India's highest partnership for the fifth wicket came in their last match against the same opposition, when Yuvraj and Dhoni added 102 while chasing 202 in Rajkot.

On 5th July 2014, he played for the Rest of the World XI against MCC in the Bicentenary Celebration match at Lord's, as he had been left out of India's ODI team. Under Shane Warne's captaincy, he struck almost a-run-a-ball century to rescue his team who had been struggling at 59 for 3. His 100 came up as he hit Sachin Tendulkar for a boundary. Tendulkar later got his revenge when he got out Yuvraj for 132. Rest of the World finished on 293 for 7 after 50 overs, but MCC went on to win the match by 7 wickets.[69]

Playing style[edit]

Yuvraj during fielding practice.

Yuvraj is primarily a left-handed batsman but can bowl part-time left-arm orthodox spin, which he improved in the latter part of his career. He is not regarded as a better batsman against fast bowling than spin bowling, and cites the Indian Oil Cup 2005 as a turning point in his career.[70] Yuvraj is one of the athletic fielders in the Indian team, fielding primarily at point & covers with a good aim at the stumps. Yuvraj is a natural strokeplayer with an aggressive style of play, as seen by his strike rate of above 150 in T20 internationals & just below 90 in ODIs. Many regard him as one of the best clean strikers of the ball, with his trademark punch through the covers a treat to watch. When in good touch, he can clear the ropes quite effortlessly. A Cricinfo report published in late 2005 showed that since 1999, he was the fourth most prolific fielder in affecting ODI run outs, and of those on the list of prolific fielders, he had the second highest rate of effecting a run out.[71] He was previously often characterised as having attitude problems,[72] but later often assumed leadership positions during Rahul Dravid's tenure as captain. He have also knocked 6 sixes in a row in the over of Stuart Broad in ICC T20 World Cup 2007 in a crucial stage of the game.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India nominated Yuvraj Singh for the Arjuna Award, after his man of the series performance in the 2011 World Cup.[73] Yuvraj's much awaited second innings after 10 month sabbatical was washed out by rain on 8 Sep. However he made his entry on 11 September 2012 in the second and final T20 match of the series. In February 2014, he was honored with FICCI Most Inspiring Sportsperson of the Year Award.[74]

Indian Premier League[edit]

He was the icon player and captain for Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kings XI Punjab in the first two seasons; in 2010, the third season, icon player status was abolished and the captaincy given to Kumar Sangakkara. They came second in the round-robin phase of the tournament, but lost their semi-final to the Chennai Super Kings. On 1 May 2009, Yuvraj picked up his first hat-trick in T20 cricket against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Kingsmead in Durban, the same ground where he hit his six sixes. He dismissed Robin Uthappa, Mark Boucher and Jacques Kallis. On 17 May 2009, Yuvraj picked up his second Twenty20 hat-trick against Deccan Chargers at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. Yuvraj dismissed Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Symonds and Venugopal Rao.

The Pune Warriors were a new team introduced for the 2011 IPL. Yuvraj Singh was bought by the team and chosen as captain.[75] Pune Warriors finished ninth, ahead of only the Delhi Daredevils.[76] From 14 matches, Yuvraj scored 343 runs at an average of 34.30, including two half-centuries.[77] After much controversy BCCI had allowed Pune Warriors to have his replacement for 2012 Indian Premier League, citing his medical condition and nonavailability for 2012 IPL due to the same.[78] In 2014, Yuvraj was bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for a whopping 14 crore.[79][80] Kingfisher employee union sent a letter to Yuvraj. It requests him not to play for Royal Challengers Bangalore.[81][82]

Season by season at IPL[edit]

-IPL Batting Statistics of Yuvraj Singh
Year Team Mats Runs HS Ave SR 100 50 4s 6s
2008 Kings XI Punjab [83][84][85] 15 299 57 23.00 162.50 0 1 24 19
2009 14 340 58* 28.33 115.64 0 2 25 16
2010 14 255 43 21.25 128.14 0 0 20 14
2011 Pune Warriors India [86] 14 343 66* 34.30 131.41 0 2 24 18
2013 13 205 34 20.5 125.76 0 0 14 12
2014 Royal Challengers Bangalore [87] 14 376 83 34.18 135.25 0 3 22 28
2008-2014 Total [88] 84 1851 83 26.44 131.65 0 8 129 110

Centuries[edit]

Test centuries[edit]

Test Cricket Centuries of Yuvraj Singh
# Runs Match Against Venue Venue Year Result
1 112 11  Pakistan Lahore, Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium 2004 Lost[89]
2 122 13  Pakistan Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium, Karachi 2006 Lost[90]
3 169 20  Pakistan Bangalore, India M.Chinnaswamy Stadium 2007 Drawn[91]

ODI centuries[edit]

ODI Cricket Centuries of Yuvraj Singh
# Runs Balls Against Venue Venue Year
1 102 85  Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh Shere Bangla National Stadium 2003
2 139 122  Australia Sydney, Australia Sydney Cricket Ground 2004
3 110 114  West Indies Colombo, Sri Lanka R Premadasa Stadium 2005
4 120 124  Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 2005
5 103 122  South Africa Hyderabad, India Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium 2005
6 107* 93  Pakistan Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium, Karachi 2006
7 103 76  England Margao, India Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, Margao 2006
8 121 115  Australia Hyderabad, India Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium 2007
9 138* 78  England Rajkot, India Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground 2008
10 118 122  England Indore, India Maharani Usharaje Trust Cricket 2008
11 117 95  Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka R Premadasa Stadium 2009
12 131 102  West Indies Kingston, Jamaica Sabina Park 2009
13 113 123  West Indies Chennai, India MA Chidambaram Stadium 2011

Commercial interests[edit]

Singh shooting for Ulysse Nardin watches as Ambassador

Yuvraj was signed by Microsoft to be a brand ambassador for the Xbox 360 video game console when it was launched in India in 2006. He appeared in advertisements for the console alongside Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar. Codemasters' cricket video game Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 was released with his endorsement in India, titled "Yuvraj Singh International Cricket 2007".[92] The Bollywood animated film, Jumbo features cricketer Yuvraj Singh's voice therefore starting his career in Bollywood.[93] The upcoming animated full length feature film Captain India features Yuvraj Singh as the main protagonist.[94]

Yuvraj has also been involved in sports based e-commerce; he is a brand ambassador of sports365.in, an online store focused on selling sports goods and fitness equipment.[95] Yuvraj is also the brand ambassador for the famous sports brand Puma, which is also endorsed by other stars such as Usain Bolt, Fernando Alonso and Sergio Agüero.[96]

See also[edit]

The Test of My Life: From Cricket to Cancer and Back

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Preceded by
Glenn McGrath
World Cup Player of the Series winner
2011
Succeeded by
TBD