SINGH IS KING-THE YUVRAJ OF T20
More often than not, Yuvraj Singh is seen as the poster boy of T20 in India. It is to do with his knock in 2007 in the T20 world cup. All hell broke loose when he hit Stuart Broad for 6 sixes in the final match of the first ever T20 World Cup. But overall, being the athlete and fighter that Yuvraj is, he is synonymous with this nascent format of the game.
Yuvraj Singh has always been a promising player. His run up in the global cricket forum has been incredible. Under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj flourished in a confident manner. His middle order presence strengthened the team’s standing. As a spin bowler too, Yuvraj was an unmatched team member to have. Over and over again he proved his metal and rarely left spectators disappointed. What he brings to the table is confidence, a trait every young cricketer must only dream to achieve at that age. Yuvraj was and is an outstanding contributor to the game.
But at the recently concluded T20 World Cup, Yuvi had to face the wrath of the fans. He was scrutinized after India’a defeat at the penultimate match of the series. In a recent article, Yuvi has said, “ It was really hard to get over the defeat in the T-20 final against Sri Lanka. As a team we played a fantastic tournament and displayed emphatic cricket all around. But in the finals thing didn’t go the way we planned and it’s not easy to overcome that disappointment. A match like this always leaves the feeling of ‘so near yet so far." But as sportsmen we need to overcome these emotions very quickly and move onto the next challenge.” Yuvi joining RCB has seen fans raise their optimism about his game.
About joining the RCB camp, Yuvi has said, “ For me there is another reason to be happy. I am thrilled to be a part of Royal Challengers Bangalore and I hope this will be a memorable season for RCB. Most of us got a short but very refreshing break after the World T-20 and now everyone is looking fresh and ready for the next 50 days.” We are thrilled to have Yuvi by our side!
His stint with a life threatening illness didn’t leave Yuvi, as he is fondly known, remotely discouraged to play the game. After all, the talent that one thing that people are always grateful for. He came back stronger, though his game had marginally suffered after his illness, he proved to be a major inspiration to many young people all over the world.
Yuvraj’s personality is a matter of great conversation. Known for his aggression and happy go lucky demeanor simultaneously, many young cricketers look upto him for his magnetic attitude. He comes across as the man who enjoys what he does and that makes people watching him admire him. The field is his comfort zone and whatever he does, he does with complete passion.
As he stood, his eyes welled in tears, the night India lifted the World Cup in 2011, one could only see, how much it meant for him to wear the Indian cap and play for the nation. Though he has matured and mellowed with age, his knocks still remind you of his younger days as a cricketer. Here is a man who has lent his unconditional support for the team. He is a Yuvraj in every form, be it T20 or the longer formats. Yuvi will remain one of the fondest players ever and T20 is fortunate to have witnessed the magic.
Here is Yuvraj Singh's message, in his own words:-
Last one week was really tough. It was really hard to get over the defeat in the T-20 final against Sri Lanka. As a team we played a fantastic tournament and displayed emphatic cricket all around. But in the finals thing didn’t go the way we planned and it’s not easy to overcome that disappointment. A match like this always leaves the feeling of ‘so near yet so far.’ But as sportsmen we need to overcome these emotions very quickly and move onto the next challenge. In my younger days one of my coaches told me that as sportsperson one should be able to tolerate their success and handle their defeats.
So my next challenge is in front of me and I am really looking forward to it. IPL-7 is about to kick start and everything is buzzing with excitement. Dubai and adjoining cities of Sharjah and Abu Dhabi are ready to add new chapter in the IPL history. IPL’s new hosts UAE, is doing their best to make it memorable. Practice facilities and arrangements are top class and now everyone is waiting for the game to start. This part of the world has loads of Indian and South Asians and I can imagine they won’t miss the chance to see this spectacle live. So I expect a full house in most of the games.
For me there is another reason to be happy. I am thrilled to be a part of Royal Challengers Bangalore and I hope this will be a memorable season for RCB. Most of us got a short but very refreshing break after the World T-20 and now everyone is looking fresh and ready for the next 50 days. Last few days have given us ample time to be with each other and figure out our combinations. We had some very useful practice sessions and that has given use fair idea about our strategies and game-plans.
We have a very good mix of experience & youth and positivity around the team is infectious and uplifting. This comes across as a group that is willing to back each other in good and bad times. It’s an absolute privilege to share the dressing room with likes of Chris Gayle, Muttiah Muralitharan, AB de Villiers, Daniel Vettori and Alan Donald. It’s equally pleasing to know that I would be bowling to Gayle in the nets only. On Friday we are up against renovated Delhi Daredevils and going by the look of both sides this will be an exciting game.
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