Yuvraj Singh is a sort of destiny’s child. A 14 year of cricketing career has a mix of lofty highs as well as seen the despairing depths.
But, there are very few sportspersons in India, and for that matter in the world, who are blessed with such unconditional love from the fans. Right from his under 19 days, he was marked out as a special talent. He did justice to this early reputation with a fantastic debut knock against the mighty Aussies. And, from that day onwards, Yuvi never looked back. And, the fans have never missed showering their affection on him.
The scintillating performance in World Cup 2011, where he was adjudicated as the Man of the Tournament, was a pinnacle (362 runs and 15 wickets) of his sporting career. And every sportsperson would love to live in this phase for as long as possible. But, destiny had other plans. He had to stay away from the game – the thing he loved the most in his life, to beat a rare form of cancer. The cricket fraternity was in shock and fans could not hold back tears.
But, Yuvi had other plans. He fought the illness like a warrior. While most would’ve written off his cricketing career, he made a roaring comeback. When he came to bat in that T20 game against New Zealand in Chennai, the fans bowed to him and not one eye in the stadium was without tears. Yuvi, despite being a shade of what he was before the illness, entertained the fans with a 34 off 26 balls.
Everyone would have loved to see him regain the form quickly but the mentally & physically draining illness had taken a toll on him. The modern day cricket has become more strenuous. The form dipped and he was not considered for the squads in Champions Trophy and the World Cup.
After going through what he had, most people would have given up but Yuvi still was looking to make a comeback. Injuries to a few players prior to the World cup opened up a ray of hope for him; and more so for his fans. In hindsight, all experts opined that if Yuvi had played the Worldcup, India would have been stronger team than what it was. In the background, however, Yuvi kept working on his fitness and form. He had an outstanding Ranji season which was marked with 3 back to back hundreds.
And, Yuvi is still far from being done. With the kind of form and fitness he is in, it is only a matter of time before he is back in the national team. IPL 2015 presents a great opportunity to Yuvi to show the world (& the men who matters in India) that he still is a match winner.
To his fans, Yuvi is already a Champion and each one of them is eagerly waiting to cheer every stroke from him bat. For them, the color of the jersey he dones in IPL, is just a matter of minor details. The only jersey that they really want to see on Yuvi is the Team India Blue Jersey. And, those days are not so far.
All the best Yuvi. No matter what happens, you are and will always remain a true warrior and a champion in our heart.