Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh left his fans stunned after he announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on June 10. Considered as as one of the best one-day players India have ever produced, Yuvraj said, “It was a great rollercoaster ride and a beautiful story but it has to come to an end. It was the right time to go.”
Soon after Yuvraj announced his decision, his fans including celebrities from Bollywood and Pollywood industry flooded the social media sites with farewell messages. Now, Yuvraj Singh’s father Yograj Singh has let his heart out and talked about the little known insights of Yuvraj’s journey to cricket.
Popular Punjabi actor Yograj Singh, who also represented Indian cricket team, said: “It has been 40 years since I was dropped from the Indian team and I have lived with this pain throughout my life.”
“Yuvraj’s story began at that time. He was one-and-half-years old when I got him his first cricket bat and ball. My mother Gurnam Kaur bowled the first ball to him. We still have that picture.
“Yuvraj was six when I took him to the Sector 16 Stadium, where I used to train. There used to be a pace academy and I would tell Yuvraj to practice without helmet.
“He would run for more than one-and-a-half hours in the stadium daily. I remember once my mother was on her death bed and she told me that I was spoiling Yuvraj’s life with such a harsh training. That was the only time I regretted being harsh on my son,” Yograj was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.
Yograj Singh, who is popular for roles in Punjabi films like ’25 Kille’ and ‘Dulla Vaily’ among others, feels that Yuvi could have broken all ODI and T20 records, had he not been injured while playing Kho-Kho, as a part of then Coach Greg Chappell’s warm-up sessions.
“Had it not been for the knee injury he suffered while playing kho-kho when Greg Chappell was the coach, Yuvraj could have broken all the ODI and T20 international records.
“I cannot forgive Chappell for that,” he said.
On Yuvraj’s battle with cancer, Yograj said: “When he suffered from cancer, it made me cry too. I would ask God that this story cannot end this way. I would cry in my room all alone. I didn’t cry in front of him. He would tell me that ‘Papa, even I die, I want you and the whole country to see the World Cup trophy in my hands’.”
Yuvraj Singh will always be remembered for his performance in 2011 World Cup which team India won by beating Sri Lankans in the finals at the Wankhede in Mumbai.
He was adjudged the player of the tournament as he scored 362 runs in eight innings, which included four fifties and one century. He also picked up crucial wickets in the tournament and finished as the second highest wicket-taker in the tournament.
Besides, he became the overnight sensation when he struck six consecutive sixes off Stuart Broad in a T20 match against England.