Yuvraj is one of the good players India has ever had in its top XI. With his immense love for Cricket and significant technique, he brought India a numerous number of victories into the hands of Team India. Yuvraj Singh is a left-handed batsman who also bowls left-arm orthodox spin, a flamboyant and fearless cricketer. A better player of fast bowling, Yuvraj has the ability and power to strike the ball long and clean, and his aggressive batting has even proved to be a match winner on many occasions. He is also a spectacular point fielder, with quick reflexes that make him rank high on the list of prolific fielders affecting ODI run outs.
Yuvraj Singh began his cricket career playing domestic cricket in tournaments such as the Under-19 Cooch-Behar Trophy and the Under-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka (2000). He was selected for the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, and since then his cricketing career moved ahead in full stream. Yuvraj made his One-Day International debut for India against Kenya at Nairobi in 2000, at the 2000 ICC Champions Trophy. He proved his potential with brilliant innings at tournaments like the Natwest Series final (2002) with his amazing partnership with Mohammad Kaif; the 2003 Cricket World Cup and the 2005 Indian Oil Cup where he scored a memorable 110 runs of 114 balls and was also judged the man of the match against West Indies.
He hit six sixes in a single over in a 2007 ICC World 20-20 match. He is the first all-rounder to score 300 plus runs and to take 15 wickets in a single World Cup. He was the Man of the Tournament in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. In 2012, he was awarded the Arjuna Award (India’s second highest, Sporting Award) by the President of India. He was awarded the Padma Shri Award in 2014. He was honoured with FICCI Most Inspiring Sportsperson of the Year Award in February 2014.
His few words to the world before the announcement of his retirement were “I’d like to extend a very warm welcome to my friends from the media, my family, friends and fans from all across the world who are going to be part of, what is a very difficult and at the same time a beautiful moment for me I can’t really put it in words but I will try. After 25 years in and around the 22 yards and almost 17 years of international cricket on and off, I have decided to move on. Thank you for taking the time out to be here and to support me.”