Yuvraj Singh - Man Of The Tournament In World Cup 2011

Yuvraj Singh Bhandal was born on 12th December 1981 at Chandigarh. He was born in a Sikh Jatt family. He is the son of former India fast bowler, Yograj Singh, who later went on to become a Punjabi film star.  During his childhood, Yuvraj Singh was interested in tennis and roller skating. He was decent in tennis and went on to become the Under 14 National Roller Skating Champion. His father reminded him that he has to make a name in cricket eventually. His nickname is `Yuvi’.

Yuvraj Singh was nineteen when he made his international debut. He played for Punjab in the Ranji Trophy. He also played County cricket for Yorkshire later. He made his test debut against New Zealand at Chandigarh on 16th December 2003.  He made his one day international debut against Kenya at Nairobi on 3rd October 2000. He made his T20 International debut against Scotland at Durban on 13th September 2007. He made an instant impact on the international stage with his effortless stroke play.

He has played so far 34 tests, scoring 1,639 runs with three centuries and nine fifties. He has taken thirty catches and eight wickets. He has played 274 one day matches, scoring 9,192 runs with 13 centuries and 49 fifties. He has taken 84 catches and 109 wickets. He has played 23 T 20 Internationals, scoring 567 runs with five fifties. He has taken six catches and eight wickets. He has played 440 first class matches, scoring 16,280 runs with 35 centuries and 91 fifties. He has taken 198 catches and 163 wickets.

Yuvraj Singh is a left arm batsman and a left arm slow orthodox leg break bowler.  He has crossed his 9000 runs mark and 100 wickets mark in one day internationals. He is in his tenth year in international cricket. When he hits the ball cleanly, the ball stays hit a long way when all is well with him. When all is not well with him, he looks awkward when tackling the pacy short pitched ball. Many times, quality spin bowling troubled him but he did not let that bother him. Undoubtedly, he is a talented left hander and his ability to play a crucial innings when it mattered has earned him the label of a match winner frequently. His ability to accelerate in the power play stage of a one day international makes him, without any doubt, one of the best in the world. Many critics feel that he has the potential to lead India.

Yuvraj Singh has gained huge popularity since he hit those six sixes in an over off the English pace man, Stuart Broad, in the T20 International World Cup in 2007. He got the fastest fifty ever in cricket then.

In this year’s world cup, he was awarded the Man of the Tournament. He got four Man of the Match awards in seven games. This is an achievement beyond any other cricketer in world cup history. Yuvraj Singh has always been strong mentally and has the ability to pick himself up from the ground when he is down. More often than not, he comes back with more than just a bang. After this world cup, he has become the Maharaj of Indian cricket.

Yuvraj Singh had such a lull with the bat before the World Cup that there were doubts on whether he will be selected in the side. The adage applies to him that form is temporary while class is permanent. He vindicated the faith of the selectors. He is a natural fighter. By working hard on his bowling, he has moulded himself into a capable all rounder for the side. He can now be relied upon to bowl the full quota of ten overs in a one day international and pick up wickets, too. In this year’s world cup, he became the first player to score a half century and pick up five wickets in a match against Ireland.

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