February 5, 2012
Yuvraj Singh has been diagnosed with cancer and is currently undergoing chemotherapy in the United States. A tumour on his lung was diagnosed as non-malignant late last year, but his physiotherapist has now confirmed that it is cancerous. Dr Jatin Chaudhary said it was “100% curable” and that Yuvraj would be “fit to be back on the field” in May.
“It is a rare tumour and is cancerous but it has been detected in stage one itself,” Chaudhary told PTI. “Doctors had to decide whether to continue medication or go for chemotherapy but since parts of the tumour are just above the artery of his heart, there was a danger that while running it could burst. But it is 100% curable.
“The doctors decided that he would have to undergo chemotherapy and he travelled to the US on January 26. End of March, he would undergo a CT scan and should recover by then.
Yuvraj hasn’t played competitive cricket since the Tests against West Indies last November, when news of his tumour became public. He had originally hoped to make a comeback in the tri-series in Australia, but last month it was announced that he would not be fit in time for the IPL, which begins in April. “Once he is done with chemo in March, his rehabilitation would be complete by April end and he would be perfectly fit to play in May.”
A Man-of-the-Series performance in India’s World Cup win in 2011 has been sandwiched by two forgettable years for Yuvraj. He battled with form and fitness in 2010, losing his place in the side. After the World Cup, several injuries curtailed his appearances for India, before the detection of the tumour forced his current absence from cricket.
Full name Yuvraj Singh
Born December 12, 1981, Chandigarh
Current age 30 years 55 days
Major teams India, Asia XI, Kings XI Punjab, Pune Warriors, Punjab, Yorkshire
Playing role Middle-order batsman
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Slow left-arm orthodox
Relation Father – B Yograj Singh
|Test debut||India v New Zealand at Mohali, Oct 16-20, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Test||India v West Indies at Kolkata, Nov 14-17, 2011 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Kenya v India at Nairobi (Gym), Oct 3, 2000 scorecard|
|Last ODI||India v Sri Lanka at Mumbai, Apr 2, 2011 scorecard|
|T20I debut||India v Scotland at Durban, Sep 13, 2007 scorecard|
|Last T20I||South Africa v India at Durban, Jan 9, 2011 scorecard|
|Last First-class||India v West Indies at Kolkata, Nov 14-17, 2011 scorecard|
|List A debut||1999/00|
|Last List A||India v Sri Lanka at Mumbai, Apr 2, 2011 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Yorkshire v Derbyshire at Leeds, Jun 14, 2003 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||Jammu & Kashmir v Punjab at Rohtak, Oct 25, 2011 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|25, 0/14||India||v West Indies||Kolkata||14 Nov 2011||Test # 2017|
|0/2, 23, 0/2, 18||India||v West Indies||Delhi||6 Nov 2011||Test # 2015|
|0/13, 27||Punjab||v J + K||Rohtak||25 Oct 2011||Twenty20|
|2, 0/18||Punjab||v Services||Rohtak||24 Oct 2011||Twenty20|
|0/1, 62, 1/51, 8||India||v England||Nottingham||29 Jul 2011||Test # 2001|
|0/76, 0||Indians||v Somerset||Taunton||15 Jul 2011||First-class|
|0/8||Pune||v Delhi||Delhi||21 May 2011||Twenty20|
|24, 0/12||Pune||v Kolkata||Mumbai||19 May 2011||Twenty20|
|23, 1/27||Pune||v Deccan||Mumbai||16 May 2011||Twenty20|
|2/17, 2||Pune||v Deccan||Hyderabad (Deccan)||10 May 2011||Twenty20|
When all is well with Yuvraj Singh, he hits the ball as clean and long as it has ever been hit. When all is not well, he looks so awkward you forget he can hit the ball clean and long. All is well with Yuvraj more often in limited-overs cricket, where he can be effortless and brutal at the same time, than in Tests. When he started off his athleticism on the field and his canny left-arm spin made him a dream one-day player as Indian cricket went through a makeover at the turn of the century.
Yuvraj’s father, Yograj, who played one Test for India, was what Mike Agassi was to Andre. So obsessed was he with Yuvraj’s cricket that he took a skating gold medal off his young son’s neck and threw it out of the car. “From now on, you are going to play cricket.” And from then on he has played cricket. The major shift came when, at 15, he carried kitbags in crowded local trains, living away from his parents and a luxurious life in Punjab. At 18 he was shredding a strong Australian attack, in only his second ODI, in the Champions Trophy in 2000.
Soon Yuvraj would become India’s middle-order lynchpin, forming fruitful partnerships first with Rahul Dravid and then with MS Dhoni. Both batsmen, superb ODI operators in their own right, credited their success to Yuvraj’s ability to score at will. Testament to Yuvraj’s importance is that when he was dropped from the ODI side in 2010, it was the first such occurrence since he cemented his place in the Indian team. His ODI career is full of highlight reels, with the biggest impact being his contribution to India’s World Cup triumph in 2011 – 362 runs, 15 wickets, and four Man-of-the-Match awards, and the Player of the Tournament. That put to shade even his awesome achievement in the World Twenty20 triumph in 2007, where he famously hit a Stuart Broad over for six sixes.
However, his limitations have manifested themselves in Tests, where he has struggled both against the seaming and swinging ball, and quality spin. Apart from three shining innings – a sparkling century on a Lahore greentop, another from 61 for 4 against Pakistan, and an unbeaten 85 in a successful chase of 387 in Chennai – his Test career doesn’t have much to write home about.
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- January 2000
Making an early impression
- Yuvraj Singh’s talent is spotted fairly early and he makes a mark in India’s Under-19 World Cup triumph in Sri Lanka in 2000. He makes 203 runs at 33.83 and also impresses with his left-arm spin. Less than a year later, he is a part of the national team.
- October 2000
Grabbing the limelight
- Yuvraj hits the headlines in just his second ODI when the Indian team is emerging out of the match-fixing crisis under the leadership of Sourav Ganguly. Against Australia in the quarter-final of the ICC Knockout Tournament, Yuvraj blazes to 84 off 80 balls in a memorable win.
- August 2001
Recovery after a slump
- Yuvraj is unable to live up to expectations after that tournament and experiences a decline before fighting back with an unbeaten 98 against Sri Lanka in Colombo.
- March 2002
Yuvraj finds consistency
- Despite the odd success here and there, Yuvraj struggles for consistency and is dropped. He makes a return in the ODI series against Zimbabwe at home, and strikes successive fifties to seal his comeback.
- July 2002
Delight at Lord’s
- In one of India’s finest moments in ODI cricket, Yuvraj, who made 69, and Mohammad Kaif combine to hand their team a thrilling two-wicket win while chasing 325 in the Natwest Series final against England at Lord’s. It also seals Yuvraj’s place in the ODI team for good.
- February-March 2003
A first senior World Cup
- April 2003
An overdue century
- The first ton takes a long time coming but in his 71st ODI, against Bangladesh, Yuvraj hits an unbeaten 102 in India’s thumping win.
- May 2003
County cricket beckons
- Yuvraj becomes the second India – after Sachin Tendulkar – to sign with Yorkshire, and represents them in the 2003 English domestic season with mixed success.
- October 2003
A Test debut finally
- After more than three years in international cricket, Yuvraj plays his first Test, a high-scoring draw between India and New Zealand in his home ground in Mohali. He makes 20 and an unbeaten 5.
- January 2004
Yuvraj blasts the Aussies
- In another landmark performance, Yuvraj sizzles at the SCG with a blistering 139, smashing 16 sixes and two sixes against the hosts. It is, however, in a losing cause.
- March-April 2004
Success in Pakistan
- Yuvraj promises aplenty with his performance in India’s victorious Test series in Pakistan, with a half-century in Multan, a stand-out maiden century in tough conditions in Lahore and a useful 47 in the final game in Rawalpindi. It also marks the beginning of a string of fine performances against Pakistan.
- January-February 2006
Another ton in vain
- Yuvraj excels in a hopeless cause for India, making 122 against Pakistan in Karachi when asked to chase 607. There is a turn of fortunes for the team in the ODI series that follows, and Yuvraj shines again with scores of 39, 82*, 79*, 37 and 107*.
- May 20 2006
So near, yet so far
- An agonising defeat for India as they are beaten by one run in Kingston by West Indies. Yuvraj stars with 93 and with two needed off three balls he is deceived by a slower delivery by Dwayne Bravo to be bowled and hand the hosts a thrilling win. That defeat ends a run of successes while chasing targets in ODIs, and India go on to lose the series 4-1.
- March 2007
World Cup disappointment
- September 2007
Six balls, six sixes
- November-December 2007
Yuvraj torments Pakistan again
- Yuvraj strikes four fifties in five games during the ODI series and scores 169 to rescue India from a difficult position in Bangalore.
- November-December 2008
A memorable duel against England
- March 30 2009
Keeping the lead intact
- Yuvraj scores a quick, unbeaten 54 in the second innings of the Napier Test against New Zealand to help India save the game after following on. India preserve their lead and go on to win the series 1-0.
- June 2010
Decline and return
- Yuvraj is dropped from the Asia Cup following the team’s return from the World Twenty20 in West Indies. Lack of form, disciplinary reasons and fitness are talked of as the reasons for his exclusion, but he makes a return for the series against Sri Lanka.
- September 20, 2010
Dropped from the Test squad
- With Suresh Raina scoring a century on Test debut and Cheteshwar Pujara making a compelling case for higher honours with his consistent first-class performances, Yuvraj is dropped from the Test squad for the two-match series against Australia.
- Feb 19 – Apr 2, 2011
- A dream World Cup for Yuvraj, as he scores 362 runs – including one centuries and four fifties – takes 15 wickets, wins four Man-of-the-Match awards, and is also Player of the Tournament. In the process, he becomes the first allrounder to score 300-plus runs and take 15 wickets in a single World Cup.
ICC Twenty20 International Performance of the Year 2008