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Yuvraj Singh [1] pronunciation (help·info) (born 12 December 1981) is an Indian cricketer, and the son of former Indian fast bowler and Punjabi movie star Yograj Singh.[1] He has been a member of the Indian cricket team since 2000 (ODIs) and played his first Testmatch in 2003. He was the vice-captain of the ODI team from late-2007 to late-2008. At the2007 World Twenty20 he hit six sixes in an over against England's Stuart Broad—a feat performed only three times previously in any form of senior cricket, and previously never in an international match between two Test cricket nations. He was named the Man of the Tournament in the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

He was recently diagnosed with a cancerous tumor (Stage-I) in his left lung and is undergoing chemotherapy treatment at the Cancer Research Institute in Boston, USA.[2][3]On March 18, 2012 Yuvraj Singh discharged from hospital after completing the third and final cycle of chemotherapy to recover from a rare germ cell cancer in Boston, USA.[4]

ContentsEdit

 [hide] *1 Early career
[2]
Personal information
Born 12 December 1981 (age 30)

Chandigarh, India

Nickname Yuvi
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Batting style Left-handed
Bowling style Slow left arm orthodox
Role Batting All-rounder
Relations Yograj Singh (father)
International information
National side India
Test debut (cap 247) 16 October 2003 v New Zealand
Last Test 14 Nov 2011 v West Indies
ODI debut (cap 134) 3 October 2000 v Kenya
Last ODI 2 April 2011 v Sri Lanka
Domestic team information
Years Team
1996– Punjab
2003 Yorkshire
2008–2010 Kings XI Punjab
2011- Pune Warriors
Career statistics
Competition Test ODIs FC List A
Matches 35 274 97 344
Runs scored 1,709 8,051 6,114 1,0236
Batting average 35.60 37.62 44.62 38.05
100s/50s 3/10 13/49 18/30 17/62
Top score 169 139 209 172
Balls bowled 823 4,832 2,113 5,901
Wickets 9 109 21 143
Bowling average 53.66 37.24 57.66 34.51
5 wickets in innings 0 1 0 1
10 wickets in match 0 0 0 0
Best bowling 2/9 5/31 3/25 5/31
Catches/stumpings 31/– 84/– 93/– 106/–
Source: Cricinfo, 16 August 2011

Yuvraj Singh [3] pronunciation (help·info) (born 12 December 1981) is an Indian cricketer, [edit]Early career

Yuvraj first came to attention when he captained the Under-19 Punjab cricket team in the final of the Cooch-Behar Trophy against Bihar U-19s, in which he scored 358 at the Keenan Stadium in Jamshedpur.[5] He then gained selection for the U-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka in January 2000, where he was part of a team led by Mohammed Kaif which won the tournament.[6]Yuvraj was hero of the tournament. Yuvraj was subsequently selected in 2000 for the first intake of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.[7]

[edit]Test careerEdit

[4][5]An innings-by-innings breakdown of Yuvraj's Test match batting career up to February 2008, showing runs scored (red bars) and the average of the last ten innings (blue line).

Yuvraj made his Test debut against New Zealand in Mohali in late 2003 in front of his home crowd in Punjab due to the absence of regular captain Sourav Ganguly.[8] He was omitted upon Ganguly's return but got another opportunity in the Test team in the 2004 Tour to Pakistan, when Ganguly was again injured. He scored his first Test century in a losing effort against Pakistan in the second Test at Lahore. When Ganguly returned for the third Test, Akash Chopra was dropped and it appeared that the Indian selectors wanted to give him a regular place in the team. He was subsequently played as Virender Sehwag's opening partner, but after two poor matches in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia,[9] he was dropped in favour of Gautam Gambhir. He was recalled to the Test team, batting in the No. 6 position for the away series against Zimbabwe in August 2005 after Sachin Tendulkar was sidelined with tennis elbow. He then retained his position in the Test team after Ganguly was axed following a row with coach Greg Chappell. He scored a second Test century in the third and final Test in Pakistan in the series in January 2006, which India again lost. However, Yuvraj has struggled subsequently in 2006, failing to pass 50 in six Tests against England (two, both at home) and the West Indies (four, all away from home). His injury in late 2006 allowed the return of former captain Ganguly to the team, who subsequently top-scored in the series.

Yuvraj was included in India's Test squad to face Pakistan in November 2007, but was not included in the playing 11 for the first test. Yuvraj was picked in the 3rd Test due to an injured Sachin Tendulkar. India were 61/4 before he and Sourav Ganguly made a 300 run partnership with Yuvraj recording his highest Test score of 169. He had a very poor Test series against Australia when India toured in 2007–08. After his poor showing in the first two Tests he was dropped for the remainder of the series. Yuvraj scored 85 not out and put on an unbroken partnership of 163 with Sachin Tendulkar to defeat England in the First Test at Chennai on 15 December 2008. It was the fourth highest successful run chase in history and the highest in India.

Yuvraj has taken a number of important wickets with his left-arm spin. Two "soft" dismissals of Kevin Pietersen in 2008, led to controversy. Pietersen, then the England captain, "labelled Yuvraj a "pie-chucker" and suggested that he was a purveyor of "left-arm filth".[10]

[edit]Twenty20 careerEdit

On 19 September 2007 against England in the ICC World Twenty20 Super 8 match held at Kingsmead in Durban, he hit 6 'SIXES' in an over up against Stuart Broad. This helped him to reach the fastest fifty ever in Twenty20 game, off just 12 balls and also the fastest in any form of international cricket.[11][12][13] This was the fourth time that six sixes had been hit in one over in senior cricket, the first time in Twenty20 cricket, and the first time in any form of international cricket against a bowler from a Test playing nation. He has also hit the longest six of the tournament: 119 metres (390 ft) off of Australian bowler Brett Lee.[citation needed] Yuvraj was awarded aPorsche 911 for his 6 sixes achievement by the Vice President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Lalit Modi. Yuvraj also received Rs.10,000,000 (US$252,716) in cash from the BCCI for his performance in the tournament.[14] He is also the first Indian player to cross 100 Sixes in Twenty 20 matches.

Yuvraj also scored 70 runs off 30 balls and went on to claim the Man of the Match against Australia in the World Twenty20 semifinals at Durban.[15]

He was the icon player and captain for Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kings XI Punjab in the first two seasons; in 2010, the third season, icon player status was abolished and the captaincy given to Kumar Sangakkara. They came second in the round robin phase of the tournament, but lost their semi-final to the Chennai Super Kings. On 1 May 2009, Yuvraj picked up his first hat-trick in T20 cricket againstRoyal Challengers Bangalore at Kingsmead in Durban, the same ground where he hit his six sixes. He dismissed Robin Uthappa, Mark Boucher and Jacques Kallis. On 17 May 2009, Yuvraj picked up his second Twenty20 hat-trick against Deccan Chargers at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. Yuvraj dismissed Herschelle Gibbs, Andrew Symonds and Venugopal Rao.

The Pune Warriors were a new team introduced for the 2011 IPL. Yuvraj Singh was bought by the team and chosen as captain.[16] Pune Warriors finished ninth, ahead of only the Delhi Daredevils.[17] From 14 matches, Yuvraj scored 343 runs at an average of 34.30, including two half-centuries.[18] After much controversy BCCI has allowed Pune Warriors to have his replacement for 2012 Indian Premier League, citing his medical condition and nonavailability for 2012 IPL due to the same.[19]

[edit]Style of PlayEdit

[6][7]Yuvraj during fielding practice.

Yuvraj is primarily a left-handed batsman but can bowl part-time left-arm orthodox spin, which he improved in the latter part of his career. He is regarded as a better batsman against fast bowling than spin bowling, and cites the Indian Oil Cup 2005 as a turning point in his career.[20] Yuvraj is one of the athletic fielders in the Indian team, fielding primarily at point & covers with a good aim at the stumps. Yuvraj is a natural strokeplayer with an aggressive style of play, as seen by his strike rate of above 150 in T20 internationals & just below 90 in ODIs. Many regard him as one of the best clean strikers of the ball, with his trademark punch through the covers as a treat to watch. When in good touch, he can clear the ropes quite effortlessly. A Cricinfo report published in late 2005 showed that since 1999, he was the fourth most prolific fielder in affecting ODI run outs, and of those on the list of prolific fielders, he had the second highest rate of effecting a run out.[21] He was previously often characterised as having attitude problems,[22] but later often assumed leadership positions during Rahul Dravid's tenure as captain.

[edit]CenturiesEdit

[edit]Test centuriesEdit

Test Cricket Centuries of Yuvraj Singh
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year
1 213 11 Pakistan Lahore, Pakistan Gaddafi Stadium 2004
2 122 13 Pakistan Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium, Karachi 2006
3 169 20 Pakistan Bangalore, India M.Chinnaswamy Stadium 2007

One Day International centuriesEdit

ODI Cricket Centuries of Yuvraj Singh
# Runs ball Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 102 71 Bangladesh Dhaka, Bangladesh Shere Bangla National Stadium 2003
2 139 57 Australia Sydney, Australia Sydney Cricket Ground 2004
3 110 120 West Indies Colombo, Sri Lanka R Premadasa Stadium 2005
4 120 125 Zimbabwe Harare, Zimbabwe Harare Sports Club 2005
5 103 134 South Africa Hyderabad, India Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium 2005
6 107* 142 Pakistan Karachi, Pakistan National Stadium, Karachi 2006
7 103 145 England Margao, India Nehru Stadium, Fatorda, Margao 2006
8 121 186 Australia Hyderabad, India Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium 2007
9 138* 218 England Rajkot, India Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground 2008
10 118 219 England Indore, India Maharani Usharaje Trust Cricket 2008
11 117 225 Sri Lanka Colombo, Sri Lanka R Premadasa Stadium 2009
12 131 233 West Indies Kingston, Jamaica Sabina Park 2009
13 113 271 West Indies Chennai, India MA Chidambaram Stadium 2011

[edit]County cricketEdit

After the 2003 World Cup, Yuvraj was signed by Yorkshire, becoming only the second Indian after Tendulkar to represent the county.[23]However, he had a disappointing run, scoring less than 200 runs in either form of the game,[24] but described it as an important learning experience.

[edit]Commercial interestsEdit

Yuvraj was signed by Microsoft to be a brand ambassador for the Xbox 360 video game console when it was launched in India in 2006. He appeared in advertisements for the console alongside Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar. Codemasters' cricket video game Brian Lara International Cricket 2007 was released with his endorsement in India, titled "Yuvraj Singh International Cricket 2007"[25] The Bollywood animated film, Jumbo features cricketer Yuvraj Singh's voice therefore starting his career in Bollywood.[26] The upcoming animated full length feature film Captain India features Yuvraj Singh as the main protagonist.[27]

[edit]ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ Yuvraj Singh Cancer: Yuvraj Singh Health News and Updates
  3. ^ "Tumour Cancerous, Yuvi Undergoes Chemo" - Indian Express.
  4. ^ Yuvraj Singh discharged from hospital
  5. ^ "International Cricket Council – ICC Events, ICC Cricket Rankings, Live Cricket Scores". Icc-cricket.com. 6 February 1931. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
  6. ^ Vasu, Anand (28 January 2000). "Indian youth bring World Cup to India". Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 February 2007.
  7. ^ Ramchand, Partab (15 April 2000). "First list of NCA trainees".Cricinfo. Retrieved 8 February 2007.
  8. ^ "Cricinfo – Gearing up without Ganguly". Content-aus.cricinfo.com. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
  9. ^ "Cricinfo – Singh hits a low note". Content-aus.cricinfo.com. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
  10. ^ Hopps, David (21 December 2008). "Cricket: England captain Kevin Pietersen objects to pie-chucker Yuvraj's 'left-arm filth'".The Guardian (London).
  11. ^ "Twenty20 matches-Fastest fifties". Cricinfo. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
  12. ^ "One-Day Internationals-Fastest fifties". Cricinfo. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
  13. ^ "Test matches-Fastest fifties". Cricinfo. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
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  15. ^ http://sify.com/news/fullstory.php?id=14531778
  16. ^ "Cricket | Indian Premier League | Yuvraj Singh to captain Pune Warriors". Espnstar.Com. 2011-03-08. Retrieved 2011-09-16.
  17. ^ Veera, Sriram (21 May 2011), Delhi finish last after washout, Cricinfo, retrieved 18 July 2011
  18. ^ Indian Premier League, 2011 / Records / Most runs, Cricinfo, retrieved 18 July 2011
  19. ^ http://zeenews.india.com/sports/cricket/bcci-may-offer-sahara-replacement-for-yuvraj_737543.html
  20. ^ Vasu, Anand. "Born again". Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 February 2007.
  21. ^ Basevi, Trevor (8 November 2005). "Statistics – Run outs in ODIs". Cricinfo. Retrieved 5 February 2007.
  22. ^ "Yuvraj speaks highly of Sourav's support". Cricinfo. 28 March 2001. Retrieved 5 February 2007.
  23. ^ Grunill, Paul (8 May 2003). "BBC SPORT | Cricket | Yuvraj reaching for the top". BBC News. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
  24. ^ "BBC SPORT | Cricket | Yuvraj takes Fleming tips". BBC News. 1 September 2003. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
  25. ^ [1][dead link]
  26. ^ In Pictures: The World's Top-Earning Cricketers Forbes August 2009 Retrieved 12 March 2011
  27. ^ "A wonder stick for Yuvi". Livemint.com – The Wall Street Journal. 7 April 2010. Retrieved 24 April 2010.
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