Yuvraj Singh’s journey from a flamboyant cricketer to a cancer-warrior



Yuvraj Singh would definitely be the first superstar of Indian Cricket in the 21st century. The forgotten legend of Indian Cricket is still counted among the best left-handed batsmen that the world of cricket has ever encountered. In his prime, Yuvraj could hit the ball coming at him as clean and far that anybody could imagine. He used to do it all with so much ease and flamboyance that the bowlers always wanted to avoid bowling to ‘the six-king’ of India.

Twenty-Twenty World Cup 2007, six sixes in an over against England, Vice-Captain of Indian Cricket team for (ODI) 2007-2008. A young, handsome and successful cricketer who is a true charmer. A number of matches were won by him single-handedly. Yuvraj and Dhoni formed a formidable pair.

Yuvraj started his career in International cricket in 2000 and in no time became the star of Indian Cricket team, not only Cricket lovers but whole India knew him, he was never less than any film star . Yuvraj, son of Yograj Singh, former Indian bowler, had cricket in his genes whether it was World Cup or ODI he has always played with passion.

Yuvraj Singh was on an absolute tear in the 2011 ICC World Cup. He won the man of the match award 4 times in the tournament. He was Mr. coinsistent whenever the team needed him to chip in some runs or break a partnership taking some crucial wickets. In nine matches, Yuvraj scored 362 runs and took 15 wickets with his slow left-arm spinners to emerge as the man with the golden arm for his country.

It was during the time of World Cup when he would wake up in the middle of the night and would find it difficult to breathe and used to cough immensely. After the world cup, a scan for chest cavity revealed a tumour but like any of us he could not believe it and more than that he ignored it as for him cancer meant leaving cricket, therefore, he kept playing matches, it was only in January when the further tests revealed that tumour was malignant — a germ cell cancer called a mediastinal seminoma was diagnosed, it was located in between his heart and his (left) lung and it grew about 14 centimetres like a ball over his chest which was a concern. And then came the time to face the fears and he chose to face them in 2011.

Yuvraj’s doctor planned for chemotherapy and on 26 January he went to U.S for chemotherapy, his chemotherapy started in February and ended in March. Along with this treatment he also took Ayurveda treatment and went for rehabilitation in May, the same year.

Cancer, one of the most common disease in the world right now which was once considered as a deadly disease whose name shakes the person from head to toe, but chose to battle it out.

Was he not scared? How could he fight it? Yes, of course he was scared and therefore he delayed the treatment. But, can anyone run from the truth? He faced the fears to get batter during which he realised “Cancer does not mean death. In one of his Interviews he said “Don’t be scared… Be positive… Please don’t think that your life is about to end… Take the right advice and act as soon as you can… If there’s an issue in your system, don’t ignore it… Look at me, I never thought I’d get the chance to again play for India, but I’ve beaten cancer… God has given me this opportunity and my love for cricket has brought me back. I see this alone as a huge achievement… The experience has made me stronger (in the mind)… If you’re strong, then you automatically become a positive person. Cancer doesn’t mean that you’re going to die.”

Yes, our hero was inspired by Lance Armstrong who has made many  records in his career as well and was also diagnosed with the same kind of tumour in 1996. He was treated with tumour and despite that, he began his career again. Yuvraj Singh has also been treated by the same doctor. During his time in the U.S, he used to read the autobiography of Lance Armstrong for motivation and to get his treatment done perfectly.
In April 2012, Yuvraj made his comeback with Twenty-Twenty against New Zealand in September 2012 and took retirement from international cricket in 2019.

His life gives a lesson for all of us, that is-
Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.

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