Former India batsman VVS Laxman on Sunday paid rich tribute to Yuvraj Singh and his cricketing career with a heartwarming post on social media.
Laxman wrote about Yuvraj’s terrific run in the 2011 World Cup and recalled how he helped Team India lift the coveted trophy while carrying a golf-ball sized tumour between his lungs.
Yuvraj was adjudged Player of the Tournament as India won the 50-over World Cup after a gap of 28 years. Yuvi had amassed 362 runs in 9 games at an average of 90.50 with 1 hundred and four half-centuries.
But more than the runs, his 15 wickets at 25.13 proved to be more crucial as he regularly provided the breakthroughs for then-skipper MS Dhoni throughout the tournament.
Yuvi finished as the 8th highest run-scorer and the fourth-highest wicket-taker in the tournament
Hailing his heroic feats, Laxman wrote: “An inspiration to many through his successful conquest of cancer, it’s scarcely believable that @yuvisofficial carried the team on his shoulders at the 2011 World Cup when gravely unwell. That he registered his highest ODI score after his recovery is tribute to his unwavering spirit.”
Right after his glorious run in the 2011 World Cup, Yuvraj was diagnosed with cancer. A rare germ-cell tumor was located between his two lungs which was there when he was representing the country at the World Cup.
Yuvraj immediately headed to the United States for treatment and rehabilitation. In March 2012, Yuvraj was discharged from the hospital after completing his third and final cycle of chemotherapy and returned to India in April.
He managed to return to the national team and played ODI cricket for 3 years, also managing to hit his highest score in the format – 150 vs England in Cuttack in 2017. He also played 35 T20Is during this period.
Overall, Yuvraj Singh played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20 Internationals for India from 2003 to 2017. He scored 1900 runs in red-ball cricket at an average of 33.92 with 3 hundreds and 11 fifties. In one-day cricket, he amassed 8701 runs at 36.55 with 14 centuries and 52 half-centuries. The shortest format saw him score 1177 runs at 28.02 with 8 fifties.
He also picked 9 wickets in Tests, 111 in ODIs and 28 in T20Is with his lone five-wicket haul coming in the 50-over World Cup match against Ireland in Bengaluru.