Hero of India’s 2011 World Cup winning campaign and star all-rounder Yuvraj Singh turned 35 on Monday.
Yuvraj was not only instrumental in helping India win the inaugural World T20 trophy in 2007, but was the man of the tournament in 2011 World Cup which India won. The southpaw has played many match-winning innings and is tagged as big-match player.
Yuvraj’s last appearance for India was earlier this year against Australia during the World T20. The left-handed middle order batsman has not been part of India’s One-Day International (ODI) playingXI since 2013. He was dropped for 2015 World Cup as well.
However, Yuvraj has always remained a potential match-winner for India. He was diagnosed with lung cancer, but fought his way back after recovering from the disease and represented India post illness as well.
The cricketer shares a strong bond with Sachin Tendulkar and the duo have been seen exchanging pleasantries in the past as well. Now on Yuvi’s 35th birthday, Tendukar took to social netwroking site Twitter and tweeted a special birthday greeting for Yuvraj.
From dressing rooms to packed stadiums,victories to losses,we’ve seen it all together.Happy birthday @YUVSTRONG12! Wish you the best always. pic.twitter.com/DXEJwn6uPy
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 12, 2016
Men are generally reborn post marriage… so my bro @YUVSTRONG12 Happy 1st b’day. ? Have a great time prince @BCCI
— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) December 12, 2016
Happy bday @YUVSTRONG12 paaji!To the architect of our two World Cup wins. He’s known for sixes not for singles. Ergo he’s no longer single!?
— Ayushmann Khurrana (@ayushmannk) December 12, 2016
Happy birthday big brother and a champion of all ?? so many things to Learn from you yuvi paa @YUVSTRONG12 stay blessed.see you back soon ? pic.twitter.com/tCiWn2vWjV
— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) December 12, 2016
Happy birthday veere @YUVSTRONG12!! Enjoy your day! Khoob mazze karo! Wish you a wonderful year ahead! Love u brother from another mother! pic.twitter.com/wOfaTK1tS6
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) December 12, 2016
Here are some of the most memorable moments of his career.
Natwest Final Magic
Yuvraj has batted in the middle-order for the better part of his career and finished numerous games almost single-handedly. He played a stellar role in India’s victory in the NatWest Series final against England at Lord’s in 2002. India were reduced to 146/5 chasing 326, when Yuvraj got together with Mohammad Kaif and the duo stitched a match-winning 121-run partnership for the sixth-wicket which eventually helped India register one of their greatest ODI wins in history.
Six-machine vs Stuart Broad
One of the cleanest strikers of the cricket ball in the modern era, Yuvraj became the first batsman in T20I history to smash six sixes in an over as he hammered England pacer Stuart Broad all around the Durban stadium in the quarterfinals of the inaugural ICC World T20 in 2007. As a result of his exploits in that match, Yuvraj created a world record of scoring the fastest fifty (off 12 balls) in T20Is which is yet to be broken. India went on to win the tournament beating arch-rivals Pakistan in the final.