‘An inspiration to many’ – VVS Laxman lauds Yuvraj Singh’s unwavering spirit during tough times
Laxman also pointed out that Yuvraj notched up highest ODI score after making a comeback to the Indian team.
Updated - Jun 7, 2020 4:39 pm
Yuvraj Singh’s contribution to Indian cricket is unmatched. He played a crucial role in the team’s 2007 and 2011 World Cup triumphs. The 2011 heroics are more close to the heart of the fans as he played the whole tournament with Cancer (which was revealed later) and had scored a fighting ton against the West Indies when he was sick. He was the player of the event with 362 runs and 15 wickets and totally deserved the honour.
To top it all, the southpaw didn’t give up after he was diagnosed with Cancer and fought hard to survive from the disease. Rather he couldn’t play for India soon after the World Cup as he was diagnosed with a non-malignant tumour of lungs with the further tests revealing it to be cancer. However, Yuvraj got the nation and family’s support during these tough times and won this battle as well.
Moreover, he also made a stunning comeback to the national team regaining his fitness only to play his last game for India in 2017 and retire from the sport last year. Former India cricketer VVS Laxman, in his latest Twitter post, has lauded his once national teammate for his unwavering spirit and also pointed out that Yuvraj Singh registered his highest ODI score after making a comeback in the team.
“An inspiration to many through his successful conquest of cancer, it’s scarcely believable that @YUVSTRONG12 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,” his tweet read.
Here’s his tweet:
An inspiration to many through his successful conquest of cancer,it’s scarcely believable that @YUVSTRONG12 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 pic.twitter.com/cRUBAGdBCu
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) June 7, 2020
A memorable game for Yuvraj Singh
As for his highest ODI score, it was a memorable game for both Yuvraj Singh and India. The game was played in Cuttack against England and India were reduced to 25/3 inside the first five overs before Yuvraj and MS Dhoni joined hands to entertain the crowd. The duo took their time early on before launching an attack on the opposition and went on to stitch a 256-run partnership for the fourth wicket in 37.4 overs.
Interestingly, Dhoni also scored a ton along with Yuvraj Singh with the latter notching up highest ODI score of 150 in the game. The veteran keeper-batsman, on the other end, scored 134 runs to propel India to 381/6 after 50 overs. England also made a meal of the chase and came within 16 runs of the target only to fall short eventually.