Yuvraj Singh is one of the best players India has ever produced when it comes to white-ball cricket. He was known for elegant shot play and an aggressive attitude on the field. After Kapil Dev, if India has got any all-rounder, who has served India competently across all formats, is Yuvraj Singh. Representing India for 17 years in all three formats, Singh has amassed 11778 runs in 402 matches and also taken 150 wickets. Skyblogs has listed some interesting facts about Yuvraj Singh, which may blow your mind.
30 Interesting Facts About Yuvraj Singh
- Yuvraj Singh was born on 12th December 1981 to Yograj Singh and Shabnam Singh. His father Yograj is a former cricketer, who represented India in 7 international games.
- In his childhood, Yuvraj was amazing at playing tennis and roller skating. The talented young lad won the National U-14 skating championship but his father threw his medals away as he wanted him to focus on cricket and look what sort of a cricketer he has been.
- Yuvraj’s nickname is Yuvi.
- At the age of 13 years and 11 months, Yuvraj started his professional career against Jammu & Kashmir in the Vijay Merchant Trophy (u-16). He soon got promoted to the Punjab U-19 team and hit a spectacular 137* against Himachal Pradesh.
- The stalwart made his first-class debut for Punjab in 1997 against Orrisa. He has accumulated 8965 runs in 145 FC games at a decent average of 44.16.
- The southpaw initially came into the limelight during the final of the U-19 Cooch Behar trophy against Bihar, when he scored 358 runs (more than the total score of Bihar, 357) in an innings.
- Yuvraj Singh won the Man of the Series award in the U-15 World Cup 1996.
- The Punjab-born player starred in the 2000 U-19 World Cup too. His fellow teammate Mohammad Kaif led the team to win the first-ever U-19 World Cup. Singh bagged 12 wickets & scored 230 runs in 8 matches, which assisted him to get the Man of the Tournament award.
- Yuvraj played his maiden ODI match against Kenya in the 2000 Champions Trophy. Although, he didn’t get a chance to bat. His first admirable innings came against Australia, 84 off 80 balls. The Aussie bowling lineup was comprising of Jason Gillespie, Brett Lee and Glenn McGrath.
- Yuvraj Singh exhibited his caliber as a youngster in the final of Natwest Series 2002. India was 145/6 after the conclusion of 24 overs and needed a warrior to save the match. Yuvraj along with Kaif stitched a 121 runs partnership for the 7th wicket. Singh departed after scoring 69 runs off 63 balls. Eventually, India thrashed England by 2 wickets.
- India won their first Champions Trophy in 2002 under Sourav Ganguly’s leadership, Yuvraj was a part of it.
- The aggressive southpaw made his first appearance in test cricket in 2003 against New Zealand. He hit his maiden test ton against Pakistan in Lahore, 112 runs in 129 balls. But his test career is not as great as his white-ball career, he notched up 1900 runs in 40 Tests at an average of 33.92
- Yuvraj Singh made his T20I debut against Scotland in 2007. His t20 career is also glorious, amassing 1177 runs & taking 29 wickets in 58 games for India.
- Yuvraj Singh was one of the architects behind India’s victory in the 2007 World Cup. Yuvraj hit Stuart Broad for six consecutive sixes after a heated spat with Andrew Flintoff. It was the stage of the quarter-finals, he contributed with 70 off 30 balls. For his exceptional all-round performance, ICC imparted him the Man of the Tournament award.
- The veteran all-rounder from India holds the record of smashing the fastest 50 in T20 cricket in just 12 balls. It was England against who he hammered awfully.
- World Cup and Yuvraj Singh had a very sweet relation. Despite battling cancer, Yuvraj was sensational in the 2011 World Cup. With the bat, he made 362 runs in 9 matches and with the ball, got 15 wickets. Which made him probably the first player to make the double of 300 runs & 15 wickets in a single World Cup. It was Yuvraj’s fourth Man of the Tournament award across all types of World Cups.
- Yuvraj Singh is the first Indian to hit 100 sixes in T20 cricket.
- Yuvraj Singh had a cancerous tumor in his left lungs, he got diagnosed with chemotherapy in Boston and Indianapolis in 2011. Everyone thought Yuvraj Singh won’t be able to play for India again but he went onto play the 2012 T20 World Cup after rigorous hard work.
- For his stellar performance in the 2007 World Cup & 2011 World Cup, contemporary BCCI Vice President gifted him a Porsche 911 and Audi Q5 respectively.
- In 2003, Yuvraj Singh became the first Indian player to play T20 cricket. He played the match for the County club Yorkshire in 2003.
- Yuvraj Singh has played for 5 teams in his IPL career KXIP (2008-10), Pune Warriors India (2011-13), RCB (2014), Delhi Daredevils (2015), Sunrisers Hyderabad (2016-2017), and Mumbai Indians (2019).
- In 2015, Delhi Daredevils bought Yuvraj for a whopping amount of INR 16 Cr, which makes him the 2nd most expensive buy in the history of IPL.
- You may find it interesting that in his childhood, Yuvraj has acted in 2 Punjabi movies called “Mehndi Sajda Di” & “Putt Sardara”.
- At the age of 39, Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement from international cricket in 2019, after being excluded from the 2019 World Cup squad.
- Yuvi has earned two national awards for contributing to Indian cricket- the “Arjuna Award” (2012) & “Padma Shri (2014)”.
- After feeling the agony of cancer patients and being a cancer survivor, Yuvraj started his NGO called “YouWeCan”, which helps cancer patients to get adequate treatment.
- Yuvraj Singh tied his knot with actress Hazel Keech in 2016 however, they got engaged in 2015.
- Yuvi wrote down his autobiography: “The Test of My Life: From Cricket to Cancer and Back” in 2013.
- Yuvraj Singh used to wear jersey No.12.
- People often get to know the net worth of Yuvraj Singh, which is estimated to be $35 million.
Yuvraj Singh’s date of birth is 12th December 1981.
in 2019, Yuvraj announced his retirement from international cricket.
Yuvraj Singh owns the record of smashing the fastest 50 in T20 cricket, he created the record in just 12 balls against England in 2007.
You can check out Yuvraj Singh’s autobiography here: