Former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh recently revealed how the legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar inspired him to make a comeback in the game after defeating cancer.
After guiding the Indian team to win their second Cricket World Cup trophy as MS Dhoni-led India won the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 trophy, the Player of the Tournament award winner Yuvraj Singh fought against cancer and successfully beat that. Then he faced many ups and downs in return on the cricket field but never gave up.
Recently, talking about his return to the game after successfully beating cancer, Yuvraj admitted that there were a few ups and downs in that period. However, he credited Sachin Tendulkar for inspiring him to continue the game by realising his love for the game.
Yuvraj said according to Hindustan Times, “There were a few ups and downs. I kept on speaking to Sachin, and he said, ‘Why do we play cricket? Yes, we want to play international but we play for the love of the sport. If you love the game, you want to play’.”
“Sachin said, ‘If I was in the situation, I wouldn’t know what to do but if you love the game, you still play the game and decide when you want to retire. People should not decide that for you’.”
I made a few comebacks but it was time to move on because my body was not the same after cancer: Yuvraj Singh
After those chats with Tendulkar, Yuvraj continuously played domestic cricket while he faced some ins and outs from the national team. He featured in the ICC World T20 2014, ICC World T20 2016 and ICC Champions Trophy 2017. On 19th January 2017, the left-handed batsman Yuvraj also smashed 150 runs off 121 balls during the Cuttack ODI against England, which was also his highest ODI knock.
Yuvraj added, “So I had some good chats with him (Sachin) and played 3-4 years of domestic cricket. I was in and out of the Indian team, played the T20 World Cup. I made a few comebacks but it was time to move on because my body was not the same after cancer. But I still managed to come back and score my highest ODI score. I just wanted to be happy in my life. I wanted to be at peace and have no regrets, so I moved on.”
Yuvraj Singh last time served for the Indian team on 30th June 2017 during the North Sound ODI against West Indies. The all-rounder played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is in his 17-year-long international career. Finally, in June 2019, Yuvraj announced his retirement from international cricket.