Yuvraj Singh DECODED: Ace cricketer reveals everything, from his gold medal to battle with cancer
The celebrated all-rounder revealed that he "wasn’t very good at studies," and his "tryst with full time cricket began in a funny way."
New Delhi: One of India's most beloved sport stars, Yuvraj Singh opened his heart like never before and revealed secrets galore.
Yuvraj, 34, shared a blog in Humans of Bombay, giving an insight only a full fledged autobiography would have -abled to justify.
In the post, the celebrated all-rounder revealed that he "wasn’t very good at studies," and his "tryst with full time cricket began in a funny way."
In fact, his cricket journey started after winning a gold medal in skating as a ten years old. He was not happy winning a medal in only one sport, and his father told him to focus on one..."focus on cricket".
But his big break came only in 2000, when "got the opportunity to play my first International game with these big guns."
"I can’t describe that experience — in my head, I was still the little boy from Chandigarh running around on the field, muddy, breaking windows with my shots but when I looked around I saw my heroes — Tendulkar, Ganguly, Kumble on the field with me," he wrote.
He also revealed his part in the now famous prank on the then Indian captain Sourav Ganguly.
"On one April Fool’s day, Bhajji and I decided to prank Ganguly. We went down to the business centre and reprinted the front page of the Times of India, with bogus stories of Ganguly saying nasty things about the entire Indian Team," Yuvi narrated.
The southpaw was also candid enough to admit the "privileged" he got after becoming an India international.
"Jokes apart, the journey has been tremendous. Whether it was hitting 6 sixes, or winning the 2011 World Cup, these are special moments which very few people in the world have the privilege of experiencing and that’s what I’ve always felt while playing for my country — privileged," he added.
Then, came the heartbreak part. His fight "battle with cancer".
"At first I was in denial about it — playing for India was more important than my health and for a few months I chose to ignore the blood I spat out or my decline in stamina. It’s only once I accepted cancer that I could beat it.
I came back within 3 months of my treatment, only because I wasn’t done with cricket — I don’t think I’ll ever be done with it," he wrote.
Wiser and more experienced, Yuvraj now feels "the only way forward is to give back".
Here's the full post here: