Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

I'm alive and that is the biggest thing: Yuvraj Singh

I'm alive and that is the biggest thing: Yuvraj Singh

Definitely I'd like to be seen as a fighter. That's what I can give to the younger guys: never back down, always keep on working the same way whether you are having a good time or a bad time, be consistent and be persistent.

The first of Yuvraj's 299 ODI caps came way back October 2000, and the unsafe left-hander would likely have reached the 300 mark long ago had he not been diagnosed with cancer in 2012, which played a part in his absence from the 50-over format for over three years.

"I don't know about [being] the role model, but it's a big achievement for me to finish 300 games in my career", Yuvraj Singh said.

"I wish him all the very best, and hopefully he can play a lot more for us and get in those match-winning performances all over again, and I hope tomorrow is a special one for him". So I think you need to have the determination to never give up, and believe in yourself.

The elegant left-hander would tell you that getting that India jersey may not be very hard, but wearing it for 17 years, demands determination of a different level along with copious amount of self belief. Then my debut game (innings) against Australia and the Natwest final in 2002 would be third.

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Cricketer Yuvraj Singh is in great form both on and off the field.

The difference, he pointed out, was the evolution in fitness levels. The game has evolved. The game has become much more fast-paced. "They have much more knowledge about eating and training (than their predecessors)". Yuvraj's game yesterday made him only the fifth Indian cricketer to feature in 300 One-day global matches for the country. "Cancer is something which I talk about a lot. So I can motivate a lot of people to come out of it, and to come back to where they belong".

One thing that Indian fans yearned for was a victory in the ICC Cricket World Cup, something that had eluded them since 1983.

"I have been playing domestic cricket for last three years". I have come through and still managed to get to 300. That was the reason I could spend a lot of time on the ground. "My life was saved, that's more important", he said. That's more important. It's a blessing for me to come and play for India.

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