An excellent comeback needs a ‘never say die’ attitude and a splash of self belief. There is nothing as exciting as a comeback for a cricketer who was once ruling the roost for his country. Reincarnating with a wild comeback has been common for one tenacious man- he is none other than Yuvraj Singh.
Usually, for anyone to get back to normalcy after being down with cancer would be a herculean task. Imagine the amount of will power and the belligerent attitude Yuvraj Singh must have had against a ghastly and life-threatening cancer to get back to business and play cricket again for his nation. But he fought back hard and won against an implacable fate.
Yuvraj was out of shape and lost his fitness when he was undergoing his treatment for cancer. In an interview on how he got his fitness back, Yuvraj said; “The harder I trained, the harder I have run, the fitter I have felt.” He has had a lot of running regimes – long distance as well as short bursts. That’s been the best form of exercise according to Yuvraj as he had lost a lot of his lung capacity. Yuvi also thinks running is the best form of training for anyone in the world.
Yuvraj and Zaheer also went to France for a few months for oxygen training. Yuvi there learned a lot about diets, and how to cut down body weight and stay in top shape.
“I just concentrated on eating good carbs and more of protein. Brown rice instead of normal rice. Instead of wheat roti, gluten-free atta. These are the kind of things which has helped me maintain a certain weight”.
Visualizing Yuvi in the Indian white gears has always been a distant dream for us and most importantly to him as well, but you can never keep him out of action for a prolonged time, at least when it comes to the shorter formats of the game.
There was a prolonged gap of three years where Yuvraj did not get to play for India in the ODI blues. The last ODI that Yuvraj played was on 11 December 2013 against South Africa in Centurion. The last Test match that Yuvraj played for India was four years ago against England on December 5th, 2012 in Kolkata.
The 35-year-old south paw had earned his spot in the Indian squad yet again for the Paytm ODI and T20 series against England which commenced on January 15, 2017. It wasn’t a walk in the park for Yuvraj to have got selected again for India. He grabbed his spot because of his brilliant domestic performances recently. A terrific 260 against Baroda in Delhi and a tantalizing 177 against Madhya Pradesh in Rohtak during the first class season in October 2016 brought him into the limelight again.
There are very few beautiful sights in cricket, one among them is watching Yuvraj Singh when he is completely on song. The exquisite pull shots from his willow are nothing short of a visual delight for any cricket lover around the world. January 19, 2017 witnessed one of the greatest ODI comebacks in the history of cricket when the 35 year old slammed a career best 150 off 127 against the formidable English attack. He tonked 3 beautiful sixes and 21 fours in his match winning 150 against England.
Thanks to Virat Kohli for having inspired a sulking Yuvraj Singh to rediscover his winning touch. Yuvraj quoted that he contemplated retirement after recovering from cancer but Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli’s faith kept him going. After the match winning 150 in Cuttack, Yuvi stated, “Self-confidence is always there when you have the backing of the team and captain. I think Virat has showed a lot of trust in me and it was very important for me that people in the dressing room trust me”.
Resurgence is always inspiring, for somebody to have been down with cancer and then getting back to national duty is an inspiration in itself. Do you need a better inspiration than the Champion player Yuvraj Singh?
Thank you Yuvi for inspiring many in the country. If Yuvi can, so can we!