A cancer survivor and a World Cup hero, India batsman Yuvraj Singh gave vital tips to 17 young kids, who fought their own battles against the dreaded disease, during an interaction in Mohali on Sunday.
Yuvraj, who hit 42 runs off 24 balls to guide his IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad to a seven-wicket win against Kings XI Punjab, interacted with a group of children, many among them aged 7 or 8 years, at the PCA stadium.
When a young kid asked Yuvraj if he will again hit those six sixes, the 34-year-old who hails from Chandigarh, said, “You pray, I will hit six sixes again.”
The left-handed batsman, however, said he doesn’t know how he hit those six sixes. “Many years have passed since then.”
Yuvraj’s six sixes in an over remain one of the most cherished moments in Indian cricket, and these came off England’s Stuart Broad at the inaugural World T20 in 2007 in South Africa.
One of the cancer survivors, an eight-year-old boy, had been diagnosed with cancer when he was just 18 months old.
Studying in Class 4 now, the boy told PTI that players like Yuvraj are a great inspiration for him.
“I love cricket and seeing Yuvi and Suresh Raina in action gives me immense joy,” he said.
Yuvraj also gave valuable tips to the children, saying a fight with a disease like cancer teaches you not to take life for granted, not to take your family or friends for granted.
“Think of it as a blessing in disguise that you have an opportunity to live again,” he told them.
Yuvraj was Player Of The Tournament in the World Cup in 2011, the same year he was diagnosed with cancer, which he later successfully fought.