Yuvraj Singh touches Sachin’s feet after 100 IPL matches feat

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 09, 2016 18:04 IST
Yuvraj had just completed his hundredth IPL innings when he touched his icon’s feet as a mark of respect (IPLt20 instagram )

It was a familiar sight of Yuvraj Singh touching Sachin Tendulkar’s feet to seek his blessings.

He has done it twice on a cricket ground or may be more. But these were the times when his act was captured by photographers.

Last time, it was during the MCC Bicentenary Celebration Match in which Yuvraj scored a scintillating century. After guiding his team - Rest of the World XI - towards a safe total he touched Sachin’s feet, who was bowling for Marylebone Cricket Club on July 5, 2014 .

Yuvraj Singh playing for the Rest of the World team falls on Sachin Tendulkar’s feet after he bowls an over to him during the Lord's bicentenary match between the MCC and Rest of the world at Lords Cricket ground in London on July 5, 2014. (AFP)

This time, Yuvraj had just completed his hundredth IPL innings when he touched his icon’s feet as a mark of respect. He scored 39 runs off 23 balls in the Sunrisers Hyderabad’s match against Mumbai Indians in Visakhapatnam.

The two players share a long history, both backing up each other during tough times and constantly encouraging one another to rise from defeats both on the field and in personal life.

After winning the World Cup in 2011, Yuvraj had dedicated his success to Sachin by saying the Master Blaster was his ‘inspiration’.

Sachin Tendulkar and Yuvraj Singh celebrate their victory during the ICC Cricket World Cup final match between India and Sri Lanka at The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 2, 2011. (AFP)

“In my tough times, I just spoke to Sachin about my issues with batting and form and fitness and he told me that you will matter when it matters the most. That is a very special thought, it remains with me,” Yuvraj said on the first anniversary of India’s World Cup win.

“I remember I have a picture of me and Sachin together which I have put in my locker. I used to have a look at that picture and go to bat. He is my inspiration,” Yuvraj added.

Yuvraj Singh lifts teammate Sachin Tendulkar to celebrate his century and India's win on the fifth and final day of the first Test between India and England at the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai on December 15, 2008. India won the match by 6 wickets to lead the two match series 1-0. (AFP)

Yuvraj was diagnosed with cancer in February 2012 and underwent chemotherapy in the US. Since his comeback, he has struggled to find form but has managed to stick around because of some match-winning performances with the international side.

“When I went to meet him in London, I was telling my wife that I don’t want to break down when I see him,” Sachin said during the release of Yuvraj’s book ‘The Test of My Life: From Cricket to Cancer and Back’ on March 19, 2013.

Yuvraj Singh jumps in air as teammate Sachin Tendulkar throws the ball during a training session at The Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata, 28 November 2007, ahead of the second Test match between India and Pakistan. (AFP)

Yuvraj was heartbroken after hearing about Sachin’s retirement on November 16, 2013. He had just scored a match-winning 77 against Australia in a one-off T20 at Rajkot and was confused whether to celebrate his success or feel sad as Sachin will not be a part of the dressing room anymore.

Sachin Tendulkar shares a light moment with teammate Yuvraj Singh during a practice session on the eve of the second One Day International (ODI) match between India and South Africa in Bangalore, 18 November 2005. (AFP)

“I don’t think I am going to let him go away. I am going to catch hold of his feet and not (let him) leave the dressing room. It has been amazing to play with him for so many years -- one of the greatest players to have played the game. I don’t know what to say,” Yuvraj said after learning about Sachin’s decision to retire.

Sachin Tendulkar trains along with his teammate Yuvraj Singh during the afternoon session of the second day of a combined fitness camp at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore, 14 June 2004. (AFP)

The left-arm all-rounder has scored 2,143 runs at an average of 25.21 in the 100 IPL matches. He has also taken 35 wickets at an economy of 7.26.

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