Cricket is in his blood, literally. Yuvraj Singh’s father was a cricketer and instilled in him the passion for the game at a very young age.
So much so that Yuvraj had to give up his first passion, skating, for cricket. "My father hated skating. He thought it was a girls’ game. I remember when I was really young, I won a championship and got the gold medal home. He threw my medal and skates away and told me to concentrate on cricket," Yuvraj told chat show host Simi Garewal on her show, India’s Most Desirable, on Star World that airs this Sunday.
My father, my coach
Talking further about his father, Yuvraj says, "My father faced a lot of rejection during his time. What I heard that he worked really hard and was very talented. But he was very aggressive. He never took any blame from anyone and just did things his own way. So, it was tough for him and he wanted to see himself through me."
On his dad’s strict training methods, Yuvi says, "People used to say ‘ladke ko maar dega ek din ye’. I used to get very tired after training. So, at times I didn’t want to get up. on such occasions my dad used to put a bucket of cold water in my quilt to get me up for training. I used to hate him at those times … But I think those sacrifices I made is the reason why I played for India at a very early age."
Acting with Kajol
Not many know that Yuvi has acted in two Punjabi films some time back. So, will he ever make a comeback? Yuvi says, "May be when I retire. I know that will be late but you know I can do a lot of make-up. I think I would love to act with Kajol. Yes, at the moment I’m still thinking Kajol". Talking further about her, Yuvi says, "When I met Kajol, I told her as a youngster I had come to take her autograph but couldn’t get through to her because of the crowd."
On working with dad
My dads’ friends called him Hitler. I remember we had a beautiful garden which dad got removed and put nets instead. I used to practice in the lights with net and the ball, so it was just cricket 24 hours.
I started getting injured 2009 onwards ... after eight years of playing international cricket, I got dropped for the first time. So it was tough. I even thought of quitting, but I love the game too much.
On World Cup
It was an unbelievable feeling (winning the cup and being adjudged the man of the tournament). The whole of India was happy, the whole of India needed that cup.