Yuvraj Singh: The swashbuckling middle order superstar

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Mar 11, 2016 18:16 IST
Yuvraj Singh in action in T20 World Cup warm up match against West Indies. (HT Photo)

Yuvraj Singh’s career highlight undoubtedly came at the 2011 World Cup on home soil when he was named the player of the tournament.

His pure hitting and handy left-arm spin always made him a perfect fit for the shorter formats and all the planets aligned at the right time in front of his home crowds as Yuvraj smashed 362 runs, took 15 wickets and claimed four man-of-the-match awards as India ended a 28-year wait to claim a second world title.

Four years earlier it had been Yuvraj who supplied the iconic moment of the first-ever World T20, which India also won, when he clubbed six sixes in one Stuart Broad over.

He had a brief stint at Yorkshire at the start of his career in 2003, when he became just the second Indian after Sachin Tendulkar to play for the club.

Yuvraj never truly cracked the longer formats, despite playing 40 Tests, as he averaged less than 34 while his three Test tons all came against Pakistan.

In the shorter-formats he has scored almost 10,000 runs for India, playing in two World Cup and two World T20 finals, while in 2015 Delhi Daredevils made him the most expensive Indian Premier League player ever.

His appearance at the 2014 World T20 came after he underwent two-and-a-half month cancer treatment in the United States.

Full Name: Yuvraj Singh

Born: December 12 1981 , Chandigarh, India

Country: India

Other teams: India A, Delhi Daredevils, Yorkshire

Test debut: India v New Zealand, Mohali, October 16-20 2003

ODI debut: Kenya v India, Nairobi, October 3 2000

T20 debut: India v Scotland, Durban, September 13 2007

Batting Style: Left-hand bat

Bowling Style: Slow left-arm

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