On the anniversary of India’s World Cup victory, the man of the tournament Yuvraj Singh, who is currently recovering from a rare germ cell cancer recalls his cherished moments in India’s first world cup victory in 28 years.
Speaking about the tournament, Yuvarj recalled that he was not in the best of form and fitness, but pep talks by Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan motivated him to do something special.
“In my tough times, I just spoke to Tendulkar about my issues with batting 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. I remember having a picture of him [Tendulkar] and me together which I have put in my locker. I used to have a look at that [picture] and go into bat. He is my inspiration. Zaheer Khan also told me in Bangladesh before the start of the World Cup about me doing something special in the tournament. That time I was going through a bad wrist injury,” Yuvraj said.
On India’s first anniversary of the World Cup victory Yuvi describes their moment of triumph as “cherished and special.”
“All you can remember is flying colours of the flag, Wankhede stadium (the host of the World Cup final) in joy and an Indian dream coming to reality. It was a great moment in history because winning the World Cup was everything to us and especially to do it for Sachin Tendulkar,” he said.
After the 2011 World Cup Yuvraj went through a terrible phase of his life as he was diagnosed with cancer. However, he is recovering now and thanks his fans for standing behind him, during his toughest phase.
“I was at the peak of my career when I was diagnosed with cancer, but now I am treated and absolutely fine. I am thankful to my guruji, my mother. It has been a tough journey but I am lucky that the cancer was detected at an early stage and I got cured. Now I just want to live my life like a normal person, just want to celebrate life,” he said.
Watch Yuvraj talk about the World Cup victory: