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04-Apr-2011 05:08:00 GMT
ICC World Cup, 2011

Yuvraj Shrugged Off Concerns Over Form

Mumbai: While Yuvraj was struggling to get past his bad patch in 2010, he failed to understand why his two fifties in 14 innings in 2010 and a batting average of 31.73 were not cutting any ice with selectors.

"It came like a jolt when I was dropped," he now admits. During this phase, a reporter called Yuvraj's father to ask him what was going wrong with his son's cricket.

"Mera bachcha sher hai... lad ke wapas aayega" (My son is a tiger, he'll fight back), said a confident Yograj Singh.

As his career hit an all-time low, there were reports suggesting that had started contemplating quitting the game. Thankfully, he shrugged them off. "I would like to thank my parents and my gurus (Guru Ram Singh and Guru Ajit Singh) and my friends," says Yuvraj.

Yuvraj is a religious man and if he has respect for certain people, it remains that way. Parents and gurus, friends and family members and one Sachin Tendulkar form the crux of those certain people.

In fact, Tendulkar is the 'special person' for whom he famously declared, after India's quarterfinal victory against Australia, that he wanted to do well in this World Cup. "But this win is not just for Sachin or any team member alone. This is for all of us and the nation. We fought like champions and won the Cup. And we're very proud of it," he says.

To many Yuvraj may come across as arrogant, brawny and egotistic even. Those close to him say these are traits that make the myth, not the man.

When he says, for instance, "Our nation had been waiting for this moment for long and we're glad we've achieved it" those who know him well insist how much this means to him.

As his mother puts it "He was challenged and he fought back." In the process, he not just changed the way people think of him but simply made them stand up and clap in awe.

Khaate peete ghar ke ladke ne World Cup jeeta diya! The boy from the prosperous background won India the World Cup.


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