Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Legendry cricketer Yuvraj Singh is one of the greatest all-rounders that India has ever produced. The aggressive cricketer has helped India emerge champions in many prestigious tournaments.

However, fans will be stunned to know that Yuvraj was once discarded by former India cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu as he felt that Yuvi don’t have the talent and passion to be a cricketer.

In a television interview, Yuvraj revealed that Sidhu had once discarded him as a cricketer when he was a child. 

“At that time players from Patiala were playing very good cricket. Hence my father Yograj Singh sent me to his friend and the then India cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu to practice under his watchful eyes so that I would become a good cricketer. However a week later, Sidhu called my father and said that I lack the talent and commitment to become a cricketer. Then my father was stunned. He called me and said ‘pack your bags and I will see who will stop you from becoming a cricketer’,” Yuvi recalled during the television show.

Later when Sidhu saw Yuvraj getting selected for the U-19 camp held in Patiala, Punjab, he went to Yograj and apologized before him. He also withdrew his remark he made about Yuvraj.

Then the rest is what they call ‘history’. Yuvi went on to become one of the greatest aggressive all-rounders in Indian cricket.

Yuvi was part of India’s World Cup winning team in 2011. He was also the vice-captain of the ODI team between 2007-2008. The all-rounder was awarded man of the tournament in 2011 World Cup. The southpaw also played an important part in 2007 T20 World Cup that India won.

Yuvi famously hit six sixes in an over bowled by England’s Stuart Broad in the ICC World T20 2007. The feat was performed only three times previously in any form of senior cricket and never in an international match between two Test playing nations.

In 2011 World Cup, Yuvraj, despite being diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in his left lung, was awarded the man of the tournament. In 2012, Yuvraj was conferred with the Arjuna Award, India’s second highest sporting award by the Government of India. In 2014, he bagged the prestigious Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honour.