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Highs and lows of Yuvraj Singh's life

India Today logo India Today 20-01-2017

Yuvraj Singh blasted a chanceless century in the second one day international after making his comeback following a three-year absence from the 50-overs format.

Yuvraj came to the crease after India were reduced to 22/2 in the third over following a rare Virat Kohli (8) failure. However, the 2011 World Cup Player of the Tournament overcame the testing phase and took the attack back to the opposition as he hit 15 fours and a six in his first century since March 2011.

Yuvraj was also involved in a 256-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who himself registered his 10th century. It was also the duo's 10th century-plus stand in the 50-overs cricket. Yuvraj was eventually caught behind on 150 off Chris Woakes.

Marriage to Hazel Keech

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Yuvraj Singh got married to model-turned-actress Hazel Keech at a Gurudwara in Fatehgarh Sahib, which is 50 kms from Chandigarh.

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It was followed by a Hindu wedding in Goa and a reception party in Delhi.

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The southpaw's marriage ceremony in Goa was attended by Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and others, while MS Dhoni was one of the star attractions during the reception in the national capital.

UNSUNG HERO

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Yuvraj Singh, who last played for India in the ICC World T20 last year, returned to the side for the ODI and T20I series against England.

He has been in tremendous form in the Ranji Trophy this season, scoring 672 runs in five matches at 84.00 with two hundreds and as many half-centuries.

Yuvraj, one of the greatest players for India in the limited-overs format, was part of the batch of players who prospered under the leadership of Sourav Ganguly and then came into his own under Mahendra Singh Dhoni, with whom he formed a formidable partnership in the middle order.

Yuvraj broke into the international scene after being named the Player of the Tournament in the 2000 Under-19 World Cup held in Sri Lanka. The Southpaw was then immediately drafted into the national side for the ICC Champions Trophy in 2000 where he smashed a match-winning 84 in his debut against Australia in Nairobi and caught the attention of the world thereafter.

He has since played 293 ODIs scoring 8329 runs at 36.37 with 13 centuries and 51 fifties. In 55 T20 internationals, Yuvraj has amassed 1134 runs at 29.07 with eight half-centuries. The longest format is where he had his shortcomings but still managed to score 1900 runs in 40 Tests at 33.92 with three hundreds and 11 fifties.

NATWEST FINAL MAGIC

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Yuvraj has batted in the middle-order for the better part of his career and finished numerous games almost single-handedly. He played a stellar role in India's victory in the NatWest Series final against England at Lord's in 2002. India were reduced to 146/5 chasing 326, when Yuvraj got together with Mohammad Kaif and the duo stitched a match-winning 121-run partnership for the sixth-wicket which eventually helped India register one of its greatest ODI wins in history.

SIX-MACHINE vs STUART BROAD

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One of the cleanest strikers of the cricket ball in the modern era, Yuvraj became the first batsman in T20I history to smash six sixes in an over as he hammered England pacer Stuart Broad all around the Durban stadium in the quarterfinals of the inaugural ICC World T20 in 2007. As a result of his exploits in that match, Yuvraj created a world record of scoring the fastest fifty (off 12 balls) in T20Is which is yet to be broken. India went on to win the tournament beating arch-rivals Pakistan in the final.

WORLD CUP GLORY

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But the crowning moment in Yuvraj's career came in the 2011 World Cup which was jointly hosted by India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Yuvraj, who loves to perform at the biggest stage, scored 362 runs in 9 matches at a staggering average of 90.50 with one century and four half-centuries. He also went on to pick 15 wickets in the tournament including two in the final played at the Wankhede as India scripted a famous victory in the summit clash and lifted the World Cup after a gap of 28 years. Yuvraj was named Player of the Tournament which further enhanced his reputation as one of the greatest talents unearthed from this country.

FIGHT AGAINST CANCER

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Then came the biggest shock of his life when he was diagnosed with cancer. A rare germ-cell tumour was located between his two lungs which was there when he was representing the country at the World Cup. It was during that time when he would wake up in the middle of the night and would find it difficult to breathe and used to cough immensely. He immediately headed to the United States after the tournament ended for treatment and rehabilitation. In March 2012, Yuvraj was discharged from hospital after completing the third and final cycle of chemotherapy and returned to India in April.

RETURN OF THE PRINCE

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Being the fighter that he is, Yuvraj fought against all odds, won his battle against cancer and made an emotional comeback to the Indian side. He will always remain an inspiration for us all.

Photos: The love story of Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech

The love story of Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech

Watch: Virat Kohli shakes a leg at Yuvraj's sangeet ceremony

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