Delhi: It is Yuvraj Singh, the Arjuna Award winner’s first birthday after he surmounted the life-threatening disease, cancer with which he was diagnosed last year.
Yuvraj is celebrating this special day thanking his fans for their wishes. He tweeted, "12-12-12, this yr I am celebrating my b'day in support of cancer". The cricketer has initiated a trust by the name Yuvraj Singh Foundation (YSF). The non-profit organization, through its initiative 'YOUWECAN' aims to create consciousness on cancer prevention, early detection & fight against Stigma.
At the 2007 World Twenty20, he hit six sixes in an over against England's Stuart Broad — a feat performed only three times previously in any form of senior cricket, and previously never in an international match between two Test cricket nations. He was named the ‘Man of the Tournament’ in the 2011 Cricket World Cup and was one of the top performers at the 2007 World Twenty20, both of which India had won.
He was the icon player and captain for Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kings XI Punjab in the first two seasons; in 2010, the third season, icon player status was abolished and the captaincy given toKumar Sangakkara.
Yuvraj picked up his first hat-trick in T20 cricket against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Kingsmead in Durban, the same ground where he hit his six sixes. He dismissed Robin Uthappa, Mark Boucher and Jacques Kallis. On 17 May 2009, Yuvraj picked up his second Twenty20 hat-trick against Deccan Chargers at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. Yuvraj dismissedHerschelle Gibbs, Andrew Symonds and Venugopal Rao.
Considering what he has gone through the last year, his 31st birthday is truly a special occasion. He may be heartbroken at being dropped from the Test side, but has the passion to return. Test cricket awaits his arrival and it would be a mistake to write him off, considering his grit to fight the odds in difficult times.