- Yuvraj turned 35 on Monday.
- Here is a small tribute to celebrate a life that defeated a disease as vicious as cancer.
Only a fighter can miraculously come out of that situation as a winner.
December 12, 1981 - the day when the fighter was born; he was meant to live his dreams, only to battle against the person's worst fear - death - just after that.
Mind you, he would win it.
Yuvraj Singh had fulfilled his dream, India's long awaited dream when he played the crucial role in India's triumph in ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.
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Yuvraj was on the other end when MS Dhoni smashed that famous six, in front of an electric Wankhede crowd, to seal the World Cup; he was the Man of the Series for his all-round performance with 362 runs and 15 wickets from the nine games he had played; and suddenly the player with the 'bad boy's' image had turned into every Indian's hero.
Little did he know his life was going to be hit by the worst diseases ever. When he struggled on the field and puked in between, he just thought it was the lack of fitness. Later it was discovered, the World Cup hero of India had cancer!
However, the 'Punjabi Jat' would go on to become a living example of a true warrior who would defeat death at his doorstep.
"I cried like a baby. When no one could see me or hear me. Not because I feared what cancer would do, but because I didn't want the disease. I wanted my life to be normal, which it could no longer be," Yuvraj said at one of his interviews.
He survived the dreadful three cycles of chemotherapy in the United States of America, where he underwent the treatment for cancer, he took his time but eventually returned to Team India in the shortest format of the game.
Post-cancer, Yuvraj has appeared in two World Cups - ICC World T20 2012 and 2016 - missing out on the 50-over World Cup in 2015, where India lost to Australia in the semi-final. (There was no Yuvraj to repeat his heroics from the 2011 World Cup.)
He recently got married to his girlfriend and Bollywood diva, Hazel Keech in Chandigarh.
"Beating cancer was a personal battle. It was one of the toughest opponents I have faced so far, and I think I did reasonably well. Touch wood," Yuvraj said after won the biggest battles of his life - beating cancer!
You've truly been an inspiration, Yuvraj. Happy Birthday!
Last Updated 31, Mar 2018, 6:53 PM IST