Yuvraj Singh Curated
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In what ways do you think the trainings that you got from your father, as a child, were very tough?
Why do you think that even after having so much passion for the sport you had to struggle so much in your career?
Do you think that when difficulties try to put you down, you rose up better than before?
What was the story behind the six sixes that you hit against England?
What were your funny experiences with your teammate Asish Nehra?
Did you retire from cricket because you think your performance level was detoriating?
What are your thoughts on not being able to perform as well in Test cricket as in limited overs format?
Would you be more satisfied with your career if you had reached the milestone of ten thousand international runs?
What do you think was the proudest moment of your career?
What do you think was the defining moment of your career?
When you thought of retiring, did you approach any of your Indian teammates before making a decision?
Did you ever wish to play a last match before taking retirement from cricket?
Do you see yourself in any of the currently playing Indian cricketers?
Do you plan on documenting your life in form of a book or a movie?
How well do you think your NGO, Yuvican, is working in terms of realizing its goals?
After retirement are you open on taking a role in mentoring the young cricketers?
What are your post retirement plans for yourself?
Who has been your favourite captain that you have played under?
What was the prank that you have played on Sourav Ganguly?
Who is one bowler you have always found tough to face and who are your favourite overseas players?
Why do you think you have played your best cricket under pressure?
How do you feel you have changed as your age has increased?
Did you find yourself to be a misfit in the new lot of Indian players?
Do you think you can guide the youngsters of the team in the same way in which your seniors guided you?
Do you think that due to intense competition in the game many older players are not getting a chance to play?
Do you think that you could have ever filled Sachin’s shoes in the dressing room in terms of guiding the raw talent?
Do you always think about taking extra care of yourself ever since you have made a comeback from so many low points in your career?
What do you think has been the motivation behind your comeback?
How do you deal with the public perception of you as a frequent party goer?
How much weight did you have to shed to rebuild your body after cancer?
Do you think Virat Kohli has the ability to break Sachin Tendulkar’s records?
Which is one batsman whose wicket you craved to take?
If you get a chance would you like to act in a hindi movie?
How do you react after losing?
Is it true that you never liked cricket as much as you liked other sports?
How did you got into cricket in your childhood days?
What are some incidents of your father being tough with you in your early days of training?
When did you get in the Indian national side and how did you feel about it?
How did you deal with your injuries and bad health as the World Cup 2011 approached?
How difficult was it for you to accept that you had cancer when you were at the peak of your career?
What do you think takes to become successful in life?
How difficult was it for you to accept that you had cancer when you were at the peak of your career?
How did the idea of Yuvican came into existence in your life?
How did you make your comeback in the Indian team after you recovered from cancer?
What are some funny incidents from your domestic side that you have had over the years?
Who was the player you were always afraid to go against in field?
Who was the most thrifty person in the Indian team?
Who was the biggest spender in the Indian team?
Who was the most angry player in the Indian team?
What has been the biggest lesson from the time when you had cancer?
One thing that you wouldn’t dare to say to Sachin Tendulkar?
Did you ever have a chat with Stuart Broad after encountering him with six sixes?
Who was your best friend in the Indian team?
.What is your message for those who are suffering from cancer and to those who are supporting them fight the disease?
What is the biggest fear of your life?
What is your favourite food?
What are some batting tips you would like to share?
Do you think the perception that has been developed by the world is a misjudgement by the media?
Which is your most favourite personal knock till date?
It has to be the 57 that I scored against Australia in the 2011 quarter-final. The team was under pressure, and I managed to play the knock of my life. We then progressed to the semi-final, then final and eventually won the tournament. That was very special for me.
As a constant in Indian cricket’s hierarchy in the past decade, you have made several transisitions. For example from junior to senior cricket, but which according to you has been the most difficult?
I would say it was a particular time rather that I really struggled was in Test cricket. I used to play one Test and then be out of the team, and return to domestic cricket. So I used to play one series, then play domestic Test cricket for four to five years before returning to the squad. This was my most difficult period.
As a cricketer your greatest knocks have come when the team was under pressure. How do you think you thrived during those situations?
I always liked batting under pressure because it always brought the best out of me. It was never that I specifically prepared for those situations. But some how I used to give me 110 percent, during that time. My goal was to always do what the team needed me to, and whenever I was in those situations, I used to thrive. But, not always!
Post your illness, did you ever have moments of doubt whether you would make the comeback from a physical point of view?
Definitely! I lost 50 % of my lung capacity. So I basically had get back to being a sportsperson first. Put in the hours, to work on my fitness. Concentrate a lot more on cardio to bring back my stamina to normalcy. Apart from that, I worked extensively on my agility. Now I make it a point, to put in more hours for running as I have to work harder to maintain it.
Any bowler that you though was very unpredictable while playing them at the international level?
Thankfully I don't have to face them anymore as they have retired. Muttiah Muralitharan and Glenn McGrath.
Talk us about the event of hitting six sixes in an over?
It was the greatest moment in my cricketing career. Obviously after getting hit for five sixes in the Oval match it was on the back of my mind. Fortunately it came against England, so it was a very pleasing day.
The guy you hit for six sixes was not a part-time bowler. He was someone who troubled India all tour in England, bowling quick, swinging the ball. How did it happen?
Stuart Broad is one of England's young frontline bowlers and he'll play a lot of cricket for England. We had only three overs to go and too many wickets in hand, so I just had to hit every ball. He tried bowling yorkers and didn't get them right. I just thought I'd hit the ball straight - that was on my mind, and I was not thinking of anything else. I succeeded in hitting every ball of the over for six, and coming against a fast bowler that's something special.
You were appointed vice-captain and clearly the selectors and others were looking at a captaincy role for you. When Rahul Dravid stepped down and the job went to Mahendra Singh Dhoni, were you disappointed?
I won't say disappointed. Dhoni is a guy who is always helping the team out and looking out for the best interests of the team. At that point of time I thought that being the captain is not in my hands and it's not my call. My job is to just try and do the best for the team. It's the selectors who decide and whoever they think is the best man for the job gets it. I just have to concentrate on my game and make sure that the team goes forward from here. Thinking about being captain and not being captain becomes a personal issue. When it comes it comes, and at the moment we have to put the team first.
While growing up, did anyone’s deeds inspire you to help others?
When we’d play cricket, a lot of kids weren’t able to afford the equipment. I remember my dad giving them stuff and helping them out. So in every sport and education, there are people who don’t have that opportunity... I feel blessed that I had it all — good school, education and parenting. That’s what I want to give back to the society.
How important is it to have value education as a part of our school curriculum?
It’s a must, and it comes from teachers and parents. What’s the point of carrying 50 books to school if you understand only four. A child shouldn’t be thinking that I have to finish 15 subjects. The lesser the burden, fitter the mind.
How did you handle the news when you were diagnosed with cancer?
It was hard to come to terms with it that suddenly when you are at the peak of your career, you were diagnosed with such a disease. It was a long and tough journey but now when I look back, it was a big learning lesson in my life. I learnt, ‘Every day you have to live life’. You hope for the best and be prepared for the worst. I’m a changed person. Earlier everything was about cricket and now, I look forward to life.
Did you ever feel like asking God ‘Why Me…’ when you were diagnosed with cancer?
At some stage, these things come to your mind that being an athlete why anything wrong would happen to you. But then you realise you are also a normal human being. Once you come to terms with that, you realise anything can happen to anyone. After I was diagnosed with this disease, I realised how many more people are going through it. Eventually you have to look at the positive. Maybe I was chosen for this. Obviously, nobody wants to go through cancer but it has definitely got the better person out of me. After that, the roller coaster ride I went through, I never thought of ‘why me’.
What kept you going during the treatment in the US?
I had a good set of friends, strong core system with my mother who was 24*7 taking care of me. I had the blessings of my Guru Ji to come out of that traumatic phase and the love of the whole nation.
What was your fitness regime like in the recovery phase after the surgery?
I was in pain initially. Your body becomes slow and heavy and you feel that it’s not going to react. But slowly and steadily, things change. It took me over two years to get my body back in shape. For fitness, I had to work extra hours and change my diet completely. Ageing makes things harder. But with more recovery on the body and more sleeping hours, I made huge changes in my lifestyle.
What would be your advice to the youth today?
Well, I carry a big example for all of them. Life can go in any direction. It’s okay to fall, as it’s then that you learn to get up. Elders and seniors will always tell you the right things but unless you don’t learn through your own mistakes, you will never become a better person in life.
There’s a social stigma around cancer patients who wish to get married. Did you face anything like that?
This stigma of cancer is only when you don’t know what you’re going through. If you have the right doctors and treatment, you can beat cancer. Also, there’s lack of education and people feel if someone has had cancer, it might come back and that’s the reason why a lot of people don’t get married to a cancer patient or survivor. I think I’ve been an example of coming back and being hard and healthy and getting married to someone who has believed in me as a person who’s been a pillar of strength. So people who actually come out of it are stronger in life because of the journey they have been through, and they can be actually a better life partner than you can ask for.
Share something about your new innings as a businessman where you want to invest in new startups with young minds. How did the whole idea crop up?
YouWeCan Ventures started a couple of years ago with my partner, when we decided that people out there have lot of wings and it would be great to convert them into reality. With it, we’ve been able to create more jobs, as we have invested in health, education and sports.