Former Indian World Cup hero, Yuvraj Singh recounts his experience on his first day in the Indian dressing room.
Yuvraj Singh has been one of the finest all-rounders India has ever produced. From being a young guy to hit 6 sixes in an over to being India’s World Cup hero, Yuvraj came a long way. However, his extraordinary career came to an abrupt end.
Yuvraj Singh was diagnosed with lung cancer right after the conclusion of the World Cup 2011. Yuvraj went abroad for treatment and made an inspiring comeback. However, that did not last long as his health could not go back to its previous self. Hence, he announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in 2019. Nonetheless, Yuvraj Singh had an exceptional and inspiring career.
“After 20 years, I still have to be careful,” Yuvraj Singh shares his first experience in the Indian dressing room
Yuvraj Singh shared his first-hand experience in the Indian dressing room. Yuvraj made his debut in 2000. Speaking to Viacom 18 Sports, he recalled his first day in the dressing room, surrounded by legendary Indian players. He said that he was shocked to see his childhood heroes in person.
“After 20 years, I still have to be careful about what I say in front of Anil Kumble. I think it was a bit of a shock, to be honest. There’s Anil Kumble, Rahul Dravid, Tendulkar, and the likes of Ganguly”
Yuvraj Singh further added that he was intimidated at the start and even asked the coach not to make him sit next to the senior players. Further, he said that the IPL has made that feeling go away for the new youngsters as they spend more time with the seniors before making their national debut.
“There are all these guys you’re watching on television as a kid and straightaway, you were in the dressing room with them. You had to ask the coach to not be seated next to them. The coach used to say they’re your teammates so you have to sit next to them. So, it took a while to start talking to them. But what the IPL has done is that the youngsters are now more comfortable around the players.”
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