Fit & Fa­mous

Team In­dia’s hand­some and erce all-rounder, Yu­vraj Singh, in a heart­warm­ing chat with ‘H&N’, shares the gritty jour­ney of his life – start­ing from his pas­sion for cricket, bat­tle with can­cer and his tough come­back, to nd­ing love and more…

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Skat­ing, Not Cricket

"I was a dis­ci­plined kid. And from quite young, I was into fash­ion and quite up­dated with the lat­est trends too. I liked get­ting dressed for out­ings and get-to­geth­ers, and styling my hair too. And Chandi­garh, where I come from, had the right mix of ev­ery­thing! "I was in­ter­ested in sports since child­hood but had zero in­ter­est in cricket. I liked play­ing ten­nis, skated com­pet­i­tively and was a skat­ing cham­pion in the un­der-14 divi­sion. I would re­turn home with my medals, but my fa­ther Yo­graj (a for­mer In­dian crick­eter and an ac­tor), who was a task mas­ter, would push me to play cricket. That's when I started train­ing in cricket un­der the guid­ance of my fa­ther. We did a lot of out­door train­ing and agility work. To­day, I can say that l am a crick­eter only be­cause of my fa­ther."

Dis­cov­er­ing & Lov­ing Cricket

"How­ever, my pas­sion for cricket kept grow­ing by the day, and to­day, I play cricket be­cause I love the game. My goal is to en­joy and keep play­ing the sport. I have al­ways let my bat do the talk­ing. And over the years and with ex­pe­ri­ence, I have learnt to per­form un­der pres­sure. The longer I've played, the more I've en­joyed play­ing un­der pres­sure. I feel pres­sure brings out the best in me."

World Cup Tales

"And yes, talk­ing of pres­sure, the 2011 World Cup was very spe­cial to me. I was play­ing the World Cup for a very spe­cial per­son. And un­der pres­sure, I could only think of him (Sachin Ten­dulkar), and that kept me go­ing. The high­point, of course, was be­ing de­clared The Man of the Tour­na­ment'. So it's etched in my heart."

“I was play­ing the 2011 World Cup for a very spe­cial per­son. And un­der pres­sure, I could only think of him (Sachin Ten­dulkar), and that kept me go­ing. The high­point, of course, was be­ing de­clared ‘The Man of the Tour­na­ment’.”

COVER CREDIT PHO­TOG­RA­PHER: PRASAD NAIK HAIR STYLIST: HAKIM AALIM STYLIST: GARRY WALLANG LO­CA­TION: GOA

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