Sachin Tendulkar is not only a cricketing idol for me, he’s a life coach: Yuvraj Singh | Cricket Information – Occasions of India

NEW DELHI: Sachin Tendulkar is not only a cricketing idol for Yuvraj Singh however a “guardian angel” who would supply unbelievable options and classes in instances of disaster, each on and off discipline.
Considered one of India’s best white ball gamers and hero of two World Cup triumphs, Yuvraj has been one among Tendulkar’s closest buddies within the Indian dressing room and for him the maestro is a life coach.
“When I played international cricket, we had coaches but if I faced any technical issues with my batting, he was my ‘go-to’ person. He provided solutions but he wasn’t just my cricketing idol,” Yuvraj, at present vacationing within the UK, advised PTI forward of the legend’s fiftieth birthday.
“Beyond 22 yards also, he is like a guardian angel for me. Whenever I have faced any personal crisis or dilemmas in life, Paaji would be one of the first persons that I would dial. And he would always have the best life lessons and advice for me,” he mentioned.
He remembered how involved Tendulkar was when he was having sleepless nights and usually coughing and vomiting in the course of the 2011 World Cup, which he singlehandedly gained for India with greater than 350 runs and 15 wickets.
“Even I didn’t know it was cancer. Sachin would regularly check on me and also during my treatment in the US, he was always concerned about my recovery.”
Yuvraj even remembers when he met Tendulkar for the primary time and it was the legendary Kapil Dev, who launched {the teenager} Tendulkar to schoolboy Yuvraj.
“I think Sachin had then just started playing for India and had become a sensation. It was Kapil Paaji, who took me to Sachin and I shook hands with him for the first time,” Yuvraj could not recollect the collection as he was barely 10 years previous then.
For the report, Yuvraj’s father Yograj Singh and Kapil Dev learnt their cricket collectively in Chandigarh beneath the identical coach, Dronacharya awardee late Desh Prem Azad.
Ask him about his favorite on-field partnership with Tendulkar and Yuvraj remembers a really “special Test match”.
“If you look back at the scorebook, Sachin and I haven’t had too many long partnerships in ODI cricket as he generally opened and I batted at No. 6 for better part of my career,” Yuvraj mentioned.
“But in Test cricket, we had a 150 plus stand against England in Chennai back in December, 2008. We were chasing 387 and won the game during late afternoon. Sachin scored a hundred and I got 80 odd (85).
“However that Take a look at stays particular because it was the primary match after 26/11 terrorist assault in Mumbai. The nation was dealing with the tragedy and we had been all very emotional and overwhelmed with so many harmless lives misplaced. And that Take a look at occurred inside a fortnight.
“For Sachin, coming from Mumbai, it was even more deep and personal. That partnership on the fifth day and to chase a near 400 target will remain special. I was so ecstatic that I lifted Sachin once the chase was complete,” Yuvraj mentioned.
In ODIs, Yuvraj remembers his 138 run partnership off solely 16.4 overs towards a New Zealand assault comprising Tim Southee, Kyle Mills and Jacob Oram.
“We talk about the two knocks in Sharjah and the 98-run innings at Centurion which I believe was his best ODI knock.
“However one innings near my coronary heart can be his 163 at Christchurch in 2009 and he may have simply gotten a double hundred that day however was retired harm. I additionally acquired 80 plus (87) and I feel we each at one stage scored 72 off 5 overs. This hundred is not a lot talked about however it was an effort price remembering.”
For his friends, Tendulkar remains a prankster and Yuvraj has often been a ‘victim’ of his numerous practical jokes.
“Sachin loves Japanese meals and I used to be then a junior within the staff. So he took a few of us out for dinner and I tasted sushi for the primary time. However a catastrophe occurred after a while. Sachin advised me to style one other delicacies Wasabi and promised me it was candy in style. I began chewing and I used to be a large number because it was compete reverse.”
Call it a pleasant beauty of life, Tendulkar’s son Arjun, who recently had a couple of impressive IPL games is a big Yuvraj fan.
“I do know. I regarded as much as his dad and he seems as much as me. He’s a southpaw like me and all of the hardwork that he put in, is displaying. However belief me, the child may also hit large sixes. Within the pre-season, he wished to coach and I organized for it at my father’s academy. My father dotes on him.”

So what might be his want on his position mannequin’s fiftieth birthday.
“Clearly lengthy and wholesome life and protecting us entertained. However on his fiftieth birthday, I simply need to problem him to beat me in a sport of golf,” he concluded in jest.

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