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Yuvraj Singh

India’s Yuvraj Singh poses with the Man of the Tournament award after India won the Cricket World Cup final match between Sri Lanka and India in Mumbai.

If there is anyone you can associate with the word warrior in the Indian cricket team, then it surely has to be Yuvraj Singh. The stylish southpaw has the most extensive range of shots with batting worth watching when in full flow.

Remembering those 6 sixes that he hit of Stuart broad still brings goosebumps. It was a perfect display of his wide range of shots. Stuart broad paid the price for what Flintoff said to Yuvi. That was the most significant turning point in the tournament in India’s fortune after their loss to New Zealand, India finally went on to win the tournament with the momentum that they gained. In semis in that tournament against Aussies Yuvraj slaughtered them to all parts of the ground. Aussies were stunned and so was rest of the world, final just being a formality after that. Yuvraj Singh played a pivotal role in the success that the team had in that tournament.

Next big thing was the World cup which was to be held in Indian sub-continent in 2011. Yuvraj didn’t have the form coming in the tournament, but Sachin backed him by saying, ” you will matter when it matters most.” Everyone knew the kind of impact Yuvi could have on limited overs cricket. He started his tournament well with both bat and ball and was always a goto man for the captain MSD. The knock against West Indies where he was vomiting on the ground which all later realized that he had cancer. Umpire asked him if he was okay to continue to which he replied, ” I am here to win something big for my country” and continued the knock and scored a crucial century and India eventually going on to win the game.

The greatest challenge that India faced again was that of the Aussies in quarters of the tournament. Aussies batting first could not post a big total, although they managed a competitive 260 on the board. India looked well in control when Gambhir and Yuvraj were batting but lost momentum when they lost Gambhir and MSD with 70 odd still to win. Accompanying Yuvi was Raina now, and they both steered the ship without any further damage. The raw emotions that Yuvi displayed after that win was something priceless.

Rivals Pakistan were knocked off in semis and neighbours Lanka in finals. Quite fittingly Yuvi and MSD at the crease to finish a long wait of 28 years for the country and bring back the trophy home. Yuvraj Singh was adjudged Man of the tournament for his all-round performance. The entire nation could not hide its sentiments as they roared onto the streets with national flag chanting “Bharat mata ki jay.”

Then came the biggest challenge of this warrior’s life when he was diagnosed with the rarest form of cancer. The battle was within. He went to Boston for the treatment with wishes of the entire nation and also world with him. He kept himself motivated by reading books about Lance Armstrong who himself had recovered from cancer. The champ recovered soon, and so did the entire nation. He returned to cricket after that and still continues to represent the country.

The ULTIMATE WARRIOR still continues to inspire the youth and has started an organization “UVcan” which helps people diagnose cancer and helps them in recovery aided with money.

All said and done, the greatest battles are fought within, and those who can win this battles can win the world.

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कदाचित दोन तीन सामने नंतर हा ना फील्ड वर दिसणार ना इंडियन जर्सी मध्ये, हीच ती व्यक्ती आहे ज्याने जिंकण्याची सवय लावली,
हीच ती व्यक्ती आहे ज्याने सर्वच ICC ट्रॉफी जिंकण्याचा विक्रम केला, हीच ती व्यक्ती आहे ज्याने शेवटच्या २ चेंडू वर १२ धाव हव्या असताना पण जिंकू शकतोच हा विश्वास दिला
थोडेच दिवस आहेत द्या त्याला मान सम्मान खेळू द्या त्याला हवा तसं
नंतर तर ” असा फिनिशर होणे नाही ” हे बोलण्यात आयुष्य घालवायचे आहे
एक गोष्ट लक्षात ठेव माही, तू एकदा टीम इंडिया मधून गेलास ना तर कसा होईल माहित नाही पुढे, हा तरुण वर्ग फक्त तुझा फॅन नाही रे तू यार आहेस सगळ्यांचा
जेवढे कधी ते कुठल्या मुलीला मिस करत नसतील ना तेवढ तुला करतात
रेल्वे टीम साठी खेळताना पहिली बॅट हि मित्राने स्वतःच्या पैश्यातून विकत घेऊन तुला दिली होती आणि एक जगजेत पर्व सुरु होणार होत
पण खरे आभार तर आपण त्या बॅनर्जी सरांचे मानले पाहिजेत , जाळीच्या पुढं चड्डी घालून उभं राहणाऱ्या पोराला त्याने तीन लाकडं मग उभं केलं आणि त्याने आज तिरंगा अख्या जगात डौलाने फडकवला
डिसेंबर २००४ , मीरपूर – बांग्लादेश,,,, हातात धोपाटणच जणू, ४२ इंच छाती, लाल लांबसडक केस, चालणं तर अगदी कसलेल्या मातीतल्या पहिलवाना सारखं । पण पहिल्याच चेंडूवर शून्यात धावबाद, रुको भाई हर झिरो कि भी एक कहानी होती है , कारण आता याचे टढके सुरु होणार होते, श्रीलंका – जयपूर-१८३ धाव चामिंडा वासला २ खणखणीत कव्हरला ला खेचून नाकातला वास घायला लावलास रे
पाकिस्तान – पेशावर-१४८ धाव अर्रर्रर्र त्या राणा नावेदला ३ लागोपाठ षटकार ठोकून त्याचे केस आणि करिअर दोन्ही बरबाद केलीस, आणि तिथून परवेझ मुशर्रफ तुझा दिवाना झाला
इंग्लंड – धर्मशाळा १३८ धाव तुझ्याकडून वाचावं म्हणून तो अँडरसन पायावर यॉर्कर मारू लागला , पण BC तू त्याला विनातिकीट हेलिकॉप्टर मध्ये बसवून थेट बर्मिंगहॅम ला सोडून आलास काय राव तुझा पाहुणचार अस करत्यात व्हय र भावड्या
१०-१५ वर्षात तुझ्यामुळे विकेट कीपिंग मध्ये एक हि वाईट दिवस आमच्या वाट्याला तू दिला नाहीस आज ३८ वर्षाच्या वयात हि २२ यार्ड धावपट्टी पार करताना तू उसेन बोल्ट ला हि मागे टाकतोस
तू खूप काही दिलासा तू खूप काही शिकवलंस , आपल्या ध्येयांवर तू प्रेम करायला शिकवलंस
आज तिसऱ्या नंबर वर येऊन अधिराज्य गाजवणारा कोहली ओपनिंग ची संधी दिल्यासोबत २ द्विशतक झळकावणारा रोहित शर्मा , ६ षटकार ठोकणारा युवी पाजी , रैना पंड्या सारखे फिनिशर्स, पूर्वी १० धाव म्हटल्या तरी तंतरणारी आपली बॉलिंग आज ४ धावांची हि सहज मॅच जिंकवणारा बुमराह आणि नुसत्या क्षेत्रक्षणाच्या जोरावर मॅच फिरवणारा सर जडेजा
संघ हरला कि तू सर्व जवाबदारी स्वतःवर घेतोस पण जिंकल्यावर फ्रेम मध्ये मात्र कॉर्नर ला दिसतोयस कसं शक्य होत रे तुला हे ?
विराट, जडेजा , रैना, अश्विन, शमी , राहणे हि तुझी इन्व्हेस्टमेंट आणीबाणी च्या क्षणी तू चक्क सिनिअर्स ना डावलून यांच्यावर विश्वास दाखवला होतास किती टीका सहन केल्यास , पण आज हि या इन्व्हेस्टमेंट चा रेफाऊंडबाळे प्रॉफिट मात्र तू क्रेडिट नाही घेत
मुलगी जन्मली ,पण तू ऑस्ट्रेलियात , तिला तू चक्क ४० दिवसांनी पाहिलंस तेव्हा पत्रकारांनी असा का केलास विचारल्यास तुझं उत्तर होत ” आधी देश – इथं भावना ड्रेससिंग रूम मध्ये सोडून यायच्या ” इतका कसा रे तू खणकर वागू शकतोस ?
हरल्यावर इतरांसारख्या बॅट, ग्लोव्हस तू फेकल्या नाहीस शांतच राहिलास इथं गल्लीत एक वाईड बॉल फेकला कि अख्या खानदानाचा उद्धार होतो राव आमचा इथं तू एवढा कसा रे कूल ?
टेस्ट ची रिटायरमेंट अनाऊन्स करण्याआधी रात्री एक वाजता तू रैना ला हॉटेल रूम मध्ये बोलावून घेऊन त्या व्हाईट जेरकय वर सेल्फी घायला लावलास , रैना ला काही संजयच्या आत तू म्हटलंस ” इथून पुढे मी कसोटी क्रिकेट खेळणार नाही” आणि तशीच ती व्हाईट जर्सी घालून तू झोपलास.
या पोरांच्या डोक्यावर तुझा परिसरूपी हात पडला आणि पोरांनी अख्या जगाचं सोनंच लुटलं
तू ज्या दिवशी क्रिकेट खेळणं बंद करशील त्या दिवशी तुझ्या घराबाहेर तुझ्या निर्णयाच्या निषेधार्थ रस्त्यावर उतरणारा मी पहिला असेन
“प्रिन्स ऑफ कोलकाता ” खुद्द दादा म्हणतो अस
मी जेव्हा मरणाला टेकेन तेव्हा मला फुल्ल वोल्युम मध्ये रवी शास्त्रींच्या कंमेंटरी सोबत धोनी चा वर्ल्ड कप विंनिंग षटकार दाखवा हे चक्क सर गावस्करांचे बोल
तू दुसरा गिलख्रिस्ट नाही होऊ शकत कारण तू पहिला महेंद्र सिंग धोनी झालायस ” यष्टीमागच्या तुफानाच हे वक्तव्य.
माही तुझ्याकडून महत्वाचं शिकतोय , ज्याला जिंकायचं आहे त्याला माहित पाहिजे कधी लढायचं आहे आणि कधी शांत राहायचा..

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IPL madness is here!

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IPL is just around the corner and our favourite actors tell us how they feel about the tournament and who they are supporting this year.
 
Ssharad Malhotra: IPL is one of the coolest cricketing franchises and I’m so looking forward to all the KKR and Mumbai Indian matches. Yes, if time and my work schedule permits, I would love to and go witness the hysteria live in action.
IPL is a mix of glamour, fame, money and cricket as well. It serves as a complete entertainment package.
I support KKR all the way. The first and foremost reason is that I belong to Kolkata (hometown ) and secondly the team’s face and the owner is Mr Shahrukh Khan who happens to be my all time favourite Bollywood actor.
 
Rohitashv Gour: I am not very excited for IPL as when it starts, the television shows’ TRP starts dropping. It’s only a means of glamour and money. I have never supported IPL and I think that all of these matches are fixed so there is no point in spending time on it. I am not at all excited for IPL.
 
Rohit Purohit: I am very excited about IPL as I love cricket. I will definitely try to go to one of the matches. Yes, there is glamour and a lot of money in IPL but I don’t think it has changed the meaning of the game. In fact it has taken it on a different level altogether after all it has given India so many amazing players. So many players have got the opportunity and chance to come out in the limelight due to this platform. And since I am from Jaipur, I always support Rajasthan Royals and then comes the number of Mumbai followed by CSK.
Jason Shah: IPL is definitely very entertaining. It has changed cricket in a lot of ways. People play better cricket now. I personally don’t watch it anymore as most of these games are match-fixed and most of the times the matches are turned around and it seems uncanny. So, I  sometimes watch here and there and keep up with it. I think it has does  not have to do with the performance overall. It’s a different ball game,. I support Mumbai Indians but I am not a die hard cricket fan.
Bhanujeet Singh Sudan: I don’t take IPL as a cricket match. Rather, it’s an event which happens everywhere. There is a match happening and there is also dance happening, superstars coming, parties happening. If you really check out the details then it’s not a match but an event. It’s a means to make money. I have always support Mumbai Indians. I am excited for it. 
Jasmin Bhasin: I am excited for IPL. I support Rajasthan Royals as I belong to Rajasthan. I don’t get time because of my hectic schedules so I haven’t thought of going to watch live matches. But if I get the time then I generally watch it in bits and pieces. Yes, it’s true that IPL is a mix of glamour and money and then comes the performance.
Tinaa Dattaa: I am very excited for IPL. I support KKR and I try my level best to follow the matches of KKR. Yes, I believe that the IPL game  has become more of a glamour and money affair then real cricket. But when people watch it then it’s worth it. It’s both a mix of entertainment and cricket. So I am excited about it. 
Kishori Shahane Vij: Yes, I am very excited for IPL. I don’t think that the real meaning of cricket has changed but a lot of new talent have got the limelight under IPL. IPL has provided a platform for new talent, thus performance has to be at the peak. There is glamour and money and there is nothing wrong in that as everyone wants to be rich. I am supporting Mumbai Indians as I have always adored Sachin Tendulkar and he is the ambassador of Mumbai Indians and the second reason is because I like Nita Ambani.

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After Cricket, Hockey and Football Premier Leagues, now it’s the turn of tennis. India’s first TPL. – by Mrunal Jain and Kunal Thakkur has garnered a great response from the audience. Being aired on Sony Liv, the first season is already on and the second one is being planned in December. Mrunal says, “The response has gone beyond expectations. Now we are getting ready for Season 2. It will be bigger and better as hard work never goes in vain. We are planning it in a big way so watch out for our new brand ambassadors.” Adds Kunal Thakkur, “The next season will have top-notch players and more celebrities. We hope to make this a platform where our young players will rub shoulders with the global best.” Season One saw names like Leander Paes, Ankita Raina, Shashank Khaitan, Vishal Bhardwaj, and Himesh Reshammiya grace the league. Kunal also says that Irrfan Khan is his favorite celebrity who plays tennis and he hopes Khan recovers fast and joins him on the court.

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