The NatWest series changed the way people used to see the Indian cricket team, according to Yuvraj Singh, who said it today in Kolkata.
After winning the tournament people started believing that the new Indian team can win matches outside their country, he said.
The Indian Chamber of Commerce held its 91st Annual General Meeting on Tuesday.
Speaking at the session, he talked about his early cricketing days when he was just 18 years old and played for India for the first time.
He very proudly said he never played the sport but he lived it throughout his career.
He informed the gathering that as a young cricketer he received a lot of support from his seniors such as Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid.
Talking about India’s success in T-20 world cup, Yuvraj informed that the format was more like an experiment to see how the world respond to this format.
He added that expectation was low from Indian team since the format was new and Indian players were not used to playing a lot of T20 matches.
However, Indian team won the world cup and the format became a huge success.
Talking about IPL, Yuvraj said he had played for six different franchises and never settled for one team.
Having said this he enjoyed a lot playing for Punjab because it is his home team and is was honored to be a part of that team.
His second favorite was RCB because of his teammates and the fan.
When Jeet Banerjee, Director, Game Plans Sports Private Limited asked him about his opinion of the young players joining IPL, Yuvraj mentioned that it is a great opportunity for the young cricketers to share dressing room with senior players and learn from them. IPL made this happen for the young talents to get used to with tough challenges and prepare themselves accordingly.
Taking about cancer and his come back to the team, he said that it is all about mind over matter and how you respond to your challenges.
He also added that while doctors told him that he will take at least two years to come back he took only six months to return to his game. However, the journey was a difficult one and received a lot of support from his family and friends.
At the end we spoke about his cancer relief organization called ‘YouWECare’ and he through his organization is working for the under privileged children and helping them to overcome the deadly diseases.
Sanjeev Goenka, Past president ICC, Chairman CESC Limited, handed over the life time achievement award to Yuvraj Singh and wished him all best for your future endeavors.