The former Indian left-hander batsman Yuvraj Singh walked into the Indian team when great Sachin Tendulkar, skipper Sourav Ganguly, and the wall Rahul Dravid were the superstars of the Indian cricket team.
Yuvraj made his debut during the ICC Knockout Trophy in the year 2000 and revealed how he was awestruck by the presence of established names. One of them is the great Sachin Tendulkar, who was arguably the world’s best batsman at the time.
After India’s victorious Under-19 World Cup campaign under the captainship of Mohammad Kaif, Yuvraj was sharing the dressing room with the people who had idolized.
Yuvraj Singh revealed how he refused to take a vacant seat next to Sachin Tendulkar during one of his early days with the Indian cricket team.
“I can’t really explain what it was like to meet my childhood hero. I was over the moon, I was going in the dressing room before the camp started,” said Yuvraj in a video uploaded by Netflix titled ‘Stories Behind the Story.’
“I had only one seat available, which was next to Tendulkar. I told my manager ‘I don’t think I can sit there’. He said ‘No, he’s going to be your teammate now. You have to talk to him. So I slowly went there, kept looking him up and down and I was like wow, it’s actually him,” Yuvraj added further.
“I opened my kit bag and had a picture of him. He looked at it and said ‘Nice picture! Who’s that batsman?’. He laughed after that. Then I think he had a conversation with me and tried to make me comfortable,” Yuvraj revealed how Tendulkar reacted after spotting his picture in Yuvraj’s kit bag.
Sachin Tendulkar (482 runs) was the second-highest run-scorer of the tournament during India’s 2011 World Cup triumph. The Indian team dedicated the win to the master blaster, playing his sixth and final World Cup.
However, Yuvraj Singh was the player of the tournament of 2011 world cup.
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