Picture of Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh

Batting style:
Left Handed bat
Bowling style:
Slow left-arm orthodox
Played for:
India, Asia XI, India A, India B, India Blue, Indian Board President's XI, India Red, India Seniors, North Zone, Rest of India, Rest of the World, Yorkshire, Bangalore, Punjab, Delhi, India Under-19, Punjab, Pune, Hyderabad
Roles played:
ICC Rank:
Home country:
December 12, 1981, Chandigarh


India witnessed the birth of golden boy Yuvraj Singh when, as a teenage sensation fresh from an Under-19 World Cup triumph, he scored a match-winning 84 on international debut to topple Australia over in the ICC Knockout Trophy in 2000. Laying in limbo between 'raw talent' and 'finished article', the youngster successfully walked the tightrope and delivered when given his chance.

The southpaw's ability to stand and dictate proceedings was reminiscent of South African ace Lance Klusener. The combination of grit and flair stood out even in a team that oozed batting finesse. His fielding proficiency, particularly when being deployed at point and his ability to roll his arm over effectively, made his value shoot up exponentially.

His winning mentality became contagious very quickly. An early example of this was showcased when India were 146 for 5 while chasing a mammoth 325 in the 2002 NatWest final. Along with Mohammad Kaif, “Yuvi” crafted one of India's most famous ODI victories to cease a spree of nine consecutive finals defeats, flagging the changing tides for Indian cricket. He later played a key role in India's 2003 World Cup run and by 2006; he was already one of the world’s finest in limited overs. He did get Test opportunities - often trading places with Sourav Ganguly, owing to both players' inconsistent displays – but he failed to replicate his ODI efficacy. Following the 2007 World Cup disappointment, he played a crucial role in India's famous win at the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in the same year. Six sixes off a Stuart Broad over against England and a blistering 70 off just 30 balls against Australia will be fondly remembered as some of the finest highlights of his career.

Yuvi reached the pinnacle of his career in 2011 when he was adjudged Man of the Series in the ICC Cricket World Cup and became the foremost contributor to India’s much awaited WC win in 28 years. In the Indian T20 league, he was made the icon player of Punjab for the first two years of its edition. He was then bought by the Pune franchise in 2011 and has been representing them since then.

Yuvi was diagnosed with an unfortunate, rare germ cancer that kept him out of action for more than a year immediately after the World Cup. However, India’s favourite son staged an inspirational comeback as he recovered in time ahead of the 2012 World Twenty20. Inconsistencies henceforth have meant that he is in and out of the Indian limited overs side. However, in spite of a very average couple of years, Yuvraj Singh was the costliest player in the Indian T20 league season 7 when Bangalore bought him for a staggering Rs 14 crores.

Fast Facts

  • Yuvraj Singh won a gold medal in skating in his childhood.
  • Yuvraj jointly holds a record of hitting six sixes in an over in International cricket with Herschelle Gibbs.
  • Yuvraj Singh became the 1st player to take two hat-tricks in a single edition of the Indian T20 league.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 40 62 1900 6 33.92 57.97 3 11 169
ODI 295 270 8494 39 36.77 87.69 14 51 150
T20 55 48 1134 9 29.07 136.95 0 8 77*
IPL 108 105 2335 13 25.38 130.08 0 10 83
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 40 35 931 547 9 2/9 / 60.77 3.52 0 0 0 2
ODI 295 159 5000 4252 111 5/31 / 38.30 5.10 2 1 0 64
T20 55 31 424 499 28 3/17 / 17.82 7.06 0 0 0 7
IPL 108 69 845 1032 35 4/29 / 29.48 7.32 2 0 0 12
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 31 0 4
ODI 93 0 31
T20 12 0 3
IPL 27 0 8
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
IPL 43 21 21 0 1 48.84


India Vs New Zealand at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali - Chandigarh - Oct 16, 2003
Last played:
India Vs England at Eden Gardens, Kolkata - Dec 05, 2012
India Vs Kenya at Nairobi Gymkhana Club Ground, Nairobi - Oct 03, 2000
Last played:
India Vs England at Barabati Stadium, Cuttack - Jan 19, 2017
India Vs Scotland at Kingsmead, Durban - Sep 13, 2007
Last played:
India Vs Australia at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali - Mar 27, 2016
Punjab Vs Chennai at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali - Chandigarh - Apr 19, 2008
Last played:
Hyderabad Vs Bangalore at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru - May 29, 2016