Team India batsman and cancer survivor Yuvraj Singh gave vital tips to 17 young kids, who fought their own battles against the dreaded disease, during an interaction at Mohali on Sunday.
Yuvraj, who hit a 24-ball 42 to guide Sun risers Hyderabad (SRH) to a seven-wicket win against Kings XI Punjab on Sunday, interacted with a group of children; many among them aged 7 or 8 years, at the PCA stadium.
When a young kid asked Yuvraj if he would again hit those six sixes once more, the 34-year-old who hails from Chandigarh, said, “You pray, I will hit six sixes again.”
The south-paw, however, said he doesn’t know how he hit those six sixes. “Many years have passed since then,” he added.
Yuvraj’s six sixes in an over remains one of the most cherished moments in Indian cricket’s history, and those came off England’s Stuart Broad in a Twenty20 World Cup match in 2007 in South Africa.
One of the cancer survivor boys, aged 8 now, had been diagnosed with cancer when he was just 18 months old.
Studying in Class 4 now, the boy said that players like Yuvraj are ‘great inspiration’ for him.
“I love cricket and seeing Yuvi and Suresh Raina in action gives me immense joy,” he said.
The dashing batsman also gave valuable tips to the children, saying the fight with dreaded diseases like cancer teaches you not to take life nor your family or friends for granted.
“Think of it as a blessing in disguise that you have an opportunity to live again,” he said to the children.
Yuvraj was named ‘Player of the Tournament’ in the 2011 World Cup, the same year when he was diagnosed with the dreaded disease which he later successfully fought and cured.