It was very emotional moment for every cricket fan and the entire cricket team when news came that cricketer Yuvraj Singh is fighting with cancer.
Now, the cricketer Yuvraj Singh announced the release of his memoir, The Test Of My Life.
The newly launched book has all the success stories of Yuvraj Singh’s fight with the deadly disease. Yuvi said, “so that someone else can feel they are not alone when the chips are down.”
During the launch of the book, Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni, Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli recalled the moments spent with him after master balaster Sachin Tendulkar launched the book formally at a city hotel on Tuesday evening.
But, it was Sachin who left everyone wiping when he recalled how he was scared of breaking down in front of Yuvraj when he had met him in London after his treatment in the US.
Sachin Tendulkar said, “When I went to meet him in London, I was telling my wife (Anjali) that I don’t want to break down when I see him. I met him and gave him a tight hug. We enjoyed a meal and from the way he (Yuvraj) ate, I was convinced that he is back on track.”
Master blaster said, “When I saw my wife discussing medical terms with Yuvraj, I realised what he has been going through. He is like my younger brother and I would ask God why it (the illness) had to happen to Yuvraj.”
Further, team Indian captain, MS Dhoni recalled how he was shocked when someone told him about Yuvi’s illness. Dhoni said, “When his test reports came, someone told me he had cancer. I just said ‘are you sure’. The person repeated what he had said. I was shocked.”
Further, Yuvraj Singh said, “Dhoni does not talk too much while batting. But when he got out against Australia in the quarterfinals, while going back he told me ‘shaabash Yuvi, jitake aana’”
Then, Dhoni remembered how Yuvraj greeted him when the present captain first joined the Indian team back in 2004-05.
“Are bhai kya chal raha hai, sirf chakke maarne se kuchch nahi hota, match jitaane se jyada appreciation milta hai.” Dhoni recalled, “First, I used to refer to him as aap. From then it came down to tum and now it is just tu.”
The new hero of team India, Virat Kohli said, “I asked him why are you coughing so much. And he replied that he had cancer. I thought it’s his habit of fooling around with people. I told him not to joke and I left the room.”
When the anchor asked Yuvraj how did Kohli get the nickname ‘Chickoo,’ he said, “When he came to the team I thought he resembled a baby bulldog. But now he has surpassed me in all departments, including being the most eligible bachelor.”
Harbhajan Singh also had his share of fun. “During Yuvi’s illness, I never spoke on that subject.”