Thursday, September 23

‘I didn’t want to take a shower because I shook hands with him’ – Yuvraj Singh on his first conversation with Sachin Tendulkar

Yuvraj Singh and Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo Source: Cricket Australia)

Former Indian cricketer, Yuvraj Singh down memory lane for his dealings with veteran Sachin Tendulkar. Southeastern debuted for the Men in Blue at the ICC Knockout Trophy in October 2000, when the Master Blaster was at the peak of his powers. It was the same year that Yuvraj won the U19 World Cup defeating India Sri Lanka In the end.

Yuvraj talked about a moment when Sachin introduced himself to people who were new to the team. Now the former Indian cricketer was excited to the extent that he did not wish to take a shower after joining hands with Tendulkar.

I was a backbencher in my class: Yuvraj Singh

“In 2000, I made my debut for India. I just went with the flow and after playing for the Under-19s, suddenly I was playing with my heroes. Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid, Anil Kumble, Srinath – the big players of the team and suddenly I liked ‘Where am I’, said Yuvraj in the video uploaded by Netflix titled “Story Behind the Story”.

“I was a backbencher in my class, I was a backbencher in the bus. The moment he came, he came and shook hands with me, Zaheer Khan, Vijay Dahiya, new people. I remember when I turned back and went back to my seat, I rubbed my hand over my body. I didn’t want to take a shower just because I shook hands with Tendulkar.

Yuvraj shared a healthy Kapoor with Sachin and approached him for advice whenever he felt out of place. Earlier, he also described how Tendulkar helped him to return after strangling cancer.

Yuvraj donated the first ODI jersey against Kenya in Nairobi but did not get a chance to bat. However, in the next match at the same venue, Southeastern announced himself with a stunning 84 that defeated his team Australia From 20 runs.

In fact, Yuvraj became the Player of the Match. From there, the crown prince did not look back and continued to grow in stature. After playing his last match for Team India in 2017, Yuvraj retired from international cricket in 2019.