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    "It was a tough time" : Yuvraj Singh talks to Shahid Afridi about his battle with cancer

    Conversation between Afridi and Yuvraj of the former's YouTube channel.

    Afridi "We have played a lot of cricket together and we have a friendship off the field. I also have a lot of fans who are big fans of Yuvi. The way you recovered after your treatment and came back to cricket, that was a big effort. How did you motivate yourself at the time?"

    Yuvi "I remember when I was sick, Twitter had just begun. I was in America. Whenever I tweeted, I got a lot of love from Pakistan. Indians obviously also gave a lot of love but Pakistan's people also did and I would like to thank all the fans for that.

    "It was a tough time because cricket is everything for a cricketer. As a cricketer, you don't think about being sick and saving your life. As a cricketer, I was thinking about how to play my cricket.

    "My mother, close friends and family supported me a lot and kept me positive. I read Lance Armstrong's book also about recovering from cancer. There were a lot of motivating factors, many players and people came to visit me as well. I think the advantage was also that I was away from India, away from the media and I could focus on my health. It was a tough time but God gave me strength to come out of that."

    Afridi "This guy never lost hope. He kept fighting with himself and it was his willpower that brought him back into the ground. There are a lot of challenges in life. Don't ever be scared of failures. You learn a lot and stand on your feet. Keep fighting, that's most important."

    Yuvi "I have a cancer foundation and we are doing quite a lot of work. We have 150 kids who had cancer, their parents spent their savings on their treatment so they don't have money for their studies, so our foundation funds them. We offer treatment to kids below the poverty line.

    "I had cancer at the 3.5th stage almost and I recovered from that so why can't others? That's a motivating factor. I try to motivate people but it's difficult, there's a 60-65% chance of survival."

    Afridi "Do you want India to visit Pakistan or vice versa?"

    Yuvi "When I started playing cricket, in the World Cup I faced Pakistan and the energy and level was different. Then in the mid-2000s, India went to Pakistan and we had some great series. The level of cricket and intensity is something that you don't see otherwise."

    Afridi "Currently, the Indian team after IPL is at such a stage where there's so much talent that they can create 2 teams."

    Yuvi "In this generation, we have 2-3 really good batsmen like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma who are grooming the young players. The Indian team also has good fast-bowlers who bowl 140+ and we have good ARs like Hardik Pandya and Shivam Dube, our leg-spinners are good.

    "If you look at Pakistan, Australia's teams at one point, they were a full, complete team and I think the reason for our success is that our team has every skill so there is consistency in results.

    Afridi "The good thing is that your ex-cricketers have involvement and then talent from IPL doesn't take pressure even in front of massive crowds. They play with confidence. We have a few fast-bowlers like Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Hasnain, these are good bowlers and we have Babar Azam who is a great batsman and you will enjoy watching the likes of Abid Ali.

    "My wish is for India-Pakistan series to continue, I think it can be bigger than the Ashes if we have some Test and ODIs every year."

    Yuvi "I would like to send a lot of love to Pakistani fans. I would like to say that keep watching cricket, keep sending us your love and keep praying for us."


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    Class acts


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    What a phenomenal LOI player Yuvraj was. One of the greatest match-winners in the format. Cancer robbed him of 3-4 great years after the 2011 World Cup.

    His partnership with Dhoni was key to India racing ahead of Pakistan in Limited Overs after 2005 onwards. They tormented us in the 2006 series in Pakistan.

    It is one of the best partnerships for India in ODI cricket, and they rolled back the clock one final time against England in 2017.

    In addition to above, in the last few years, Yuvraj still showed the glimpses of the player he once. The second T20I against Pakistan in 2012, the half-century against Pakistan in the 2017 Champions Trophy group match etc.

    Unfortunately, although he played stellar roles in India 2011 World Cup and 2007 WT20 triumphs, he played a pivotal role in the 2014 WT20 final defeat to Sri Lanka.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    What a phenomenal LOI player Yuvraj was. One of the greatest match-winners in the format. Cancer robbed him of 3-4 great years after the 2011 World Cup.

    His partnership with Dhoni was key to India racing ahead of Pakistan in Limited Overs after 2005 onwards. They tormented us in the 2006 series in Pakistan.

    It is one of the best partnerships for India in ODI cricket, and they rolled back the clock one final time against England in 2017.

    In addition to above, in the last few years, Yuvraj still showed the glimpses of the player he once. The second T20I against Pakistan in 2012, the half-century against Pakistan in the 2017 Champions Trophy group match etc.

    Unfortunately, although he played stellar roles in India 2011 World Cup and 2007 WT20 triumphs, he played a pivotal role in the 2014 WT20 final defeat to Sri Lanka.


    You have to turn an emotional interview between two decent human beings about how India became superior to Pakistan.
    Last edited by Ryw; 7th February 2020 at 22:47.

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    Yuvraj is a class act and one of India's greatest ODI players in history. Unfortunately, he never directly answered Afridi's question Afridi "Do you want India to visit Pakistan or vice versa?" (I'm basing this on OP's transcript not having heard or seen the video).

    In the absence of any acts of reconciliation on either sides, cricket could be the last bastion of hope to bring people together and bring some order of sanity and semblance to our neighborhood. For that reason, the answer should be unqualified YES, We Must Play with each other

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    Yuvraj is still a very very smooth timer of cricket ball. Dubey still cannot match him. For some reason they compared him with Yuvraj.

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    Dhoni came and everything became about him but before Dhoni, it was Yuvraj who owned the Indian middle order.

    Most people would agree be was one of the most watchable and exciting batsmen.

    Even the few test hundreds he has were quite amazing filled with cracking boundaries .

    Absolute match winner. One of our most loved cricketers

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    As someone whose seen family members get affected by cancer I must say him coming back highlights how tough he really is. Much respect.

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    Yuvraj for me was an under achiever. He once even admitted in 2011 that watching Kohli go about his training, practice, fielding drills day in, day out actually made him think deep about why didn't he have that kind of work ethic and passion when he was much younger and playing in a team filled with batting legends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bodamma90 View Post
    Yuvraj is a class act and one of India's greatest ODI players in history. Unfortunately, he never directly answered Afridi's question Afridi "Do you want India to visit Pakistan or vice versa?" (I'm basing this on OP's transcript not having heard or seen the video).

    In the absence of any acts of reconciliation on either sides, cricket could be the last bastion of hope to bring people together and bring some order of sanity and semblance to our neighborhood. For that reason, the answer should be unqualified YES, We Must Play with each other
    Yuvraj, and any other Indian public figures for that matter, cannot make such statements publicly (there is a threat of backlash by the people or the government or both). BJP has a very tight control over such things — just look at how Bollywood personas who were criticizing Modi four years ago are singing his praises now like Shahrukh Khan, Amir Khan. I doubt they’ve really changed their minds about him and it is more a reflection of how the BJP operates its media

    Several critical journalists have also been kicked out from the media industry. Why would Yuvraj risk putting up with all this to get Afridi a couple more likes on his YouTube channel?
    Last edited by Thunderbolt14; 8th February 2020 at 01:38.


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