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Tendulkar was supposed to speak on 'Right to Play and the Future of Sports in India' in the Upper House but he wasn't able to as the house was adjourned.

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New Delhi, Dec 22: A day after being forced to leave the Rajya Sabha without making his debut speech, batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar on Friday took to social media to speak on the overall environment of sports in India.

In a video posted on his social media accounts, Tendulkar praised the northeast in particular for having a ‘vibrant sporting culture’, saying India must move on from being a ‘sport-loving’ nation to ‘sport-playing’ nation.

“It is my endeavour to transform India from being a sport loving nation to a sport playing nation. I urge you all to participate in this effort and help make my dream, our dream. Always remember, dreams do come true! Jai Hind,” the cricket icon said.

“Sport has a unique way of building the nation, it builds character for individuals which means character for India.”

“From being the naughty child to chasing the dream to win the World Cup for India, I became more disciplined and more focussed. I had a goal and I started planning for it.

“But the most important aspect was the execution of those plans, not always did I succeed. There were occasions where I failed but sports taught me to get back on my feet again and compete in the fiercest possible manner,” he said.

The Bharat Ratna awardee highlighted the likes of Dipa Karmakar, Bhaichung Bhutia, M.C. Mary Kom, L.Sarita Devi, and Mirabai Chanu as examples of the north east’s excellence in sports.

“The north east of India, which has only four percent of the total population has a vibrant sporting culture. It has produced many sporting heroes including our boxing icon Mary Kom. Sports promote social harmony,” he said.

The master blaster also hailed the parents and coaches of Rio Olympics medallists duo of shuttler P.V. Sindhu and wrestler Sakshi Malik and other women sporting stars like shuttler Saina Nehwal and cricketer Mithali Raj for encouraging them to take up sports.

“Daughters of India have shown what they are capable of with champions like Sindhu, Sakshi, Saina, Sania (Mirza), Mithali and the list goes on and on. When dreams don’t discriminate then why do we?

“I want to appreciate their parents, family members, their coaches, their friends for helping and encouraging them and that is the only reason they have reached here.

“My message to parents is to give equal support and encouragement to their daughters and sons and they will make them proud,” the little master said.

“Before the Olympics or a major sporting event, our expectations go sky-rocketing. I realise that things are changing for the good and that we have adopted long-term approach on preparation,” he added.

Earlier, on Thursday, Tendulkar was supposed to speak on ‘Right to Play and the Future of Sports in India’ in the Upper House but he wasn’t able to as the house was adjourned after Congress members disrupted proceedings over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remark against his predecessor Manmohan Singh and the 2G scam.

Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu Naidu urged the Congress members to allow the legendary batsman to speak but to no avail. IANS

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9 Best Innings by Yuvraj Singh in One-day Cricket

The all-round Punjabi cricketer who made through everything from cancer to full-pressure innings

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The cricketer survives through cancer and came back shining. Wikimedia commons
  • Yuvraj hit 6 sixes off 6 balls in a match with England.
  • He was the Man of the series in an ODI series against Pakistan in 2006.
  • The cricketer has fought and survived cancer.

Yuvraj Singh, a cricketer who plays all forms of the game. He is an all-rounder, left-handed batsman, and slow left-arm orthodox bowler. The cricketer was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in 2011 in his left lung, he underwent a chemotherapy. After a break of almost a year, he made his international comeback in a Twenty20 match in September 2012.

He was many achievements to his name including that of Padma Shri Award and Arjuna Award. The Test of My Life: From Cricket to Cancer and Back is his autobiography.

Also Read: Cricket- A Fair Game or Farce!

Here are 9 best inning by Yuvraj Singh in One-day Cricket:

1. 139 vs Australia

He was playing the seventh match of VB series in Sydney on 22nd January 2004. In one of his finest efforts, he scored a 139 against Australia. Though India lost the match, but Yuvraj Singh did prove that he possessed match-winning capabilities.

2. 107 vs Pakistan

It was a five-match ODI series against Pakistan in March 2006. India’s target was 286, which was quite competitive as Pakistan was playing for pride. However, Yuvraj Singh along with M.S. Dhoni led India to an easy victory. India won the series by 4 to 1. Yuvraj had an unbeaten score of 107 off 93 balls. He was named Man of the Match and also Man of the series.

The Punjabi player slayed England when he shot 6 sixes of an over. Wikimedia commons
The Punjabi player slew England when he shot 6 sixes off an over. Wikimedia Commons

3. 103 vs South Africa

Another five-match ODI series, this time with South Africa in 2005. Though India lost this match by 5 wickets, Yuvraj Singh had scored 103 off 122 balls, it included 10 boundaries, out which 3 were sixes. He scored this century when the top batting order had failed. Singh had scored three centuries in that series, all three under pressure.

4. 110 vs West Indies

He was the playing in the sixth match of the Indian Oil Cup in Colombo on 7th August 2005. Yuvraj Singh is remembered for this match due to his angry gestures and annoyance at coach Greg Chappell’s criticism of his batting. He had steadied the score to 262 with 110 after the top order failed. India won the match by 7 runs.

5. 118 and 4/28 vs England

He picked four important wickets in this match, which included Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen. On 17th November 2008, it was the second ODI between India and England at Indore. He contribution was 118 to a 292 total score. India won the match by 54 runs.

Yuvraj Singh plays all forms of Cricket, he is an all-rounder. Wikimedia commons
Yuvraj Singh plays all forms of Cricket, he is an all-rounder. Wikimedia Commons

6. 58 vs England

This was the grand record-making match. It was in this match that Yuvraj hit 6 sixes off 6 balls. He scored 58 runs off 16 balls during the Super Eights match between England and Indian during ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Championship. India had won the game by 18 runs.

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7. 70 vs Australia

Semi Final match between India and Australia of the inaugural Twenty20 World Cup. In this match, the hits flowed off his bat in torrents and piloted India to a magnificent 188 in 20 overs. Yuvraj underlined his importance with a catch which sent back the dangerous Mike Hussey. India won the match by 15 runs.

8. 2/44 and 57 vs Australia

This was Ricky Ponting’s last match. The quarter-final match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 between India and Australia. He guided his team to a competitive total of 260. But Yuvraj foiled his plans with an all-around performance. He sent Brad Haddin and Michael Clarke to the pavilion and also scored a vital half-century which resulted in India’s unforgettable win.

The Test of My Life is Yuvraj Singh's autobiography. Wikimedia commons
The Test of My Life is Yuvraj Singh’s autobiography. Wikimedia Commons

9. 69 vs England

This was a time when India had consequently lost 9 one-day finals. England gave a heavy target of 326. India lost 5 wickets after the 1 wicket got off. When Tendulkar fell, many switched off their televisions as he went back to pavilion. However, there were two men still standing on the crease. Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif made a marvellous partnership that led to India winning the match. This was the match in after which Saurav Ganguly took off his shirt at Lord’s.