2011 World Cup, Man of the tournament and performances of life
Whenever someone will look back at the career of Yuvraj in great detail, the 2011 World Cup will be featured prominently in the retrospective. Yuvraj Singh had an outstanding tournament with both the bat and the ball when captain MS Dhoni decided to play the left-hander as a genuine all-rounder, in order to strengthen his batting.
Yuvraj Singh slammed 362 runs with four fifties to his name and a century-113 against West Indies. He also picked 15 wickets, second most for India after Zaheer Khan and became the first Indian to pick five wickets and score a fifty in the same game in World Cup, against Ireland. His most important innings came in the quarter-final match against Australia when he made 57* to take India to the semis and knocked out defending champions Australia.
He was rightly named the Man of the Tournament for his contributions and it was only after the World Cup, that the world came to know that he had played all the matches with an illness that was later diagnosed as lung cancer, which took him out of the cricket for more than a year.