New Delhi: With just one day to go for the anniversary of India's World Cup-winning campaign, star player Yuvraj Singh shared his thoughts and memories he had of the tournament through a video. Talking about the event, Yuvarj recalled that he was not in the best of form and fitness coming into the tournament, but Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan's pep talks motivated him to do something special.
Yuvraj, who is recovering from a rare germ cell cancer, revealed that Tendulkar played a crucial role in his Man-of-the-Series performance during last year's mega event. "Couldn't have asked for anything better. I didn't expect myself to play as well as I did in the World Cup. I was coming with not [so] great form and wasn't timing the ball well," he said in an interview posted on his twitter account.
"In my tough times, I just spoke to [Sachin] Tendulkar about my issues with batting form and fitness and he told me that you will matter when it matters the most. That is a very special thought, it remains with me. I remember having a picture of him [Tendulkar] and me together which I have put in my locker. I used to have a look at that [picture] and go into bat. He is my inspiration. Zaheer Khan also told me in Bangladesh before the start of the World Cup about me doing something special in the tournament. That time I was going through a bad wrist injury," Yuvraj said.
Yuvraj, who scored 362 runs and took 15 wickets in the tournament besides winning four Man-of-the-Match awards, described the feat as a cherished and special moment. "All you can remember is flying colours of the flag, Wankhede stadium in joy and an Indian dream turning into a reality. It was a great moment in history because winning the World Cup was everything to us and especially to do it for [Sachin] Tendulkar," he said.
The left-handed batsman, who has now recovered from the career-threatening disease, also thanked his fans for their support in such a difficult phase of his life and said he was now raring to return to the ground.
"I can't thank everyone enough for all the prayers and wishes. I have been watching everyone praying across the cities back home for me. The support has been amazing, I couldn't have asked for more. I actually realised how [much] I am loved. I just want to tell all of them that I am good and will be back to normal health soon. I am looking forward to playing for India again."