Yuvraj Singh was born in 12 December 1981 in a Sikh family to Yograj Singh, a former Indian fast bowler and Punjabi actor, and Shabnam Singh. He is one of the popular Indian international cricketer and an all-rounder who bats left-handed in the middle order and bowls slow left-arm orthodox.
Yuvraj studied at the DAV Public School in Chandigarh. He also did two short roles as child star in Mehndi Sagna Di and Putt Sardara. After his parents divorced, Yuvraj chose to stay with his mother. On 12 November 2015, Yuvraj got engaged to Hazel Keech and married her on 30 November 2016.
His favorite sports during childhood were Tennis and Roller skating. He had also won the National Under-14 Roller Skating Championship. But his father opposed to his decision and told him to concentrate on cricket. Yuvraj started his career by playing domestic cricket in tournaments. He played Punjab Under-16s at the age of 13 years and 11 months in November of the 1995–96 seasons against Jammu and Kashmir-16s.
In 1996–97, Yuvraj was promoted to Punjab Under-19s and scored 137 not out against Himachal Pradesh Under-19s. Yuvraj was subsequently selected in 2000 for the first intake of the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. In the 2000 Under 19 Cricket World Cup, his all-round performance earned him the Player of the Tournament award and a call-up to the national squad.
Yuvraj was selected in the Indian squad for the 2000 ICC Knockout Trophy due to his impressive performance during the Under-19 match. He made his international debut against Kenya in the pre-quarterfinal. He bowled four over’s conceding 16 runs but did not get to bat. Yuvraj averaged 15.50 in the ODI series against the touring Zimbabwe side in December 2000 after which he was dropped from the team.
Yuvraj made his comeback during the 2001 Coca-Cola Cup in Sri Lanka. He scored a crucial 98 against Sri Lanka in the fifth match in an otherwise disappointing series with the bat. In the 2002 NatWest Series he made brilliant innings with his partnership with Mohammad Kaif. In the 2003 Cricket World Cup and the 2005 Indian Oil Cup he scored a memorable 110 runs of 114 balls, and was also won the man of the match against West Indies.
Yuvraj was the vice-captain of the Indian squad at the inaugural ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa. In September 2007, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj were named ODI captain and vice-captain respectively, following the resignation of Rahul Dravi. Yuvraj had a dream run at the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, where he scored 362 runs including one century and four fifties, took 15 wickets, won four Man-of-the-Match awards and was also awarded the Player of the Tournament. Also he became the first all-rounder to score 300-plus runs and take 15 wickets in a single World Cup.
In the ICC World Cup 2011, he won four Men of the Match awards, which is joint best with Sri Lanka’s Aravinda de Silva in 1996 and South Africa’s Lance Klusener in 1999.
After ICC World Cup he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor stage-1 in his left lung and underwent chemotherapy treatment at the Cancer Research Institute in Boston, United States as well as the Indiana University Melvin & Bren Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis, Indiana where he was treated by famed oncologist Dr. Lawrence Einhorn. In March 2012, Yuvraj was discharged from hospital after completing the third and final cycle of chemotherapy and returned to India in April.
After the recovery he got picked as a part of the 15-member Indian squad for the 2012 ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in September 2012. Yuvraj was the icon player and captain for Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kings XI Punjab in the first two seasons. In the 2016 IPL auction he was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs. 7 crores.
- In a 2007 ICC World Twenty20 match, he hit six sixes in a single over.
- He holds the record for fastest T20 fifty by scoring it in 12 balls against England national cricket team during the 2007 ICC World Twenty20
- He became the first all-rounder to 300 plus runs and to take 15 wickets in a single World Cup.
- He was the Man of the Tournament in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011.
- He was awarded with the Arjuna Award (India’s second highest, Sporting Award) in 2012 by the President of India.
- In 2014, he was awarded with the Padma Shri Award.
- In February 2014, he was honored with FICCI Most Inspiring Sportsperson of the Year Award.