One of the biggest jolts to Indian cricket since the triumph of ICC Cricket World Cup was the shocking report that Yuvraj Singh, who received the man-of-the-series title during the World Cup, was diagnosed with rare germ cell cancer. Yuvraj performed his best from both bat and ball in the World Cup 2011; scored 362 runs and took 15 wickets in the tournament besides winning four Man-of-the-Match awards. Meanwhile, he has now recovered from the career-threatening disease after several rounds of chemotherapy in the United States, and that must come as a big relief to his fans.
During the last 366 days of Indian cricket, national team failed to make their way into the final of two important tournaments; CB Series 2012 in Australia and Asia Cup tournament in Bangladesh. In the last one year India played 14 Test matches, losing eight including the whitewash against England and Australia and won three tests. In the ODIs, Indian team won 17 matches and lost 11 in the 31 matches. In T20 format, India won two and lost four in six matches.
During past one year, Indian dressing room has seen many highs and lows. During the Australia series, captain MS Dhoni's differences with other senior members, including Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar came out in public.
The only good news that came the way of Indian cricket fans was the 100th ton of batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar – he completed his hundred of hundreds in international cricket against Bangladesh, though the team went on to lose the match. Sachin had to wait for this feat for more than a year. One can’t forget to mention about Virender Sehwag’s unique record after he scored 219 runs in an innings in an ODI match.
Though there is more bad news that has been pouring in of late but cricket fans need to refresh the memories of the winning moment of last year’s world cup.
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