"This yr on my b'day 12-12-12 I call out to all my fans and supporters to contribute towards YOUWECAN.If I can, so can you, help raise cancer awareness with me on 12-12-12," Yuvraj tweeted.And, when he went unsold after failing to find suitors in the initial bidding rounds, it seemed that the Indian fans might not witness the 'Gayle-storm' this season.
He was left out of the ODI squad for the series against Australia but he returned to strike a brash 98 against Sri Lanka in late 2001.2002 continues to be best remembered for Yuvraj's stunning knock with Mohammad Kaif that gave India a win against England in the Nat West Series.
He hit 69 off 63 to help Kaif (87) take India to a win from a rather impossible situation of 146/5 chasing 325. It was at his home ground in Mohali against New Zealand. A freak injury during a game of Kho-kho during the 2006 edition of ICC Champions Trophy got him some undesired rest.
Yuvi returned to international cricket on September 11, 2012 against New Zealand in a Twenty20 International at Chennai.
It was a day to remember for the entire cricket fraternity, fans, teammates, family and above all the man himself.
Yuvraj, born to Shabnam and former Indian pacer Yograj Singh on 12 December 1981, is a player who is known to perform at the biggest stages. It was a result of a determined father and eventually, a genuine liking for the sport that Yuvraj made his first class debut in 1996.