Yuvraj Singh is not included in any team for this season’s Indian Premier League(IPL). However, he is busy helping future Indian cricketers ahead of the cash-rich league as Yuvraj home-schooled four players during the lockdown.
The players include Shubman Gill, Anmolpreet Singh, Abhishek Sharma, and Prabhsimran Singh. All these players will be a part of IPL 2020.
Yuvraj took them under his guidance, cooked home-made food, and trained them in his gymnasium. He has been undertaking two camps on the behest of the Punjab Cricket Association(PCA) with importance to mental strengthening.
‘Treated us like Younger Brother ’- Abhishek Sharma
Abhishek Sharma, who is going to part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad team this IPL has hailed Yuvraj as an extraordinary mentor. Sharma was a part of the Indian squad which won the 2018 U-19 World Cup in New Zealand.
“Yuvi paaji has been extraordinary as a mentor. Seeing how he conducts himself, I can easily say he is a superb human being too. He treated us like younger brothers and made us feel at home during the pandemic. Our parents were a bit worried by the surge in cases. But Yuvi paaji came to our rescue as we could stay at his place,” he said.
Sharma along with Prabhsimran and Anmolpreet stayed at Yuvraj’s home for 2 months during the lockdown. Shubman Gill used to commute from his Mohali home.
“He not only worked on our skills and mental strength but also played with us during practice matches. He asked us to play according to different match situations. And when we could not deliver, he showed how to do it. I am going to be in touch with him from the UAE,” said Sharma.
22-year-old Anmolpreet Singh said that he wanted to make Yuvraj Singh proud with his performance. He will be playing for Mumbai Indians this season. His cousin Prabhsimran Singh will be playing for Kings XI Punjab having made his debut last season.
Shubman Gill could be a very important part of Kolkata Knight Riders camp this season. Shubman Gill’s father and coach Lakwinder Singh used to accompany him to training said Yuvraj’s mentorship did wonders.
“It was so good to see him as coach and mentor. Yuvraj created match-like situations like powerplay or death overs every T20 game and these four were charged up to deliver. The camps did wonders. The youngsters have gone to the UAE fully fit and prepared,” Lakwinder Singh said.