Wednesday, 10 April 2013

The Test Of My Life, Yuvraj Singh



Cricket is the most popular game in the Indian sub-continent. People will do anything to watch every match that India plays. There are thousands of kids across the nation who simultaneously dream of finding a spot in the playing eleven, someday. Each player with his approach at game acquires a special place in the hearts of the audience. The flair of the game is such that you can’t just let it not get to you. A name has been consistently coming up in the cricketing circle as a top performer and when the same personality was diagnosed with cancer, it did have a disturbing effect. Yuvraj Singh then became a whole new person the moment the news leaked. The change was drastic and ‘The Test Of My Life’ is an account of that out-of-control-Punjabi.

The book starts on a very humble note with Yuvi recalling how things began and his realisation of something, somewhere being wrong. Slowly from that level, the book begins to delve deeper into the minds of a cancer patient. From the kickass batsman he descends onto a different level. It begins to deal with the sudden change in psyche. There is a more humane way in which the book begins to connect to the reader.

Who knew that while Yuvi tried to hit the bowlers for runs, he was struggling to breathe? Who knew that the man who was trying his best to win in a simple game will have to fight against cancer next? The book comes across as nothing but sheer inspiration not just to the many who are fighting cancer but also to us who with our packed schedules and busy lives forget to live life. There is nothing I can complain about in this book. The language is simple which I guess is deliberate to reach out to more people. Also the targeted audiences of the book are not avid readers but fans of the game who have been following Yuvraj’s life and his game keenly. The most interesting part of the book would be the last 10-15 pages consisting of photographs of Yuvi’s life as a whole.

In all, a book every cricket fanatic would in his personal collection. Or for that matter a book on every cancer patient’s bedside table giving him the much needed hope and strength.



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