Bengaluru, May 30: For Yuvraj Singh of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), the night of May 29 (Sunday) was special. For the dashing lef-hander who will turn 35 this year, the Indian Premier League (IPL) title made him the member of a unique five-star club.
Sunday's win made Singh the only player to have won a 50-over World Cup (2011), a T20 World Cup (2007), Champions Trophy (jointly with Sri Lanka in 2002), Under-19 World Cup (2000) and the IPL (2016). Both Indian captains Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli have four of these feats. While Dhoni doesn't have a U-19 crown, Kohli is yet to taste the success of the IPL.
For Singh, the success was all the more sweet for it came after nine years of sweating it out for different franchises. In fact, it was the first time ever that he played in an IPL final.
Singh, who is still remembered for his magnificent 84 against Australia in his very first innings in international cricket in 2000 that saw his team win, dedicated the title to old mate Ashish Nehra who missed the latter half of the tournament because of a knee injury.
Singh said after the match that it was an amazing feeling to win an IPL trophy. His 38 in the final played a significant role in SRH's win over RCB.