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Sachin has always inspired me: Yuvraj

Haryana,Sports, Wed, 11 Apr 2012 IANS

Gurgaon, April 11 (IANS) India's 2011 World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh said Wednesday that he was touched when batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar paid him a surpirse visit in London, where he was resting after undergoing treatment for a rare germ cell cancer in the US.


"It was great to see him in London. I didn't want this to come out but media would have known. I was delighted to see him. He has been a legend in Indian cricket, a great guy. It was great motivation for me. It was a great that he came all the way to see me," said Yuvraj.


Yuvraj said over a period of time he has developed a "cherished friendship" Tendulkar and missed being a part of the legend's 100th international century.


"I was in touch with Sachin while he was in Australia. I also wanted his 100th hundred. He has always inspired me. I wanted to be part of the team when Sachin got his 200 in ODIs, got his 100th hundred but unfortunately I was not there. I was there in thoughts and congratulated him," Yuvraj said during his first media interaction here after returning home.


"It's a very big achievement. It's just amazing that he has played for so many years. I have developed a cherished friendship with him. Unfortunate that I wasn't there when he got the 100th hundred," he said.


Yuvraj also had words of praise for India's ODI vice-captain Virat Kohli and described him as a "very special kid".


"He is a very special kid, very talented. I have learnt from him. His focus and work ethic is immense. I feel why I did not have a work ethic like him. In his age, you can be vulnerable but he is very focussed. He is doing phenomenally well, I am really happy for him," he said.


Yuvraj said the most cherished innings in his career was the 57 against Australia in the semifinal of the World Cup.


"It was a very special innings for me because when I was struggling, I would always visualise that I get the winning runs against Australia. So, that's why it is so special for me. The runs are not many but are very important," he said.


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