New Delhi, Apr 2: India's Yuvraj Singh has revealed that master blaster Sachin Tendulkar's words inspired him to perform well during the World Cup which helped India conquer the world on April 2, 2011.
On the eve of India's first anniversary of World Cup win, Yuvraj who is recovering from a rare germ-cell cancer, revealed that Tendulkar played a vital role in motivating the stylish left-lander which also won him the man-of-the-tournament award for his excellent performance in last year's World Cup.
"You will matter when it matters the most" were the words that created wonders for Yuvraj Singh. When he was not totally fit to play the World Cup, Sachin and Zaheer's pep talks motivated him to do something special in World Cup 2011.
"Couldn't have asked for anything better. I didn't expect myself to play as well as I did in the World Cup. I was coming with not great form and I wasn't timing the ball how I wanted to," he said in an interview posted on his twitter account about his thoughts on the World Cup anniversary.
"In my tough times, I just spoke to Sachin about my issues with batting and form and fitness and he told me that you will matter when it matters the most. That is a very special thought, it remains with me.
"I remember I have a picture of me and Tendulkar together which I have put in my locker. I used to have a look at that picture and go into bat. He is my inspiration," Yuvraj said.
"Zaheer Khan also told me in Bangladesh before the World Cup about me doing something special in the World Cup. That time I was going through a bad wrist injury," he added.
His response to India's first anniversary of the World Cup was simple yet profound; "cherished and special moment".
"All you can remember is flying colours of the flag, Wankhede stadium (the host of the World Cup final) in joy and an Indian dream coming to reality. It was a great moment in history because winning the World Cup was everything to us and especially to do it for Sachin Tendulkar," he recollects in the video.
"It (World Cup triumph) will always be a very special memory for me and all the Indians. It is a cherished memory which we will always keep in our hearts," said Yuvraj who is recovering from a rare germ cell cancer and is expected to be back in action in the first week of May.