Indian cricket has evolved over time and so did fans. Once players became legends, the stands in their home stadiums got named after them. Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh now have stands named after them in the IS Bindra PCA International Stadium.
The Indian team, who was heavily dependent on Sachin Tendulkar, saw a man coming from Kolkata to make things easier. Sourav Ganguly, India’s rebel captain, started finding young talents from the pool and brought a few into the national squad.
With his never seen aggressive captaincy, the then-skipper started winning hearts. One of his best skills was to find local talents and bring them up to the national squad. No one knew that the young Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh might go on to win more matches for India. After getting a pat on the back from the skipper, the duo remained rock solid in the squad.
Yuvraj Singh, the left-hander, became the best all-rounder for India, while the latter became the best off-spinner. The former won the man of the tournament award in the 2011 50-over World Cup while battling cancer. Such was his dedication towards the nation and the game.
The reputed Terrace block is named after the off-spinner Harbhajan Singh. The veteran has 269 scalps to his name in the ODI format, 417 in Tests and 25 in the shortest format of the game. The north pavilion of the stadium is named after veteran all-rounder Yuvraj Singh.
The legacy of Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh
The secretary of the cricket association of Punjab Dilsher Khanna opined on the legacy of the duo and added that he was happy with the decision.
“In a historic decision, the PCA executive committee, under president Gulzar Inder Chahal, has decided to name the Terrace Block and North Pavillion stands after legendary Indian cricketers Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh, respectively. Both have been icons for Punjab as well as Indian cricket and fans as well players will be inspired on seeing the stands being named after these two cricketers,” he said to The Indian Express.