It was during the time of World Cup when Yuvraj would wake up in the middle of the night and would find it difficult to breathe and used to cough immensely. After undergoing he was diagnosed with cancer. Call it a fate or whatever that he diagnosed with cancer in its initial stage. He was treated with tumor and despite that, he began his career again. He was a survivor but not everyone in this world is lucky like him. From Malcolm Marshall to Mike Denness, and David Shepherd to Richie Benaud here is a list of the cricketers who lost their big fight against cancer.
1) Sir Frank Worrell
The great cricketer of West Indies became famous in the 1950s as the first black captain of the West Indies cricket team. It was while in India that he was diagnosed with leukemia (a cancer of blood-forming tissues). He died at the age of 42, a month after returning to Jamaica. A memorial service was held in his honor in Westminster Abbey, the first time such an honor was granted to a sportsman.
2) Sir Richie Benaud
The famous Australian cricketer who, after his retirement from international cricket in 1964, became a highly regarded commentator on the game. He was a great cricketer with a lot of achievements on his name. In November 2014, at age 84, Benaud announced that he had been diagnosed with skin cancer. He died in his sleep on 10 April 2015.
3) Malcolm Marshall
A renowned fast bowler from team West Indies. His Test bowling average of 20.94 is the best of anyone who has taken 200 or more wickets. In 1999, during the World Cup it was revealed that Marshall had colon cancer. He died on 4 November 1999 aged forty-one, weighing little more than 25 kg.
4) Mike Denness
He was a Scottish cricketer who played for England (1959-75). He remains the only England captain to be born in Scotland. He was president of Kent County Cricket Club in 2012–13. He died at the age of 72 after a battle with cancer.
5) David Shepherd
The ‘hopper’, English David Shepherd was known for his cheerful and warm personality on the field. he is also one of the famous umpires on the field. He was famous for his aversion to the ‘Nelson’ – scores with a multiple of 111 – at which he hopped on one leg at the crease between deliveries. Shepherd passed away on October 28, 2009, after a long battle with cancer, at the age of 68.
6) Ken Wadsworth
The great cricketer of New Zealand died in 1976 due to a sudden, aggressive and invasive melanoma (skin cancer) at the age of just 29.
7) Fred Trueman
One of the finest fast bowlers of all time, England pacer Fred Trueman was also a victim of cancer. In 1964, the man known as Fiery Fred became the first bowler to take 300 Test wickets. He was diagnosed with lung cancer and died of the disease on 1 July 2006.