I always wanted to see my picture in the newspaper: Yuvraj Walmiki

From the bylanes of Mumbai to hockey stadiums all over the country, Yuvraj Walmiki has seen it all. A fearless forward for the Delhi Waveriders, Yuvraj has the heart of a typical Mumbaikar. Read on as we uncover his journey from tinseltown to the turf.

It all started in 1999, when a ten-year-old Yuvraj saw his friend’s picture in a newspaper. The spark was found, the passion was ignited. There was no looking back now. “Now, I always wanted to see my picture in the newspaper,” shared an excited Yuvraj. What started out as an excuse to avoid studies, had now become a quest which would lead him on the path of unprecedented success.

Asked about facing his brother on the field when Delhi Waveriders faced Kalinga Lancers in Bhubaneswar, Yuvraj had just one thing to say: He’s a brother at home. On the field, he’s just like any other opponent.

A true-blue Mumbaikar who can’t be kept away from the limelight for too long, Yuvraj can be seen on ‘Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi’, a reality show where celebrities are invited to get a taste of adventure. And Yuvraj is excited about the opportunity. More than the platform that the show will provide him with, Yuvraj is happy about the friends that he made during the shoot. He remembers how afraid he was when he first signed up since he had never faced a camera before. Thankfully, Mahi Vij and Jay Bhanushali comforted the newbie and gave him the boost he needed. This relationship, moreover, did not end on the sets. Yuvraj is in constant touch with the two. In fact, the whole Fear Factor team came down to support him when Delhi Waveriders went up against Dabang Mumbai.

Yuvraj always did want to be famous but he looked at fame in a different light. Even as the rest looked to promote themselves on screen, Yuvraj used his fame to promote and revive hockey. For him, the desire to make the game popular exceeds his need for personal fame. He even wants other players to follow suit so that hockey gets its due share of respect.

When asked about choosing between Bollywood and the national team, Yuvraj claimed that he would opt for playing at the national level, but if he were to do a Bollywood film, he would like to work on the sequel to ‘Chak De India’, a blockbuster on hockey. Yuvraj is also looking forward to ‘Nach Baliye’ and other reality shows that open more avenues to the Silver Screen.

Needless to say, this fearless forward is out to conquer the turf and the silver screen. Isko Rok Sako Toh Rok Lo.

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