One of the most prominent figures of Indian Cricket, Yuvraj Singh announced on Monday, 10 June that he is retiring from all forms of cricket, putting an end to his 19-year long illustrious career. Fighting back tears, the 37-year-old all-rounder made the announcement after an emotional video featuring his family was played, during a press conference in Mumbai.
Yuvraj was not only titled Man of the Series during India’s victorious campaign at the 2011 WC, but Singh was also part of India’s winning campaign at the 2007 World T20.As we have been seeing from quite a long time, the left-handed batsman from Punjab has however, been out of favour for a while as far as the national squad was concerned – last making an appearance in the shorter formats nearly two years back.
“After 25 years, I have decided to move on. I was extremely lucky to play 400 games for India. I could have never imagined it when I first started playing cricket.”
"It was a love-hate relationship with this game. I can't explain what it really means to me. This game taught me to fight. I have failed more times than I succeeded and I will never give up," he said.
“I wasn’t getting success, and I wasn’t getting opportunities,” said Singh, who is still in search of an opportunity as a freelancer in ICC-approved foreign Twenty20 leagues and has been in talks with BCCI about the same.
After a remarkable international debut in 2000, Yuvraj played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20 Internationals. He scored 11, 778 runs across formats and fetched a total of 148 international wickets.
“Cricket has given me some great friends and seniors. I started my career under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy and got an opportunity to play with my idol Sachin Tendulkar and other legends like Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid, and Javagal Srinath. My close friends who I grew up while playing for India were Zak, Gauti, Viru, Ashu, and Bhajju,” he said.
With a heavy heart, we have to bid goodbye to one of the most stylish players we’ve ever got. Thank you for your immense contribution, we’d miss you, Yuvi!
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