Yuvraj Singh, who was named player of the tournament in India’s 2011 World Cup triumph, has retired from international cricket. The 37-year-old all-rounder, who last played an international match in 2017, scored 11,778 runs and took 148 wickets across three formats in international cricket.
He had made his international debut as an 18-year-old in an ODI in 2000. He was a crucial part of India’s World Cup triumphs in 2007 and 2011. He was the man of the tournament in both the mega events where India lifted the World Cups. The 37-year-old played 304 ODIs, 58 T20Is and 40 Tests for India. He accumulated 8701 runs in 278 innings in the 50-over format with 14 centuries to his name and also picked 111 wickets to show his all-round prowess.
Yuvraj Singh, who retired from international cricket today, said in his retirement video, “I love the sport but I also hate it.” “I love it because it has given everything to me. I hate it because it has been very tough on me mentally,” he added. “It was a beautiful story…but it has come to an end,” he further said.
He is probably the best middle-order player India has ever got who is at the top of his form in 2011 WC even though he was fighting with the deadly cancer, went on playing the whole World Cup to lead India to the glory. He had hit six sixes in Stuart Broads over in 2007 T20 WC which is the most memorable moment for the millions of Indian fans.
Reacting to Yuvraj Singh’s retirement, “Congratulations on a wonderful career playing for the country paji. You gave us so many memories and victories and I wish you the best for life and everything ahead. Absolute champion. @yuvistrong12,” tweeted Indian captain Virat Kohli.
Suresh Raina tweeted, “End of an era! Yuvi pa, ur ability with the bat, the glorious 6s, the impeccable catches & the good times we’ve had.” “Players will come and go,but players like @YUVSTRONG12 are very rare to find. Gone through many difficult times but thrashed disease,thrashed bowlers & won hearts,” Virender Sehwag tweeted.
Ex-India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar took to Twitter to congratulate Yuvraj Singh on his retirement from international cricket. “What a fantastic career you have had Yuvi. You’ve come out as a true champ every time the team needed you,” he added. “The fight you put up through all ups & downs on & off the field’s just amazing,” he further wrote. Apart from Indian players, several foreign players such as Kevin Pietersen also greeted Yuvi on his retirement.
Here is cherishing big news for Yuvraj Singh’s fans who are some how depressed with his retirement. Yuvraj Singh has revealed that he was promised a farewell match by the BCCI provided he failed the Yo-Yo fitness Test. “I said I do not want a retirement match and if I don’t pass Yo-Yo test, I’d go home. I passed Yo-Yo test and the rest is not my call,” he added.