The celebrated cricketer and one of the biggest match-winners Yuvraj Singh announces retirement from international cricket today, after serving Indian cricket for 19 long years.
The Punjab cricketer held a press conference in Mumbai where he announced his decision.
“After 25 years in and around the 22 yards and almost 17 years of international cricket on and off, I have decided to move on. This game taught me how to fight, how to fall, to dust off, to get up again and move forward,” he said at a press conference in Mumbai.
Yuvraj Singh announces retirement from international cricket
The press conference started with a short film where Yuvraj described his journey with his father Yograj – who was very strict when it came to training his son.
“It’s time to say good bye and walk away. It was a beautiful story, but it has come to an end,” says Yuvraj in a short film.
Throughout his career, Yuvraj Singh played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20 Internationals for India from 2003 to 2017. In 2007, Yuvraj Singh showed his big tournament mentality when he hit Stuart Broad for 6 sixes in Durban during the first ever World T20. He followed that up with a barnstorming fifty against Australia and played a crucial hand as India won the first edition of the World T20.
Yuvraj Singh was at his best in the 2011 World Cup. 362 runs, 15 wickets, 4 man-of-the-match awards.
But soon after the World Cup came the biggest turning point in Yuvraj’s life when he was diagnosed with cancer and required a two-and-a-half month treatment in the USA. Despite the long and arduous sessions, he returned to competitive cricket and was named in India’s squad for the World T20 in Sri Lanka in 2012.
But poor fitness and form led to his ouster in early 2013 and he has since been in-and-out of the team. Despite that he continued to be a hot pick in the IPL raking in millions in 2014, 2015 and 2016.
He was recently a part of Mumbai Indians in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.