Yuvraj Singh retires: Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar pay tribute to India's ultimate match-winner

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 10 June 2019, 06:34 PM
Yuvraj Singh won the Man of the Series Award during India's title run in the 2011 World Cup. (Image credit: PTI)
Yuvraj Singh won the Man of the Series Award during India's title run in the 2011 World Cup. (Image credit: PTI)
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    • Yuvraj Singh made his debut in 2000 in the Champions Trophy.
    • Yuvraj Singh hit six sixes in one over of Stuart Broad.
    • Yuvraj Singh won the Man of the series in the 2011 World Cup.

Eight years after he prevented cancer from dictating his life choices, a tearful Yuvraj Singh Monday brought the curtains down on a roller-coaster international career, the pinnacle of which was his exploits in India's 2011 World Cup triumph. Tall, willowy and ethereal, his unlimited talent and charisma made him a limited overs legend, but he will walk into the sunset feeling he has not done enough in Tests. The Punjabi southpaw, though, tried repeatedly to turn back time before calling it quits. "After 25 years, in and around 22 yards, and after almost 17 years of international cricket on and off, I have decided to move on. Cricket has given me everything and is the reason why I stand here today," the 37-year-old said addressing the media in the extravagant interiors of a star hotel that quite resembled his flamboyant batting.

"I was extremely lucky to play 400 games for India. I could have never imagined it when I first started playing cricket," he added. The explosive batter said he now wants to "enjoy life" and pursue a freelance career in T20 leagues internationally, pending BCCI permission. But he will no longer be seen in the Indian Premier League.  Yuvraj played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is for India. He put together 1900 runs in the longest format, and 8701 in the one-dayers, the format in which he enjoyed the most success. His one-day runs tally places him 22nd in the overall list and seventh among Indians. A useful left-arm spinner, Yuvraj picked up 111 ODI wickets at an average of 36.55. Here is a sample of the tweets.

Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement from all forms of cricket and it brought an end to his brilliant 17-year international career. During his career, Yuvraj has been part of so many memorable moments that Indian cricket fans would have lost count. Apart from his exploits on the grand stage, Yuvraj was excellent with the bat, ball and on the field. The left-hander also overcame some tough moments in his life, notably his fight against cancer during the 2011 World Cup. However, he bounced back and he has sealed his legacy as India’s ultimate match-winner.

First Published: Monday, June 10, 2019 05:17 PM
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