This week begins with sad news for Indian cricket fans as Yuvraj Singh declared his retirement from international cricket. Yuvraj, 37, also verified that he has played his last season at the IPL. He is known as the Player of the Tournament during the historic run chase by India in 2011 for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup title.
Being a 3-time ICC trophy winner in the past, Yuvraj also had played a major role when India won the first ICC World Twenty20 in 2007 in South Africa. This was the time when the Indian Cricket team began a new era below the captainship of MS Dhoni. He was also present when the team shared with Sri Lanka the 2002 ICC Champions Trophy.
Being a well-known player in the limited-overs cricket and one of the most destructive batsmen in the middle order of the team, Yuvraj bids adieu to his career with 304 ODIs, in which he grabbed 8701 runs and 58 Twenty20 Internationals with 1177 runs. He also enjoyed a short time in the Test world, where his 1900 runs arrived at 33.92 average and comprised a 169 career-best, in what was co-incidentally last Test match of India against Pakistan.
In an interview to the media, Yuvraj brief the reporters with an international career that started way back almost 2 decades back in 2000, when he came into the picture at the time of the ICC Champions Trophy.
“Cricket has offered me all that I have, and it is why I am here today. This game taught me how to fall, how to fight, how to dust myself off, move forward, and get up again. I have failed a number of times than I have accomplished something, but never accepted the defeat, and will never accept it till my last breath. This is what the game has trained me for. I offered my sweat and blood for cricket, particularly when it came to the nation. Since my early days, I always made an effort to fulfill my father’s vision of winning the World Cup and playing for India, and I can proudly say I accomplished it.”
In 2011, that World Cup win was Yuvraj’s career’s defining moment. Yuvraj fought through fitness problems before the World Cup to pick up 4 awards for Player of the Match. He concluded the series with an average of 90.50 and 362 runs, with four fifties and a hundred in 8 innings, to go together with 15 wickets, comprising a career-best 5/31 in opposition to Ireland.
Over the past years, Yuvraj has made various comebacks, but none have matched to the performance of 2011 and earlier. His last, and maybe most memorable comeback, took place in January 2017 when he made a career-best of 150 in the 2nd ODI in Cuttack in opposition to England and shared one more famous partnership with Dhoni of 256. During his final months at the competitive stage, Yuvraj was majorly comprised in domestic cricket.
Salute to the legend for giving us wonderful memories—the one who had a major role in ICC T20 World Cup 2007 and ICC World Cup 2011, the one who will always be remembered for the 6 sixes, and the one who will always be remembered for a top notch fielding.