Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement for international cricket bidding farewell to a 19-year journey that had him lift the ICC Cricket World Cup at home in 2011 and the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007. The 37-year sportsman had called a media interaction in a South Mumbai hotel on Monday, triggering retirement speculations. “It’s time to say good bye and walk away. It was a beautiful story, but it has come to an end,” said #YuvrajSingh in a short film played at the Mumbai event.
The left-handed all-rounder, who debuted for the Indian national cricket team as a 19-year-old in 2000 against Kenya, was instrumental to India’s both World Cup victories in the 21st century. He was also declared the man of the tournament for his incredible performance in the 2011 edition of the ICC ODI Cricket World Cup.
A senior BCCI official recently told PTI that Yuvraj is thinking of calling it quits from international and first-class cricket. “He would like to speak to the BCCI and get more clarity on plying his trade in tournaments like GT20 (Canada), Euro T20 Slam in Ireland and Holland as he has an offer,” a BCCI source privy to the development had said.
Yuvraj Singh went on to represent India in 304 ODIs, 58 T20Is and 40 Tests. One of the biggest highlights of Yuvraj’s career was India’s title-winning campaign in 2011, the World Cup. Yuvraj produced an all-rounder effort and was adjudged Man of the Match for his performances. Soon after the World Cup, Yuvraj was diagnosed with cancer which he battled past successfully and also made a comeback in the Indian team. However, since his cancer treatment, he never looked like the cricketer he once used to be.
Yuvraj made his comeback on the cricket grounds in 2013 but struggled with consistency. He last donned the coloured jersey on June 30, 2017, in a match against West Indies where he scored 39 runs off 55 balls.
He was recently a part of Mumbai Indians in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 where the Rohit Sharma-led franchise had bought him at the last minute. Yuvraj was benched after playing four games. Yuvraj also represented Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab, Pune Warriors, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Sunrisers Hyderabad.