India’s World Cup winning all-rounder Yuvraj Singh announced his decision to retire from all forms of cricket. He made his ODI debut against Kenya in 2000 in the Champions Trophy. Yuvraj played in 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is and was notably the player of the series when India won the World Cup in 2015.
In a press conference in Mumbai, the 37-year-old made the announcement, saying:
“It’s was a great rollercoaster ride and beautiful story but it has to come to an end. It was the right time to go.”
Yuvraj’s finest hour came in the 2011 50-over World Cup, where he orchestrated India’s knockout punch on three-time champions Australia in the quarterfinal. Yuvraj amassed 362 runs in that tournament hitting four fifties and century while also coming into his own as more than just a part-time bowler picking 15 wickets, the second-best tally for an Indian in that edition of the World Cup. In ODIs overall, he finished with 111 wickets.
In his emotional address, Yuvraj recounted his best memories through his career, while also spelling out his worst.
“I would say I am extremely lucky to play 400-plus games for India. I would’ve not imagined doing this when I started my career as a cricket. Through this journey, some matches that remain in my memory are – the 2002 NatWest series final, my first Test hundred in Lahore in 2004, the 2007 Test series in England, of course, the six sixes and the 2007 T20 World Cup. And then the most memorable one was the 2011 World Cup finals.”
The International Cricket Council has congratulated Yuvraj Singh for an outstanding career, with it’s Chief Executive Manu Sawhney calling him “an inspiration both on and off the field”
Yuvraj Singh and other legendary cricketer tweets on their accounts as well.
A battle with cancer kept him out of the game for a while, and though he returned for a second wind, he wasn’t the same player as before. He still fought on and kept his spot in the side until 2013, but then faced an uncertain future.
Yuvraj got picked for the away tour of West Indies right after the Champions Trophy in 2017, where he ended up playing his last ODI for India. Since then, he has made occasional domestic appearances for Punjab and has been a squad player in the last two seasons of the IPL.