After a glittering 25 year career, legendary Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Monday. The 37-year-old iconic all-rounder played in a total of 304 One Day Internationals, 58 T20 Internationals, and 40 Test cricket matches.
The big-hitting batsman expressed his thoughts while retiring from the game, “only if I could articulate what cricket has done for me, to me! But let me tell you this, cricket has given me everything I have and it is the reason why I sit here today”. Further, he also added, “I am extremely lucky to play 400+ games for India”.
The most incredible match of his career for which he will be always remembered for was T20 World World Cup 2007. In that nail-biting game against England, Singh made the path-breaking record of six sixes in an over bowled by Stuart Broad. That was the moment which Indian cricket fans could never forget. With this Yuvraj Singh became the top-ranked middle-order batsman who bagged the fastest half-century in T20 International format off just 12 balls.
As time passed, Singh became a well-versed Indian cricketer who was roped-in for every international fixture. The man with the golden arm established his name for all-rounder abilities after giving an exemplary performance at ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2011. Yuvraj scored over 300 runs in that prestigious quadrennial tournament and took a total of 15 wickets in that single edition. This exceptional brilliance in both batting and bowling gave him the honour of ‘Man of the Series’ in World Cup 2011.
As everything was going like an unforgettable dream for Yuvraj Singh, suddenly he faced the most haunting phase of his life. After becoming the part of World Cup winning team in 2011, Singh was diagnosed with the painful disease of cancer. But even this couldn’t stop him to play cricket again as he battled with all odds and successfully treated his rare germ cell tumour.
Unstopabble Yuvraj made a courageous appearance after recovering from cancer at 2014 T20 World Cup finals where he tended to score only 11 runs off 21 balls. At one point, his bad form in cricket shattered the player but the zeal to play for India in top-level formats again ignited him to pick up his bat and practice in the field.
Singh finally made a spectacular comeback at 2016-17 Ranji Trophy season where he scored total 672 runs at an impressive average of 84.00. This was followed by another enthralling inning of Yuvraj in home series against England in 2017. In that match, he amassed his career-best score of 150 runs.
One of the greatest Indian cricketers of all time, Yuvraj Singh will probably be the one and the only player who always led his side towards victory either with his electrifying fielding, decisive bowling or with terrific batting.
As per his post-retirement plans, Yuvraj Singh could next be seen in Pakistan Super League (PSL), Big Bash League (BBL) and other T20 tournaments in upcoming years. But this could happen only if the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) grant him permission to play such outdoor leagues.
Check out the tweets of Yuvi fans and other cricket celebrities who lauded his efforts for Indian Cricket team after his retirement:
Indian Cricket Team captain Virat Kohli appreciated Yuvi’s career
Congratulations on a wonderful career playing for the country paji. You gave us so many memories and victories and I wish you the best for life and everything ahead. Absolute champion. @YUVSTRONG12 pic.twitter.com/LXSWNSQXog
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 10, 2019
Home Minister Amit Shah sends his warm wishes to Yuvraj Singh:
Yuvraj Singh has been our cricketing icon for all times with fans across the globe.
Whether as a batsman, bowler or fielder, he always did his best for India. The fighter @YUVSTRONG12 has given us countless memories to cherish.
I extend my warm wishes for his future endeavours. pic.twitter.com/5cYMkXFMeQ
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) June 10, 2019
Indian Cricket Mohammed Shami applauded Yuvraj’s career in Indian Cricket:
@yuvstrong12 Paa sher to bahut dekhe.Babbar sher sirf ek app thank you for everything that you have done for Indian Cricket..you have been an inspiration on and off the field You shall be missed but will always be in our hearts and prayers
Wishing u all the luck for the future.. pic.twitter.com/TYMqbazQvX
— Mohammad Shami (@MdShami11) June 10, 2019
Rising star Rishabh Pant gave his best wishes to Indian Cricket legend:
A brother. A mentor. A fighter. A LEGEND of the game and a Superb human being 🙌🏻 Wish you the very best in your journey ahead @YUVSTRONG12 🤗 May the innings ahead be as killer as you 😎✌🏻 pic.twitter.com/sTZ6MdZGoe
— Rishabh Pant (@RishabPant777) June 10, 2019
Yu played yur game w/ fierce passion & leave behind a legacy that will inspire the next generation of cricketers.Yur fans will forever remember yur winning innings for #TeamIndia !
You are a remarkable champion & human being ! All the best for your next innings! pic.twitter.com/MJltgDIzum
— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) June 10, 2019
— Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) June 10, 2019
Dearest @YUVSTRONG12!!! You have inspired millions of Indians all over the world not only as a great cricketer but also as a person whose attitude towards life has been that of a complete WINNER. People like you don’t retire. We will always applaud your strength & courage.🙏😍 pic.twitter.com/Y90auVDj30
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) June 10, 2019
I don't even know where to start because this man has done so much that you cannot explain in words.
— Shubman Gill (@RealShubmanGill) June 10, 2019
Congratulations on your fantastic International career @YUVSTRONG12. Your strength and belief on and off the field is truly inspiring. Absolute legendary stuff. The Intl scene will miss you for sure but the pro scene welcomes the spark that you are 🤗
— Shoaib Malik 🇵🇰 (@realshoaibmalik) June 10, 2019