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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.

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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

Home Minister Amit Shah sends his warm wishes to Yuvraj Singh:

Indian Cricket Mohammed Shami applauded Yuvraj’s career in Indian Cricket:

Rising star Rishabh Pant gave his best wishes to Indian Cricket legend:

 

 

 

 

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