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Yuvraj Singh Announces Retirement from International and IPL Cricket

Yuvraj Singh Announces Retirement from International and IPL Cricket: Yuvraj Singh on Monday at a press briefing in Mumbai said that he has decided to no longer be a part of the Indian Premier League as a player as well as in international career. He used to be an explosive batsman, useful slow left-arm bowler and dynamic fielder. He said, “I have decided to move on.”

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Yuvraj Singh played just 4 games in IPL 2019, scoring 98 runs at 24.50 including a fifty
  • Yuvraj was bought by Mumbai Indians at his base price of Rs 1 crore in the auction last year
  • Yuvraj said he would like to play other domestic T20 tournaments if BCCI gives him the approval
  • Yuvraj Singh, who retired from international cricket on Monday, said he has lots to say on the Yo-Yo test
  • Yuvraj said he did not want to say anything in the middle of the World Cup and create a controversy
  • Yuvraj Singh was not considered for India selection after 2017 when he played an ODI vs West Indies

Yuvraj Singh with a great career, finishing up after 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is where he was honoured as the best Indian all-rounder of his generation is saying goodbye to IPl and other international matches.

Yuvraj sai, “A very difficult and at the same time a very beautiful moment for me.After 25 years, in and around 22 yards, and after almost 17 years of international cricket on and off, I have decided to move on.”

For the duration of the press conference, Yuvraj got emotional and said that he would liked to have more opportunities to play in IPL 2019 and to display his great performance but that did not happen as he played only 4 matches for Mumbai Indians.

Decided a year ago IPL 2019 would be my last: Yuvraj Singh

He further stated, “It was a love-hate relationship with the sport, in retrospect. I don’t think I hated the game, because the love I have for it today, which will remain a constant till the end of [my] life. I can’t really express in words what is that feeling. This game taught me how to fight, how to fall, to dust myself off and get up again and move forward. I have failed more times than I have succeeded, but I never gave up, and will never give up, till my last breath, and that’s what cricket has taught me. I gave my blood and sweat to the game once I got on to it, especially when it came to representing my country.”

The greatest achievement for Yuvraj, was unquestionably the 2011 World Cup, when he hit four half-centuries and a century, along with taking up 15 wickets – comprising a five-for contrary to Ireland – on his approach to the Man of the Tournament award as India won the trophy for the second time.

The 37-year-old Yuvraj Singh represented India last in June 2017 and bows out with total number of 8701 runs from 304 ODIs at 36.55 along with 14 hundreds as well as 52 fifties.

Yuvraj also said, “As I go back in time today, my life has been like a roller-coaster ride. Winning the 2011 World Cup, being Man of the Series, four Man of the Match awards, was all like a dream, which was followed by a harsh reality, getting diagnosed with cancer. It was like touching the sky and then falling down at light speed and hitting the ground hard. All this happened so quickly, and that too when I was (at) the peak of my career. But in that moment, everyone to whom I mattered, stood together for me – my fans, my friends, my family.”

Winning the player of the tournament awards in the year 2007 World T20 as well as 50-over in 2011 World Cup is always going to be one of the greatest achievements in the career of Yuvraj Singh.