After speculation about the same, the former India top all-rounder who played pivotal role in India clinching ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 at home, Yuvraj Singh calls it a day in International cricket.
Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Monday, after serving Indian cricket for 19 long years. The 37-year-old, however, will be available for franchise-based leagues.
One of India’s finest all-rounders, Yuvraj featured in 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is for India. He donned the India colours for the last time in 2017 as an indifferent form and injury issues forced him out of national reckoning.
Even though he continued playing in the domestic circuit for Punjab and also featured in the Indian Premier League in the last two years, he was a shadow of his former self.
After the domestic season got over, he had informed his team-mates in Punjab that this was his last stint for the state team. However, he played for Mumbai Indians in four IPL fixtures this year, scoring 98 runs.
In a press conference held in Mumbai, Yuvraj Singh said, “I have decided to move on”.
“After 25 years in cricket I’ve decided to move on. Cricket has given me everything I have. Thank you for being a part of this journey” He said.
“I made some great friends and some not so great friends in cricket over the years. I have never stopped believing in myself…always believe in yourself” he further said.
January 2000: Yuvraj’s talent is spotted fairly early and he makes a mark in India’s Under-19 World Cup triumph in Sri Lanka in 2000. He makes 203 runs at 33.83 and also impresses with his left-arm spin. Less than a year later, he is a part of the national team.
October 2000: Yuvraj hits the headlines in just his second ODI when the Indian team is emerging out of the match-fixing crisis under the leadership of Sourav Ganguly. Against Australia in the quarter-final of the ICC Knockout Tournament, Yuvraj blazes to 84 off 80 balls in a memorable win.
July 2002: In one of India’s finest moments in ODI cricket, Yuvraj, who made 69, and Mohammad Kaif combine to hand their team a thrilling two-wicket win while chasing 325 in the NatWest Series final against England at Lord’s. It also seals Yuvraj’s place in the ODI team for good.
September 2007: In the inaugural World Twenty20, Yuvraj enters the record books, smashing Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over. He followed up with a match-winning 70 against Australia in the semi-finalsthat put India on the road to a historic title win.
Feb 19 – Apr 2, 2011: A dream World Cup for Yuvraj, as he scores 362 runs – including one centuries and four fifties – takes 15 wickets, wins four Man-of-the-Match awards, and is also Player of the Tournament. In the process, he becomes the first allrounder to score 300-plus runs and take 15 wickets in a single World Cup.