India’s WC 2011 hero Yuvraj Singh retires
India’s elegant left-handed batsman Yuvraj Singh finally called it quits from the game on Monday as he officially announced his retirement from international cricket in a recent press conference in Mumbai.
Before the official news of Yuvraj Singh’s retirement, a senior BCCI official recently told PTI that Yuvraj is thinking of bringing down curtains from international and first-class cricket.
“He would like to speak to the BCCI and get more clarity on plying his trade in tournaments like GT20 (Canada), Euro T20 Slam in Ireland and Holland as he has offers,” a BCCI source privy to the development had said.
Yuvraj Singh is one of the significant parts of Indian cricket history and one of the biggest match-winners India has ever produced, finally ended a career which spanned 19 years after he announced his arrival for India in the ICC KnockOut Trophy in Kenya and took everyone by surprise with his stupendous batting skills as he impressed the fans in the very first match he played against Australia. He scored a sensational match-winning 84-run knock against the likes of premium bowlers like Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie.
‘Never Give Up’ attitude is the best phrase that suits Yuvraj Singh’s career. Hailing from Punjab, he has always lived up to fans’ expectations not just in terms of batting but in bowling and fielding too. India will miss a good cricketer. He got the much-needed backing of then-skipper Sourav Ganguly who supported and nurtured him through and through in what turned Yuvraj Singh to play some of the fearless brand of cricket.
Resurgence of Yuvraj Singh
Sourav Ganguly along with the Indian team management spotted Yuvraj’s talent after he was named the Player of the Tournament in the 2000 Under-19 World Cup in which he essayed 203 runs and picked up 12 wickets as Mohammad Kaif’s team bagged the title after beating Sri Lanka in the final.
Yuvraj Singh played a phenomenal role in India’s success in the inaugural World T20 in 2007 and then he continued to shine in 50-over World Cup in 2011 in India where he was adjudged the Player of the Tournament. His incredible six sixes in an over that he smashed against England’s Stuart Broad in the quarter-final of the tournament was such a pleasing to the eyes.
Yuvraj scored 362 runs in the World Cup 2011 tournament at an average of 90.50 including a hundred and four half-centuries. He also picked 15 wickets at 25.13 including a five-wicket haul.
He also went on to finish as the 8th highest run-scorer and the fourth-highest wicket-taker in the World Cup as India lifted the 50-over World Cup after 28 years at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on April 2, 2011, in what was one of the best memories to every Indian fan.
But unfortunately, Yuvraj Singh learnt that he had a rare form of cancer in his lungs. He jetted off to the United States soon after to get his cancer treated and also started the toughest battle of his life.
Yuvi underwent a lot of chemotherapy sessions in the United States.
Just like how he is a true fighter on the field, he fought against the disease and eventually recovered from it.
In 2012, Yuvraj Singh was back with a bang and started playing for India ending all the hoodoo and then inspired millions with his ‘Never Give Up’ attitude.
Yuvraj Singh’s 150 against England in 2017 ODI series in India was his career-best in One-Day Internationals. After that, he lost his sheen in his form and slowly, he was overlooked by the selectors. He hasn’t played for the team since June 2017.
Yuvraj Singh who still receives a fabulous reception when he walks out to bat in domestic games recently expressed his wish that he would like to play 2019 World Cup, in what would be the last dream but sadly, selectors didn’t pick him as he was out of form.
The sixer king calls it quits from ODIs with 8701 runs from 304 ODIs at an average of 36.55 with 14 hundreds and 52 fifties. He played 40 Tests in which he scored 1900 runs at an average of 33.92 with three centuries. As far as his 58 T20Is are concerned, he scored 1177 runs at 28.02 with 8 half-centuries.