Yuvraj reveals BCCI’s offer for a farewell game
Former Indian cricketer and 2011 World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh revealed about the offer from BCCI for a farewell game in 2017 if he failed the mandatory yo-yo test.
The most shocking news today is the retirement of India’s World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh. His decision came in an unexpected time as everyone is no focusing in the big event, ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Fans and cricketing fraternity are slightly disappointed with sending off a great player without a farewell game for him. But the World Cup hero of India revealed about the farewell game offer he got from BCCI during 2017.
Six months after he played his last game for India in West Indies, he was struggling to pass the mandatory yo-yo test. At that time, BCCI offered a farewell game for him and Yuvi rejected it with a smile as he was willing to pass it and he did so at the end of the year.
“I didn’t tell anyone in BCCI that I want a farewell game,” Yuvraj said. “If I had the potential, I would have left from the ground. I didn’t need a match. I was told that if I failed a Yo-Yo test then I can play a retirement match. I told them I don’t need the game, if I don’t pass the Yo-Yo test, I’ll go home quietly. I passed the Yo-Yo Test and rest is not my call.”
Yuvraj has no regrets about retiring with 8,701 ODI runs to his name and not going on to score 10,000 runs in this format.
“Winning the World Cup and man-of-the-series was more important to me than scoring 10,000 ODI runs,” he said.
There were, however, regrets though like not getting a consistent run in Test cricket.
“It will be a regret. I was playing at a time when it was very tough to break into the Test side. It was hard to find space in the middle-order. I never really consistently got a spot. It was me, Sourav (Ganguly) and (VVS) Laxman fighting for same spot. When Laxman retired I was playing Test cricket consistently but then I got diagnosed with cancer,” Yuvraj said about not performing at his best in Test cricket.
“If you look at whole journey it was great. I would have loved to average 40 but it was more about winning games. If and buts are there but I gave it my all,” he added.