Yuvraj reveals how an Australian bowler influenced him about retirement
India’s left-arm spin bowling all-rounder Yuvraj Singh ended his long 19-year career in June last year. Yuvraj announced his retirement on June 10, 2019 through an official statement.
There was much speculation appeared on behalf of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) around his retirement. Although Yuvraj played his last international match in June 2017, he was assured that he would get another chance in the national team. As that did not happen, the all-rounder said goodbye to cricket during the 2019 ODI World Cup.
However, the idea of retirement came to his mind even earlier, during the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) game. At that time, he was playing for Kings XI Punjab. Seeing him, Australian fast bowler Andrew Tye was addressing him as ‘Yubi Pa’.
In India, an elderly person is usually called by adding ‘pa’ to his name to show respect. It’s like big brother of a person. When Yuvraj heard the call from Tye, he started thinking, maybe he’s really old. So he said goodbye to cricket in 2019 at the age of 37.
Yuvraj made the remarks in an Instagram live session with India’s current pacer Jasprit Bumrah on the coronavirus lockdown. However, Bumrah was also involved in his retirement. He also recalled a prophecy he made about Bumrah.
“I realized when I was playing with you (Jasprit Bumrah) towards the end of my career, now is the time to say goodbye. However, I first thought of retiring in the 2018 IPL. I was playing for Punjab then. There Andrew Tye started calling me Yubi Pa. Since then the thought of retirement has come to mind.”
He also said that he had predicted three years ago that Bumrah would be the best bowler in the world. “I said three more years ago, you will be the number one bowler in the world,” Yuvraj said.
Yuvraj has got all kinds of success in his playing life. He has over 12,000 runs in three formats and has taken 148 wickets. He holds the award for the player of the tournament in 2011 ICC ODI World Cup.
He has won all the ICC recognized tournaments with success. Yuvraj was a member of the winning team in all including Under-19 World Cup in 2000, ICC Champions Trophy in 2002, ICC T20 World Cup in 2007 and ICC ODI World Cup in 2011.