Yuvraj Singh Retirement: Finally, the time has come when Indian stalwart Yuvraj Singh will wind up his 19 yearlong illustrious international careers since he made his international debut in 2000. The veteran has called for the press conference in a lavish South Mumbai hotel today in the evening.
This is what he said during the press conference
“My career started in 2000 and it has been 19 years. I was confused with my career and how I would end it. I would have been satisfied if I could have played more games in IPL 2019 would have been happy to leave the sport with that. But you don’t get everything in life. I had decided last year that this IPL would be my last and I’ll give it my best shot”
“I want to play T20 cricket. At this age, I can manage to play some kind of fun cricket. I want to go and enjoy my life. It’s been too stressful just thinking about my international career, performing and big tournaments like the IPL.”
“Now I would like to enjoy myself. With BCCI’s permission, I would like to go and play. Just have fun for this year and maybe next year, whatever is left in me. It’s been a very long and hard journey and I think I deserve that,” Yuvraj Singh further said.
He represented India in 40 tests, 304 ODI and 58 T20 matches in his 19-year long career. Calling it quits was a right decision taken by him as he was going through the roughest patch of his career. He almost went unsold during the IPL auction 2019, until Mumbai Indians bought him at the base price of Rs. 1 crore, he hasn’t played international cricket for the last 2 years and much of his grand come back was dependent on his IPL performance 2019, but that wasn’t the case.
He managed to play only 4 matches throughout the tournament and that was it. Even when Mumbai Indians was celebrating their IPL victory, Yuvraj Singh was completely isolated trying to shy away from the celebrations.
Major Highlights of Yuvraj Career
Under 19 World Cup 2000
The year was 2000 when India won their first ever Under 19 World Cup and much credit goes to southpaw Yuvraj Singh, who was also the man of the tournament.
He amassed 203 runs and took 12 matches in 8 matches he played. His major stellar innings include 68 runs versus New Zealand and quick fire 58 of just 25 balls against Australia in the semifinals.
Natwest Trophy 2002
It was the Natwest Trophy 2002 that established Yuvraj Singh as a future star, it was the finals against England at Lords and mighty England posted 326 runs on the board. In reply, Indian top order crumbled under pressure and was at 146/5 and the match was left to the robust shoulders of Mohammad Kaif and Yuvraj Singh.
Both stitched a partnership of 121 in which Yuvraj Singh complied 69 runs of 63 balls and led India to a historic victory, where Ganguly raise his T-shirt at the Lord’s balcony.
ICC T20 World Cup 2007
Yuvraj Singh was in sublime form throughout the inaugural T20 World Cup. During the match against England, he created the world record of hitting 6 sixes in over of Stuart Broad. He scored 58 of just 16 balls in the match against England followed by 70 runs (30 balls) against Australia and was eventually declared the man of the tournament.
ICC World Cup 2011
Between the period 2006-2011 Yuvraj Singh was the number one ODI batsmen with an excellent record behind, but he was still miles of fulfilling his dream of winning the World Cup and he didn’t disappoint. He amassed 362 runs in 9 matches at an average of 90.50 and with the help of 1 hundred and 4 fifties.
He also took 15 wickets in 9 matches that also included a 5 wicket haul against Ireland at Bangalore. And in the end, India won the ICC World Cup after 28 years long wait and Yuvraj Singh has again declared the man of the tournament.
After Retirement Plans of Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh Retirement: Now for a long time, Yuvraj Singh has been giving a serious thought on pursuing his career in ICC approved foreign T20 leagues. He has received few offers and still finalizing the final stint to prolong his cricket career, but he is still in a discussion with BCCI.
According to the BCCI source “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,”.