Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh announces retirement from int’l cricket
Two-time World Cup champion and one of India’s greatest-ever limited-overs batsman, Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement from international cricket.
The batsman confirmed in a press conference in Mumbai on Monday (June 10) and brought down the curtain on a glittering career.
While making the announcement he said, “I have been playing international cricket on and off for 17 years. Now, it is time to say goodbye, to move on and walk away.”
An emotional Yuvraj said, “It has been a roller coaster ride and a great story but it has to come to an end.”
He added, “The game taught me how to fight, how to fail, to dust off, to get up again and move forward.”
Yuvraj Singh said that he was lucky to play 400 games for India. He continued, “It was a love-hate relationship with this game. I can’t explain what it really means to me.”
The 37-year-old ends his career with a total of 402 games. Yuvraj played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 Twenty20 Internationals in his career, one of the cleanest ball hitters the game has seen.
He started his career back in 2000 as an 18-year-old and showed glimpses of his abilities in just the second ODI when he shredded an Australian bowling attack to pieces in the 2000 Champions Trophy in Kenya.
He could not have as long a Test career as he would have wanted but still managed 1,900 runs at an average of 33.92 which included 11 half-centuries and three tons.
Yuvraj still holds the record for the fastest fifty in a T20I, a feat he managed off 12 balls in the 2007 T20 World Cup against England. This was the same match where he slammed Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over.
Overall, he recorded 863 runs from 58 T20Is striking at a belligerent 136.38 strike rate.
While in 304 ODIs, he amassed 8,701 runs at an average of 36.55 including 52 half-centuries and 14 centuries.
The all-rounder reportedly is now thinking about pursuing a freelance career in foreign T20 leagues and has a few offers up his sleeve.