Legends laud fantastic career as Yuvraj Singh calls it a day

Ross Houston
June 11, 2019

It was a heartbreaking moment for millions of cricket fans on Monday afternoon when Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement from global cricket.

I think it's a ideal day to move on.

"I have been playing worldwide cricket on and off for 17 years". It was such a love - hate relationship with the sport. It taught me how to fall, how to fight, how to get up again. I have failed more times than I have succeeded, but I never gave up, and will never give up, till my last breath, and that's what cricket has taught me. I gave my blood and sweat to the game, once I got into it, especially when it came to represent my country. He collected 1,900 runs from 40 games at an average of under 34. To be a part of the history that was made after 28 years, I mean honestly what more could I ask for.

In the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League, he had nearly gone unsold before Mumbai Indians grabbed him at his base price. I was a bit confused about how I wanted to end my career. But life doesn't give you everything. We would visit hospitals and get his test done alone and it was after a month that his friends and fellow cricketers visited him. He was in his teens and he was playing against some of the world's best cricketers.

"At this age I can manage some kind of fun cricket", he added. I want to enjoy my life.

International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Manu Sawhney said in a statement: 'Yuvraj had an outstanding international career. I would also like to thank the BCCI and BCCI president at that time Mr N Srinivasan for their support in my treatment. For this year, or maybe next year, I don't know.

Trust me I never stopped believing in myself, no matter what the world said. I would also like to thank all my sports staff who made it possible for my body to last this long specially Nitin Patel & Ashish Kaushik.

There was a time when whatever Yuvraj Singh touched turned into gold as during his prime, he earned the reputation of being a big-match player and he showcased that from time and again for the country, helping India win the inaugural World T20 in 2007 and then the 50-over World Cup in 2011 in India.

That, however, was followed by a awful low, as Yuvraj was diagnosed with mediastinal seminoma, a germ-cell tumour located between his two lungs.

Yuvraj came into India's One-day International (ODI) team in October 2000 during the ICC knockout tournament in Nairobi. Winning the 2011 World Cup, being man of the series, four Man of the Match awards was all like a dream, which was followed by a harsh reality - getting diagnosed of cancer. In the words of Sachin Tendulkar, he was a player who mattered when it mattered most.

'I have no doubt that Yuvraj is a hero not just in the cricketing world but outside of it too. And I was written off by everyone to an extent that made me feel at times that it was all over.

Yuvraj revealed that his first love had been roller-skating and he only reluctantly played cricket because his father, one-test bowler Yograj Singh, would not let him take up any other sport.

"When Yuvraj made his debut for India in Kenya, I was scared and anxious". He put those memories behind and made a comeback to the cricket field. I recorded my highest one-day score of 150 in 127 balls when everybody said it was impossible.

Yuvraj will continue to play in domestic T20 leagues.

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