The Hero Of India’s 2011 World Cup Win, Yuvraj Singh Announces Retirement From International Cricket

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The man who is known for his style and aggression in the field. The man who is known for his unbelievable contribution to every ICC event. The man who was the hero of the 2011 World Cup win, hangs his boots. Yuvraj Singh has retired from international cricket after 19 years of his magnificent career.

Yuvraj hangs his boots

One of India’s greatest limited overs cricketers, after garnering several accolades over the years and being two-time World Cup champion, Yuvraj Singh has called time on an eminent 19-year career, the batsman confirmed in a press conference in Mumbai (10th June).

He said in a press conference, “After 25 years in and around the 22 yards and almost 17 years of international cricket on and off, I have decided to move on. This game taught me how to fight, how to fall, to dust off, to get up again and move forward.”

“To be a part of history that was made after 28 years, what more could I ask for,” Singh said, in a reference to the 2011 World Cup victory. I think it’s the perfect day to move on. This has been a wonderful journey and see you on the other side.”

The veteran thanked family, teammates, coaching staff and others who he had interacted with during his playing career. Singh said he would also be focussing on his work with cancer patients. Source

As a player

Punjab left-hander had been the main force behind India’s second World Cup triumph in 2011, for which he received the player of the tournament award. He has played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20 Internationals for India from 2003 to 2017. Overall, he recorded 863 runs from T20 striking at a belligerent 136.38 while in ODIs, he amassed 8,701 runs at an average of 36.55 including 52 half-centuries and 14 centuries.

Yuvraj’s biggest contribution came at the 2011 World Cup when India lifted the title for the first time in 28 years. Despite not being a 100 percent, the southpaw was India’s cornerstone all through the tournament both with the bat and ball and was named Player of the tournament for his efforts.

After the World Cup, it appeared Yuvraj Singh had battled cancer throughout the tournament. He went overseas for treatment and just when everyone thought he would never again take the cricket field, Yuvraj went away to France for a training stint. Back in India much slimmer and fitter, Yuvraj Singh showed what he was still capable of with a 35-ball 77 in a T20 International against Australia. Yuvraj Singh was never again the same player after the 2011 World Cup. But he continued to be a huge favorite for teams in the Indian Premier League.

Twitter reactions 

Thank you for all the memories Yuvi. You will always be remembered as an amazing sportsman and an incredibly inspiring life.

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