Cricket World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh announces retirement from worldwide cricket

Oscar Cross
June 11, 2019

Yuvraj, who played the last of his 304 one-day internationals two years ago, was a key cog in India's World T20 triumph in 2007 and was player-of-the-tournament at the World Cup four years later.

Yuvraj has played for as many as five IPL teams since its inaugural edition in 2008.

"Last year only I had thought that this year's IPL will be my last", Yuvraj said addressing the media in Mumbai. Those of you who watched him play the 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup victories will always cherish the memories of his cricketing. During his 19-year stint in worldwide cricket, he won two World Cups - the inaugural ICC World T20 in 2007 and then ODI World Cup in 2011. It was a love-hate relationship with the sport, in retrospect. However, Yuvraj Singh also revealed that he was told that he cannot play for India again if he doesn't clear the Yo-Yo Test - the fitness test which is compulsory for the all the players to make the cut into the team. I would never have imagined this when I started my career as a cricketer. Overnight, the 20-year old had turned into an Indian cricketing sensation and not to mention, a teenage heart-throb. I think at this age, I can manage to play some fun cricket.

What Yuvi said as he announced his decision to move on -Cricket has given me everything I have and is the reason I stand here today.

Yuvraj further added that he would not like to comment anymore at the moment as the Indian team is in the midst of a World Cup but added that he will speak up when the time is right.

Yuvraj also had a dream run at the 2011 World Cup, amassing 362 runs including one century and four fifties. The actor wrote,"Thank you my dear friend @YUVSTRONG12 for sending me your bat!"

"Now I would like to enjoy myself". Then I took a bit of time [off] and I realised why I play cricket; it's because I love the game.

In the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League, he had nearly gone unsold before Mumbai Indians grabbed him at his base price.

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