India’s aggressive all-rounder Yuvraj Singh had been contemplating bringing down curtains on a highly successful international career for some time. Today, he announced his international retirement stating it is time to move on.
“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. It has been a roller coaster ride and a great story but it has to come to an end,” said Yuvraj Singh at a press conference.
During his 19-year stint in international cricket, the 37-year-old Yuvraj Singh won two World Cups – the inaugural ICC World T20 in 2007 and then ODI World Cup in 2011. He was the man-of-the-tournament as India lifted the 50-over World Cup for the second time becoming the first team to do so at home beating Sri Lanka in final at the Wankhede Stadium.
Yuvraj Singh made an emotional return to the game in 2012 after a lengthy fight with a rare germ cell cancer in his lungs. Last time, he played for India was in June 2017 in an ODI against West Indies.
Having made his India debut at the tender age of 18 during the 2000 ICC Knockout tournament in Kenya, Yuvraj announced himself with a match-winning 84 against Australia in the quarter-final clash – in only his second ODI.
Yuvraj Singh scored 8701 runs in 304 ODIs at an average of 36.55 with 14 hundreds and 52 fifties. He played 40 Tests in which he scored 1900 runs at an average of 33.92 with three centuries while in 58 T20Is he amassed 1177 runs at 28.02 with 8 half-centuries.