Mumbai : India’s flamboyant cricketer Yuvraj Singh has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Monday (June 10). In a career spanning almost two decades, since his ODI debut against Kenya in 2000, Yuvraj featured in 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is, while also playing a pivotal role in India’s two big triumphs –the 2007 World T20 and the 2011 World Cup.
In a press conference in Mumbai, the 37 year old made the announcement saying “it was a great roller coaster ride and beautiful story as it has come to an end. It was the right time to go.”
Yuvrj was a product on the U-19 set up, impressing with 203 runs in the World Cup in 2000 and making his way to the senior side in less than a year. Though he turned heads with an 80-ball 84 in just his second ODI – against Australia, it wasn’t until the run chase in the Natwest series final at the Lord’s that made him a household name. A 63 ball 69 after a top order collapse in chase of 327 made him an overnight hero, and in less than a year since, he represented the senior side in the World Cup.
While speaking at the press meet, an emotional Yuvraj recounted his best memories through his career, while also spelling out his worst.
A battle with cancer kept him out of the game for a while, and though he returned for a second wind, he wasn’t the same player as before. He still fought on and kept his spot in the side until 2013, but then faced an uncertain future.