Yuvraj Singh has announced his retirement from international cricket. In a press conference held in Mumbai Yuvraj said, "After a 17-year-old long journey in international cricket, I have finally decided to move on.” he thanked Sourav Ganguly, his first international captain, for giving him the chance to play in Indian colours. He also thanked his idol Sachin Tendulkar who has always been a great source of support for the cricketer.
The left-handed batsman, who made his international debut in an ODI match against Kenya in October 2000, went on to play 304 ODIs, 40 Tests and 58 T20Is for the side.
"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,” Yuvraj said addressing the media.
Yuvraj Singh said he was scared of trying his hand at any other sport because he was petrified of his father Yograj Singh who himself played for India.
I love the sport but I also hate the sport. I love the sport because it has given everything to me. I hate it because the game has been very tough on me mentally, Yuvraj Singh said in a video played just before the announcement.
"He would like to speak to the BCCI and get more clarity on plying his trade in tournaments like GT20 (Canada), Euro T20 Slam in Ireland and Holland as he has offers,”
The video traced Yuvraj Singh’s journey and how his father trained him at their ancestral home. His childhood was about training, gym and practice. He said his father Yograj was strict and stern and Yuvraj had to make plenty of sacrifices growing up.
I was not used to being in the sun or run. I was 10 and I was made to run like 16-year-olds. If I could not train like the older boys, I was told to go home, Yuvraj said.
In his farewell speech, he also shared his post-retirement plan of helping cancer patients and spreading awareness about the disease. He shared some memories from the ICC World Cup 2011 which India won, riding on his stupendous performance throughout the tournament.
The Player of the tournament in ICC World Cup 2011 has also decided to call it quits from first-class cricket. He will now look to pursue a freelancing career in ICC approved tournaments. "He would like to speak to the BCCI and get more clarity on plying his trade in tournaments like GT20 (Canada), Euro T20 Slam in Ireland and Holland as he has offers,” a BCCI source was quoted as saying to PTI. Yuvraj himself also said clarified during his conference that he would be playing this kind of cricket.
The 37-year-old cricketer was diagnosed with cancer after helping India win the 2011 World Cup with his heroics. Post-cancer he made a strong comeback into the team against Australia in 2013. But, he was unable to hold on to his consistency and never regained the purple patch of his career.
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