Yuvraj Singh today announced his retirement from international cricket, bringing an end to an illustrious career. In his outstanding carrier of 19 years, Yuvraj emerged as a legend of Indian cricket and inspiration, a role model for millions of fans in India as well as abroad. Following the announcement of his retirement at a press conference, Twitterati came out in large numbers to thank the icon for the memories he gave during his career. While some called him a role model, some referred to him as "The man of World Cups".
Yuvraj Singh last played a Test in 2012 and One Day International (ODI) and T20 in 2017. He scored 8701 runs in 304 ODIs and hit 1900 runs in 40 Tests. One of India's greatest limited overs cricketers, Yuvraj made his international debut with a bang against Australia in 2000, scoring a hard-hitting 84 off 80 balls. In 2011, when India scripted history by lifting the ICC World Cup, Yuvraj was adjudged the man of the series. But the period following the world cup came as a shocker for millions of cricket fans as he was diagnosed with a rare germ cell cancer. His treatment went on for over a year, and a fighter that Yuvraj is, he made an inspirational comeback and regained his slot in team India.
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," said the firebrand cricketer.
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 added.
He also recalled his cricketing journey as to how he started in the team under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly and shared the dressing room with legends like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble, Kapil Dev.
End of an era! Yuvi pa, ur ability with the bat, the glorious 6s, the impeccable catches & the good times we've had, will be missed beyond years. The class & grit u brought to the field will be an inspiration forever. Thank u, @YUVSTRONG12 Have an equally remarkable 2nd innings! pic.twitter.com/ZWNeC9WkZL— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) June 10, 2019
Players will come and go,but players like @YUVSTRONG12 are very rare to find. Gone through many difficult times but thrashed disease,thrashed bowlers & won hearts. Inspired so many people with his fight & will-power. Wish you the best in life,Yuvi #YuvrajSingh. Best wishes always pic.twitter.com/sUNAoTyNa8— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 10, 2019