Yuvraj Singh, the man who is born to fight has retired from the greatest game of cricket. The swashbuckling batsman has announced on June 10, 2019 in Mumbai. “I have decided to move on,” he said at a press briefing in Mumbai
Yuvraj Singh Quoted in Twitter as
After 25yrs in cricket Ive decided to move on. Cricket has given me everythin I have.ThankU 4being a part of this journey.This game taught me how to fight,how to fall,to dust off,to get up again n move forward. It has been a lovely journey. See you on the other side #SteppingOut pic.twitter.com/x3wOhoXcLv— yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) June 10, 2019
Yuvraj Singh – We Know
The left hander made his debut against Kenya in the year 2000. So far, he 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. He won the Man of the tournament in 2011 WC by taking 15 wickets and scoring 362 runs, a superb all round performance. He is the only player to take a five wicket haul and score half century in a single match in CWC2011. The all rounder has been the main architect in 2011 World Cup. The famous 6 Sixes in 2007 T20 World Cup against England was one of the best knock ever in T20 history. He scored fastest century in that match and a big blow to Broad in that over.
The Rising Star
Yuvraj Singh born in Chandigarh to a cricketer Yograj Singh and Shabnam Singh. He attended DAV Public School in Chandigarh and trained cricket with his father. He was also good at tennis and roller skating, but after he won the National Under-14 Roller Skating Championship, his father reportedly threw away the medal and told him to focus on cricket.
Yuvi was named player of the tournament in U 19 World Cup in 2000. The left hander was selected in International arena in the year 2000 and scored a half century against Australia. Yuvraj became to limelight when he scored 69 runs in the Natwest finals against England and made India won by 2 Wickets. His partnership with Kaif was a crucial one in that match. The left hander made his debut in test against New Zealand in 2003 at Punjab. He scored his maiden hundred against Pakistan in 2004. He scored 3 century in his short test career and all these centuries came against same opponents Pakistan. His knock in Hutch series against Pakistan in 2006 was also the most important crucial knock ever. His score of 344 runs with 2 half centuries and 1 century in a 5 match series was the best series he had ever.
On March 20, 2011 in CWC, Yuvraj Singh scored a fighting century against West Indies at the scorching heat in Chennai. He went on vomiting on the field and couldn’t able to sustain due to dehydration. But he fought and made India victorious. After 2011 World Cup triumph, Yuvi was diagnosed with cancer (mediastinal seminoma, a germ-cell tumour located between his two lungs) which is the starting stage. He got treatment in US, literally fought against the deadly disease and came back strongly. After this many had outspoken stating he will not get selected in the team and he lost his form. But this man had break all the barriers and came into the team in 2012. His knock against England in the year 2017 was one of the best that a veteran could do. His knock of 150 in 127 balls at Barbati Stadium was one of those classics ever. This century was so special that it comes after 6 years.
The helping heart
Yuvraj had started a campaign called “YouWeCan”. Here he takes care of the people diagnosed with cancer and gives them a hope. He had stated that he could now focus more on the people with cancer and help in recovering it.
“A very difficult and at the same time a very beautiful moment for me. After 25 years, in and around 22 yards, and after almost 17 years of international cricket on and off, I have decided to move on”.
“I am extremely lucky to play 400-plus games for India. I would never have imagined this when I started my career as a cricketer. It was a love-hate relationship with the sport, in retrospect. I don’t think I hated the game, because the love I have for it today, which will remain a constant till the end of life. I can’t really express in words what is that feeling.”
“This game taught me how to fight, how to fall, to dust myself off and get up again and move forward. I have failed more times than I have succeeded, but I never gave up, and will never give up, till my last breath, and that’s what cricket has taught me. I gave my blood and sweat to the game once I got on to it, especially when it came to representing my country.”
“The adrenaline rush, playing for India, singing the national anthem before each game, touching the Indian flag, stopping every run for the team, or scoring every run for the team, was a completely different high. To be part of history, that was made after 28 years [in 2011], I mean, honestly, what more could I ask for?”
“As I go back in time today, my life has been like a roller-coaster ride,” Yuvraj said. “Winning the 2011 World Cup, being Man of the Series, four Man of the Match awards, was all like a dream, which was followed by a harsh reality, getting diagnosed with cancer. It was like touching the sky and then falling down at light speed and hitting the ground hard. All this happened so quickly, and that too when I was [at] the peak of my career. But in that moment, everyone to whom I mattered, stood together for me – my fans, my friends, my family.
“Probably the worst day in my career was the 2014 T20 World Cup final against Sri Lanka when I scored 11 off 21 balls. It was so shattering that I felt my career was over. And I was written off by everyone to an extent that made me feel at times that it was all over. Then I took a bit of time [off] and I realised why I play cricket; it’s because I love the game. So I went back to basics and scored heavily in domestic cricket. A year and a half later, I made my comeback in T20Is for India, where I hit a six and a four in the last over against Australia in Sydney, and suddenly all the belief came right back”.
“I finally made my comeback in one-day cricket after three years in Cuttack on 19th January against England in 2017. I recorded my highest one-day score of 150 in 127 balls when everybody said it was impossible. Trust me, I have never stopped believing in myself. No matter what the world said, believe in yourself because if you put your heart and soul into it, you can achieve the impossible”.
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