India, (10/6/2019): India’s 2011 World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh has said that he will be retiring from all forms of international cricket, drawing curtains on his 19-year illustrious career. The 37-year-old all-rounder made the announcement after an emotional video featuring his father was played, during a press conference in Mumbai today.
“After 25 years, I have decided to move on. Cricket has given me everything and is the reason why I stand here today,”. I was extremely lucky to play 400 games for India. I could have never imagined it when I first started playing cricket,” Yuvraj said addressing the media.
“It was a love-hate relationship with this game. I can’t explain what it really means to me. This game taught me to fight. I have failed more times than I succeeded and I will never give up,” he added.
Besides being named the Man of the Series during India’s victorious campaign at the 2011 WC, Singh was also part of the India’s winning campaign at the 2007 World T20.
According to reports, Singh is looking to pursue a freelance career in ICC-approved foreign Twenty20 leagues and has been in talks with BCCI about the same.
Since making his international debut in 2000, Yuvraj played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20 Internationals. He was forced to step away from the game in February 2012 after being diagnosed with lung cancer. But later that year, he made a comeback to the Indian team in the second T20 against New Zealand in September. Yuvraj last played for India in a T20I against England in 2017. His last Test appearance was back in 2012.
He turned up for Mumbai Indians in this year’s IPL but didn’t get many chances.