India’s swashbuckling all-rounder Yuvraj Singh declared his call to retire from all types of cricket on Monday (June 10). In nearly 20 years at the best level, since his ODI debut against Kenya in 2000, Yuvraj featured in 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is, whereas additionally taking part in a crucial role in India’s 2 massive triumphs – the 2007 World T20 and also the 2011 World Cup.
In a news conference in Mumbai, the 37-year-old made the announcement, saying: “It’s was a nice rollercoaster ride and delightful story however it’s to return to a finish. It had been the correct time to go.”
Yuvraj was a product on the U-19 found out, impressing with 203 runs in the World Cup in 2000 and creating his way to the senior facet in less than a year. although he turned heads with an 80-ball 84 in barely his second ODI – against Australia, it wasn’t till the run chase in the NatWest series final at the Lord’s that made him a home name. A 63-ball 69 after a top-order collapse in chase of 327 made him an overnight hero, and in but a year since he portrayed the senior side in the World Cup.
Yuvraj earned his test debut in 2003, however it turned out to be a format that he could not quite get a hold of – as proved by the bare 40 test caps he received. In ODIs, however, he walks off as one of the best hitters to own compete for India. The middle-order batsman finished with 8701 runs at a mean of 38 that enclosed 14 hundred and 52 fifties.
Yuvraj proved to be an asset within the shortest format also, finishing with a career strike rate of 136.38 in the 58 T20I he competes for India. He also splendidly accomplished the achievement of smashing six sixes in a very single over – against Stuart Broad in the 2007 World T20 – that is nevertheless to be matched in the format in international cricket. Intriguingly although, by his lofty standards, his IPL numbers – 2750 runs at a mean of 24.77 in 132 matches – are a tad underwhelming. Yet, he has double been the highest draw in the tournament – taking bids of INR fourteen crores and 16 crores in 2 serial auctions.
Yuvraj’s finest hour came in the 2011 50-over World Cup, where he orchestrated India’s knockout punch on three-time champions Australia in the match. Yuvraj accumulated 362 runs in this tournament – striking four fifties and a century – whereas additionally coming back into his own as quite simply a part-time bowler – choosing 15 wickets, the second-best tally for an Indian in this edition of the World Cup. In ODIs overall, he finished with 111 wickets.
In his emotional address, Yuvraj recounted his best recollections through his career, while additionally spelling out his worst.
“I would say I’m very lucky to play 400-plus games for India. I would’ve not fanciful doing this once I started my career as a cricket. Through this journey, some matches that stay in my memory are – the 2002 NatWest series final, my 1st test hundred in Lahore in 2004, the 2007 test series in England, in fact, the six sixes and therefore the 2007 T20 World Cup. Then the foremost unforgettable one was the 2011 World Cup finals.”
“And then, most likely the worst day in my career was the 2014 World T20 final against Sri Lanka where I scored 11 off 21 balls. It had been so shattering that I felt my career was over,” Yuvraj said.
A battle with cancer kept him out of the sport for a short while, and although he came back for a second wind, he wasn’t an identical player as before. He still fought on and kept his spot in the facet till 2013, then again faced an uncertain future.
After a four-year lay-off between 2013 and 2017, Yuvraj made another comeback – this time in the home series against England in 2017 in Virat Kohli’s 1st as full-time captain. He was roped in with the intention of adding stability and skill to the troubled No. 4 spot that Manish Pandey could not build his own at that time.
There was also a suggestion that MS Dhoni would take the batting position at two-drop and Yuvraj at five would be a link to the lower-order comprising then-inexperienced pair of Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya. He smashed his career-best ODI score – 150 – in the Cuttack ODI in that series and strode into the squad for the Champions Trophy in the same year. However, he could not carry that form into the multi-team event. Yuvraj got picked for the away tour of West Indies right after the Champions Trophy in 2017, where he concluded up taking part in his last ODI for India. Since then, he has made occasional domestic appearances for Punjab and has been a squad player in the last 2 seasons of the IPL.