A dynamic hard-hitter, an athletic fielder and a trusted all-rounder… believe it or not but Yuvraj Singh was that 3-dimensional cricketer India stepped into the millennium 2K with. Tall, willowy and ethereal, his unlimited talent and charisma made him a limited overs legend.
His journey began with a stunning performance in the ICC Champions Trophy 200 that thumped the Aussies. His career graph went up and above as he progressed and improved under different leaderships.
Be it Natwest 2002 final, those six sixes to Stuart Broad in the inaugural T20 World Cup, an unforgettable outing in the 2011 World Cup or his highest ODI score against England in 2017; Yuvi has proved it time and again that ‘form is temporary, class is permanent’.
After serving the nation for 25 long years, Yuvraj Singh called it quit from all formats of the game on Monday.
He hosted a bunch of media personnel in Mumbai and himself announced his retirement. Not only his fans but people from the cricket fraternity came forward to wish him a ‘Happy Retirement’.
Yuvraj brought the curtains down stating that he wants to “enjoy life” and pursue a freelance career in T20 leagues internationally, pending BCCI permission. But he will no longer be seen in the Indian Premier League.
The attacking left-hander listed the the 2011 World Cup triumph, being Man of the Tournament in the showpiece, getting six sixes in an over against England in the inaugural 2007 World T20 and his first Test hundred, against Pakistan in Lahore in 2004, as the most special moments of his international career that twisted this way and that through 17 years.
Yuvraj played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is for India. He put together 1900 runs in the longest format, and 8701 in the one-dayers, the format in which he enjoyed the most success. His one-day runs tally places him 22nd in the overall list and seventh among Indians.